“Dancer, bride, runaway wife, radical filmmaker and pioneer — Shirley Clarke is one of the great undertold stories of American independent cinema.”
— Manohla Dargis, New York Times
''I'm revolting against the conventions of movies. Who says a film has to cost a million dollars and be safe and innocuous enough to satisfy every 12-year-old in America?'' - Shirley Clarke
Working at a time when few women were making movies, Shirley Clarke boldly revolutionized what was possible in the world of independent film. Moving from dance to cinema, she fused together experimental, documentary and narrative film techniques, turning her camera on junkies, poets, hustlers, gang members and jazz musicians. Always pushing boundaries while staying true to her own vision, Clarke was met with censorship and marginalization at every turn, ignored by historians and written off as a dilettante. Thanks to Milestone, several of her films have now been made available in brand new 35mm prints and we're very proud to present them on screen. Join us in celebrating the incredible life and work of Shirley Clarke.
Sunday 9/1 - THE CONNECTION
An unapologetic look at a group of heroin addicts waiting together in a seedy apartment for their dealer to arrive with a fix. One of the most vital, fascinating and revolutionary movies to ever explode onto the American independent film scene.
Sunday 9/8 - THE COOL WORLD
Shirley Clarke's second film is a powerful and stark semi-documentary look at the realities of 1960's Harlem life filled with drugs, violence, and the anguish of American racism. Against this background, teenaged Hampton Clanton has big ambitions: to get a gun, take over Harlem gang The Royal Pythons and return them to active fighting. Still feels as radical today as when it first appeared.
Sunday 9/8 - PORTRAIT OF JASON
Jason Holliday – black, gay and a self-declared hustler – narrates, invents, confesses, makes claims and ultimately challenges the camera in this feature length conversation. The result is a mesmerizing portrait of a remarkable, charming and tortured man who is by turns hilarious and heartbreaking.
Monday 9/9 - ORNETTE: MADE IN AMERICA
Captures Ornette Coleman's evolution over three decades, for his boyhood in segregated Texas to his subsequent emergence as an American cultural pioneer and world-class icon.