"The Prep School Negro" Screening In New York City This Thursday! Tickets Selling Fast!

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 7, 2011 7:48 AM
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A film that got some ink on our old site, and that I highly recommend, is screening in a couple of days (June 9th) in New York City... courtesy of ImageNation and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. So, if you're in NYC on that day, and are available, you should see it! It's cheaper to buy your tickets in advance. Details, poster and trailer below:

NEW YORK, NY (May 16, 2010) — The ImageNation Cinema Foundation (ImageNation) in partnership with The Film Society of Lincoln Center (FSLC) presents the first look at The Prep School Negro, the feature-length version of André Robert Lee’s revealing documentary.

The Prep School Negro is a personal exploration of Lee’s experience as one of the few African-Americans and even fewer low-income students enrolled in Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia, PA. When André was 14 years old, he received what his family believed to be a golden ticket – a full scholarship to attend one of the most prestigious prep schools in the country. While he gained a top-rate education, the impact on this family life was indelible. In The Prep School Negro, André takes a journey back in time to revisit the events of his adolescence while also spending time with current day prep school students of color and their classmates to see how much has really changed inside the ivory tower. What he discovers along the way is the poignant and unapologetic truth about the price paid for yesterday’s accelerated desegregation and today’s racial naiveté.

“We are proud to present a first look at The Prep School Negro,” said Moikgantsi Kgama, founder of ImageNation. “This extraordinary film pushes viewers beyond the dollars and cents aspects of education and access, and compels them to grapple with how these issues effect and reflect humanity.”

A product of the Tribeca All Access program, the short version of The Prep School Negro received significant media attention. However, this first look at the feature-length version gives a much deeper exploration of this moving subject. Held at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center, the screening will end with a director Q&A and a reception sponsored by Whole Foods.

Through its collaboration, ImageNation and FSLC present premieres, special screenings and first-looks at dynamic independent films that highlight the diversity and humanity of Black and Latino communities worldwide. Other films featured in this quarterly series include premieres of RiseUp!, dream hampton’s Black August and advance screenings of Freedom Riders, Mooz-lum, Gun Hill Road and a special 20th Anniversary Celebration of Do the Right Thing with Spike Lee, Rosie Perez, John Turturro and other cast and crew.

What: First Look at The Prep School Negro
Who: ImageNation Cinema Foundation and the Film Society of Lincoln Center
When: Thursday, June 9, 2011
Where: The Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center, 165 W. 65th St., NYC
Admission: General Public - $20 advance/ $25 day-of; Students & Seniors - $17 advance/ $22 day-of; ImageNation & Film Society Members - $15 advance/ $20 day-of
How: Get tickets at www.imagenation.us or the Walter Reade Theater Box Office

The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater is located at 165 W. 65th Street, Plaza Level, near Amsterdam Avenue, convenient to the 1 subway’s 66th Street/Lincoln Center stop. Tickets can be purchased at www.imagenation.us.

About ImageNation Cinema Foundation:
ImageNation Cinema Foundation is a Harlem-based nonprofit media arts organization founded as an outlet for progressive media by and about people of color, with the goal of establishing a chain of art-house cinemas dedicated to these works. Since 2002 ImageNation has drawn more than 50,000 people to the more than 50 festivals and events it has produced in partnership with institutions such as The Film Society of New York (Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts), the Apollo Theater and the Julia de Burgos Cultural Center. Through a variety of public exhibitions and programs, ImageNation fosters cross-cultural exchange, media literacy, solidarity, media equity and highlights the humanity of Pan-African people worldwide. For more information please visit www.imagenation.us.

About the Film Society of Lincoln Center:
The Film Society of Lincoln Center was founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international cinema, to recognize and support new directors, and to enhance the awareness, accessibility and understanding of film. Advancing this mandate today, the Film Society hosts two distinguished festivals. The New York Film Festival annually premieres films from around the world and has introduced the likes of François Truffaut, R.W. Fassbinder, Jean-Luc Godard, Pedro Almodóvar, Martin Scorsese, and Wong Kar-Wai to the United States. New Directors/New Films, co-presented by the Museum of Modern Art, focuses on emerging film talents. Since 1972, when the Film Society honored Charles Chaplin, its annual Gala Tribute celebrates an actor or filmmaker who has helped distinguish cinema as an art form. Additionally, the Film Society presents a year-round calendar of programming at its Walter Reade Theater and offers insightful film writing to a worldwide audience through Film Comment magazine. For more information, visit: www.FilmLinc.com

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Trailer and poster below:


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3 Comments

  • Will Wright | May 17, 2011 3:21 AMReply

    Wow, this looks fascinating. I'm eager to find out whether the film lives up to the trailer's drama!
    This reminds me of an Eddie Murphy joke about fu%$ing black kids' minds up by yanking 'em from the ghettos and sending 'em into the country!

    Will Wright | thoughtful film critic | WrightsWords.com

  • jessica | May 17, 2011 2:37 AMReply

    for more information about the film and outreach workshops visit http://www.theprepschoolnegro.org

  • Xi | May 16, 2011 10:05 AMReply

    Do you know where we can see the short version that's mentioned in the press release?

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