Once Haunted is a two-part series examining the idea of haunting, both as a multifaceted trope of desire, physical ruins, loss, fear and social change, as well as a citation from specific genres of horror and surrealism. 

Conversation will follow the screening. Curated by Sarah Lasley formerly of Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design and Terri Francis of the Black Film Center/ Archive and The Media School, with support from IU Cinema and College Arts and Humanities Institute. This partnership is supported through IU Cinema’s Creative Collaborations program.

Go-Rilla Means War; A Quality of Light; Spit on the Broom
Saturday, September 14 | 7:00 – 7:39 p.m. | IU Cinema (Free but ticketed)
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About the Films

Go-Rilla Means War Film Stills Courtesy of Crystal Z Campbell,

Go-Rilla Means War (2017, NR, HD, 20 min.), dir. Crystal Z Campbell
Using 35mm film salvaged from a now-demolished Black civil rights theater in Brooklyn, Crystal Z Campbell’s Go-Rilla Means War is a filmic relic of gentrification—a parable weaving intersections of development, cultural preservation, and erasure. [Explore this film]

Directors Crystal Z Campbell and Madeleine Hunt Ehrlich are scheduled to be present.

A Quality of Light by Madeleine Hunt Ehrlich

A Quality of Light (2018, NR, HD, 8 min.), dir. Madeleine Hunt Ehrlich A Quality of Light is the first part of Hunt Ehrlich’s Black Composer Trilogy, which draws on her family’s history to shed light on untold stories of Black women artists. This film weaves together archival footage and quotes by writer and political revolutionary Aimé Césaire with scenes that foreground the effects of aging on the director’s grandmother, who was a prolific composer. [Explore this film]

Spit on the Broom by Madeleine Hunt Ehrlich

Spit on the Broom (2019, NR, HD, 11 min.), dir. Madeleine Hunt Ehrlich
Inspired by Hunt Ehrlich’s working trips with Leigh to visit with the women of the United Order of Tents, Spit on the Broom is a surreal documentary that moves between re-creations of recorded events and lyrical evocations of latent aspects of African American women’s history. At the heart of the film are encounters with the women of the United Order of Tents, who express the group’s core value of self-determination for its members and constituents. [Explore this film]

Go-Rilla Means War; A Quality of Light; Spit on the Broom
Saturday, September 14 | 7:00 – 7:39 p.m. | IU Cinema (Free but ticketed)
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Meet the Artists

Photo by Jeremy Charles. Courtesy of Crystal Z Campbell.

Crystal Z Campbell is a multidisciplinary artist and writer of African-American, Filipino & Chinese descents who excavates public secrets through performance, sound, and film. Campbell’s work reimagines the politics of witnessing. Campbell is currently working on a series of performances and film reconsidering the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921. Campbell has exhibited internationally at Nest (Netherlands), ICA Philadelphia (US), Artissima (IT), Studio Museum of Harlem (US), Project Row Houses (US), and SculptureCenter (US), amongst others. Selected honors include: Pollock-Krasner Award, MacDowell Colony, Skowhegan, Rijksakademie, Whitney ISP, Sommerakademie, Smithsonian Fellowship, and Flaherty Film Seminar. Campbell is a concurrent Drawing Center Open Sessions Fellow and fourth-year Tulsa Artist Fellow, who lives and works in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Madeleine Hunt Ehrlich. Photo courtesy the artist.

Madeleine Hunt Ehrlich makes work about the private lives and worlds of black women. Her practice is rooted in archival research and field research, which then gets translated through a writing process, and then finally a filmmaking process that includes narrative, documentary and experimental film technique. This means working closely with archives that until recently did not preserve or respect black voices, and thinking about how to represent histories that have been neglected.
Filmmaker Madeleine Hunt Ehrlich will present the first part of her Black Composer’s Trilogy : A Quality of Light, 2018. She will also present recent film work from the United Order of Tents archive she contributed to. The United Order of Tents are an African American women’s group founded on the underground railroad in the mid-atlantic during slavery.

Go-Rilla Means War; A Quality of Light; Spit on the Broom
Saturday, September 14 | 7:00 – 7:39 p.m. | IU Cinema (Free but ticketed)
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The series continues on September 18 with Once Haunted Still featuring short films by Nikyatu Jusu, Mariama Diallo, Nuotama Bodomo, and video essays by Eva Hageman. || 9/18 7PM in the IULMIA Screening Room, Wells 048. Free Tickets.

This Black Film Center/Archive event is co-sponsored at IU Cinema’s Creative Collaborations, Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture and Design, the IU Libraries Moving Image Archive and the College Arts and Humanities Institute.

Running the Screen: Directed by Women

Still image for Running the Screen: Directed by Women.
Images from IU Cinema’s website.

IU Cinema’s wonderful Running the Screen: Directed by Women celebration continues this week. IU Cinema has dedicated its entire September 2019 programming line-up to films directed by women in celebration of September as Woman Director Awareness Month. Additionally, 2019 commemorates the fifth annual #DirectedbyWomen Worldwide Film Viewing Party, an initiative celebrating the creative work of women filmmakers, which was founded in 2015 by Barbara Ann O’Leary, IU Cinema’s founding social media specialist and blog editor.

Curated and programmed by Brittany D. Friesner and Jon Vickers, with support from IU’s Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council; Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker Series; Black Film Center/Archive; Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design; College of Arts and Sciences’ Themester 2019: Remembering and Forgetting; Union Board Films; the Turkish Flagship Program; and the Hard Truth Hills Movies by Moonlight Film Festival.

BFC/A Events This Past Semester

Click HERE for more information about our fall programming.

Black Film Center/Archive, 1320 E. 10th Street Wells 044, Bloomington, IN, 47405 || bfca@indiana.edu

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