This screening is part of the Newark Black Film Festival.

A throwback screening of a classic by Newark’s own Ernest Dickerson, starring Tupac Shakur and Omar Epps. We also celebrate the iconic music and talent featured in this film on the 50th anniversary of hip-hop.

  • Juice, directed by Ernest Dickerson. (95 min). R
    Four inner-city teenagers get caught up in the pursuit of power and happiness, which they refer to as “the juice”.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s director Ernest Dickerson, producer Ralph McDaniels, and cast members Khalil Kain and Jermaine Hopkins.

Moderators: Richard Wesley and Maya Cade

Please note: Auditorium seating is available on a first come first serve basis for the film screening. An overflow space will be provided once we are at capacity.

Location: Billy Johnson Auditorium

Meet the Filmmaker

Ernest Dickerson

Director, 'Juice'

Ernest Roscoe Dickerson is an American director, cinematographer, and screenwriter of film, television, and music videos. Dickerson became known as the ace director of photography for fellow NYU alumnus Spike Lee. His vibrant painterly camerawork enhanced Lee’s student film “Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads” (1980) and his subsequent first six features. His first feature credit was John Sayles’ “The Brother From Another Planet” (1984), an engaging social parable about a mute alien stranded in Harlem, which benefited greatly from Dickerson’s soulful portraits of the faces and places of Black folks. He has achieved great success in conveying the full spectrum of African American coloring by utilizing various tinted lights and colored backdrops. Dickerson has also shot films by Michael Schultz (“Krush Groove” 1985), Robert Townsend (“Eddie Murphy Raw” 1987) and John McNaughton (“Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll” 1991).


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