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The Harder They Come… in Allentown

I finally made it to one of Joel Resnikoff’s film screenings at The Backroom at Hardware. As the beautiful weather continues to shine upon us, it’s kinda tough to look at indoor events as serious considerations, but this film series is held in an intimate place, along with fellow movie buffs – not to mention that the screenings are impeccably picked. This past Tuesday Joe featured Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Delicatessen, which is a pretty strange flick and the precursor to City of Lost Children. I’ve see the movie a couple of times, though I must say that it’s twice the fun seeing any movie on the ‘big screen’ in an obscure setting in Allentown.

This Tuesday’s feature is director Perry Henzell’s The Harder They Come – a crazy half-truth story about the life of reggae great Jimmy Cliff. Instead of making it in big, as Jimmy Cliff did, the musician’s life spirals out of control as he delves into the practices of living the life of an outrageous island gangster in pursuit of fame and fortune. Filled with excellent cinematography and all the Cliff tunes you can eat, The Harder They Come is not to be missed… especially in this new venue. Congrats to Joel for bringing the best movies to us for FREE! Click here for more info… Joel also features a couple of locally produced shorts before the feature film starts.

See the film then dance the night away with Ruben on the wheels of steel, spinning reggae, ska, soul, punk and funk!!!” – Joel Resnikoff

Location: The Backroom
Tuesday, July 12 · 8:00pm 11:00pm

Where ya gonna run to, with a pistol in your hand, Jonny Too Bad?

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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