Nomadland. 2020. Directed by Chloé Zhao
Thu, Apr 15, 12:00 p.m.–Thu, Apr 22, 12:00 p.m.
With three features to date, Chloé Zhao (Songs My Brothers Taught Me, The Rider) has earned admiration for her sublime observation of the American heartland by training her lens on the marginalized. In this latest work, we follow Fern (Frances McDormand, in yet another career-defining performance), a 60-ish widow who picks up seasonal work while drifting through the American West in an RV. Fern maintains that she is houseless, not homeless, a sentiment shared by her community of nomads (played by real-life vagrant workers), each seeking freedom, solitude, inspiration, and occasional moments of warmth and togetherness. The magnificent landscape, beautifully filmed by cinematographer Joshua James Richards, provides the ideal backdrop for the search for inner peace in this profound work that offers countless moments for introspection. Premiered at the Venice Film Festival, where it won the Golden Lion, Nomadland has since received multiple “best film of 2020” honors.
Join photographer Joe Conzo Jr. as he presents his iconic body of work documenting the birth of hip hop in the Bronx and the rerelease of his book Born in the Bronx: A Visual History of the Birth of Hip Hop. Conzo will be joined by Hip Hop pioneer and legend GrandmasterCaz.
Hip hop first became a part of the mainstream music industry in the early 1980s, when major record labels released albums from such accessible groups as Run DMC and the Sugarhill Gang. But the true origins of one of the most powerful pop-cultural influences in the world are in the spontaneous, progressive musical culture that grew out of tough Bronx neighborhoods of the 1970s and led to a renaissance of poetry, music, and fashion.