Join us on March 15th for the first of a monthly film series hosted by Donna Duplantier and Art Space 3116. Black Cinema Series will highlight the local and national films created by African American filmmakers.
Please RSVP on Eventbrite to reserve a seat
Movie refreshments will be available
$8 entree fee
Local filmmaker shorts will include:
Carl Harrison Jr.
In addition, the opening showcase will feature a film by the first African-American filmmaker, Oscar Micheaux, called Within Our Gates. This 1920's film was a response to D.W Griffith's Birth of a Nation, one of the most popular movies at the time that also glorified the racial hatred group the Ku Klux Klan. Micheaux's attempted to challenge Nation's message by showcasing more realistic ideas around white supremacy. In the movie, a biracial teacher Sylvia Landry goes North to raise funds for a school attended by African-American sharecroppers amidst a romantic subplot.
Americas first Black feature filmmaker spent his life opposing the idea that there was «no opportunity for the Negro.» Oscar Micheaux, who lived from 1884 to 1951, continually broke barriers and carved out a critical but little-appreciated role in the history of Hollywood and American film.
In contrast to Hollywood's mainstream movies that limited Blacks to roles as buffoons or menial workers, Micheaux's all Black casts showed complex men and women with dignity, intelligence, economic solidarity, and racial pride. His films didn't shy away from racial issues, including mixed-race romances, even though some theaters banned his daring work.