This Saturday, March 18, Rubicon Cinema will present, “Body & Soul: Black Radical Cinema,” curated by Chris Stults, associate curator of Film/Video, Wexner Center for the Arts, in Columbus.
The program, which starts at 8 p.m., gathers short films that expressively portray the black experience from the Civil Rights era to today.
Stults will visit Rubicon Cinema to introduce the films and host a Q&A following the films.
Rubicon Cinema is located at Blue Sky Studio, 943 Dopler Street, in Akron’s Highland Square.
Here’s the program lineup:
When It Rains, 1995, 16 mm, 13 min
“On New Year’s Day, a man tries to help a woman pay her rent and learns a lesson in connecting with others in a community.” – Shannon Kelley
Chronicles of a Lying Spirit (By Kelly Gabron), 1992, 16 mm, 6.5 min
“[This film] is less a depiction of ‘reality’ than an exploration of the implications of the mediation of black history by film, television, magazines and newspapers. Using her alter ego, Kelly Gabron, Smith fabricates a personal history of her emergence as an artist from white-male-dominated American history (and American film history).” – Scott MacDonald
I Am Somebody, 1969, 16 mm, 30 min
“In 1969, 400 poorly paid black women—hospital workers in Charleston, South Carolina—went on strike to demand union recognition and a wage increase, only to find themselves in a confrontation with the National Guard and the state government.” – Manohla Dargis
Love Is the Message, The Message Is Death, 2016, video, 7 min
“Set to Kanye West’s languorously sublime hip hop gospel track, “Ultralight Beam,” the visuals in Arthur Jafa’s film alternate between eruptions of joy and violence.” – Louis Bury
Afronauts, 2014, video, 14 min
In 1969 America prepares to launch Apollo 11. Thousands of kilometers away, a ragtag group of Zambians is trying to beat America to the Moon.
Attendees may bring their own beer, wine or snack. Admission is free, but donations between $5 and $10 are recommended.
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