African-American Filmmakers Showcase
Tues., June 4, 2019 at 7pm
Featuring an introduction to the film and a post-film discussion with film fan Christopher Providence and filmmaker Carlos L. Harris.
“The year I killed my father, I was 10.”
Louisiana, 1962: Charming Dr. Louis Batiste (Samuel L. Jackson), though married to his beautiful wife Roz (Lynn Whitfield), has a weakness for attractive patients. When his youngest daughter Eve (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) observes him having an affair with a married woman, it sets off a chain reaction of lies, revelations, and tragedy that threatens to tear the family apart.
This stylish, lyrical, magical, beautifully-photographed film by first-time director Kasi Lemmons became the highest-grossing independent film of 1997.
Also starring Debbi Morgan, Meagan Good, Diahann Carroll, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Roger Guenveur Smith, Lisa Nicole Carson, and Branford Marsalis.
“A film of astonishing maturity and confidence…one of the very best films of the year.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
“Lemmons’ command of cinematic style…and her ability to inspire actors to give remarkably faceted portrayals mark ‘Eve’s Bayou’ a first film of exceptional promise.” – Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
“[Lemmons creates] a landscape quite beautiful and entirely her own—a fluid, feminine, African-American, Southern Gothic narrative that covers a tremendous amount of emotional territory with the lightest and most graceful steps.” – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly