Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child A feature length documentary by Tamra Davis You may not know painter Jean-Michel Basquiat by name but chances are you have seen his art — modern, primitive, iconic. Born to a Haitian father and an African-Puerto Rican mother, Basquiat lived his formative teen years on Puerto Rico, emerging on Brooklyn streets in the 1970s as a locally-acclaimed graffiti artist. By age 25 the charismatic Basquiat had evolved into a globally-acclaimed Neo-expressionist and Primitivist painter, rarified, commercial art-world darling, commanding $1M a painting. This definitive documentary chronicles the meteoric rise of the artist with rock star status – an enormous talent whose fortunes mirror the roller-coaster quality of the 1980s downtown NY art scene.
Welcome to our 2018 season of the St John Film Society. This year we will present three films, one each in February, March and April. Take a break and come out to support and share with your community. See you at the movies!
2013 ST. JOHN ARTS FESTIVAL PRESENTS in partnership with ST JOHN ARTS FESTIVAL Feb. 12, 2013 / Gifft Hill School / 7:30 pm GUANTANAMERA: A feature length comedy from Cuba (1995)directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabío When Aunt Yoyita dies during a visit to Gina in Guantánamo, Gina, along with Yoyita’s childhood sweetheart, the aging Cándido, must take the body to Havana. To their annoyance, Gina’s overbearing husband Adolfo, a punctilious undertaker with political ambitions, takes charge of the journey, including several transfers along the way between hearses. On the road, they keep crossing paths with Mariano, a playboy trucker with a woman at every way station. He and Gina recognize each other: he was her student and wrote her of how much he loved her, then dropped out of school in embarrassment. Before they reach Havana, Gina realizes she can choose between Adolfo and Mariano.
Every year the St. John Film Society will host a number of films in both Cruz Bay & Coral Bay. There is a $5 suggested donation for each screening. FIRST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH @ St. John School of the Arts in Cruz Bay St. John Film Society members receive one free glass of wine and a complimentary raffle ticket at each Cruz Bay screening. THIRD WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH @ Pickles in Paradise in Coral Bay January 22, 2014: FIRE IN BABYLON at Pickels in Coral Bay February 4, 2014 : THE RICAN-ING OF WHITE BOY St. John School of the Arts in Cruz Bay. Co-Producer Jeff Rodriquez will be present for the screening. February 19, 2014: DUB ECHOES at Pickles in Coral Bay March 4, 2014: LAS CARPETAS St John School of the Arts in Cruz bay. Director, Maite Rivera Carbonell will be present for the screening.
DARWIN’S NIGHTMARE by Hubert Sauper (107 min) 2004 “…a tale about humans between the North and the South, about globalization, and about fish.” Some time in the 1960’s, in the heart of Africa, a new animal was introduced into Lake Victoria as a little scientific experiment. The Nile Perch, a voracious predator, extinguished almost the entire stock of the native fish species. However, the new fish multiplied so fast, that its white fillets are today exported all around the world. This booming multinational industry has created an ungodly globalized alliance on the shores of the world’s biggest tropical lake: an army of local fishermen, World bank agents, homeless children, African ministers, EU-commissioners, Tanzanian prostitutes and Russian pilots.