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Screen: Special Showings


When: Sat., Feb. 6 2016

Saturday, Feb. 6 CROOKLYN

Terence Blanchard will be a major part of May's Art of Cool Festival in Durham. The trumpeter serves as a Friday-night headliner for the two-day, progressive jazz/soul festival. To get people psyched, the Art of Cool Project is in the midst of a four-month-long film series featuring movies Blanchard scored for filmmaker Spike Lee, who has called on Blanchard for every film he's made since Jungle Fever in 1991. The series started last month with 4 Little Girls, Lee's 1997 documentary about the murder of four African-American girls in a Birmingham, Alabama, church bombing in 1963. This Saturday brings Crooklyn, Lee's flawed but nostalgic semiautobiographical dramedy from 1994. The next two months feature Clockers and Mo' Better Blues, where Blanchard was a featured player, as the series moves to the Carolina Theatre from Full Frame Theater. While this is an interesting selection of Lee/Blanchard collaborations, it raises a question: Why not program the bank-heist blockbuster Inside Man or the Hurricane Katrina documentary When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, two great Lee films scored by Blanchard that both turn ten this year? Oh well—all this Spike Lee love may at least inspire people to rent Chi-Raq, his latest, must-see film. Author and Duke professor Mark Anthony Neal moderates the screenings, which are free with an online reservation. —Craig D. Lindsey


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