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<i>Right On!</i> 1970. USA Directed by Herbert Danska. Courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art
  • Right On!

    1970. USA. Herbert Danska.

Introduced by Danska, King, Jr., and Last Poet Felipe Luciano

Thursday, November 8, 2012, 7:00 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1



  • Right On!

    1970. USA. Directed by Herbert Danska. Produced by Woodie King, Jr. With Gylan Kain, David Nelson, Felipe Luciano. Described as “a conspiracy of ritual, street theater, soul music and cinema," Right On! is a pioneering concert film, a compelling record of radical Black sentiment in 1960s America, and a precursor of the Hip Hop revolution in musical culture. Shot guerilla-style on the streets and rooftops of lower Manhattan, it features the original Last Poets performing twenty-eight numbers adapted from their legendary Concept-East Poetry appearance at New York’s Paperback Theater in 1969. Opening almost simultaneously with Melvin Van Peebles’s Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, Right On! was described by its producer as “the first ‘totally black film’” making “no concession in language and symbolism to white audiences.” Rarely screened for over thirty years, To Save and Project presents the world premiere of the Museum's new restoration, made from the recently recovered 35mm negative. Restored by The Museum of Modern Art with support from the Celeste Bartos Fund for Film Preservation and Paul Newman (San Francisco).