Newark & Asbury Park, NJ: HALLELULAH (1929)

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Newark & Asbury Park, NJ: HALLELULAH (1929)

PostSat Jun 28, 2008 8:13 am

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VINTAGE CINEMA
HALLELUJAH!
July 16 | 7 pm THE NEWARK MUSEUM
Hosts: Gloria H. Buck and Dr. Miriam Petty
July 17 | 6 pm NEW JERSEY STATE MUSEUM
July 18 | 7 pm ASBURY PARK HIGH SCHOOL

Special Feature: The United States Postal Service will unveil a series of Vintage Black Cinema Commemorative Stamps. Join us in celebrating the occasion at the Press Preview on July 16 at 10 am.

Considered at the time to be a breakthrough for Black cinema, this is one of the first all–black films produced by a major studio. Follow the trials and tribulations of Zeke, a sharecropper who falls for a beautiful dancer, Chick, and is swindled out of his money by her. Zeke restarts his life by moving away, becoming a minister and finding new love. But when he returns home, Chick is there, seeking repentance and baptism. Only she hasn't really changed her ways, and life for Zeke is about to get even more complicated. 1929, PG–13. 100 minutes

Speaker: Donald Bogle, Film Historian and Author
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PostSat Jul 12, 2008 4:02 pm

http://www.nj.com/newark/index.ssf/2008/07/hallelujah_to_play_at_the_newa.html

Hallelujah! To Play at The Newark Black Film Festival on July 16
by Allison McCartney from The Newark Museum
Friday July 11, 2008, 11:30 AM
Hallelujah! burst onto the screen in 1929 as one of the first films from a major Hollywood studio to feature an all-black cast. The Newark Black Film Festival (NBFF) brings the Metro Goldwyn Mayer classic to The Newark Museum on Wednesday, July 16 at 7:00 p.m. King Vidor received an Academy Award nomination for Best Director for Hallelujah!

Hallelujah! starred Daniel L. Haynes as Zeke, a field laborer who is seduced away from his family and community by the temptations of the world and Chick, played by Nina Mae McKinney, the city woman who cons and captivates him. Zeke repents, finds God and becomes a preacher. During one of his sermons, Chick enters the church and Zeke finds himself succumbing to his own demons by running off with his alluring damsel, leaving God and his family behind. Zeke's and Chick's life together is filled with drama entwined with tragedy. But, alas, the bind with family surmounts sin.

Vidor hoped to create an authentic portrayal of rural African-American life, especially religious experience, by filming on location in Arkansas and Tennessee despite the technical challenges. Enhanced by spirituals performed by the Dixie Jubilee Singers, Hallelujah! also starred blues singer Victoria Spivey as Zeke's hometown love interest.

A talk entitled Vintage Cinema, hosted by NBFF Chair Gloria H. Buck and committee member Dr. Miriam Petty, will be presented by film historian and author Donald Bogle. Bogle's presentation will place the film into historical context. He is author of critically acclaimed books such as Dorothy Dandridge: A Biography and Brown Sugar: Eighty Years of American's Black Female Superstars. Bogle has taught at Rutgers University, University of Pennsylvania, and New York University's Tisch School for the Arts.

Funding by Bank of America has expanded the reach of the NBFF, the oldest black film festival in the country, to Trenton, Asbury Park and Camden. Co-presenters include New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT); Newark Public Library; Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, Rutgers, The State University (Newark Campus); Newark Screens on Springfield Ave. in Newark; Monmouth County Arts Council - Asbury Park High School; Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts, and the New Jersey State Museum in partnership with the New Jersey Department of State.

Since its introduction in 1974, NBFF has provided a forum for hundreds of emerging writers, directors, producers, performers and movie fans. The goal of the Festival is to present programs that reflect the full diversity of the black experience both past and present, encompassing a wide range of forums and formulas, from documentary to the avant-garde. In the past 33 years, the Newark Black Film Festival has screened 650 films to an audience of nearly 147,000 adults and children.

All screenings are FREE TO THE PUBLIC. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the theater is filled to capacity, additional seating will not be provided. Group seating is limited to two groups of 25 for each screening. To reserve group seating in Newark, call 973-596-6550. Group seating reservations will only be held until 6:40 p.m.

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