Friendship, first loves, and fatality are navigated by four young men in COOLEY HIGH directed by Michael Schultz and written by Eric Monte. Set in 1960s Chicago, this coming of age story provides a slice of life look at both the light and grit of black teen spirit. The film's 1975 release provided a shift away from blaxploitation cinema common during that time and features breakout performances from Glynn Turman, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Garrett Morris, and Cynthia Davis. The screening of this classic is curated by filmmaker Ava DuVernay (13TH, SELMA) and will serve as the springboard for a dynamic discussion about male identity, black images and the representation of both in cinema as well as in mainstream media.
A post-screening discussion with Emmy award-winning actor Glynn Turman will be moderated by Oscar winner Common.