Friday, May 04, 2018


I am deeply honored to welcome action hero maverick Fred “The Hammer” Williamson to Portland for a rare 35mm screening of his ass kicking pièce de résistance BLACK CAESAR (1973) on Friday May 11, 2018 at 7:30pm at Portland, Oregon's historic Hollywood Theatre!

Discerning genre enthusiasts have come to adore Fred Williamson’s bold screen persona as a thundering reverberation of Sidney Poitier’s iconic smack to the face of American racism…except “The Hammer” strikes with clenched fists! His gritty breakout hit Black Caesar, a remake of Little Caesar (1931), directed by exploitation auteur Larry Cohen, reimagines the pathologically ambitious hoodlum archetype as a swaggering uptown stud who hustles his way up the criminal food chain, wages war on the Mob, and builds a precarious empire of dirty money, bloody revenge, and very bad karma. Boasting an electrifying score by James Brown, Black Caesar is a high-water mark in the cannon of so-called Blaxploitation films that dominated grindhouses throughout the 70s. Spend the night with the Godfather of Harlem!


Fred Williamson will be in attendance for a meet & greet at 6:30pm in the upstairs lobby, and an onstage Q&A in the big theater with yours truly immediately following the film. Film starts at 7:30pm.

Buy your ticket and maybe we will recreate the fateful day "The Hammer" stuck it to "The Man." Who will survive and what will be left of them?