Next Friday, August 16th, The Museum of the Moving Image will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the landmark blaxploitation film Super Fly, with a screening of the film at 7PM, as part of the Changing the Picture and Fun City: New York in the Movies 1967–75 film series. Actress Sheila Frazier, who played Georgia opposite Ron O’Neal, will be in attendance for a Q&A with Museum trustee and curator Warrington Hudlin.
Filmmaker Gordon Parks, Jr.’s Super Fly, starring Sheila Frazier, Ron O’Neal and Carl Lee, was a landmark urban crime drama. In the film, O’Neal plays Priest, a Harlem drug dealer looking to make one last score in order to quit the business. Financing for Super Fly came from two African American dentists, along with Gordon Parks, the famous father of the movie’s director, Gordon Parks, Jr. The film’s now classic soundtrack — written, produced, and performed by the legendary Curtis Mayfield — is one of the few soundtracks to have out-grossed the film it was written for. Super Fly also starred Julius Harris, Charles McGregor, Nate Adams, Polly Niles, Yvonne Delaine, Henry Shapiro, K.C., James G. Richardson, Make Bray, Al Kiggins, Bob Bonds, Fred Rolaf, Alex Stevens, Harry Manson, Floyd Levine, Sig Shore, Chris Arnett, Cecil Alonzo, Gene Chambers, John Williams and E. Preston Reddick.
This special screening of Superfly, which just celebrated its 40th anniversary (the film was released on August 4, 1972), will be accompanied by a personal appearance by co-star Sheila Frazier, who made her memorable film debut as Priest’s girlfriend. Frazier will introduce the screening and speak afterwards. Sadly, the writer, director, producer, music composer, and all of the other principal cast members, have passed way. This event is a unique opportunity to get a first-hand account of the making of Superfly and the cultural and social impact it had on black cinema and American life.
As a belated anniversary celebration bonus, following the screening and discussion, the Museum will host a contest and present a prize for the “Best Superfly Outfit” and best a cappella singer of a verse from a song on the Superfly soundtrack.
Warrington Hudlin will moderate the discussion as well as the competition, where Sheila Frazier will be joined by guest judges Bow Legged Lou, Paul Anthony, and George Logan, cast members from Hudlin’s film House Party.
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