Book + Film Club October: History of Black Horror

Xavier Burgin


Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema

Oct 23

Sidewalk’s Book + Film Club unites movie and book lovers for a monthly film screening and discussion about famous films and the people who make them. At the end of the month, we host a screening of a film related to the book and host a round-table discussion. Each session is $35 and the includes book, film screening, and discussion. Buy 3 or more months at once and get 10% off your registration by using code ‘3ormore' at checkout!

Registration Deadline to have books mailed: Friday, October 4th. Books will be mailed within 72 hours of this date.

Registration Deadline to have books picked up: Monday, October 14th. Books can be picked up from our Box Office during our regular operating hours Thursday – Sunday from 2pm til Close. You will receive an email when your book is ready to be picked up.

Book: The Black Guy Dies First: Black Horror Cinema from Fodder to Oscar by Robin R. Means Coleman, Mark H. Harris 

The Black Guy Dies First explores the Black journey in modern horror cinema, from the fodder epitomized by Spider Baby to the Oscar-​winning cinematic heights of Get Out and beyond. This eye-opening book delves into the themes, tropes, and traits that have come to characterize Black roles in horror since 1968, a year in which race made national headlines in iconic moments from the enactment of the 1968 Civil Rights Act and Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in April. This timely book is a must-read for cinema and horror fans alike.

Film: Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019) Dir. Xavier Burgin

Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror is an enlightening documentary that examines the role of black fandom and black filmmakers throughout the history of the horror genre. The documentary weaves its way through the history of cinema, starting at the very beginning. Through interviews with black actors and black filmmakers, we’re told the story of horror from a uniquely black perspective for possibly the first time… Sleekly produced, internally cohesive, and wildly overdue, Horror Noire offers up some much-needed diversity in the long line of horror documentation. – Hi-Def Digest

October MAILING Registration Deadline: Friday October 4. Books will be mailed within 72 hours of this date.

October PICK UP Registration Deadline: Monday October 14. Pick up from our box office during our operating hours of 2pm-10pm Thursday – Sunday. (You will receive an email when your book is ready to be picked up.)

Private screening and discussion will take place at Sidewalk Cinema October 23rd at 7 PM.



Xavier Burgin


Ashlee Blackwell


Danielle Burrows, Ashlee Blackwell


Meosha Bean, Ashlee Blackwell, William Crain, Rusty Cundieff, Keith David, Loretta Devine


Mario Ricardo Rodriguez


Jack Wrenn