‘I Am Not Your Negro’ Continues to Expand Its Theatrical Reach – Find Out When and Where It Will Be Screening Near You

"I Am Not Your Negro" - Raoul Peck

“I Am Not Your Negro” – Raoul Peck

A film that many of you have been anticipating finally opened in USA theaters on February 3rd, and continues to expand each weekend into new cities around the country, ensuring that it’s accessible to as many of you as possible, bolstered by a 2017 Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary.

Magnolia Pictures is releasing Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck’s critically-acclaimed documentary “I Am Not Your Negro” – a project Peck worked on for at least 6 years, and is made with the full cooperation of the Baldwin estate. Peck has described it as “a very creative documentary.” In short, the film toys with the idea that Baldwin actually wrote what was to be an ambitious book – “a masterpiece” as Peck puts it – on Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., whose lives all ended in assassinations. Baldwin knew it would be a challenge, and didn’t believe it would sell, but he felt that he needed to write it. Baldwin never did write the book (Peck learned about it via letters Baldwin sent to his agent); but Peck’s “creative documentary” imagines that he did. As the filmmaker has said: “The starting point of the film is to say – yes, he wrote it. He just didn’t bind it together, but if you go through his work, the film is there.”

All Peck had to build upon were 30 pages of Baldwin’s notes for the book, and the rights to all of Baldwin’s final, unfinished manuscript, “Remember This House,” in which the author went about the painful task of remembering his three fallen friends – Evers, X, and King – and crafted an elegantly precise and bracing film essay which is anchored by the presence of Baldwin himself in images and words, read beautifully by Samuel L. Jackson.

Why a film on Baldwin? Peck’s response: “Because Baldwin is my life… I started reading Baldwin when I was 14 or 15, and I realized as an adult a lot of the things I was saying came from him.”

Aramide Tinubu interviewed Peck about the film (read it here) and also reviewed “I Am Not Your Negro” (read her thoughts here).

Magnolia continues to release theatrical playdates for the film, including this weekend’s expansion opening locations. So check out the below schedule and make note of when the film will be coming to a theater near you, if it hasn’t already. You’ll find playdates through June:

2/3/2017
CA, Berkeley: California 3
CA, Emeryville: Bay Street 16
CA, Hollywood: Pacific ArcLight Hollywood 15
CA, Los Angeles: Baldwin Hills 15
CA, Pleasant Hill: Century 16 Downtown Pleasant Hill
CA, San Francisco: Alamo Drafthouse Mission
CA, San Francisco: Embarcadero Center Cinema 5
CA, Santa Ana: South Coast Village 3
CA, West Los Angeles: The Landmark 12
CO, Boulder: Century 16
CO, Denver: Esquire Theatre
CO, Littleton: Alamo Drafthouse Little 7
DC, Washington: E Street Cinema
FL, Miami: O Cinema Wynwood
FL, Miami Beach: South Beach 18
GA, Atlanta: Atlantic Station Stadium 16
GA, Atlanta: Midtown Art Cinemas 8
GA, Atlanta: Phipps Plaza 14
IL, Chicago: Arclight Chicago 14
IL, Chicago: River East 21
IL, Chicago: Showplace Icon 16
IL, Chicago: Studio Movie Grill – Chatham
IL, Evanston: CineArts 6 – Evanston
LA, New Orleans: Broad Theatre 4
MA, Brookline: Coolidge Corner Theatre
MA, Cambridge: Kendall Square Cinema 9
MD, Baltimore: Charles Theatre
MD, Largo: Magic Johnson Capital Centre 12
MD, Silver Spring: Majestic 20
MI, Royal Oak: Main Art Theatre
MN, Minneapolis: Lagoon Cinema
MO, University City: Tivoli Theatre
NY, New York: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
NY, New York: Film Forum
NY, New York: Magic Johnson Harlem USA 9
PA, Philadelphia: Rave University 6
PA, Philadelphia: Ritz 5 Movies
TX, Austin: Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar
TX, Austin: Arbor Cinemas at Great Hills 8
TX, Dallas: Angelika Film Center and Cafe
VA, Arlington: Shirlington 7
WA, Bellevue: Lincoln Square Stadium 16
WA, Seattle: SIFF Cinema Egyptian

