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An Evening with Boots Riley + Screening of Sorry to Bother You

Event Date
CentreTech Campus - Fine Arts Building - The Forum (F100)


Join the Colorado Film School and Office of Student Life for a special screening of Sorry to Bother You followed by a live conversation with writer and director Boots Riley! Tickets are required and free to the general public. If tickets are no longer available, we encourage you to show up the day of the event for a livestream in the Larry D. Carter Theater. Additionally, individuals with tickets must check-in to the event by 6:15 pm, otherwise tickets will be released to the general public on a first-come-first-serve basis.


Boots Riley is a provocative and prolific poet, rapper, songwriter, producer, screenwriter, director, community organizer, and public speaker. Boots Riley wrote and directed Sorry to Bother You, a comedy fantasy sci-fi film, in his directorial debut. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Fest and opened to strong critical acclaim in theaters nationwide later in 2018. Fervently dedicated to social change, Boots was deeply involved with the Occupy Oakland movement. He was one of the leaders of the activist group The Young Comrades. He is also the lead vocalist of The Coup and Street Sweeper Social Club.


In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, black telemarketer Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) discovers a magical key to professional success, which propels him into a macabre universe of "powercalling" that leads to material glory. But the upswing in Cassius' career raises serious red flags with his girlfriend Detroit (Tessa Thompson), a performance artist and minimum-wage striver who's secretly part of a Banksy-style activist collective. As his friends and co-workers organize in protest of corporate oppression, Cassius falls under the spell of his company's CEO Steve Lift (Armie Hammer), who offers him a salary beyond his wildest dreams. Rated R (for pervasive language, some strong sexual content, graphic nudity, and drug use).

We kindly request that persons who require reasonable accommodations to fully participate in this event contact the Office of Disability and Equity with any questions or to request accommodations: ODE.CCA@ccaurora.edu, 303-340-7548.

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