Twice as Nice (1989) with filmmaker Jessie Maple: Block Museum - Northwestern University
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Twice as Nice (1989) with filmmaker Jessie Maple

7 PM

Event Details

Date & Time:

Fri January 31, 2020
7 PM


The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Open to the public


Twice as Nice
(Jessie Maple, 1989, USA, 16mm, 70m)

Competition, family, friendship, and community are explored through the lens of basketball in Jessie Maple’s Twice as Nice, which tells a story of twin college athletes (Pamela and Paula McGee) competing to be the first female draft pick in the “MBA.” Rarely seen for decades after its debut, Twice as Nice was recently restored by the Black Film Center/Archive with support from the National Film Preservation Foundation, using long-missing elements discovered at a film lab. Director Jessie Maple is a true trailblazer: the first African-American woman to join the International Photographers of Motion Picture & Television union, she also established a long-running venue for independent Black filmmakers in her own home. Maple will appear in person to discuss the film, and her new memoir The Maple Crew, which reflects on these achievements.

Restored 16mm print courtesy, Black Film Center/Archive, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

In Person: filmmaker Jessie Maple

Co-presented by Block Cinema with Black Arts Initiative and One Book One Northwestern


 Drawing on the example of the 2019–2020 One Book One Northwestern selection, Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures: The Untold True Story of Four African-American Women who Helped Launch Our Nation Into Space, Block Cinema presents a yearlong series celebrating the history of women of color behind the camera. Featuring rarely screened films and in-depth discussions with filmmakers and historians, these programs also seek to champion the scholars, educators, curators, and archivists who work to make these histories visible today.

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