Starts Friday, January 4
January’s Reel Reads Selection: If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin!
Director Barry Jenkins’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning Moonlight is a carefully wrought adaptation of James Baldwin’s acclaimed novel – a timeless and searing love story set in Harlem in the early 1970s.
“Barry Jenkins has created a film both tender and tough. Beale Street is a major work from a filmmaker whose gifts are clearly boundless.” – Christopher Schobert, Film Stage
Fonny (Stephan James) and Tish (KiKi Layne) are childhood friends who fall in love as young adults. Tish becomes pregnant, and Fonny suffers a fate tragically common to young African-American men: he is arrested and convicted for a crime he didn’t commit. Jenkins’s deeply soulful film stays focused on the emotional currents between parents and children, couples and friends, all of whom spend their lives repairing and reinforcing the precious but fraying bonds of family and community in an unforgiving racist world. With Regina King, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parris, Aunjanue Ellis, and Michael Beach. (Dir. by Barry Jenkins, 2018, USA, 119 mins., Rated R)
January’s Reel Reads Selection! Purchase a copy of If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin during the month of January and receive a special “Loft Reel Reads” discount off the cover price – 20% for Loft members and 10% for the general public. Copies of the book are available at The Loft Cinema and Antigone Books.
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