By MCN Editor editor@moviecitynews.com

BLACK PANTHER COMES TO ART HOUSE THEATERS NATIONWIDE WITH FREE SCREENINGS AND A LIVE Q&A WITH DIRECTOR RYAN COOGLER,  NOVEMBER 27

 
PRESENTED BY FILM COMMENT MAGAZINE WITH SUPPORT FROM THE ART HOUSE CONVERGENCE
NEW YORK, NY (November 16, 2018) – Black Panther returns to the big screen with free screenings at nonprofit art house theaters nationwide on Tuesday, November 27 at 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET. Presented by Film Comment, a publication of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and supported by the Art House Convergence, the event will feature a post-screening Q&A with director Ryan Coogler, taking place at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael, CA, streamed live to participating theaters. A full list of theaters can be found below. Check local theater listings for more details.
 
The one-night-only event offers audiences an opportunity to experience the acclaimed film on the big screen once again with their local communities. Leading up to and during the Q&A, attendees are invited to submit their questions to Ryan Coogler on Twitter with the hashtag #AskBlackPanther. All attendees will receive a free one-year digital subscription to Film Comment magazine. Coogler, director and co-writer of Black Panther, was featured on the cover of Film Comment‘s March-April 2018 issue with a story by Devika Girish. Nicolas Rapold, the magazine’s editor-in-chief, will moderate the discussion.
 
Black Panther is director Ryan Coogler’s take on a modern African hero and a utopian vision of what an uncolonized Africa might look like. The film explores the conflict between two powerful men, one African and one African-American, who are mirror images of each other, each grappling with his own history, home, and very identity.  When Prince T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) becomes king of the hidden, technologically advanced kingdom Wakanda, he is forced to defend his throne against rogue mercenary Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan). Wakanda is also alive with strong, intelligent women-from Wakanda’s elite all-female security force, led by Okoye (Danai Gurira), to the international spy Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), to T’Challa’s tech-savvy sister (Letitia Wright) and mother (Angela Bassett)-who are portrayed as equals to the men they protect and advise. 
 
Film Comment is for everyone, art houses are for everyone, and Black Panther is for everyone.
 
Film Comment presents Black Panther 
with support from the Art House Convergence
Tuesday, November 27
4:00pm PST/7:00pm EST
 
PARTICIPATING THEATERS
 
Austin, TX – AFS Cinema (Austin Film Society)
6259 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752
 
Boston, MA – Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138
 
Denver, CO – Sie FilmCenter (Denver Film Society)
2510 East Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80206
 
Detroit, MI – Michigan Theater
603 E Liberty St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104
 
Los Angeles, CA – DGA Theater
7920 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90046
 
Miami, FL – O Cinema Wynwood
90 NW 29th St, Miami, FL 33127
 
New York, NY – Film Society of Lincoln Center
144 W. 65th Street, New York, NY 10023
 
Princeton, NJ – Garden Theater in Princeton
7006, 160 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ 08542
 
Philadelphia, PA – Ambler Theater
108 E Butler Ave, Ambler, PA 19002
 
San Diego, CA – Digital Gym Cinema
2921 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104
 
San Francisco, CA – Roxie Theater
3117 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
 
San Rafael, CA – Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center
1118 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901
 
Seattle, WA – NorthWest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
 
FILM COMMENT
Published since 1962, Film Comment magazine features in-depth reviews, critical analysis, and feature coverage of mainstream, art-house, and avant-garde filmmaking from around the world. Today a bimonthly print magazine and a website, the magazine was founded under the editorship of Gordon Hitchens, who was followed by Richard Corliss, Harlan Jacobson, Richard Jameson, Gavin Smith, and Nicolas Rapold. Past and present contributing critics include Paul Arthur, David Bordwell, Richard Combs, Manohla Dargis, Raymond Durgnat, Roger Ebert, Manny Farber, Howard Hampton, Molly Haskell, J. Hoberman, Richard Jameson, Kent Jones, Dave Kehr, Nathan Lee, Todd McCarthy, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Tony Rayns, Frank Rich, Andrew Sarris, Richard Schickel, Elliott Stein, Amy Taubin, David Thomson, Richard Thompson, Amos Vogel, Robin Wood, and many more.
 
ART HOUSE CONVERGENCE
The idea of the Art House Convergence was born when a group of exhibitors were brought together at the Sundance Film Festival as part of the Sundance Institute’s Art House Project. For two years, this small group of exhibitors met at the Sundance Film Festival to discuss independent film and independent film exhibition. In 2008, the group expanded and hosted the first Art House Convergence conference with 25 attendees. In 2018, over 640 exhibitors, film festivals, and allied organizations joined for a sold-out Annual Conference in Midway, UT.
 
The Art House Convergence, having grown into a year-round organization, relies on several staff members and a passionate group of volunteers to help coordinate all of its events and programs, always striving to reflect its core intention, community-based, mission-driven. The upcoming 2019 Annual Conference will be held January 21-24 in Midway, UT before the start of the Sundance Film Festival.

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