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Announcement :: Human Rights
Nov 1: Free Screening: Monsieur Verdoux
by Lucy Parsons Center Radical Film Night
Email: films (nospam) lucyparsons.org
31 Oct 2006
Monsieur Verdoux (1947)
Wednesday, November 1
Based on a script originally written by Orson Welles, this Charlie Chaplin film is about an unemployed banker, Henri Verdoux, and his sociopathic methods of attaining income. At the time of its release (1948) in caused protest in many US cities over what was seen as a critical view of capitalism. Chaplin later left the country for Europe during the McCarthy era.
November 8 – Horns and Halos (2002)
HORNS AND HALOS captures the unlikely connection of three men - an ex-con turned celebrity biographer, a janitor cum underground publisher, and U.S. President George W. Bush - whose paths to power and popularity become tangled in a controversial book.
In October 1999, an article appeared in the New York Times indicating that publisher St. Martins Press had recalled FORTUNATE SON, the first published biography of George W. Bush, when it was revealed that the author, J.H. Hatfield, served five years in prison for solicitation of capital murder. At the time of its recall, the book was a bestseller, no doubt due to the books allegations that Bush had been arrested for cocaine possession in 1972.
Several weeks later, small underground imprint Soft Skull Press, led by the self-styled “punk of publishing” Sander Hicks, announced that it would re-publish the book. They began operating out of a makeshift office in the basement of the building where he divides his time as the super.
Set against the backdrop of the fierce 2000 presidential campaign, Horns and Halos follows Hatfield and Hicks as they battle lawyers, media and mounting debt to get FORTUNATE SON back on shelves. After facing a lawsuit, a thrashingon 60 Minutes and bankruptcy, Soft Skull attempts to make one last splash at the Book Expo of America. Hatfield reluctantly reveals his sources for the book’s cocaine allegations, and the fallout is explosive.
November 15 - Who Is Bozo Texino? (2006)
"It's possible Bill Daniel is the most inspiring filmmaker of our day. With an impressive filmography that includes work on Craig Baldwin's Sonic Outlaws and Spectres Of The Spectrum and as Vanessa Renwick's long-time collaborator, Daniel has crafted a remarkable first feature with his twenty-years-in-the-making Who Is Bozo Texino?, a documentary about modern day hoboes, rail workers and a forgotten outsider subculture. Shot entirely aboard speeding freight trains, it's amazing Daniel didn't fall right out of the boxcar. Presented in dreamy 16mm black and white, Daniel's film mixes experimental and documentary film techniques to provide a captivating look at a little-known art form. Tracing the origins to boxcar graffiti from over 100 years ago, Daniel follows rail graffiti's evolution to modern day hobo gatherings, freight hopping trips and secret hobo jungles only known to tried and true hoboes. Along the way Daniel interviews numerous old timers who have spent years on the rails drawing their monikers, among them graffiti legends Colossus of Roads, The Rambler, Herby (RIP) and yes even the ever-illusive Bozo Texino. The interviews provide a fascinating glimpse into the harsh realities of tramp life while also providing a unique backdrop for the more ambient railroad-blues infused soundtrack. Trying to catch up with Daniel is almost as elusive as his film. Constantly on tour screening his documentary or traveling from arts center to film festival to artist residency, Daniel has in fact pioneered a different way in which to experience movies—one fiercely committed to independent DIY ideals and fostering a new sense of community. Who Is Bozo Texino? is a different kind of movie for those unfamiliar with truly independent cinema...and the kind you'll want to watch over and over again." [Joe Biel, Microcosm]
45 minutes of pure cinematic genius.
Radical Film Night at the Lucy Parsons Center
Every Wednesday night at 7pm
Questions-Comments about the film series, contact films(-at-)lucyparsons.org
+++ Where are we?
Lucy Parsons Center
549 Columbus Avenue
Boston's South End
Email: lucyparsons (at) tao.ca
By train/public transportation: Take the Orange Line to the Mass Ave. stop, or the Green "E" line to the Symphony stop. Walk south on Mass Ave for a minute or two. Go left onto Columbus Avenue for 1-1/2 blocks. Lucy Parsons Center will be on the left.
By bus:Take the #1 Dudley/Mass Ave bus to the corner of Columbus Avenue and Mass Ave. Walk east on Columbus Avenue 1-1/2 blocks. Lucy Parsons Center will be on the left.
By car, from Storrow Drive:Exit at Copley. Go left at the light, onto Arlington Street. Continue approximately five blocks until Columbus Avenue. Go right onto Columbus Avenue for approximately eight blocks. Lucy Parsons Center will be on your right. If you reach Mass Ave, you've gone one block too far.
From I-93 N or S:Take the Storrow Drive exit. Continue 1-2 minutes on Storrow and exit at Copley. Go left at the light, onto Arlington Street. Continue approximately five blocks until Columbus Avenue. Go right onto Columbus Avenue for approximately eight blocks. Lucy Parsons Center will be on your right. If you reach Mass Ave, you've gone one block too far.
+++ What are we?
The Lucy Parsons Center, Boston's collectively run radical bookstore features an extensive selection of radical books and magazines, internet access, space for talks and meetings, and free movies Wednesday nights. Located at 549 Columbus Avenue in the South End the store is just down from Mass Ave and easily reached from the Mass Ave and Symphony T stations and the #1 bus. Regular store hours everyday 12noon-9pm.
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