Sheila Frazier Set for SUPERFLY Screening at Museum of the Moving Image, 8/16
Museum of the Moving Image will present a special screening of Gordon Parks, Jr.'s Superfly, the seminal urban crime drama set in 1972 New York City, starring Ron O'Neal, Carl Lee, and Sheila Frazier, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary. The film's now classic soundtrack-written, produced, and performed by the legendary Curtis Mayfield-is one of the few soundtracks to have out-grossed its film. The special event on Friday, August 16, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. begins with a screening of Superfly in 35mm (96 mins.), with co-star Sheila Frazier in person for a Q&A, followed by a "Best Superfly Outfit" contest and vocal competition for best a cappella singer of a verse from a song on the Superfly soundtrack, emceed by film producer and Museum trustee Warrington Hudlin. He will be joined by Bow Legged Lou, Paul Anthony, and George Logan, cast members from Hudlin's film House Party.
Tickets: $12 public / $9 Museum members / free for Silver Screen members and above. Order online or call 718 777 6800 to reserve tickets.
"Sadly, the writer, director, producer, music composer, and all of the principal cast members of Superfly have passed way. This event is a unique opportunity to get a first-hand account of the making of Superfly and the cultural and social impact it had on black cinema and American life," said Hudlin.
In the film Ron O'Neal plays Priest, a Harlem drug dealer looking to make one last score in order to quit the business. Frazier made her memorable film debut as Priest's girlfriend. Financing for the film came from two African American dentists and Gordon Parks, the famous photographer and father of the film's director.
The screening is part of Changing the Picture, sponsored by Time Warner, Inc., an ongoing series of screenings and discussions that celebrates and explores the work of film and television artists of color who are bringing diverse voices to the screen. It is also part of another series, Fun City: New York in the Movies 1967-75, curated by J. Hoberman, which features a selection of films shot and set in New York City during the years when John Lindsay was mayor.
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