By Dan Hassoun Dan Hassoun is an archivist assistant at the BFC/A. He earned his Ph.D in Communication & Culture from Indiana University in 2019 and has instructed several courses on film and media theory, consumer culture, and globalization. He also works as a Crisis Intervention specialist with Middle Way House. If you’re not familiar with Beninese/Senegalese director … Continue reading Unpacking the Treasures of the BFC/A’s New Paulin S. Vieyra Collection
Paulin Vieyra 7-DVD Box Set Available from African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF). This set includes Paulin Vieyra classics: Afrique sur Seine, Birago Diop, Môl, L’Envers du Décor – Ousmane Sembène: The Making of Ceddo, A Nation is Born, Lamb and Iba N’Diaye and a catalog of detailed history, timelines, highlights, testimonials and more.
Paulin Soumanou Vieyra (January 31, 1925 – November 4, 1987). Special thanks to Cathy Chamorey who took this brilliant photograph of Vieyra in Paris in the editing room where Paulin was working on his feature : En résidence surveillée in 1980. Used courtesy Stéphane Vieyra. Who is Paulin Vieyra? Paulin Soumanou Vieyra was a pioneer of … Continue reading Paulin Vieyra: Pioneer of African Cinemas – Filmmaker, Producer, Historian
Here's a peek at the contents of the spring 2019 Black Camera edited by Dr. Michael Martin and published by Indiana University Press. Full access available via Jstor. Black Camera was recently ranked 4th most-cited film studies journal. Call for Close-Up Submissions Nina Simone: This special issue of Black Camera takes up the figure of Nina … Continue reading Black Camera’s Spring 2019 Issue: Close-Up on The New York Scene and Close-Up on Selma
Let's take a moment to look back. Within the ninety-one year legacy of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which African films has it honored? An Oscar nomination is not the end-all in determining a film's value; still, the on-going narrative of this award ceremony often reflects trends and changes in film culture, … Continue reading Which African Films Have Been Nominated for Oscars?
This year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences extended membership to 842 artists and professionals in the film industry. Find the entire list below, with the members from Africa and the African diaspora in bold. Actors Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (London, England, UK) – “Suicide Squad,” “Trumbo” Yareli Arizmendi – “A Day without a Mexican,” “Like … Continue reading The 2019 Academy Invitees
June 2018, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences extended 928 invitations to artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. There appear to be eighty-nine Black members--seventeen of whom identify as African, Afro-Caribbean, or Afro-European. The entire list is below with the Black members' names in bold. … Continue reading Who are the current Black Academy members?
The latest issue of Black Camera: An International Film Journal is now available in print and online from the Indiana University Press. The current issue features two Close-Up sections: The first, #BlackLivesMatter and Media, is edited by Charles "Chip" P. Linscott and features essays by Linscott, Michele Prettyman Beverly, and Alessandra Raengo; the second, Hip-Hop … Continue reading BLACK CAMERA Vol. 8, No. 2 Now Available
On Friday, April 8, at 3pm, the Black Film Center/Archive, IU Libraries Media Services, and Directed by Women will present a free screening of Nevline Nnaji's 2013 documentary, Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights. The screening will take place in the Phyllis Klotman Room (044B) at the Black Film Center/Archive in Wells Library, on … Continue reading Reflections Unheard: BFC/A Interview with Nevline Nnaji
A number of items from the Mary Perry Smith/Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame (BFHFI) Archive Collection will be on display at the IU Grunwald Gallery from Friday, October 23 through Wednesday, November 18th as part of its exhibition “The Wunderkammer: Curiosities in Indiana University Collections.” An opening reception will be held on Friday, October 23rd … Continue reading Memorabilia from Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame on Exhibit at Grunwald Gallery