If Beale Street Could Talk


Saturday, Nov. 10 at 5:30pm
Tivoli Theatre

Director Barry Jenkins follows his Oscar®-winning “Moonlight” with an adaptation of James Baldwin's classic novel “If Beale Street Could Talk,” a celebration of love told through the story of a young couple and their families. In early-1970s Harlem, wife-to-be Tish (KiKi Lane) is intensely connected to artist Alonzo “Fonny” Hunt (Stephan James), her fiancé. Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dreams of a future together, but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit. The film also stars Regina King, Dave Franco, and Diego Luna. The Hollywood Reporter writes: “As he demonstrated to unforgettable effect in ‘Moonlight,’ writer-director Barry Jenkins is a ravishing visual stylist but also a storyteller of transfixing emotional intensity, capable of layering fathomless depths into his characters, just as often with a silent gaze as with words. Those same gifts are applied to his lustrous adaptation of the 1974 novel ‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ an intimate evocation of African-American lives ruptured by injustice that’s faithful almost to a fault to the unique voice of its author, James Baldwin.”

117 min.

Directed by

Barry Jenkins



Film Category

Race in America: The Black Experience Studio Spotlight


Drama Love Story

Sponsored by

Linda Brown Reed, Esq.