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 ...
â€œAfronauts,â€ about a ragtag group of Zambians who try to beat America to the Moon, will be part of Saturdayâ€™s movie lineup for Rubicon Cinema.
This Saturday, March 18, Rubicon Cinema will present, â€œBody & Soul: Black Radical Cinema,â€ 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 Akronâ€™s Highland Square.
Hereâ€™s the program lineup:
Charles Burnett When It Rains, 1995, 16 mm, 13 minâ€œOn New Yearâ€™s Day, a man tries to help a woman pay her rent and learns a lesson in connecting with others in a community.â€Â â€“ Shannon Kelley
Cauleen Smith Chronicles of a Lying Spirit (By Kelly Gabron), 1992, 16 mm, 6.5 minâ€œ[This film] is less a depiction of â€˜realityâ€™ 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).â€ â€“ Scott MacDonald
Madeline Anderson I Am Somebody, 1969, 16 mm, 30 minâ€œIn 1969, 400 poorly paid black womenâ€”hospital workers in Charleston, South Carolinaâ€”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.â€ â€“ Manohla Dargis
Arthur Jafa Love Is the Message, The Message Is Death, 2016, video, 7 minâ€œSet to Kanye Westâ€™s languorously sublime hip hop gospel track, â€œUltralight Beam,â€ the visuals in Arthur Jafaâ€™s film alternate between eruptions of joy and violence.â€ Â â€“ Louis Bury
Frances Bodomo Afronauts, 2014, video, 14 minIn 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.
For info, visit https://www.facebook.com/rubiconakron or contact the organization at Rubicon firstname.lastname@example.org.
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