During filmmaker/curator Amir George‘s research residency at the Black Film Center/Archive next week, he will present a short film program at The Media School, Meditation on An Archive.  The midday program takes place at the Franklin Hall screening room (304) on April 4, 11:30am-12:45pm.



One image influences another. Meditation on An Archive is amalgamation of a myriad of archives that Amir has been exposed to and he has drawn into his work.

Amir will briefly introduce his films and discuss his process of working with archival materials to make new moving pictures.


Shades of Shadows,  2015, 7 min

Commissioned by Chicago Film Archives. Shades of Shadows is a collaboration with psychedelic soul band The O’Mys, that delves into spiritual mysticism and ritual sacrifice. Created with all archival footage, the characters in the film seek to manifest a better self.


The Encompassed Wisdom of the Inevitable Manifestation, 1 min

A spell casting of images guided by a voice in the night


Black Gold,  1 min

Black Gold is a 8mm treasure hunt, a traditional song of black beauty.


Optimum Continuum (v.2.7)  12 min

An ever changing and on going barrage of blackness always in progress. Abrupt patterns, part of and as a whole.


The Meditation – 30 min

A archive of journals, excess, and experiences.


Amir George is a filmmaker and curator. Born and bred in Chicago. Amir creates work for the cinema, installation, and live performance. Amir’s motion picture work has been screened at film festivals including Ann Arbor Film Festival, Trinidad and Tobago International Film Festival, BlackStar Film Festival, Afrikana Film Festival, and Chicago Underground Film Festival as well as cultural institutions, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, Anthology Film Archives, Glasgow School of Art, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles, and Museum of Contemporary Arts Detroit. Amir has organized cinematic themed symposiums at Cooper Union, and Talbot Rice Gallery at the University of Edinburgh.  Amir has curated exhibitions at Transmission Gallery Scotland, and Silent Funny Chicago. In addition to founding The Cinema Culture, a grassroots film programming organization, Amir is the co-founder of Black Radical Imagination a touring experimental short film series with Erin Christovale.



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