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SPACE ISSUES

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Curated by the terrific critic Ashley Clark — whose book on Spike Lee’s Bamboozled is set to be published by The Critical Press in October 2015 — BAM’s high-concept “Space Is the Place: Afrofuturism on Film” incorporates a diverse assortment of work (science fiction, documentary, music video) to explore “alternate and imagined black futures and pasts.” The title of the series comes from the same-named 1974 movie (screening on April 9), which features the only fictional film performance by the jazz musician and mystic Sun Ra. Other notable selections include Dick Fontaine’s hip-hop doc Beat This!: A Hip Hop History, which opens the series
tonight; Stephen Norrington’s Blade (4/10), starring Wesley Snipes; John
Sayles’s indie-sci-fi effort The Brother From Another Planet (4/10); and the great director Shirley Clarke’s final film,
Ornette: Made in America (4/11), which — in the words of the Voice‘s Melissa Anderson — “tinkers with and discards the conventions of the bio doc just as its pioneering musician subject exploded those of jazz.”

April 3-15, 7 p.m., 2015

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