I Like It Like That

American romantic comedy-drama 

7:30 p.m. Friday, February 14, 2020

Classic Film Series

Page Hall, UAlbany downtown campus
135 Western Avenue, Albany
Free and open to the public. See map

(United States, 1994, 104 minutes, color)
Written and directed by Darnell Martin. Starring Luna Lauren Velez, Jon Seda


The first-ever film from a Hollywood studio to be directed by an African American woman, "I Like It Like That" presents the marital difficulties of a young Puerto Rican couple living in the South Bronx. Darnell Martin, who has worked on major films with Oprah, Beyoncé and Spike Lee, will appear at the Albany Film Festival.

In a 1984 interview with American Visions magazine, Martin said, "I wasn't thinking about trying to do something politically correct. I was trying to follow the human beats. My foremost interest in filmmaking is about character, about the environment of my characters. I wasn't trying to do a film about Latinos or women or anything like that. I just tried to make a film about people."

Director Darnell Martin will appear at the Albany Film Festival on Saturday, March 28, at the University at Albany.

About The Classic Film Series

The NYS Writers Institute’s Classic Film Series, presented with support from Marc Guggenheim, UAlbany Class of ‘92, features screenings of domestic and international films of distinction and film festivals devoted to the work of particular directors, producers, or screenwriters.

The series has included rare films culled from archives and private collections, pre-release screenings from major studios, contemporary international offerings, as well as classics made in the U.S. The Institute will launch the Albany Film Festival in March 2020.

Some of the filmmakers and screenwriters who have visited the Institute have included Hal Ashby, Hector Babenco, Costa-Gavras, Tomas Gutierrez-Alea, James Ivory and Ismail Merchant, Neil Jordan, Spike Lee, Albert Mayseles, Gordon Parks, Sr., Raoul Peck, D.A. Pennebacker and Chris Hegedus, Bob Rafelson, Phil Alden Robinson, Wallace Shawn, Ron Shelton, Christine Vachon, Agnes Varda, and Robert Wise, and Doug Wright.

Classic Film Series

NYS Writers Institute

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