Deschutes Public Library News
Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. All Month at Special Library Theater
Posted By: Liz Goodrich
Date Posted: 1/17/2006
Deschutes Public Library is pleased to announce a special series of Library Theater movie screenings during the month of January. In conjunction with Central Oregon Community College Associated Students, the January screenings celebrate the contributions of Martin Luther King, Jr. All films will be shown in the Library Admin Conference Room at 7:00 p.m. The screenings are free and open to the public.
The first film on January 10 is Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing, a film that looks at race relations in America. Perhaps the best film ever made about race in America, the film has been called a “tumultuous masterpiece,” that demonstrates how a series of small misunderstandings, combined with racial stereotypes and prejudices can erupt in a deadly riot. The film stars a talented cast including Danny Aiello as Sal the pizza parlor owner, Lee as Mookie, the lazy pizza-delivery guy, John Turturro and Richard Edson as Sal’s sons and Samuel L. Jackson as deejay Mister Senor.
The second film, scheduled for January 17, is an all black musical titled, Hallelujah. Filmed in 1929 and directed by Hollywood great, King Vidor, it was Vidor’s first “talkie.”
Cooley High, the third film of the series will be screened on January 24. The film tells the story of two friends growing up in Chicago during the 1960’s. The friends enjoy life to the fullest until one is wrongly accused of theft. Their lives are turned around and their senior year at Cooley High ends dramatically.