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A Zoom Salon of Chisholm '72: Unbought and Unbossed (2004) 77 min
August 2020 -Black Lives in Film

Friday, August 21, 2020 - 6:00pm

CinemaLit Popcorn Pop-Up Salon: August -- Black Lives in Film

Hello Film Lovers,

Welcome back to CinemaLit! We have missed our Friday night gatherings. Laura, Pam, and I are excited to launch this new format for CinemaLit as we Shelter at Home. We will be viewing films on Kanopy and gathering online for a Popcorn Pop-Up Salon!

All you will need is either a Mechanics' Institute library card, or a San Francisco Public Library card, which will give you access to Kanopy and its treasure trove of movies. Make a reservation as usual via Eventbrite and watch the film on Kanopy at your leisure. You will receive a link to the Friday night CinemaLit salon on Zoom two days in advance. On the night of the salon click the Zoom link and join us.

If you do not receive a Zoom Link by the day of the event, contact Pam Troy at rsvp@milibrary.org.


Mechanics’ Institute members can now sign up for FREE access to Kanopy, a wonderful film streaming service. To sign up:

1. Click on  THIS LINK.

2. Click on the large orange login button that reads, “Log in to milibrary.”

3. Enter the 14-digit bar code from your MI Library card

4. Set up your account following Kanopy’s instructions, including your email and a password.

5. Kanopy will send verification to your email address.

You’ll be able to choose from a wonderful selection of films, including classics, pre-code, foreign films, and documentaries, including the films we’ve scheduled this month for CinemaLit.

If you are not a Mechanics’ Institute member, consider membership and click  HERE  to join online:

Or, you can check with your public library to see if they are Kanopy members. If so, you may use your public library card to set up a Kanopy account.

 Matthew Kennedy, curator and host

CinemaLit Film Series

August 2020: Black Lives in Film

"Black Lives in Film" is the August theme at CinemaLit. We're screening documentaries on the lives of two pioneering African Americans, author-poet-visionary James Baldwin (I Am Not Your Negro, 2016) and US Congresswoman and presidential candidate Shirley Chisholm (Chisholm '72: Unbought and Unbossed, 2004). Additionally, we're showing two feature films – 1991's groundbreaking Daughters of the Dust and 2019's acclaimed The Last Black Man in San Francisco.

CinemaLit is honored to welcome British-born and raised attorney and film critic Omar Moore as guest host for the August 7 discussion of I Am Not Your Negro. Omar is founder of the film essay website The Popcorn Reel where "tasty film talk" is the order of the day. He is a member of the San Francisco Bay Area Film Critics Circle and a former contributing film critic for the PBS television program "Roger Ebert Presents At The Movies". He is the host of The Politicrat, a daily podcast that focuses on contemporary politics as we move toward Election 2020. He can be read in numerous places including Medium. Omar can also be found tweeting about film, politics, and more on Twitter: @thepopcornreel. For more information about Omar, please visit ebertpresents.com.

August 21 - Chisholm '72: Unbought and Unbossed (2004)

Born in Brooklyn to Caribbean immigrants, Shirley Anita St. Hill (1924-2005) became one of the most consequential American politicians of the latter twentieth century.

Raised in Brooklyn and Barbados, she excelled at academics, earning a BA from Brooklyn College in 1946. She married Jamaican Conrad O. Chisholm in 1949. Politically active from a young age, she worked in early education and child welfare through much of the 1950s while seeking the greater inclusion of women and people of color in a variety of Democratic political organizations.

Chisholm was elected to the New York State Assembly in 1964 and as the New York State Democratic National Committeewoman in 1968. That same year she became the first Black woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. She co-founded the Congressional Black Caucus and the National Women's Political Caucus. She opposed the war in Vietnam while serving on the Veteran's Affairs Committee, and sought to raise the minimum wage while serving on the Education and Labor Committee. Then she became the first Democrat woman and first black major-party candidate to run for President of the United States.

Chisholm '72: Unbought and Unbossed charts her historic presidential campaign. Producer-director Shola Lynch was a child actor on Sesame Street, and remembered Chisholm as an inspiring figure in American politics. Advanced degrees in history and apprenticing with documentarian Ken Burns on the acclaimed series Jazz lead her to Chisholm as a subject for her first documentary feature. Chisholm '72 is enriched not only by extensive footage of the campaign, but by interviews with Chisholm as a witty and wise elder stateswoman. What emerges is a portrait of a person of uncommon integrity and strength who made an extraordinary difference in the lives of Americans.

Curated by Matthew Kennedy

Matthew Kennedy, CinemaLit’s curator, has written biographies of Marie Dressler, Joan Blondell, and Edmund Goulding. His book Roadshow! The Fall of Film Musicals in the 1960s, was the basis of a film series on Turner Classic Movies. 

I don't have a favorite film,” Matthew says. "I find that my relationships to films, actors, genres, and directors change as I change over the years. Some don't hold up. Some look more profound, as though I've caught up with their artistry. I feel that way about Garbo, Cary Grant, director John Cassavetes, and others."

Classic films have historical context, something only time can provide,” Matt observes. “They become these great cultural artifacts, so revealing of tastes, attitudes, and assumptions.”

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Future CinemaLit Films

Aug 7 - 6:00pm

A Zoom Salon of I Am Not Your Negro (2019) 93 min
August 2020 -Black Lives in Film

Aug 14 - 6:00pm

A Zoom Salon of Daughters of the Dust (1991) 112 min
August 2020 -Black Lives in Film

Aug 28 - 6:00pm

A Zoom Salon of The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) 121 min
August 2020 -Black Lives in Film