2/9/2017
IN, Bloomington: Indiana University Cinema
NY, Ithaca: Cornell Cinema

2/10/2017
CA, North Hollywood: Laemmle NoHo 7
CA, Pasadena: Playhouse 7 Cinemas
CA, San Diego: Hillcrest Cinemas
MI, Grand Rapids: Celebration Cinema Woodland
MI, Muskegon: Carousel Cinema 16
MI, Okemos: Studio C!
NE, Lincoln: Mary R. Ross Film Theater
NY, Brooklyn: Alamo Drafthouse Downtown Brooklyn 7
NY, Rochester: Little Theatre
OH, Cleveland Heights: Cedar Lee Theatres
TX, Houston: River Oaks Theatre 3
UT, Salt Lake City: Broadway Centre Cinemas

2/11/2017
HI, Honolulu: Doris Duke Theatre

2/13/2017
LA, Baton Rouge: Manship Theatre

2/16/2017
OH, Columbus: Wexner Center for the Arts

2/17/2017
AZ, Scottsdale: Camelview at Fashion Square
AZ, Tucson: The Loft Cinema 3
CA, Monterey: Osio Cinemas
CA, Palm Desert: Tristone Cinemas Palm Desert 10
CA, Santa Cruz: Nickelodeon Theatres
CA, Santa Monica: Monica Film Center
CA, Sebastopol: Rialto Cinemas 9
CT, New Haven: Criterion Cinemas 9
DE, Wilmington: Theatre N at Nemours
GA, Fitzgerald: Grand Theatre
HI, Honolulu: Kahala Theatres 8
IN, Fort Wayne: Fort Wayne Cinema Center
IN, Indianapolis: Keystone Art Cinema 7
IN, Notre Dame: DeBartolo Performing Arts Center/Browning Cin
KY, Louisville: Speed Art Museum
LA, Shreveport: Robinson Film Center 2
MA, Amherst: Amherst Cinema Arts Center 3
MA, Provincetown: Waters Edge Cinema 2
MI, Detroit: Cinema Detroit
NC, Asheville: Grail Moviehouse 3
NC, Charlotte: Park Terrace 6 Cinema
NC, Durham: Carolina Theatre – Durham
NJ, Asbury Park: The ShowRoom
NJ, Cherry Hill: Cherry Hill 24
NM, Santa Fe: CCA Cinematheque
NY, Albany: Spectrum 8
NY, Ithaca: Cinemapolis 5
NY, Millerton: Moviehouse
NY, Pleasantville: Jacob Burns Film Center
NY, Yonkers: Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers 6
OH, Cleveland: Tower City 11
OR, Portland: Cinema 21 Theatre
OR, Portland: Hollywood Theatre
PA, Pittsburgh: Harris Theatre
TN, Memphis: Studio on the Square 5
TN, Nashville: Belcourt Theatre
TX, El Paso: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – Montecillo 8
TX, Lubbock: Alamo Drafthouse Lubbock 8

2/20/2017
CA, Modesto: State Theatre Modesto

2/21/2017
WA, Spokane: Magic Lantern Theatre

2/22/2017
VA, Norfolk: Naro Expanded Cinema
VA, Winchester: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema 8-Winchester

2/23/2017
KY, Paducah: Maiden Alley
MT, Bozeman: Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture
NY, Hudson: Time and Space Limited

2/24/2017
AL, Montgomery: Capri Community Film Society
CA, Nevada City: Magic Theatre
FL, Gainesville: Gainesville Cinema 14
FL, Jacksonville: Sun-Ray Cinema
FL, Sarasota: Burns Court
GA, Macon: Douglass Theatre
IL, Champaign: Art Theatre
ME, Portland: Portland Museum of Art
MI, Ann Arbor: Michigan Theater
MI, Kalamazoo: Alamo Drafthouse Kalamazoo
MO, Kansas City: Tivoli @ Manor Square
MT, Billings: Arthouse Cinema & Pub.
NC, Winston-Salem: Aperture Cinema
NY, Rhinebeck: Upstate Films 2
NY, Rome: Capitol Theatre
OH, Columbus: Gateway Film Center 8
OH, Dayton: New Neon Movies
OK, Tulsa: Circle Cinema
OR, Eugene: Broadway Metro
PA, Harrisburg: Midtown Cinema 3
PA, Lancaster: Zoetropolis
PA, York: Small Star Art House
SC, Columbia: Nickelodeon
SC, Greenville: Peace Center for the Performing Arts
TX, Katy: Alamo Drafthouse Mason Park 6
VT, Rutland: Flagship Premium Cinemas – Rutland Plaza
WA, Port Orchard: Dragonfly Cinema
WA, Port Townsend: Rose Twin
WA, Vancouver: Kiggins

2/26/2017
NH, Portsmouth: Music Hall
NY, Auburn: Auburn Public Theater

2/27/2017
FL, Key West: Tropic Cinema Key West

2/28/2017
IL, Normal: Normal Theatre

3/2/2017
NY, Patchogue: Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center

