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Exposure Hub Movie Club: Cooley High
Exposure Hub Movie Club: Cooley High

Sun, Mar 17


Priví Event Center

Exposure Hub Movie Club: Cooley High

Movie screening with special guest, writer Eric Monte.

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Time & Location

Mar 17, 2024, 2:00 PM – 5:45 PM

Priví Event Center, 8020 Mall Pkwy, Stonecrest, GA 30038

About the event

Join the Exposure Hub as it celebrates the launch of its movie club with a special screening of the classic film, Cooley High. The special guest for the day will be none other than Eric Monte, the film's writer. This event promises to be an unforgettable afternoon for all movie enthusiasts. Come and be a part of the beginning of something special as Exposure Hub launches its movie club with a bang. Don't miss this opportunity to watch Cooley High and meet the man behind the iconic film and other African-American classics like Good Times, The Jeffersons, and What's Happening. Mark your calendars and get ready for an afternoon of entertainment and fun!

About Eric Monte:

Eric Monte, a luminary in both television and film, is renowned as the creative force behind some of the most iconic and groundbreaking shows of his era. Born Kenneth Paul Williams on December 25, 1943, in Chicago, Illinois, Monte's upbringing in the Cabrini Greens housing project instilled in him a profound understanding of the African-American experience.

From a young age, Monte exhibited a keen imagination, intellect, and a gift for storytelling. His transformative journey into the world of entertainment began with a poignant childhood experience, where a passerby's comment challenged his portrayal of the Lone Ranger due to his race. Determined to defy stereotypes and amplify the voices of black heroes, Monte embarked on a mission to become a writer.

With unwavering resolve and a mere $10 in his pocket, Monte ventured to California, enduring hardships that included nights spent sleeping on park benches. Yet, his perseverance bore fruit as he emerged as a trailblazing African-American screenwriter, leaving an indelible mark on both television and film.

Monte's creative genius is perhaps most evident in his groundbreaking work on television series such as "Good Times," "The Jeffersons," and "What's Happening." Through these shows, he captured the essence of African-American life, tackling themes of family, community, and resilience with wit, humor, and poignancy. "Good Times" portrayed the struggles and triumphs of a working-class African-American family, while "The Jeffersons" offered a nuanced perspective on success and upward mobility within the black community. "What's Happening" provided insight into the lives of teenagers growing up in Los Angeles, reflecting the experiences of young African-Americans with authenticity and relatability.

In addition to his television work, Monte made significant contributions to the world of film with "Cooley High," a poignant coming-of-age drama inspired by his own high school experiences. The film resonated with audiences for its honest portrayal of teenage life in 1960s Chicago, showcasing Monte's talent for crafting compelling narratives that resonate deeply with viewers.

Monte's creative vision and dedication to authentic storytelling revolutionized the entertainment industry, paving the way for greater diversity and representation on screen. Today, his legacy endures as a source of inspiration for filmmakers and television creators, ensuring that his contributions to the art form remain timeless and impactful.


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