James Baldwin Celebration at UAlbany

The trailer for I Am Not Your Negro, the highly-praised documentary about James Baldwin. Screenings of the doc are part of the series.

UAlbany has a series of events celebrating the work of author James Baldwin coming up during the next month. "A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of James Baldwin" is a collaboration between the NYS Writers Institute and UAlbany Performing Arts Center. Blurbage:

Writing of the pain and struggle of African Americans and the saving power of brotherhood, Baldwin bore articulate witness to the unhappy consequences of American racial strife and saw his personal mission as a "witness to the truth." The series begins during Black History Month and includes readings, discussions, film screenings, and stage presentations.

Here's an overview of the schedule...

Events are free unless otherwise noted.

February 9

Bits of Baldwin
4:15 pm - Performing Arts Center on the uptown campus
"Selections from Baldwin works are read by Ken Screven, the first African American man to be hired as a television reporter in the Capital Region, and UAlbany students with commentary provided by author Darryl Pinckney."

Screening of I Am Not Your Negro
7 pm - Page Hall on the downtown campus
"Based on the unfinished memoir, Remember This House, this Oscar-nominated documentary directed by Raoul Peck presents Baldwin's meditations on the history of racism in the U.S. and his perspectives on slain Civil Rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr." A post-screening Q&A follows with Darryl Pinckney.

February 28

Screening of I Am Not Your Negro
12:15 pm in the Performing Arts Center on the uptown campus

If Beale Street Could Talk
7 pm discussion / 7:30 pm performance in the Performing Arts Center
"Adapted and directed by Elise Thoron for American Place Theatre, this Literature to Life offering is a verbatim adaptation of Baldwin's powerful novel of the same name, one which remains disturbingly poignant even 60 years after it was first published." $15, $10 students ahead / $20, $15 students day of

A 10 am performance of If Beale Street Could Talk is sold out.

March 1

Screening of I Am Not Your Negro
12:15 pm in the Performing Arts Center on the uptown campus

A 10 am performance of If Beale Street Could Talk is sold out.


I find it quite amazing that you would have a Baldwin film festival without showing the first film done on James Baldwin by my husband Sedat Pakay, while Baldwin lived in Istanbul in the 60's.
James Baldwin, From Another Place. Raoul Peck and other filmmakers have used footage or photographs from this film. Since my late husband was a Columbia County resident I find it extraordinarythat no one in you film department has researched or looked at it. You are really missing out on the seminal Baldwin Film. Elevenof Sedat's portraits of Baldwin are now on exhibit at the African-American Museum of the Smithsonian Institute.
Kathy Pakay, Hudson Film Works II, 518-755-2753, sedatpakay.com

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