3/3/2017
MI, Grand Rapids: Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts
NE, La Vista: Alamo Drafthouse Omaha
NE, Omaha: Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater
NH, Concord: Red River 3
NY, Brooklyn: Syndicated Bar Theater Kitchen
NY, Pelham: Pelham Picture House
OK, Oklahoma City: Oklahoma City Museum of Art

3/10/2017
CA, Fresno: Fresno Filmworks c/o Tower Theatre
CT, Hartford: Real Art Ways Cinema
FL, Tallahassee: Tallahassee Film Society / All Saints Cinema
ID, Boise: The Flicks 4
MA, Salem: CinemaSalem 4
ME, Portland: Portland Museum of Art
RI, Providence: Cable Car Cinema

3/24/2017
NM, Mesilla: Fountain Theatre

4/7/2017
TN, Memphis: Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

6/8/2017
MI, Saugatuck: Saugatuck Center for the Arts

51 Comments

  1. Why is it not premiering in Cincinnati, OH or at least I didn’t see it listed. How do you decide where and when?

  2. Very shocked and confused as to why there’s no screening in BIRMINGHAM, AL out of all places in the south…

  3. Wondering how to get the film for a screening in towns into currently scheduled?

  4. Please consider a viewing in Colonial Heights, VA , Richmond, VA or Midlothian, VA

  5. Please bring this film to Huntsville, Alabama asap for February 2017. There are several bookclubs here waiting anxiously to view this wonderful and timely film. Thank you.

  6. Don’t understand why the movie is not showing in Memphis nor Mississippi….SMDH

  7. I’m so glad the internet exists, for now I’m 90% sure I’m seeing this online since it seems going wide is not in the cards for this film.

    Not that it would likely make too much money in doing so, unfortunately.

  8. Amari, I second that emotion. Fact is, if one has a very popular streaming device, they can view it in the comfort of their home. I no longer go to the theater, yet I’ve seen all the current films (while they’re still in the theaters). Tonight I am watching Monster Calls. The Great Wall is coming out this week… I’ve seen it.

    Holla 🙂

    • Disclaimer: Films starring people of color seldom make it to my corn field USA. So I don’t believe I am taking money out of the Producer’s pocket by using the streaming device. That’s my story and I am sticking to it. That said, I did pay to see Fences in the theater. And my lady forced me to see Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween, at the theater. She said “it’s more fun” watching his flicks with other Tyler fans. Well, that may be true for Tyler Perry/Madea fans but it only made me realize we’ve surely lost the battle. I mean, BET has a hit in their New Edition thing and Madea’s beat goes on. So woe is we who hunger for “better”.

    • Btw, there’s not cost to view the films and the device is legal. The initial cost of the streamer is around 50 bucks ( the cost of a single date-night at the movies).

      I know, it sounds to good to be true but believe me, it’s that simple and that cheap. In fact, I didn’t believe it until my daughter sent me one. Yep, I told her she must be smokin’ that sh*t (that stinky sh*t) and thinks I’m crzy. How in the hell am I going to watch current movies in my home, FOR FREE. Well, I had to eat crow when I unwrapped my gift, plugged it in… and BAM… there they were. All you need is Wi-Fi. I watched A Monsters Call on it last night. That flick is deep.Although It’s live animation it’s not a kids flick. It’s about dealing with and going through the impending death of a loved one. Its told through the narration of the big tree monster. If you’re prone to crying at the movies, get ready, this might take you there.

  9. When/Where coming to Tampa, FL area? So far, nearest is Sarasota, FL. In my old age….71…..lol….I have only recently cared enough to start reading Black literature including Mr. James Baldwin I hope to live long enough to complete his phenomenal Body of Work.Thank you

  10. Toledo, ohio need to be listed. However, we will travel to Dayton to see it. Approx. 2 1/2 hrs. drive.

  11. When you go to see the movie please take your children to see it because the schools will not.

  12. I can’t believe this movie isnt playing in Albuquerque. Have to travel an hour to see it in Santa Fe. And that’s not for awhile yet! Disappointed

  13. I have been waiting to see this for several months and was thrilled to walk into a packed theater on a weeknight earlier this week.

    Unfortunately, I was very disappointed. Peck is clearly a talented filmmaker, and had some interesting ideas, but in my opinion, the film just never came together. Despite some beautiful scenic shots and glorious narration of Baldwin’s words, I found the film to be scattered, meandering, and disengaging. The film tried to do so much, far too much, and Baldwin just felt like a device to explore far too many disjointed ideas.

