Above: Trailer for 'The Murder of Fred Hampton.'
Alk and Gray were already at work on a documentary about the Chicago chapter of the Black Panther Party and its chairman, 21-year-old Fred Hampton, when Hampton was shot and killed in a police raid. The second half of the film becomes an investigative report on the shooting and subsequent trials, contending that the police and the FBI could not have been telling the truth in their testimonies.
The New York Times characterizes it "as a disturbingly somber illustration of some of the ills that beset us and our social system."
Following the screening, artist Sam Durant (Art MFA 91), activist and educator Ericka Huggins and UCLA scholar Robin Kelley join the audience for a panel discussion about the film and current events.
The Murder of Fred Hampton
Jan. 29, 7 pm
631 W. 2nd St., Los Angeles
Tickets: general audience $11; members $8, CalArts affiliates $6