You’ll Never Be as Important as the Ocean: The Films of John Singleton

Tue, Jun 25th, 2019 to Tue, Jul 9th, 2019

The Music Box pays tribute to the groundbreaking director with a trio of his most powerful, personal films.

***Watch the Original Trailer by Mike Perry***

Movies & Showtimes for
You’ll Never Be as Important as the Ocean: The Films of John Singleton

Tue, Jun 25th
Boyz N The Hood

7:00PM
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Fri, Jun 28th
Boyz N The Hood

11:59PM
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Sat, Jun 29th
Boyz N The Hood

11:59PM
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Fri, Jul 5th
Poetic Justice

11:59PM
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Sat, Jul 6th
Poetic Justice

11:59PM
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Tue, Jul 9th
Rosewood

7:00PM
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Boyz N The Hood

A FILM BY: John Singleton
WRITTEN BY: John Singleton
STARRING: Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding Jr., Morris Chestnut, Larry Fishburne

***7pm Screening on 6/25 Hosted by Sergio Mims, Festival Consultant of the Black Harvest Film Festival***

The granddaddy of 90s hood dramas charts the diverging fates of three friends—including rapper Ice Cube, making a big impression in his first film—coming of age in the urban warzone of South Central LA. John Singleton became the first black filmmaker ever nominated for a Best Director Oscar for his still-potent debut, a landmark look at the devastation of gang violence and the young men caught in its cycle. - BAM

Technical Information

Production Year: 1991
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 112 mins
Format: DCP

Poetic Justice

A FILM BY: John Singleton
WRITTEN BY: John Singleton
STARRING: Janet Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Tyra Ferrell, Regina King, Joe Torry

John Singleton's follow-up to Boyz n the Hood casts two of the biggest music superstars of the 90s—Janet Jackson (sporting now-iconic box braids) and Tupac Shakur (displaying his softer side)—and builds a free-flowing road movie romance around their undeniable chemistry. Peppered with the poetry of Maya Angelou, POETIC JUSTICE is a sensitive, hopeful depiction of black struggle, joy, and creativity. - BAM

Technical Information

Production Year: 1993
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 109 mins
Format: DCP

Rosewood

A FILM BY: John Singleton
WRITTEN BY: Gregory Poirier
STARRING: Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, Jon Voight, Esther Rolle, Elise Neal

***Hosted by Sergio Mims, Festival Consultant of the Black Harvest Film Festival***

America is a country obsessed with neatly forgetting its past, and ROSEWOOD was a film eager to force remembrance. In many of his films, but particularly in ROSEWOOD, Singleton chose to see black people as more than just victims of violence, or capable of carrying out violence. Rosewood becomes a town worth mourning by the film's end because of how Singleton depicts the lives of the people in the town before the violence finds them. At its heart, ROSEWOOD is a love story, between two of its main characters (Ving Rhames' Mann and Elise Neal's Beulah), but also a love story about people who didn't have much, fighting to keep what they gained.

ROSEWOOD is a spectacular film that — like many of Singleton's efforts — defines the level of emotional intensity early, and then maintains that level the entire time. Also, like many of Singleton's efforts, it doesn't offer a solution for the whirlwind of peril or violence, just the reality of its aftermath. - Hanif Abdurraqib

Technical Information

Production Year: 1997
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 140 mins
Format: 35mm

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