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The Trip + The Spook Who Sat By the Door

The Trip + The Spook Who Sat By the Door

The Trip + The Spook Who Sat By the Door

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1973 / 119min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: IVAN DIXON

CAST: LAWRENCE COOK, JANET LEAGUE, PAULA KELLY, J.A. PRESTON

Eileen Myles in person

THE TRIP - New York Premiere!
dir. Eileen Myles / 2019 / 17 minutes / DCP

THE SPOOK WHO SAT BY THE DOOR
dir. Ivan Dixon / 1973 / 102 minutes / 35mm

"I’m a huge fan of Frank Wilderson’s Red, Black, & White. In it I read about Ivan Dixon’s The Spook Who Sat By The Door. He quoted the following about its screening history: “Reluctantly released by United Artists, The Spook Who Sat by the Door attracted lines that went around the block at the back-alley theaters in which it was booked. Weeks later, after a National Guard Armory in California was robbed (much in the same way that had been depicted in the movie), the film was snatched off the screen and pulled from distribution.” I think my own short film engages politics, and especially the politics of the region I shot it in which is America finally because it must. I’ve been dying to see Dixon's film since I read about it. I’m pairing it with The Trip because I can and because I crave the experience of seeing a film with an audience that probably hungers for its news today at least as much as I do."—Eileen Myles