John Singleton Honored with Frida Screening of Boyz N the Hood

The Frida Cinema in Santa Ana will celebrate recently departed John Singleton’s life by screening Boyz N the Hood Friday night.

“This week, the art of cinema lost a truly brave and groundbreaking talent,” reads Frida’s announcement. “We remember and celebrate John Singleton with a special screening of his 1991 debut feature film Boyz N the Hood, Singleton’s powerful drama that earned Singleton a place in history as the very first African American filmmaker to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director–and at the age of 24, the youngest as well.”

Boyz N the Hood stars Cuba Gooding Jr. as Tre, a bright underachiever who is sent by his struggling mother (Angela Bassett) to live with his father (Laurence Fishburne), a hard-nosed, no-nonsense disciplinarian, in South Central Los Angeles. Tre rekindles old friendships with Ricky (Morris Chestnut), a burgeoning football star, and Doughboy (Ice Cube), a would-be gang banger. When Doughboy incurs the wrath of a rival gang, the disastrous repercussions find the otherwise diplomatic Tre considering violence as retribution, something  his stern father has long tried to steer him away from.

Filmed on location in South Central Los Angeles with a modest budget of $6.5 million, Boyz N the Hood was 1991’s most financially successful film in terms of investment, with a gross of $56.1 million.

The screenings begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday at The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; thefridacinema.org. Tickets are $7-$10.50.

Matt Coker has been engaging, enraging and entertaining readers of newspapers, magazines and websites for decades. He spent the first 13 years of his career in journalism at daily newspapers before “graduating” to OC Weekly in 1995 as the paper’s first calendar editor. He went on to be managing editor, executive editor and is now senior staff writer.

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