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Reelblack presents

Sidewalk Stories - 25th Anniversary!

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Wednesday 6/25
7:00 pm
$10 General Public
$8 Students & Seniors
$5 Members of IHP or Reelblack

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dir. Charles Lane, USA, 1989, DCP, 97 mins.

Reelblack, Philly’s #1 promoter of African-American Film plays host to a special 25th Anniversary screening of the indie classic Sidewalk Stories. Recently restored from the original negative. Writer/director/star Charles Lane will be on hand for a post-film discussion.

On a wintry Greenwich Village street, portrait artist Charles Lane (the writer/director himself) battles a bullying, giant fellow artist, strokes attractive businesswoman Sandye Wilson’s cheek a little more than needed to get those proportions right, then gets stuck with adorable tot Nicole Alysia when her gambler dad gets knifed - all in black and white silence… and without the use of a single inter-title. An homage to Chaplin’s The Kid (and other movies) set in a then-tough Village environment (Lane squats in a wreck slated for demolition) and clearly capturing the plight of the homeless, Sidewalk Stories retains a magical sense of the fable, until a final, startling switch to…

Winner of the Prix du Public at the Cannes Film Festival, Sidewalk Stories became a hit independent film around the world, but then disappeared: it’s never been on DVD or home video. Restored by Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata and released by Carlotta Films US.

Preceded by:

2014/15 min/DVD/dir. Chinonye Chukwu, USA, 2014, DVD, 15 min.

A father humiliates his son by parading him through the neighborhood in women’s clothing in front of all the other kids on a summer day. The impact of that decision ripples through his family and best friend’s lives for years to come.  With director Chinonye Chukwu in person.