The Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

To celebrate the recent HBO premiere of "Angel Rodriguez," Jim McKay’s latest examination of race, class and culture in Brooklyn, BAMcinematek is presenting a series of free screenings of the acclaimed Park Slope filmmaker’s borough-set works.

Frequently praised for the realism with which he depicts his subjects, the 44-year-old New Jersey native and would-be English teacher made documentaries, music videos (most notably for R.E.M. and Ziggy Marley) and public-service shorts before launching a career directing and writing low-budget narrative films.

The BAMcinematek series focusing on these films will begin Saturday evening with a big-screen showing of "Angel Rodriguez," which earned critical raves when it debuted on HBO on Oct. 30.

With this film, McKay skillfully trains his camera on the relationship between the titular character, an intelligent, troubled youth (Jonan Everett) and the white counselor (Rachel Griffiths) trying to help him, as both individuals are faced with difficult decisions. McKay and Everett will be on-hand after the screening to discuss the movie and take questions from the audience.

Slated to unspool Monday evening is "Everyday People," McKay’s 2004 valentine to the ordinary folk of Fort Greene. Featuring a cast comprised mostly of newcomers, the film explores what happens when a local diner is forced to close its doors to make way for a yuppie shopping paradise. The movie is a fictionalized version of stories collected by Brooklyn author Nelson George.

The last film in the series, set to screen Tuesday night, is "Our Song." Starring Kerry Washington, Anna Simpson and Melissa Martinez, this 2002 coming-of-age tale is about three Crown Heights teens navigating the rough waters of adolescence while finding time to perform together in the borough’s famed Jackie Robinson Steppers Marching Band.

"I create characters based on people that I am interested in exploring and based on images that are already out there," McKay told indieWIRE. "I am constantly trying to turn around expectations, not always just for the sake of turning them around - (but) to challenge the audience."

BAMcinematek presents "Three by Jim McKay" Nov. 18-21 at 6:50 pm at the BAM Rose Cinemas (30 Lafayette Ave. at Ashland Place in Fort Greene). Tickets are $10, $7 for students age 25 and younger (with valid I.D. Monday-Thursday, except holidays), seniors and children younger than age 12. Tickets are available through (718) 777-FILM; order by "name of movie" option. For more information, visit the Web site

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

Reasonable discourse

Comments closed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Keep it local!

Stay in touch with your community. Subscribe to our free newsletter: