Tribute to Pam Grier with Jackie Brown

240 min.


Friday, Nov. 3 at 8:00pm
Tivoli Theatre

SLIFF pays tribute to the legendary Pam Grier, star of such blaxploitation classics as “Foxy Brown” and “Coffy,” and presents her with the fest’s annual Women in Film Award. Grier co-stars in the fest’s opening-night film, the locally shot “Bad Grandmas,” and she will participate in a Q&A at that Nov. 2 screening, but this tribute program will put the spotlight exclusively on the actress. The evening will include a highlight reel of Grier’s filmography, the award presentation, and a career-spanning interview conducted by Novotny Lawrence, author of “Blaxploitation Films of the 1970s: Blackness and Genre.” Following the interview, the fest will screen “Jackie Brown,” Quentin Tarantino’s 1997 crime thriller. In his book “Opening Wednesday at a Theater or Drive-in Near You,” critic Charles Taylor writes that “Jackie Brown” provided the actress with her finest part: “Grier essays the role with incredible grace and goes beyond it, making the movie an elegy for a career that should have leapt beyond the tawdry confines of blaxploitation…. It’s likely that most movies would have been too small to contain the magnificence of Pam Grier. The crime is that they never even tried.”

$15 for special event

Film Category

Archival Presentations Women in Film Spotlight

With Guests

With Grier, SLIFF Women in Film Award honoree, and interviewer Novotny Lawrence, author of “Blaxploitation Films of the 1970s: Blackness and Genre.”

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