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NYC Epicenters: 9/11➔2021½

June 7, 2022 @ 6:30 pm 7:30 pm PDT




Screening Link available upon Registration

YouTube Live Stream Q&A 


NYC Epicenters 9/11➔2021½, a four-part documentary produced and directed by Academy, Emmy & Peabody Award-winning director Spike Lee, is a rich tapestry of New York City in the 21st century, weaving together the stories, memories, and insights of those who were eyewitnesses to New York’s greatest challenges. Lee conducted over 200 interviews for the documentary series which features first-hand accounts from residents of all walks of life, including first responders, politicians, and journalists alongside Lee and his own family and friends, complemented by a treasure trove of visual imagery. The quintessential New York filmmaker uses his unique sensibilities to craft a multi-faceted mosaic of the city as it deals with some of the most life-changing events of the last twenty years. Beginning with the ongoing global pandemic and the urgency of the Black Lives Matter movement, Lee traverses through time to the devastating terrorist attacks of 9/11. This provocative series is an epic chronicle of life, loss, and survival in what Lee calls “the greatest city on this God’s earth.” NYC Epicenters 9/11➔2021½ captures the flavor and heart of New York City, exploring its resilience and grit and affirming its innate ability to rebound, rebuild and endure. TV-MA | 120mins

Terence Blanchard is a two-time Oscar nominee and six-time Grammy winner who has been a consistent artistic force for making powerful musical statements concerning painful American tragedies – past and present. From his expansive work composing the scores for almost 20 Spike Lee projects over three decades, ranging from the documentary When the Levees Broke to the latest Lee film, Da 5 Bloods (which earned Blanchard his second Oscar nomination), Blanchard has interwoven beautiful melodies that created strong backdrops to human stories. Blanchard previously received an Oscar nomination for his original score for Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman. More recently, Blanchard has composed his second opera, Fire Shut Up in My Bones, based on the memoir of celebrated writer and The New York Times columnist Charles Blow, the first opera composed by an African American composer to premiere at the Met.  Blanchard’s first opera, Champion also premiered to critical acclaim in 2013 and will be coming to the Met in April 2023. Some of Blanchard’s other film and television credits include Spike Lee’s Malcolm X, 25th Hour, and Inside Man; Kasi Lemmons’ films, Eve’s Bayou and Harriet;  Regina King’s directorial debut One Night in Miami…; the critically acclaimed drama series Perry Mason; HBO’s NYC Epicenters 9/11 – 2021½ documentary miniseries produced and directed by Spike Lee; the Apple TV+ series Swagger; and Apple TV’s docuseries They Call Me Magic. Upcoming film projects include Father of the Bride directed by Gaz Alazraki and The Woman King directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood.

In his thirtieth year as a recording leader, Blanchard delivers Absence, a masterwork of sonic zest in collaboration with his longtime E-Collective band and the acclaimed Turtle Island Quartet.


FREE for current SCL members (click HERE to check membership status).

Attendees will be emailed a Screening Link upon Registration and a Q&A YouTube Live Stream link on Tuesday, June 7, 10 minutes before Q&A start.

Attendees can ask questions on YouTube chat, and the SCL Host will pass them on to the Moderator. The SCL Member Code of Conduct applies to online Q&As.