The Gene Siskel Film Center presents programming in the spirit of the Black Harvest Film Festival all year long!
Do Not Resist
2016, Craig Atkinson, USA, 72 min.
“An eye-opening experience.” — Dexter Filkins, New Yorker
“Haunting…I had to force myself to exhale.” — Radley Balko, Washington Post
This Tribeca Film Festival award-winner by the cinematographer of the acclaimed hit DETROPIA, himself the son of a retired SWAT team member, takes a revealing look at the militarization of American police departments, a government-funded, post-9/11 initiative that put armored vehicles, assault rifles, grenade launchers, and bayonets in the hands of cops across the nation in the name of a vaguely conceived war on terror. From violence-torn Ferguson to the sleepy streets of suburbs and small towns, the machinery of war is employed against citizen protests and in the course of smalltime drug busts, with police acting as modern-day storm troopers. Director Atkinson goes behind the scenes in Senate hearings, law enforcement training seminars, community hearings, and shocking street maneuvers for a hard-hitting probe of the phenomenon. DCP digital. (BS)
Tear the Roof Off: The Untold Story of Parliament Funkadelic
2016, Bobby J. Brown, USA, 58 min.
Filmmaker Brown takes us way behind the scenes historically in this revealing profile of the revolutionary dance-party funk band Parliament Funkadelic, including a hard look at its controversial and autocratic leader George Clinton. From doo-wop roots to the Mothership Connection tour and the eventual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction, the music and the over-the-top costumes put the fun in funk. The stories of high life and wild ways are de rigueur for the rock scene, but the meat of this tale is an unraveling saga of Clinton’s ruthless manipulation and exploitation of band members, leaving some of his original collaborators bewildered and betrayed. DCP digital. (BS)