Feature Film Program

Queens Drive-In: Judas and the Black Messiah + MLK/FBI

Two of the year’s best films—one a documentary, the other a biographical drama—each concerning FBI surveillance of Black political icons.


Sat Mar 6 5:30 PM

The Films

Judas and the Black Messiah

Shaka King | US | 126

With LaKeith Stanfield, Daniel Kaluuya, Dominique Fishback, Jesse Plemons, Martin Sheen. FBI informant William O’Neal infiltrates the Illinois Black Panther Party and is tasked with keeping tabs on their charismatic leader, Chairman Fred Hampton. A career thief, O'Neal revels in the danger of manipulating both his comrades and his handler, Special Agent Roy Mitchell. Hampton's political prowess grows just as he's falling in love with fellow revolutionary Deborah Johnson. Meanwhile, a battle wages for O'Neal's soul. Will he align with the forces of good? Or subdue Hampton and The Panthers by any means, as FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover commands? Rated: R


Sam Pollard | US | 104

MLK/FBI is the first film to uncover the extent of the FBI's surveillance and harassment of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Based on newly discovered and declassified files, utilizing a trove of documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and unsealed by the National Archives, as well as revelatory restored footage, the documentary explores the government's history of targeting Black activists, and the contested meaning behind some of our most cherished ideals. Featuring interviews with key cultural figures, including former FBI Director James Comey, MLK/FBI tells this astonishing and tragic story with searing relevance to our current moment. Not Rated

Event Details

5:30 PM
Doors Open & Pre-Show Begins
6:30 PM
Introduction from MLK/FBI director Sam Pollard
6:40 PM
MLK/FBI Begins
8:00 PM
Live Virtual Q&A between Pollard and Judas and the Black Messiah director/producer/co-writer Shaka King
8:30 PM
Judas and the Black Messiah Begins
All Queens Drive-In attendees will need to enter via the main entrance at 111th Street/49th Avenue entrance to the New York Hall of Science. There will be no access from the Grand Central Parkway exit 9P.

Use Grand Central Parkway Exit 10W to Corona Ave, OR the Long Island Expressway to the 108th Street exit, and take local streets to the entrance for all vehicles on 49th Avenue and 111th Street. Signs and staff members will direct you to the Drive-In upon arrival.

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PLEASE NOTE: Judas and the Black Messiah is rated R and may not be considered appropriate for younger audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.


Queens Drive-In at The New York Hall of Science

47-01 111th St, Corona, NY 11368

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