Unpacking the Treasures of the BFC/A’s New Paulin S. Vieyra Collection

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

Ghanaian Film Posters on Display at Grunwald Gallery of Art

The Grunwald Gallery of Art at Indiana University will open “Axe of Vengeance: Ghanaian Film Posters and Film Viewing Culture” on August 24th.  The exhibit will feature the large hand painted posters ubiquitous in Ghana in the 1980s and used for advertising public screenings of films played on VCRs.  The exhibit will focus not only … Continue reading Ghanaian Film Posters on Display at Grunwald Gallery of Art

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

New Directions in African Cinema Series: March 8 – 29

This week kicks off a collaboration between the BFC/A and Graduate Students in African Studies at IU.  We will be hosting a film series featuring contemporary films by African filmmakers; the series will take place Thursday evenings in March. 3/8 AFRICAN/AMERICAN?  Three short films about reconciling African and American identities.  Screening followed by a discussion … Continue reading New Directions in African Cinema Series: March 8 – 29

‘Hearing Radmila’ at IU Cinema

Hearing Radmilla, a documentary film about Radmilla Cody, will be showing at the IU Cinema this Saturday (March 3rd) at 3 p.m. From the IU Cinema release: Growing up in Navajo Nation, Radmilla Cody was tormented by others due to her mixed Native- and African-American heritage.  In her early twenties, Cody entered the Miss Navajo … Continue reading ‘Hearing Radmila’ at IU Cinema

Films of Charles Burnett—Arriving at the Truth: Nov. 3-6 @ IU Cinema

Five movies directed by critically acclaimed filmmaker Charles Burnett will be featured Nov. 3-6 at the IU Cinema, an event that coincides with the 30th anniversary of IU's Black Film Center/Archive. Michael Martin, a professor of American Studies and Communication and Culture who is director of the Black Film Center/Archive, will host a public interview … Continue reading Films of Charles Burnett—Arriving at the Truth: Nov. 3-6 @ IU Cinema

Home Movie Day – Oct 15 @ IU Cinema

Home Movie Day returns to Indiana University this Saturday October 15, from 3-5 pm at the IU Cinema. Home Movie Day is an international celebration of the power and meaning of home movies and amateur film while also highlighting the importance of everyday filmmaking as a historical resource. Local residents have the opportunity to bring … Continue reading Home Movie Day – Oct 15 @ IU Cinema