The Cool World

Saturday, February 5th, 7:30 pm

Harlem Homegrown

Under the Influence of Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts:

The Cool World

Dir. Shirley Clarke, 1964, 120 min.

With special guest, Ronnie “Hampton” Clanton

Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts told us  "I first heard of The Cool World because of its connection with poet and activist June Jordan, who worked as an assistant to producer

Frederick Wiseman. The film's attempt to capture the reality of streetlife in Harlem takes us directly into the problem of how the neighborhood has been represented, misrepresented, and imagined, which is also a big concern of my book  “Harlem is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America.” I look forward to viewing and discussing this film with Ronnie Clanton, who starred as its protagonist, Duke (credited in the film as Hampton Clanton)." Ronnie “Hampton” Clanton also stared in the seminal and groundbreaking film the Education of Sonny Carson (1974) as Sonny Carson.

After the Movie: Conversation, Q&A with Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts and Ronnie Clanton and a short reading from “Harlem is Nowhere” with Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts


Reception Sponsored By Sugar Hill Ale to follow screening and discussion!