THIS FILM SCREENING IS SOLD OUT. You are welcome to join us for a dance party with the Jitterbugs and Underground Resistance DJ Mark Flash after 9:45 ($5 cover). MOCAD and Freep Film Festival present Jitterbugs: Pioneers of the Jit with Detroit Overture Friday, March 20, 8pm The origins of the distinctive Detroit dance known as the Jit are explored in Jitterbugs: Pioneers of the Jit (2014), a feature-length documentary by dancer-director Haleem "Stringz" Rasul. Elements of street dancing, Motown, acrobatics, and hip-hop meld in this quick-moving form, birthed in the late '70s by Detroit's McGhee brothers, who led a dance group known as the Jitterbugs. The film shows the McGhees' rise and struggles and how their influence continues to resonate. The screening is followed by a Q&A with director Haleem Rasul and members of the Jitterbugs. There also will be a performance showcase that includes the Jitterbugs and a chance to learn the Jit, and a dance party with Underground Resistance DJ Mark Flash. Emceed by Nick Speed. Preceded by Vienna-based filmmaker Lisa Kortschak's short, Detroit Overture (2015). For more info about these films and the entire Freep Film Festival (March 19-22), go to freepfilmfestival.com.
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