I will have 2 short videos in this series screening Saturday, May 14th at 3pm. A panel discussion with the filmmakers and a reception will follow the screening.
Black X: African Diaspora Experimental Film Series Curated by Bill Jennings This marathon intends to present the work of black filmmakers working in experimental film styles and establish a supportive and authenticating audience for the work. These rarely seen and compelling films represent an uncompromised and revolutionary commentary on the cinema and black identity.
Dialectic Dialation Dir. Tocarra Thomas, 2009, 4 min. A mesmerizing, formal abstraction based on the mechanics of human perception.
Rope Tricks Dir. Tocarra Thomas, 2008, 4 min. A beautifully filmed, but disturbing allegory about repression and self-liberation.
ReProgram: Episodes 1-10 Dir. Shani Peters, 21 min. A group of 10 videos which unites characters from The Cosby Show and Good Times with members of the Black Panther Party. The sitcom families, both icons of economic extremes within the black community, are inexplicably united as one family. These figures, both fictional and historical, interact in "episodes" that loosely relate to the Panthers' Ten Point Program, which called attention to issues such as healthcare, housing, and police brutality.
Reckless Eyeballing Dir. Christopher Harris, 2004, 14 min. Taking its name from the Jim Crow-era of black criminals staring at white women, this hand-processed, optically-printed amalgam reframes desire by way of everything from D.W. Griffith to Foxy Brown and Angela Davis.
"RW" Dir. Ina Diane Archer, 2004, 3 min. "RW" creates a dreamscape comprised of characters from American gangster movies, black musicals, and 1950's era black women that questions the nature of racial identity.
Hattie McDaniel Dir. Ina Diane Archer, 2002, 6 min. A media collage meditating on the legacy and cultural meaning of the academy award winning actress Hattie McDaniel.
X – The Baby Cinema Dir. Robert Banks, 1992, 4 min. A media collage commentary on the legacy of Malcolm X and the commercialization of it through the film by Spike Lee.
MPG: Motion Picture Genocide Dir. Robert Banks, 1997, 4 min. A visually stunning, hand-painted, film collage responding to the violence toward women and people of color as depicted in the mainstream cinema.
The Fullness of Time Dir. Cauleen Smith, 2008. 52 min. In Smith's groundbreaking science fiction allegory, A "sister from another planet" is sent to earth to explore the terrain and learn our ways. In the process, she must make sense of the passage of time, the enormity of loss, and the new landscapes of New Orleans.
Panel Discussion: with directors Cauleen Smith, Tocarra Thomas, Shani Peters, Ina Archer, Christopher Harris. Moderated by Bill Jennings, Professor Radio, Television, Film at Hofstra University.