Saturday, December 7:
5:30 p.m. – AMERICAN PROMISE (a doc made over 14 years which follows two African American boys admitted into one of N.Y.’s most prestigious, predominantly white, private schools)
8:00 p.m. – TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE: SOLOMON NORTHUP’S ODYSSEY by Gordon Parks (the 1984 original film – U.S. Theatrical Premiere)
December 6 through 12 @ 5:30 p.m. (except Monday @ 5:15 p.m. and Tuesday @ 10:00 p.m.)
AMERICAN PROMISE by Joe Brewster & Michele Stephenson. Winner Jury Prize – Sundance 2013 and Grand Prize – Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. For 13 years, Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, N.Y., turned their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, as they made their way through one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. Chronicling the boys’ divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation at Manhattan’s Dalton School, this provocative, intimate documentary presents complicated truths about America’s struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity.
Zeitgeist Multi-disciplinary Arts Center is pleased to announce that,
Through special arrangement with the film’s producers, we will present the long awaited U.S. Theatrical Premiere of
TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE: SOLOMON NORTHUP’S ODYSSEY
by Gordon Parks (1984)
December 6 through 12 @ 8:00 p.m. nightly (except Monday @ 9:15 p.m.)
Many people do not realize that 12 YEARS A SLAVE by Steve McQueen is a re-make. The original was a film made for Television by acclaimed director Gordon Parks ( The Learning Tree, Shaft, Leadbelly) It first aired on PBS in 1984 as Solomon Northup’s Odyssey: Twelve Years A Slave, reached a wider audience the following year when it was repeated as an installment of American Playhouse.
“I only became aware of the original film’s existence through an essay written on Indiewire.com by Leonard Maltin. I immediately set out to contact the film’s producers to acquire permission to book this rare gem for a week-long theatrical engagement. The film’s first theatrical engagement, since it was produced in 1984. I am honored to bring the film here to New Orleans, even though unlike the new film, the original was shot in Savannah, Georgia.” Rene Broussard, Zeitgeist Founder / Director.
“12 Years A Slave is a remake. What’s more, the original television film was directed by the celebrated Gordon Parks. Why no one seems to remember this is a mystery to me, yet all too typical of what I’ll call media amnesia. It first aired on PBS in 1984 as Solomon Northup’s Odyssey, reached a wider audience the following year when it was repeated as an installment of American Playhouse, and made its video debut under the title Half Slave, Half Free. I write this not to cast aspersions on Steve McQueen’s excellent new film, but to do justice to a production that doesn’t deserve to be forgotten or ignored.
The imposing Avery Brooks stars in the 1984 television film as the free man who is sold into slavery, with John Saxon, Mason Adams, Rhetta Greene, Joe Seneca, and Michael Tolan in key supporting roles. (Saxon plays the venomous slave owner Epps portrayed in the new movie by Michael Fassbender.) The screenplay was written by Lou Potter and the noted playwright-actor Samm-Art Williams, inspired by Northrup’s groundbreaking 1853 book Twelve Years a Slave.
Following a stellar career as a photojournalist for Life magazine, Parks made his mark as a feature-film director with The Learning Tree and especially Shaft (and its sequel, Shaft’s Big Score). His frustrations with Leadbelly in 1976 made him wary of working on another Hollywood movie, but the independently-produced Solomon Northup’s Odyssey intrigued him, along with the challenges of shooting in the Deep South. The multitalented Parks also composed the score. He later expressed regrets that the film didn’t go far enough (an accusation no one can make about McQueen’s new adaptation of the Northup story), yet it was precisely that restraint that earned Odyssey some of its strongest reviews in 1985.
This was the second in a proposed series of films about slavery following A House Divided: Denmark Vesey’s Rebellion, in 1982, which starred Yaphet Kotto, Bernie Casey, Ned Beatty, and Brock Peters, under Stan Lathan’s direction. These provocative films were produced by Shep Morgan and partially funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. They were created with input from an advisory board of scholars to ensure their accuracy. Indeed, Solomon Northup’s Odyssey earned the Erik Barnouw Award from the Organization of American Historians. There is a certain irony in the fact that we have ready access to thousands of movies and television shows, yet so many titles languish in obscurity. I hope the notoriety surrounding 12 Years a Slave will call attention to at least one vintage TV movie that’s worth a second look.” – Loenard Maltin.
Please Note: Monterey Media has sent me 20 copies of the DVD to sell. They are $20 minus the 20% off on all DVDs in the month of December = $16. They make along with a Zeitgeist membership make a perfect holiday gift! Buy one while supply lasts.
Zeitgeist would like to thank the IATSE LOCAL 478 for their continued generous support of Zeitgeist. They recently donated $2000 to support our 27th year of alternative film programming here in New Orleans. As we receive no grants or public funds, support such as theirs is greatly needed and appreciated to maintain our high level of programming.
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Hey, Great news – after a four year wait -
the amazing new Mexican restaurant / Bar half a block away, across the street from Ashe is now officially OPEN!
They are now open 11:00 to 3:00 for lunch and 5:00 p.m. to midnight Wednesdays thru Saturdays
with tapas, latin jazz and drinks
Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for Brunch
DINNER AND A MOVIE
bring your bill or receipt for dinner from Casa Borrega and see any movie Wednesday thru Saturday for only $5
bring your receipt or stub from a movie at Zeitgeist any Thursday thru Saturday for 10% off @ Casa Borrega
plus bring your Zeitgeist membership card to Casa Borrega for a free Mexican beer (with purchase of an entree)
Multi-disciplinary Arts Center
1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70113
Admission to all events are
$8 general / $7 students + seniors / $6 Zeitgeist members + children / Free Zeitgeist Patrons
unless otherwise mentioned.
There are separate admissions. But you can see both films on the same night for only $10.
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GATHR PREVIEWS SERIES Zeitgeist is proud to announce that we have signed on as the official New Orleans venue for an exciting new weekly film series from Gathr Films. The Gathr Preview Series gives audiences in select cities the chance to see the best new independent cinema in theaters before anyone else – even before NYC and LA. Think of it as your year-round film festival, movie club, and weekly date night all rolled into one! Every week, members can go to their local arthouse and experience a diverse range of comedies, documentaries, dramas and international movies curated from major independent distributors’ upcoming releases. Gathr has partnered with our favorite arthouse theaters to create a unique entertainment experience. Join us, bring your friends, and be the first to see the movies everyone will be talking about! We’ll have a new movie each week. Gathr Members can attend each screening plus enjoy a host of other perks. Advanced tickets and a 2 for 1 promotional offer are available at http://gathr.us/series/new-orleans-previews Get a GATHR PREVIEWS SERIES subscription and save $4 of your first month by using the promotion code 7920-ZNO - Zeitgeist