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AAFCA’s ‘Do the Right Thing’ 30th Anniversary Screening in Hollywood This Friday (04/12)

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*Turner Classic Movies, in partnership with the African American Film Critics Association, invites you to a 30th anniversary presentation of Spike Lee’s landmark film, DO THE RIGHT THING (1989) as part of the 10th annual TCM Classic Film Festival.

The film will be preceded by a special conversation with Oscar-winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter, actress Joie Lee, casting executive Robi Reed and film historian and author Donald Bogle.

A limited number of complimentary partner tickets are available. Please RSVP to [email protected] by Wednesday, April 10th.

DO THE RIGHT THING (1989)

30TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT

Friday, April 12

9pm

TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX

6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028

For more information about the TCM Classic Film Festival, please visit TCM.com/Festival.

AAFCA PODCAST – MADELINE DI NONNO, CEO OF THE GEENA DAVIS INSTITUTE ON GENDER IN MEDIA

About “Do the Right Thing” via Wikipedia:

Do the Right Thing is a 1989 American comedy-drama film produced, written, and directed by Spike Lee. It stars Lee and Danny AielloOssie DavisRuby DeeRichard EdsonGiancarlo EspositoBill NunnJohn Turturro, and Samuel L. Jackson, and is the feature film debut of Martin Lawrence and Rosie Perez. The story follows a Brooklyn neighborhood’s simmering racial tension, which culminates in tragedy on a hot summer day.

The film was a commercial success and received numerous accolades, including Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for Aiello’s portrayal of Sal the pizzeria owner. It is often listed among the greatest films of all time.[4][5][6][7][8] In 1999, the film was deemed “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant” in its first year of eligibility by the Library of Congress and was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

Mookie (Spike Lee) is a 25-year-old delivery man living in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn with his sister Jade (Joie Lee). He and his girlfriend Tina (Rosie Perez) have a toddler son named Hector (Travell Toulson). He works at the local pizzeria, but lacks ambition. Sal (Danny Aiello), the pizzeria’s Italian-American owner, has been in the neighborhood for 25 years. His older son Pino (John Turturro) intensely dislikes blacks, and does not get along with Mookie. Because of this, Pino is at odds with both his father, who refuses to leave the increasingly African-American neighborhood, and his younger brother Vito (Richard Edson), who is friendly with Mookie.

The neighborhood is full of distinct personalities, including Da Mayor (Ossie Davis), a friendly drunk; Mother Sister (Ruby Dee), who watches the neighborhood from her brownstone; Radio Raheem (Bill Nunn), who blasts Public Enemy on his boombox wherever he goes; and Smiley (Roger Guenveur Smith), a mentally disabled man, who meanders around the neighborhood trying to sell hand-colored pictures of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

Get the rest of the story at Wikipedia.

 

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