Director: Spike Lee
USA, 1989, 120 mins. Salvatore "Sal" Fragione (Danny Aiello) is the Italian owner of a pizzeria in Brooklyn. Buggin' Out (Giancarlo Esposito), a young man from the neighborhood, is upset when he sees that the pizzeria's Wall of Fame only exhibits Italian American actors. Buggin' Out believes a pizzeria in an African American neighborhood should showcase black actors, but Sal disagrees. The wall becomes a symbol of racism and hate to Buggin' Out and to other people in the neighborhood, and tensions rise. The film will be followed by a panel discussion which will explore critical themes in the film and its impact on Black film and culture. Meet the panelists: Pierre Bennu is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, artist and performer, who is the principal creative of Exittheapple, an alternative media and arts company. Ti Coleman is a seasoned storyteller, comedian and lover of black people -- as Black genderqueer performer, he is dedicated to building spaces for black queer and trans* folks to come together, such as the all-people-of-color improv group, Minority Re’port, of which he is a founding member. Don Palmer, after working as a DJ, cab-driver and editor of alternative newspapers, has transitioned into a career as a freelance music critic and government bureaucrat -- he currently serves as a panelist for the Maryland Arts Council, on the CAB for WYPR.