Let the Fire Burn 10/1
Let the Fire Burn 10/1
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All ticket holders must arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled screening time in order to be guaranteed at seat.
Jason Osder, 2013, 95 min
In the astonishingly gripping Let the Fire Burn, director Jason Osder has crafted that rarest of cinematic objects: a found-footage film that unfurls with the tension of a great thriller. On May 13, 1985, a longtime feud between the city of Philadelphia and controversial radical urban group MOVE came to a deadly climax. By order of local authorities, police dropped military-grade explosives onto a MOVE-occupied rowhouse. TV cameras captured the conflagration that quickly escalated—and resulted in the tragic deaths of eleven people (including five children) and the destruction of 61 homes. It was only later discovered that authorities decided to “...let the fire burn.” Using only archival news coverage and interviews, first-time filmmaker Osder has brought to life one of the most tumultuous and largely forgotten clashes between government and citizens in modern American history.
Q&A with special guests including the film’s composer Chris Mangum.
This program follows and is in conversation with:
Apollo Uptown Hall: Movement Required
Saturday, September 30th, 4:00pm
at the Apollo Theater
253 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027
The Apollo Theater has been a cultural mecca while also historically being a gathering place for people --ranging from lay people to activists to U.S. Presidents-- to connect and discuss what’s on their minds. This is captured by the Apollo Uptown Hall community conversation series. Motivated by the themes from the Apollo and Opera Philadelphia’s upcoming opera, We Shall Not Be Moved, Apollo Uptown Hall: Movement Required will feature a brief excerpt of the award-winning documentary Let the Fire Burn, and will then focus on some of today’s problems in Urban America the film addresses, particularly law enforcement and community relations and the lack of youth and family services. What can we do within our communities? What can New Yorkers learn from Philadelphia initiatives, and vice-versa? And can the arts help?
Co-moderated by Imhotep Gary Byrd from New York City’s WBAI-FM and Solomon Jones from Philadelphia’s WURD-AM/FM.
Apollo Uptown Hall: Movement Required is a free event but tickets are required. Please visit https://www.apollotheater.org/event/apollo-uptown-hall-movement-required/ for more details and to RSVP.
After Apollo Uptown Hall: Movement Required, the Apollo Theater is partnering with the Maysles Cinema for a full screening of the gripping and award-winning film, Let the Fire Burn, about the confrontations between MOVE and the Philadelphia government on Sunday, October 1st at 5:00pm. A 10% discount will be given to those who show a ticket for either Apollo Uptown Hall: Movement Required or We Shall Not Be Moved when purchasing a Let the Fire Burn ticket at the Maysles. Additionally, your tickets will give you 10% off purchases at Revolution Books, until Oct. 15. For more info, visit RevolutionBooksNYC.org
The box office opens one hour before showtime. You can also purchase tickets in advance online here. Check the calendar for programming dates and times. The box office phone number is (212) 537-6843.
All Audience members must arrive 15 minutes before scheduled showtime in order to be guaranteed a seat.
Our Cinema and one of our restrooms are wheelchair accessible.