    To be fair, I think that the 30 pages of Baldwi’s last book were likely just not enough source material to really shape this film, so Peck essentially just created his own work loosely hung together with Baldwin as a thread.
    It didn’t work for me.

    But again, I was so pleased to see the turnout, and I hope many more audiences get to view this film.

  14. Please bring the film to Richmond VA. As the former Confederate capital, i think it would be important to have a viewing here. Also, i just really want to see the film.

  15. This is systematic blackout of films like this is areas like Charlotte, NC or Rock Hill,SC is disgusting and sad! Who makes these to sensor an important piece like this?

    • A systematic blackout of films like this is happening in Rock Hill,SC?!

      Is that you Chicken Little?

      Here’s a few interesting facts about Rock Hill and its black population. Shortly before the American Civil War began a census had been taken of the population in York County, where Rock Hill is located. Half of the district’s 21,800 residents were slaves! Now they can’t even see “I am Not Your Negro”.

      In the 60’s when the civil rights leader John Lewis and another black man stepped off the bus at Rock Hill, they were beaten by a white mob. Now, those who have been following the political scene lately (and this blog). you know John Lewis has a hard head and deeper convictions that will not allow him to wallow in self pity. After that event drew national attention,.In 2002, Lewis, by then a US Congressman from Georgia, returned to Rock Hill, where he had been invited as a speaker at Winthrop University and was given the key to the city by Mayor Doug Echols who officially apologized to him on the city’s behalf for the Freedom Riders’ treatment in the city. And since Rock Hills population is only 69,967, systematically restricting films like this would be unnecessary.

  16. I live in Charleston SC & I’m disappointed. & astounded to say with all our history, I will have to drive to Charlotte this weekend to check this film out. We were visiting Washington last weekend & tried to view it then but was instructed to the wrong cinema!

    • do people who complain about the movie not being near them understand anything about distribution and costs etc.? to put any movie in a theatre cost money. a movie movie this *small*, a doc no less, being in theaters at all is a success. getting it in your little ass town would be a miracle. how many docs show in your towns? this isnt a batman movie my lord.

      • Probably not. Though that makes the wish this has an expedited VoD premiere strong. Though, to be honest, I’m surprised this opened outside of NY/LA.

      • It’s safe to say we know very little about the whole movie making process, from the thought, to the paper, through screenwriters, to agents, producers, actors, unions, crews, marketing and finally on to the screen. Then, once it’s on its way to the screen, as you mentioned, there’s a cost associated with each theater. They have to get a piece of the pie as well.

        In the case of a documentary of this nature, this task becomes even more monumental. The theater has to take into consideration who might be interested in seeing this? And, will it profitable to show this doc over some other film?

        Anyway, it would be nice if one day someone gave us an inside look at all the costs associated with distributing a film.

      • “getting it in your little ass town would be a miracle”

        Be nice *lol*

        According to data from the 2013 census, Charleston’s population is 130,000, ranking it 199th in the U.S. That is small. To add to its lack of a sizable enough population problem, it’s not a city one might drive “through” on their way to another location.
        There is however one theater in the city that might have taken a chance on this film. They’ve recently showed the doc Vaxxed: An investigation into the CDC’s destruction of a study linking autism to the MMR vaccine.

        Comments on Terrace Theater: Went to see Vaxxed this weekend. What a lovely theater. I love the vintage look & feel of the place. Love that they brought this documentary to town

        “The Terrace is a vital part of the city’s artistic scene. As it is one of the only small independent theaters in the area it screens movies that aren’t in wide release. If you hear about a film that is picking up a lot of good reviews and isn’t in a big theater, there’s a good chance The Terrace will have it.”

        “The concessions are ridiculously overpriced and the staff treat you like garbage if you’re in your twenties (a lot of old people frequent there)”

        There you have it, LATOYA J and Milinda, drive on down to 1956 Maybank Hwy and put a bug in their ear. And while you’re in the area, zip on over to Nana’s for some down-home grub.

  17. Subtitles for deaf/hard of hearing people?????????????????????????
    #hearingprivilege #audism

  18. I live in Paducah KY. They are showing the movie at the Maiden alley cinema. It’s part of the black history month film showcase that I put together for maiden alley cinema. I can’t wait to see the movie. I hear great things about it. My name is Kelvin Wilson and I’m on the board of directors for Maiden Alley. I’m African American and I’m trying to do something awesome with the event. If you live in Paducah, KY and want to see the movie. It’s show Thursday February 23rd.

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