The Wiz

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The Wiz
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 7:00 PM
Aperture Cinema, Winston Salem, NC
 
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  • Ticket Price: $12.50
  • Show Type: Special Event
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The Wiz is a 1978 American musical adventure fantasy film. A reimagining of L. Frank Baum's classic 1900 children's novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz featuring an all-black cast, the film was loosely adapted from the 1974 Broadway musical of the same name. 
Upon its original theatrical release, the film was a critical and commercial failure, and marked the end of the resurgence of Black People films that began with the blaxploitation movement of the early 1970s. Despite its initial failure, it became a cult classic, particularly among black audiences and Oz enthusiasts. Lena Horne plays Glenda the Good Witch. 
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The Wiz is a part of the Black Cinema series. The purpose of this series is to honor and celebrate the history of black filmmakers, storytellers, actors and creatives during Black History Month. The series aims to go a step beyond the traditional use of film to highlight historical figures and present film as part of the celebration by looking at the history of black cinema.
 
Taken in its entirety the series will present a history of cinema and the African American experience with cinema in a thoughtful and thorough way. As in many other industries, African Americans have made their mark in film narratively, stylistically, historically, topically, financially and artistically and this series will aim to highlight the route of these significant contributions.
 
In year two, we will celebrate the career of the legendary and magnificent Lena Horne.