Come join Pitt Program Council for a double-feature of Ellis and
Straight Outta Compton!
Set in the abandoned Ellis Island Hospital complex and using JR’s
UNFRAMED art installations, ELLIS tells the forgotten story of the
immigrants who built America. It is the story of the ghosts of our
countries past, the individuals who fled poverty, discrimination,
and dictatorships, for a chance at a new life and eerily
foreshadows the plight of those who currently seek the same
opportunities and safety in this country and other parts of the
world. The short narrative film stars Academy Award® Winner Robert
De Niro, is written by Academy Award® winner Eric Roth, and is
directed by the artist JR.
In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of
the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated
their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that
rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to
a silenced generation. Following the meteoric rise and fall of
N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton tells the astonishing story of how
these youngsters revolutionized music and pop culture forever the
moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and
ignited a cultural war.
The combination of short and feature films will bring to mind the
issues we see in society when discussing discrimination and
immigration reform. We hope this event shows the negative effects
of inequality in society and will encourage students to be the
change they want to see in the world.
Be informed. Be accepting. Be human.