Curator Greg de Cuir Jr.: Research notes pt. 3

Visiting Curator Greg de Cuir Jr. is in Bloomington for a week-long research residency at the Black Film Center/Archive and a series of programs concluding with his Show & Tell Workshop at the Auxiliary Library Facility on Friday, Jan. 26. Throughout the week, de Cuir will share notes and photos from his residency with our readers on the BFC/A blog. [Post #1 | Post #2]


Spent the past two days immersing myself in the cinema of Cheryl Dunye, who I did not previously know anything of. Sort of a revelation for me. Love her use of Brechtian devices, love her affinity for low-fi video, love her fluidity with documentary tactics and techniques. Seems to be a real American pioneer. Hers is an intimate cinema, a very open and inviting cinema. We’re staying in the same hotel. Ran into her outside having a smoke. Got the chance to compliment her and discuss mutual interests. Perfect ending to the evening.

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Gave a talk today. A career talk. Sort of lapsed into narrating my life story. Is that even interesting?  Is my crazy collage of an existence even a worthwhile model? Hope I didn’t steer people the wrong way. Funny. No one asked me the one question everyone asks me, all day, every day, year after year: “Why do you live in … ??”

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Starting my research proper today. Surveying the history of the journal Black Camera. So many great topics, so much interesting writing. I think someone needs to edit an anthology. In some ways the entire lineage of black cinema studies is present in these pages. But, as is the case far too often, and unfortunately, no time for extensive reading. Tomorrow I continue with film-viewing. Ready to fill more gaps in my knowledge. Ready to be amazed by more brilliance hiding in plain sight.

~Greg de Cuir, Tuesday, January 23, 2018


Greg de Cuir Jr. is the selector for Alternative Film/Video and Beldocs (both in Belgrade, Serbia). As an independent moving image curator, he has organized programs for the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London; the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw; Los Angeles Filmforum; goEast Wiesbaden; Experiments in Cinema in Albuquerque; and other institutions. He is the managing editor of NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies and has published writing in Cineaste, Jump Cut, Festivalists, Art Margins, La Furia Umana, Politika, and other journals and volumes. De Cuir received his DPhil from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts at University of Arts Belgrade.

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About BFC/A

The Black Film Center/Archive at Indiana University was established in 1981 as the first archival repository dedicated to collecting, preserving, and making available historically and culturally significant films by and about black people. The BFC/A's primary objectives are to promote scholarship on black film and to serve as an open resource for scholars, researchers, students, and the general public; to encourage creative film activity by independent black filmmakers; and to undertake and support research on the history, impact, theory, and aesthetics of black film traditions. View all posts by BFC/A

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