Black History Month: A Celebration in Film presents "Shaft"

February 9, 2017
6 PM

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For the past four years, the Crocker Art Museum has presented a Black History Month Celebration, which has become a major Sacramento event focused on African American history, art, and culture. In 2017, given this unique time of social change and exploration, the Crocker will collaborate with the Sojourner Truth Art Museum, the Sacramento Public Library, and Cine Soul of the Sacramento International Film Festival to present a film and discussion series examining the representation of black males on film. Join us for as we explore African American history and black perspectives on the big screen.

  • Opening Film: Selma, directed by Ava DuVernay, 2014
    Tuesday, February 7, 6 PM (Location: Central Library Galleria) - Free for everyone

  • Film: Shaft, directed by Gordon Parks, 1971
    Thursday, February 9, 6 PM (Location: Crocker Art Museum) - $5 for nonmember adults / free for members and children 17 and younger

  • Film: Cooley High, directed by Michael Schultz, 1977
    Thursday, February 16, 6 PM (Location: Crocker Art Museum) - $5 for nonmember adults / free for members and children 17 and younger

  • Film: Get on the Bus, directed by Spike Lee, 1996
    Thursday, February 23, 6 PM (Location: Crocker Art Museum) - $5 for nonmember adults / free for members and children 17 and younger

Shaft is an American blaxploitation film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1971, written by Ernest Tidyman and John D. F. Black. Directed by Gordon Parks, Shaft is an action film about a private detective named John Shaft who was hired by a Harlem mobster to rescue his daughter from the Italian mobsters who kidnapped her. The major themes present in Shaft were Black Power, race, masculinity, and sexuality, and it was filmed within the New York City borough of Manhattan, specifically in Harlem, Greenwich Village, and Times Square. Shaft was one of the first blaxploitation films, and also one of the most popular, which marked a turning point for this type of film, and spawned a number of sequels and knockoffs.

(1971, Rated - R, 100 minutes)

Nonmember adults may purchase a combo ticket for the movie and ArtMix | Big Easy.


Free for members and children 17 and younger
$5 for nonmembers
$10 for nonmember combo ticket with ArtMix | Big Easy

Register by clicking the REGISTER button above, visiting the Museum Admission Desk, or by calling (916) 808-1182.

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