Wes Craven’s The People Under The Stairs is a timeless American nightmare.

— Noel Murray, The A.V. Club

The People Under the Stairs

Film • Feb 20

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When young Fool (Brandon Adams) breaks into the home of his family’s greedy and uncaring landlords, he discovers a disturbing scenario where “Mommy” and “Daddy” have locked a group of children in their creepy basement. As Fool attempts to flee, he meets their daughter, Alice (A.J. Langer), who has been spared any extreme discipline by her deranged parents. Can Fool and Alice escape before it’s too late?

Directed by Wes Craven.

This film is part of our “Black Stories: Rural Voices” series. Curated by Thaddeus Jones Jr.

Join us after the screening for a panel discussion moderated by the film’s curator, Thaddeus Jones Jr. and featuring Dr. Frank Martin (Lecturer of Art History and Theory), Lauren Waring Douglas (Producer/Filmmaker), Derek Walker (Owner, Brown and Browner Ad Agency), and Jason Gourdine (Filmmaker, Owner and Founder of Black Collective).

Dr. Frank Martin is a  lecturer in art history and theory; organizer of colloquia and symposia on aesthetics and the fine arts and how these phenomena interface with politics, theory, philosophy, and society; mentor to students regarding assessment and criticism of traditional and non-traditional fine arts, including but not limited to painting, sculpture, installation, film and other forms.
 
Jason Gourdine is an entrepreneurial filmmaker experienced in developing projects for the independently run company Crown Vision Media. He is the owner and founder of Black Collective, a video-centric news/entertainment platform devoted to providing African-Americans news stories and perspectives and a 2018 South Carolina Arts Commission Production Fellow. Most notably, Gourdine helmed the production of an award-winning independent feature film, Enter the Dominion, winning Best Feature Film at the Charlotte Black Film Festival, Honorable Mention at The Texas Black Film Festival, and acquired national distribution through Maverick Entertainment. 

1991. USA. 102 minutes. Rated R for terror/violence.
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