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Rubicon hosts black radical cinema lineup March 18

March 18,2017 00:26

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 ...

“Afronauts,” about a ragtag group of Zambians who try to beat America to the Moon, will be part of Saturday’s movie lineup for Rubicon Cinema.
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:
Charles Burnett 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
Cauleen Smith 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
Madeline Anderson 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
Arthur Jafa 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
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 rubiconakron@gmail.com.
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