What was FOCUS: Black America, 1968?

This Wednesday October 24 at 6PM in the IULMIA Screening Room (Wells 048): the Black Film Center/Archive, the University Archives, the Neal-Marshall Black Cultural Center Library and IU Libraries Moving Image Archive will stage (RE)FOCUS: Black America 1968/2018. This interactive experience includes a screening of HERITAGE OF THE NEGRO 30 min. (1965), narrated by Ossie Davis … Continue reading What was FOCUS: Black America, 1968?

Go-Rilla Means War and Black People in Bloomington

Guest Post by Essence London, Indiana Review Editor-in-Chief. September 20, 2018 the BFC/A held a Mystery Screening in partnership with #DirectedbyWomen and IU Libraries Moving Image Archive. The content of the screening was not announced beforehand. In the essay below guest contributor Essence London reflects on the event and her complex relationship to the histories … Continue reading Go-Rilla Means War and Black People in Bloomington

The BFC/A Seeks an Associate Director/Senior Archivist

The Associate Director/Senior Archivist serves as a leading spokesperson for the Black Film Center/Archive (BFC/A) in its official business with Media School administration, the IU Cinema, IU Libraries, IU Foundation, current and prospective donors, grant-making agencies and foundations, related cultural heritage institutions, and other entities within and outside Indiana University. The position also stewards the … Continue reading The BFC/A Seeks an Associate Director/Senior Archivist

Announcing the second 2018 cycle of the BFC/A Visiting Research Fellowships

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The Black Film Center/Archive in The Media School at Indiana University-Bloomington is pleased to announce the second cycle of the 2018 Black Film Center/Archive Visiting Research Fellowships to support research toward a dissertation, thesis, publication, presentation, or production. These competitive fellowships for visiting researchers residing outside the Bloomington area are intended to advance the study of black film and media and to promote research in the collections at the BFC/A by filmmakers, graduate students, independent scholars, and faculty members at any rank. Scholars and filmmakers currently working or studying at an HBCU are strongly encouraged to apply.

About the BFC/A

Established in 1981, the Black Film Center/Archive is the first archival repository dedicated to collecting, preserving, and making available historically and culturally significant films by and about people of African descent around the world as well as recognizing forgotten creators and re-discovering overlooked works and documents.

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What took you and everyone else so long to write about Gunn?!

Writer and Ph.D. Candidate (Yale University) Nicholas Forster visited the BFC/A for research on a biography about actor-director-playwright Bill Gunn, most recognized for directing the experimental horror movie “Ganja and Hess” in 1973. In this guest blog post, he returns to a question that pursued him as he conducted his research in the  “Mary Perry … Continue reading What took you and everyone else so long to write about Gunn?!