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Directed by Leo Penn

1966

USA

B/W

102 minutes

16mm

Showtimes

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A Man Called Adam

RESCHEDULED SCREENING: SATURDAY, JUNE 28, 4 P.M. (original date: June 14)

Directed by Leo Penn (Sean Penn’s father), this 1966 independent film stars Sammy Davis Jr. as a troubled jazz musician (ghosted on trumpet by Nat Adderley) and Cicely Tyson in one of her first screen roles as a young civil-rights activist. A Man Called Adam features a musical score composed and arranged by Benny Carter, and appearances by jazz greats Louis Armstrong and Mel Tormé. Notable for its prominence of African Americans—both in front of and behind the camera—and its bold attempts at addressing issues of race and identity, this film is very rarely screened and is unavailable elsewhere.