Nina Lorez Collins, daughter of the late Kathleen Collins, whose masterwork Losing Ground was the great rediscovered film of 2015, will read selections from a new book of her mother’s writing, Notes from a Black Woman’s DiaryThe conversation with Collins, BFC/A Director Terri Francis and Professor of English Vivian Halloran precedes a screening of Losing Ground (1982), which had its U.S. theatrical premier at IU Cinema. Copies of Notes from a Black Woman’s Diary will be available for purchase, as well as Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?, Collins’ 2016 collection of her mother’s stories.

6:00 pm Conversation with Nina Lorez Collins about Notes from a Black Woman’s Diary

7:00 pm Screening of Kathleen Collins’ Losing Ground (1982)

Presented by the Black Film Center/Archive and hosted by the Moving Image Archive Screening Room. Additional support from The Ruth Lilly Professorship of the English Department.

*This event is free, but ticketed, and open to the public.

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Burial Bloomington

Through a magical realist lens, THE BURIAL OF KOJO follows the story of Esi, as she recounts her childhood and the tumultuous relationship between her father, Kojo and her uncle, Kwabena. Directed by TED fellow, music composer and musician Samuel “Blitz” Bazawule, the film chronicles the tale of two brothers through the gifted eyes of a young girl who transports the audience to the beautiful lands of Ghana and other worlds that exist between life and death.

Born from a newspaper article and a Kickstarter campaign, Bazawule skillfully captures the beauty of a family, even when the circumstances aren’t beautiful. THE BURIAL OF KOJO is an essential human story of courage and survival. THE BURIAL OF KOJO is a 2019 Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) Official Selection and 2018 Urbanworld Film Festival Best Narrative Feature Winner. (Dir. Sam Blitz Bazawule, 2018, 80 mins, HD Presentation)

This visually striking debut film has been embraced by The New Yorker, The LA Times and The New York Times. See it here with us!

Sponsored by the Black Film Center/Archive and the African Studies Program; hosted by IU Libraries Moving Image Archive/Screening Room.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Wells Screening Room (ground floor, within Media Services)
1320 E. 10th Street, Bloomington

*This event is free, but ticketed, and open to the public.

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Composer Renée Baker returns to IU for a screening of BORDERLINE (1930) with her original score!

Renee Baker, composer.

Wed, April 24th, screening takes place in the IU Libraries Screening Room, Wells 048 at 7:00PM. Baker will be present for post film discussion.

Check out this awesome interview HERE that Jane Cummings recorded with Baker during her visit to Bloomington last year!

Renee Baker is a violinist and violist, a leader of several musical ensembles, and a composer of more than 200 compositions ranging from string quartets to much larger ensembles.

She draws heavily on her classical training, creating music that does not fit easily into any one genre. Her work is part classical, part jazz, cross-cultural, and often highly improvisational. She has been referred to as a “disruptive composer.”

Baker is the concertmaster of the Chicago Sinfonietta, of which she has been a member since it was founded in 1987. With the Sinfonietta, she has performed around the country and around the world.

She is also the founding music director and conductor of the internationally-acclaimed Chicago Modern Orchestra Project, The Mantra Blue Free Orchestra, and around 20 other cutting-edge new music ensembles.

Baker is currently writing film scores, such as the one she composed for Oscar Michaeux’s 1925 silent film Body and Soul. She came to Bloomington to collaborate with students from the Jacobs School of Music for the premiere a new score for the 1927 film The Scar of Shame.

Wed, April 24th


Wells 048, IU Libraries Screening Room.

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