Musically Speaking – THE WIZ

Please join us for Musically Speaking with DJ Soul Sister – A series of music-themed movies and documentaries, curated and hosted by DJ Soul Sister, and co-presented by Press Street, WWOZ and Charitable Film Network.

THE WIZ by Sidney Lument
Celebrate Michael Jackson’s birthday week with the film named by ‘Entertainment Weekly’ as #28 of the “50 top cult movies.” The “urbanized” retelling of the classic ‘The Wizard of Oz’, featuring an all-African American cast, first debuted as ‘The Wiz’ as a Broadway musical in 1975. The 1978 on-screen adaptation of the play is set in New York City, starring Diana Ross as “Dorothy,” as well as Michael Jackson in his first film role of “The Scarecrow.” Also co-starring Lena Horne and Richard Pryor. Quincy Jones serves as musical supervisor and music producer for the film. (1978, 134 minutes)

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PLEASE NOTE: Beginning in August 2013, “Musically Speaking” screenings will only happen once a month, but still on Tuesdays at 7pm.

NEXT MONTH – Tuesday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m.

“ROCKERS” by Ted Bafaloukos
Originally intended to be a documentary, Rockers is a full-length feature film which authentically showcases the culture of reggae music and Rastafarian life in Jamaica, featuring real-life reggae icons like Burning Spear, Gregory Isaacs, Big Youth, Dillinger, and Jacob Miller. Legendary Jamaican drummer Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace stars in the film as a musician who decides to become a record distributor. When local gangsters rip off his new music venture, his fellow musicians decide to get even, Robin Hood-style. (1978, 100 minutes)