2020 Rhode Island Black Film Festival Exclusive Preview Event @ Central

Please join us on Saturday, February 22 to celebrate Black History Month with these special events. Registration is required—please see information below.


Part 1 - 12:45 - 1:45 PM

U Street Contested Film Screening and Q&A

Join filmmaker Michael T. Barry, Jr. for a screening and Q&A discussion of his short film about the historically significant U Street neighborhood in Washington, D.C. and its current battle with gentrification.  This exclusive screening is made possible by the Rhode Island Black Film Festival.


About Michael T. Barry, Jr.:

Michael T. Barry Jr. is a doctoral candidate at American University in Washington, DC and a professor of history at Montgomery College in Maryland. He studies African American and Muslim American history and has produced and directed three documentary films. His films “U Street Contested” and “The Universal Soldier: Vietnam” have won and been nominated for numerous awards, as they have screened at film festivals and historic venues across the country.  He is a New England native, earning his bachelor’s from the College of the Holy Cross and master’s from Providence College. Follow him on Twitter at @MTBarryJr.  


Part 2 - 2:00 - 4:45 PM

Green Book Film Screening and Discussion

In this Academy Award-winning movie, “a working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South” (IMDb.com). Watch the film and join a discussion about Rhode Island Green Book locations moderated by Ray Rickman and Dr. Catherine Zipf. Green Book is rated PG-13.


About Ray Rickman:

Ray Rickman is a former Rhode Island State Representative and Deputy Secretary of State who is well known as a historian, preservationist, antiquarian book dealer, and Civil Rights leader. He is the co-founder and Executive Director of Stages of Freedom, a community-empowerment organization with a multi-faceted mission to support, expand, and promote a variety of issues and opportunities relating to the minority community.


About Dr. Catherine Zipf: 

Catherine W. Zipf, PhD, is an award-winning architectural historian and author with expertise in historic preservation. Her research examines women's participation in American architectural and decorative arts history during the 19th and 20th centuries. She earned an AB from Harvard University and a MaH and PhD from the University of Virginia. She is the author of Professional Pursuits: Women and the American Arts and Crafts Movement, and is currently writing her second book, Making a Home of Her Own: Newport's Architectural Patronesses, 1850-1940, while serving as the Executive Director of the Bristol Historical and Preservation Society. 

Both events are free and open to the public.  Registration is required by calling the CPL Central Branch at 401-943-9080 x3 or emailing central@cranstonlibrary.org. Please put RIBFF Event in the subject line and let us know if you are attending one or both events.