*Patti Cake$.* 2017. USA. Directed by Geremy Jasper

Patti Cake$. 2017. USA. Directed by Geremy Jasper. 108 min.

Make way for the year’s breakout star: newcomer Danielle Macdonald is Patti Cake$, aka Killa P, a burly and brash aspiring rapper with big plans to get out of Jersey. Patti lives with her mother (Bridget Everett), a former singer who drinks away her daughter’s wages, and ill grandmother (an epic Cathy Moriarty); meanwhile Patti is assisted in realizing her dreams by her hip-hop partner and BFF Hareesh (Siddharth Dhananjay) and their mysterious new collaborator Basterd (Mamoudou Athie). This raucous and fresh tale from first-time writer-director Geremy Jasper—a musician and former music video director from Hillsdale, NJ—follows Patti from gas station rap battles to her shifts at the lonely karaoke bar, while empathetically portraying the aspirations and frustrations of three generations of women. With homegrown swagger and contagious energy, Patti Cake$ announces Jasper and Macdonald as major talents. A Fox Searchlight release.

  1. Wednesday, March 15,
    9:30 p.m.

    Mezzanine, Education and Research Center, Theater 3
    The Museum of Modern Art
  2. Wednesday, March 15,
    7:30 p.m.

    T2, Theater 2
    The Museum of Modern Art
    Followed by a discussion with Jasper
This film accompanies New Directors/New Films 2017.