Conversations at the Edge

March 28 – L.A. Rebellion

Posted by | Raven Munsell | Posted on | March 22, 2013

Thursday, March 28, 6 p.m. | Filmmakers Ben Caldwell, Barbara McCullough, and O.Funmilayo Makarah in person! Introduced by co-curator Jacqueline Stewart!

Still from Water Ritual #1: An Urban Rite of Purification (Barbara McCullough, 1979).

Still from Water Ritual #1: An Urban Rite of Purification (Barbara McCullough, 1979).

In the 1970s and 80s, a group of young African and African American filmmakers emerged from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television with a body of provocative and visionary works that would have a radical impact on black cinematic practice and alternative filmmaking in the U.S. Now referred to as the L.A. Rebellion, these artists took up urgent social and cultural dynamics of their time, including Black activism and militancy, everyday life, and spirituality to forge a cinema responsive to the lives and concerns of African American communities and the African diaspora. Introduced by co-curator Jacqueline Stewart, the program kicks off a multi-institutional series of screenings in Chicago exploring the L.A. Rebellion and features short films by Julie Dash, O.Funmilayo Makarah, Elyseo J. Taylor, including stunning new preservation prints of Ben Caldwell’s I & I: An African Allegory (1979) and Barbara McCullough’s seminal Water Ritual #1: An Urban Rite of Purification (1979).

Presented 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 L.A. Rebellion series is curated by Allyson Nadia Field, Jan-Christopher Horak, Shannon Kelley, and Jacqueline Stewart. This screening is generously supported by the Black Cinema House. Upcoming screenings will take place at the University of Chicago’s Logan Center and Northwestern University’s Block Museum.

::PROGRAM::
Water Ritual #1: An Urban Rite of Purification, Barbara McCullough (1979, USA, 35mm, B&W, 6 min)
Medea, Ben Caldwell (1973, USA, 16mm, Color, 7 min)
I & I: An African Allegory, Ben Caldwell (1977, USA, 16mm, Color, 32 min)
Four Women, Julie Dash (1975, 16mm, Color, 7 min)
Black Art, Black Artists, Elyseo J. Taylor (1971,USA, 16mm, Color, 16 min)
Define, O. Funmilayo Makarah (1988, USA, DV, Color, 5 min)
L.A. In My Mind, O. Funmilayo Makarah (2006, USA, DV, Color, 4 min)

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