[First appeared on the Liquid Blackness site]
October 25 – November 24, 2013
Emory University’s Department of Film and Media Studies; liquid blackness, for Georgia State University’s Department of Communication and Atlanta Film Festival
In association with UCLA Film & Television Archive and supported in part by grants from the Getty Foundation and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
The series is curated by Allyson Nadia Field, Jan-Christopher Horak, Shannon Kelley, and Jacqueline Stewart.
In the late 1960s, after a decade of Civil Rights protest and rising racial tensions, the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television welcomed a group of young African and African American film students as part of a diversity enrollment initiative. Determined to respond to the political turmoil and anti-black backlash of their time, as well as transcend the mainstream Hollywood cinema’s limitations in representing black life on screen, these young filmmakers sought new aesthetic forms that would more adequately respond to the exigencies and specificities of black lives. With pride in their craft and commitment to fashioning and maintaining a distinctive artistic voice, they mentored each other over the years, and created cinema that was innovative and celebratory of the richness of African-American life and culture, eventually giving shape to a school of black independent cinema: the L.A. Rebellion.
The “L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema” Tour is coming to Atlanta beginning on the weekend of October 25th and continuing until the weekend of November 22nd, the last stop of a Tour that began in September 2012 and the last chance to see these highly selected 36 films from the UCLA archive, all together and many in pristinely restored prints. The Tour is a way to celebrate not only these groundbreaking works, but also the filmmakers and the world they lived in. All films will be presented at Emory University’s White Hall, with the exception of the opening night, which will take place the Plaza Theatre. The Atlanta stop of the tour is presented by Emory University’s Department of Film and Media Studies, the Atlanta Film Festival, and liquid blackness, a research initiative on blackness and aesthetics of the Department of Communication at Georgia State University. All screenings are free of charge. Filmmakers Haile Gerima, Zeinabu Irene Davis, Billy Woodberry, and Larry Clark have confirmed their participation as well as co-curators Jacqueline Stewart and Allyson Nadia Field.
BLESS THEIR LITTLE HEARTS: “Preservation funded by the National Film Preservation Foundation and the Packard Humanities Institute.”
I & I: AN AFRICAN ALLEGORY: “Preservation funded in part by a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation.”
PASSING THROUGH: “Preservation funded in part by a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Packard Humanities Institute.”
THE POCKETBOOK: “Preservation funded in part by a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.”
WATER RITUAL #1: AN URBAN RITE OF PURIFICATION: “Preservation funded with a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation’s Avant-Garde Masters Grant Program funded by The Film Foundation.”
THE DIARY OF AN AFRICAN NUN: “Preservationfunded in part with a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation.”
Click here for a full listing of the films and screenings.