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About The Film

(1968) Jack Parks (Sidney Poitier) is a drifting gambler who runs a floating crap game from the back of a truck. Ivy Moore (Abby Lincoln) is the maid for the Austin family who is being driven crazy by her employers, in particular the mother Gena (Lauri Peters). Jack is approached by the two teenage Austin children who try to play Cupid and bring Ivy and Jack together. The two kids dearly love Ivy and hope that a romance will keep her in the family's employment. Ivy and Jack, although from very different backgrounds, manage to hit it off and contemplate marriage in this light romantic comedy.

About The Classic Black Cinema Series

A film series specifically designed as a vehicle to expose the community to the vast artistic value black film has had throughout the years. The goal is to appeal to as diverse a population as possible and further the appreciation of Black cinema.

Curator and host, Felix Curtis, came to Charlotte from the Oakland/San Francisco Bay area where he curated The San Francisco Black Film Festival and Black Filmworks, the annual film festival component of the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, where he later served as Executive Director.

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