Fall Preview: BFC/A and IU Cinema Showcase Ava DuVernay + AFFRM

This September, the BFC/A will kick off our fall 2013 program with a seven-film series at the IU Cinema and other venues, featuring the work of Ava DuVernay and her pioneering theatrical distribution partnership AFFRM (African American Film Festival Releasing Movement).  Named as one of Indiewire's inaugural group of 40 Influencers, DuVernay is scheduled to … Continue reading Fall Preview: BFC/A and IU Cinema Showcase Ava DuVernay + AFFRM

The Lost Films of Kathleen Collins: U.S. Theatrical Premiere at the IU Cinema

To mark the recent restoration of Kathleen Collins's rarely seen feature films, the Black Film Center/Archive is co-sponsoring a special screening of Losing Ground and The Cruz Brothers and Miss Malloy; this is the U.S. theatrical premiere of both restorations.  The double header will show tonight, Thursday, March 21 at 7:00 pm at the IU … Continue reading The Lost Films of Kathleen Collins: U.S. Theatrical Premiere at the IU Cinema

‘Confronting the Other’ with Claire Denis at Indiana University

Confronting the Other, an exploration of Claire Denis’s work as a filmmaker to engage with various manifestations of Otherness, will be hosted at Indiana University and will feature a visit and conversation with Claire Denis, seven film screenings, and a poster exhibition at the BFC/A featuring posters of Denis’s films. Chocolat, I Can’t Sleep, Nenette … Continue reading ‘Confronting the Other’ with Claire Denis at Indiana University

Into the Archive: Exploring the Jessie Maple Collection

Not enough people, it seems, are aware of Jessie Maple, given her contributions to black cinema.  So for those who aren’t familiar, an introduction from Diane Tucker: Jessie Maple is included in nearly every who's who of film except the Registry. Will is the first post civil rights feature-length film produced by an African-American woman. … Continue reading Into the Archive: Exploring the Jessie Maple Collection

A Glimpse into the BFC/A’s FESPACO Poster Collection, Part 5 – Ghanian Canvas Posters

When I first started working here, I knew I would be working primarily with the FESPACO poster collection. I naively assumed that they would all be made out of some sort of paper product and likely be mass-produced. Well, that turned out to be quite wrong since the BFC/A also has a small collection of … Continue reading A Glimpse into the BFC/A’s FESPACO Poster Collection, Part 5 – Ghanian Canvas Posters

A Glimpse into the BFC/A’s FESPACO Poster Collection, Part 4 – It’s a Family Affair: The Ouedraogo Brothers of Burkina Faso

As in other industries, there are people who chose to work  in film because their family members have had successful careers as actors, directors, or producers. The United States has the Barrymore and Huston families; France the Depardieus; and Italy has the Rossellinis. Africa has its own version of a successful filmmaking family: the Ouedraogos. … Continue reading A Glimpse into the BFC/A’s FESPACO Poster Collection, Part 4 – It’s a Family Affair: The Ouedraogo Brothers of Burkina Faso

A Glimpse into the BFC/A’s FESPACO Poster Collection, Part 3 – FESPACO

Film festivals are important events for cinema since they bring exposure to filmmakers, support the local industry and community, and allow people in cinema to network with other professionals. There are a small number of film festivals in Africa such as those in Durban, Carthage, and Cairo. Part 3 will focus on the Panafrican Film … Continue reading A Glimpse into the BFC/A’s FESPACO Poster Collection, Part 3 – FESPACO

A Glimpse into the BFC/A’s FESPACO Poster Collection, Part 2 – African Films from the 1980s

Before I started my internship, I did not know much about the history of cinema in the African Diaspora. Over the past few months, I’ve noticed that international recognition of African films really picked up in the 1980s. Prior to this decade, international awards given to African films were sparse and often given to a … Continue reading A Glimpse into the BFC/A’s FESPACO Poster Collection, Part 2 – African Films from the 1980s