Latchis Arts launches film series with focus on Black voices

Film selections will champion different voices in filmmaking

BRATTLEBORO — Latchis Arts has announced the launch of the monthly Spotlight Film Series with a focus during November on Black Voices.

Spotlight is a curated series, featuring films on a different theme each month which illuminate different voices in filmmaking. Films are shown on Thursdays at 7 p.m., at the Latchis Theatre. Admission is by donation ($10 suggested), but no one will be turned away.

November's theme, Black Voices, features four films that spotlight fresh and fearless Black directors, performers, and creators.

The series opens on Thursday, Nov. 5 with Get Out, Jordan Peele's funny, scary, and thought-provoking 2017 film that weaves sharp social critiques into an innovative and entertaining horror/comedy thriller.

Nominated to several best-films-of-2017 lists, the film, rated R, boasts a 98-percent critics' score on Rotten Tomatoes.

On Nov. 12, Queen & Slim, Melina Matsoukas' stylish, provocative, and hard-hitting feature film, chronicles a first date that takes an unexpected turn when a routine traffic stop escalates into violence, and a criminal-defense attorney and her Tinder date go on the run, ultimately becoming symbols of trauma and grief for people all over the country.

Matsoukas is well known for her work with Beyoncé, including the visual album Lemonade. Queen & Slim, rated R, has a 92 percent audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

On Nov. 19, the Spotlight shines on Fruitvale Station, a 2013 feature film based on a true story. Released from prison, Oscar Grant is trying to live a clean life, but he becomes swept up in a New Year's Eve altercation that ends in tragedy.

Directed by Ryan Coogler, Fruitvale Station took top honors at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Fruitvale Station is Rated R and has a 94 percent critics' score on Rotten Tomatoes.

The Black Voices series continues with a special week-long run from Nov. 26 through Dec. 1 of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. This animated, kid-friendly action/adventure film from 2018, rated PG, won praise from audiences and critics alike, with a 97 percent critics' score on Rotten Tomatoes.

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