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Magic Lantern offering three topical films for virtual screening

UPDATED: Thu., June 11, 2020

James Baldwin’s unfinished “Remember This House” is at the center of “I Am Not Your Negro.”  (Magnolia Pictures)
James Baldwin’s unfinished “Remember This House” is at the center of “I Am Not Your Negro.” (Magnolia Pictures)

In support of the Black Lives Matter movement, the Magic Lantern Theatre is offering three topical and educational documentaries for download.

Through June 30, those interested can purchase “I Am Not Your Negro,” “Whose Streets?” and “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am,” with all proceeds benefiting the Carl Maxey Center.

“I Am Not Your Negro” was directed by Raoul Peck and released in 2016. It’s based on “Remember This House,” an unfinished manuscript by James Baldwin that includes notes and letters about the lives of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Medgar Evers.

“Whose Streets?,” which was released in 2017, was co-directed by Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis. It documents the protests and riots in Ferguson, Missouri, after the killing of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson.

“Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am” was released last year, directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and produced by Greenfield-Sanders, Johanna Giebelhaus, Chad Thompson and Tommy Walker. In the documentary, the novelist looks back on her life, works and the themes in her literary career.

Oprah Winfrey, Russell Banks, Angela Davis and Barack Obama also appear in the film.

“These particular films are perennial tools for engaging and educating, so owning them in perpetuity seems to be of growing interest,” manager Jonathan Abramson said in an email.

Instead of the standard 72-hour rental, the Magic Lantern is offering each film for $6.99 and all three for $15. Once purchased, the films never expire. These prices are good through June 30.

The links to the films can be found at magiclanternonmain.com and the theater’s Facebook page.

Azaria Podplesky can be reached at (509) 459-5024 or azariap@spokesman.com.

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