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James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket

Sponsored by MIFA Victory Theatre

Date: May 6, 2015

Time: 1:00pm

Venue: Holyoke Community College, Leslie Phillips Theater (FORUM)

303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA

Tickets: FREE & Open to the Public

Join MIFA Victory Theatre & Holyoke Community College on May 6, 2015, at 1pm for a

screening of the award-winning documentary film classic JAMES BALDWIN: THE PRICE

OF THE TICKET at HCC’s Leslie Phillips Theater (FORUM).

James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket is an American Masters documentary, by director

Karen Thorsen. The movie describes an overview of “The life, works and beliefs of the late

writer and civil rights activist are recounted: what it is to be born black, impoverished, gifted,

and gay in a world that has yet to understand that “all men are brothers.” Baldwin's message,

a clarion call for racial, social, and sexual equality, remains painfully relevant. The film

includes archival footage of Baldwin's public appearances as well as interviews with writers

Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka, and William Styron, plus entertainer Bobby Short. "The Price of a

Ticket" is an unforgettable cinematic and emotional event.

Before the screening, the renowned West African drummer Kabisko will perform.

Formerly a resident teaching artist at New York’s Lincoln Center, he now teaches at the

Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School (PVPA) and the Five Colleges. Also as part of

HCC’s “Dialogues on Race” series, filmmakers Karen Thorsen & Douglas K. Dempsey will

host a Conversation with Jimmy after the screening.

For information about the nationwide launch of the film and Conversations with Jimmy, see the

website for the James Baldwin Project:


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