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
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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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?!
Filmmaker and curator Amir George visited the Black Film Center/Archive for a research residency over the first week in April 2018. In this guest blog post, he shares highlights of this first visit and plans for his second. The vastness of the archive can be slightly overwhelming. Throughout my days spent I watched numerous films … Continue reading Amir George: Notes Toward Another Visit
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 … Continue reading Announcing the second 2018 cycle of the BFC/A Visiting Research Fellowships
This week the Black Film Center/Archive hosts Amir George for a multifaceted viewing and thinking retreat during which he plans to immerse himself in rare and must-see black films from our collections as well as produce new reflections on the idea of the archive and how it feeds his filmmaking process. On April 4, 11:30AM - … Continue reading A Few Words with Amir George: BFC/A Visiting Disruptor, Filmmaker, Curator
I’m late to the party – practically a whole month - but I have a lot of thoughts about Black Panther. When discussing blackness, there is always the issue of “doubleness” – for me personally, I think a lot about duality when thinking about this film. It is the nature of superhero films to have … Continue reading A *Late* Read on Black Panther and the Dichotomies Within
“[Our country] has lost a filmmaker of immense talent,” said Burkina Faso president Roch Marc Christian Kaboré. It is with heavy hearts that we at the BFC/A recognize and mourn the death of prolific Burkinabé filmmaker Idrissa Ouedraogo. He passed in Ouagadougou on February 18th, 2018. His films focused on conflicts between traditional life and … Continue reading Idrissa Ouedraogo, 1954-2018
The Association for the Study of African-American Life and History (ASALH) announced that the 2018 theme of Black History Month is “African Americans in Times of War.” ASALH stated that the theme “give[s] us cause for critical pause in our studies…to consider the specific and unique issues faced by African Americans in times of war.” … Continue reading War and the Black Experience: Dissonance, Documentary, Fiction and Home
Visiting Curator Greg de Cuir Jr. is in Bloomington for a week-long research residency at the Black Film Center/Archive and a series of programs concluding with his Show & Tell Workshop at the Auxiliary Library Facility on Friday, Jan. 26. Throughout the week, de Cuir will share notes and photos from his residency with our … Continue reading Curator Greg de Cuir Jr.: Research notes pt. 5