Opening Night Feature: WHEELS with ITCHING FOR A SCRATCH
This year the 14th Annual Harlem International Film Festival will be presenting Double Features on Opening and Closing Night: a documentary program followed by a narrative one.
The bulk of the hand-picked films in these four programs consist of work produced in Harlem, Upper Manhattan and the Bronx, spotlighting the area's tremendous culture and history or featuring key cast and crew members from the neighborhood.
OPENING NIGHT at AMC Magic Johnson Theatres Harlem 9
Thursday, May 16
The narrative program for the evening is Hi on Hip Hop:
New York City Premiere
Director: Paul Starkman
Country: USA, Running Time: 80 min
A coming of age story about Max, a 19 year old from Brooklyn who wants to be a well known DJ. He has been the sole provider for his sick grandmother, DJing parties for Oscar, a neighborhood shark. Things shift when Max's brother Terry returns home after three years in prison, forcing Max to reconcile their relationship. Max gets close to Liza, the manager of a dance studio who inspires him with her work ethic and determination. Max finds himself at a crossroads between family obligation, the streets, and pursuing his dream.
Followed by a Q & A with the filmmakers
Preceded by a special demonstration from the artist credited with introducing the scratch technique, Theodore Livingston aka Grand Wizzard Theodore, followed by the short film
about his revolutionary style.
ITCHING FOR A SCRATCH
Director: Cortez McKay
Country: USA, Running Time: 8 min
An eleven-year-old Djay prodigy from The Bronx accidentally discovers the art of Scratching vinyl records. Theodore Livingston aka Grand Wizard Theodore went on to change the face of music forever and to influence countless artists the world over in the process.
AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9 Cineplex (View)
2309 Frederick Douglass Boulevard
New York, NY 10027
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|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|