MIDNIGHT RAMBLE: Oscar Micheaux and the Story of Race MoviesPam Thomas, Producer; Bestor Cram, Co-Producer & Co- DirectorPBS National Broadcast, Oct. 1994, the American ExperienceOpening, 10/12, 6:30, Run Time - 56:40DAAP Auditorium, 5401Film explores foundation of Black American Film, from 1910-1950, the “Race Movie” time period. Race movies were films made primarily by, for, and about the Black Community totally independent of “Hollywood.” Primary focus on prolific filmmaker, Oscar Micheaux.
Two Knights of VaudevilleEbony Pictures1915FOUNDATION PRIME Program, 9AM, 10/13, Run time: 12 minutes701 Old ChemSilly, funny, silent, Black & White Short about three friends kicked out of Vaudeville Show for ridiculous behavior. Two put on their own show with resulting buffoonery.
Mercy, the Mummy MumbledEbony Pictures191510/13/17, FOUNDATION PRIME Program, Discussion follows films moderated by BFMM & FADE2BLACK Founder, Pam Thomas. Run time: 12 minutes701 Old ChemSilent, B&W, comedy of errors with featured precursor to the Keystone Cops. Silly, but funny.
Cut My Hair BarberPatrick James Thomas2016Cincinnati Premier, Discussion follows with filmmaker, 30 minute short701 Old ChemFilm addresses how 11 year old boy deals with his absentee father.
Harlem Rides The RangeHerb Jeffries193611:30-1PM, 10/13/17 , Old Chem 701 Two cowboys help homesteaders fight a nefarious land-poacher in this all black cast western adventure.
Buck and the PreacherSidney Poitier1973 10/13/17 1:30-3:15 Discussion follows701 Old ChemA wagon master and a con-man preacher help freed slaves dogged by racist labor agents out West. Poitier‘s Directorial Debut. Not bad for a first time out.
Pardons of Innocence, The Wilmington TenCash2016 10/13/17 Introduced with Commentary by Rev.Dr. Ben Chavis701 Old ChemThe documentary recounts the turbulent history surrounding the troubled desegregation of New Hanover County Public School System in North Carolina during the late 1960s through 1971, and the violence that led up to the false prosecution and convictions of eight black male students, a white female community organizer, and fiery civil rights activist, Rev. Benjamin Chavis, for protesting racial injustice.
To Sleep With AngerCharles Burnett1990 Oct. 13, 7:15 PM, Run Time: 60:41DAAP Auditorium, 5401Charles Burnett's beautiful, poetic masterpiece is novelistic in its narrative density and richness of characterization. Harry Mention, an enigmatic drifter from the South, comes to visit an old acquaintance named Gideon, who now lives in South-Central Los Angeles. Harry's charming, down-home manner hides a malicious penchant for stirring up trouble
Body and SoulOscar Micheaux192510/14/17 , Run Time 60:20 Body and Soul (1925), the best-known silent film of pioneer black filmmaker Oscar Micheaux, offered Paul Robeson, the great singer/actor/athlete, his first opportunity in films. Robeson has a dual role, playing both an escaped convict who presents himself as a minister, and the convict's upstanding brother. The "bad" brother extorts from the owner of a gambling house and betrays an honest girl, bringing them both to ruin. Although it was a theme that proved controversial with his audiences, Micheaux turned several times to the subject of corruption and dishonesty among the clergy.
Oscar Micheaux, Film PioneerCarol Munday Lawrence1981Run Time, 28 minutesDAAP Room 3024Oscar Micheaux is remembered for his work as a pioneer producer-director whose films offered a positive image and an alternative for Black people in the 1920s and 1930s. The program is built around the on-camera reminiscences of two performers who appeared in Micheaux films: Bee Freeman, dubbed the "Sepia Mae West" and Lorenzo Tucker, the "Black Valentino."
The Facts of Life, The Life of Willie DixonCarol Munday Lawrence1981Run Time, 30 minutesDAAP Room 3024Features the life and work of blues musician Willie Dixon, a composer, producer, and performer who has written over 700 blues songs. Shows him at his home, recording studio, and in performance, and includes dramatic reenactments from his life.
Flyers in Search of A DreamTanya & Phil Hart1994Run Time, 60 minutesDAAP Room 3024DOCUMENTARY THAT FOCUSES ON THE CONTRIBUTION OF BLACK AVIATORS, BOTH TECHNICALLY AND DEVELOPMENTALLY, TO THE WORLD OF AVIATION. Rare film footage and dramatic reenactments tell the unknown story of America's pioneering black aviators and the familiar frustrations and struggles created by racial prejudice. This program documents this important phase of history--during the Golden Age of aviators in the 1920's and '30's--including the producer's great-uncle, James Herman Banning. Accompanied by mechanic Thomas C. Allen, Banning was the first black pilot to complete a transcontinental flight, in 1932. The program also celebrates the efforts of Bessie Coleman, the first black pilot to receive a license, which she was forced to earn abroad, in 1922.
Daughters of the DustJulie Dash1991Run time, 90:12DAAP Auditorium, 54011991 independent film written, directed and produced by Julie Dash and is the first feature film directed by an African-American woman distributed theatrically in the United States. Set in 1902, it tells the story of three generations of Gullah (also known as Geechee) women in the Peazant family on Saint Helena Island as they prepare to migrate to the North on the mainland.
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRORaoul Peck2016Run Time, 60:33The MINImicrocinema, 1329 Main Street, OTRWriter James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House.Baldwin's words brought to life in ths outstanding documentary by Raoul Peck, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO is narrated by Samuel L. Jackson.