James Baldwin:
The Price of The Ticket

July 22, 2015 - Chilmark Community Center
6:00 PM Live Music & Dinner by The Kitchen Porch
 7:30 PM Feature Film

Discussion with director Karen Thorsen and Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. ; moderated by Alexandra Styron

In honor of James Baldwin’s 90th birthday (8/2/15) — and in recognition of recent current events — the MVFF is proud to present the 25th anniversary version of this award-winning film, newly restored and re-mastered.


Dir. Karen Thorsen | Documentary | U.S.A. | 1989 | 87 min.

The eloquent, passionate voice of James Baldwin was one of the first to speak in depth of the pain and struggle of black Americans in a world that failed to understand that “all men are brothers.” His works honestly confronted taboo topics—racial tension and homosexuality—and Baldwin was soon an early and essential voice of universal love and equality in the civil rights movements. The life, works, and beliefs of the late writer and activist are revisited in this newly remastered film featuring rare archival footage and interviews with Baldwin’s friends Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka, and William Styron. At a time when black Americans are still fighting for their basic rights and dignity, this film is proof of the enduring power and relevance of Baldwin’s words.


Thank you to the screening sponsors Joanna & Jonathan Cole and