The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Hip-Hop Education Center, Okayplayer, and SVA Theatre present the Made You Look: Four Decades of Hip-Hop’s Impact in Cinema.
Menace II Society (1993)
Directed by The Hughes Brothers
“More acutely than any movie before, it gives cinematic expression to the hot-tempered, defiantly nihilistic ethos that ignites gangster rap.” – Stephen Holden, The New York Times
Following the life of Watts district teenagers Caine (Tyrin Turner) and O-Dog (Larenz Tate), this debut feature from the Hughes Brothers, then notable music video directors, tracks the attempts to escape the oppressive cycles plaguing black society in 1990s Los Angeles. Set to the era’s fast paced and wildly expressive west-coast rap, the film channels the characters’ angst to reveal what it was like growing up young, poor, and black in the 90s.
Hip-Hop Education Center founder Martha Diaz will introduce the screening and moderate the post-screening discussion. Guest panelists include Jayson Jackson (Producer, What happened, Nina Simone?), J. Period (Music Producer and Mixtape DJ, Hamilton), and Sabrina Schmidt Gordon (Editor, Beyond Beats and Rhymes)
Menace II Society is rated R and runs 97 minutes. Children under the age of 8 may not be admitted.
Doors will open approximately 30-45 minutes prior to the event. Seating is general admission. Link to purchase tickets here!