PHX Film Collective: Do the Right Thing

Join the PHX Film Collective at Changing Hands Phoenix for a screening of Do the Right Thing! The PFC is a a group of film fans dedicated to bringing culturally relevant cinema to Central Phoenix, to share movie-going experiences with other film buffs.

Spike Lee's new movie BlacKkKlansman looked amazing even before it won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. Better still, its release this August is as good an excuse as any to revisit the film that brought Spike Lee to the mainstream in 1989, Do the Right Thing.

It's as remarkable now as it was then. It is, on the one hand, a quintessential New York film, painting in vibrant hues a 24-hour portrait of the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn on the hottest day of the summer. That heat is both literal and metaphorical, with racial tensions building to an explosive finale as the mercury rises around a white-owned pizza shop in a black neighborhood. As with Lee's best work, the film shies away from pat explanation and easy answers and remains essential viewing in a racially divided America.

Join us for a viewing of this modern classic with an introduction and post-film discussion by Dr. Keon McGuire and Dr. Meskerem Glegziabher of Arizona State University. Dr. McGuire is an assistant professor in Arizona State University's Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and his research examines how race, gender, and religion inform the everyday lives of racially minoritized communities. Dr. Glegziabher is a postdoc for outreach and community engagement at Arizona State University’s School of Human Evolution & Social Change where she works with members of historically marginalized communities to highlight their experiences and narratives through programing and events.

Think of the all-time-great movie-watching experiences of your life. Maybe it was when your dad surprised you with a matinee screening of Jurassic Park when you were a kid, and for two hours one summer afternoon you believed dinosaurs still walked the earth. Maybe it was the collective gasp when the twist in Get Out was revealed, or how the triumphant ending made you high-five the stranger sitting next to you. Maybe it was the time you sat in a nearly empty theatre in the middle of the afternoon, seeing a Jean-Luc Godard film for the first time, an experience that temporarily bonded you with a handful of strangers in a dark room, but you all left the theatre knowing that your life had been changed in some meaningful way.

The point is this: Whatever your most profound movie moments, they probably weren't experienced sitting alone on your couch. Because watching movies with other people who love movies is just better. That's why we started the PHOENIX FILM COLLECTIVE, a group created by film buffs for film buffs in Central Phoenix, so we can share more of those life-altering movie-going experiences together.
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