L.A. REBELLION: CREATING A NEW BLACK CINEMA
Saturday, November 12, 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Billy Wilder Theater at The Hammer Museum
This one-day symposium organized by Allyson Nadia Field (UCLA) and Jacqueline Stewart (Northwestern University) is the first of its kind dedicated to the L.A. Rebellion, a key artistic movement of African American and African filmmakers who studied at UCLA between the late 1960s and the early 1980s.
Presented in conjunction with the UCLA Film & Television Archive’s groundbreaking film exhibition, L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema, the symposium will reflect upon the rich and diverse work of these artists–including Charles Burnett, Ben Caldwell, Larry Clark, Julie Dash, Zeinabu Irene Davis, Jamaa Fanaka, Jacqueline Frazier, Haile Gerima, Alile Sharon Larkin, Barbara McCullough and Billy Woodberry, and more than 40 others–who engaged in an unprecedented collective effort to re-imagine Black images in cinema.
Attendees at this free event will also have the opportunity to see rarely-viewed footage that is being preserved by the Archive. (Continue reading for the symposium schedule…)
still from Charles Burnett's Killer of Sheep (1977)
This fall the UCLA Film & Television Archive will celebrate the filmmakers of the L.A. Rebellion in the retrospective L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema. All the details have not been released yet, but mark your calendars for the one-day symposium that will take place on November 12 at UCLA. BFC/A director Michael Martin is scheduled to participate.
The UCLA Film& Television Archive’s director, Jan-Christopher Horak, has written a few blog posts on collecting related films and organizing the program. You can find them HERE, HERE and HERE.
We’ll keep you posted about the final program.
The Museum of Modern Art will feature the films of Charles Burnett throughout the month of April.
Burnett has long borne the dubious distinction of being, as critic Armond White observed, “the least well-known great American filmmaker.” In Charles Burnett: Interviews (University Press of Mississippi, 2011), Burnett cites the phrase “the power to endure” as a motif his films share with William Faulkner’s novels; the phrase applies equally well to the indomitable characters who inhabit Burnett’s cinema, and to Burnett’s own struggle to get his films made in accordance with his vision.
Each of Burnett’s films can be seen to chronicle some aspect of the black experience in America, offering black and white audiences alike a moving representation and triumphant appreciation of African American culture, with a strong emphasis on both the rewards and burdens of family. It should be evident from the films presented inthis retrospective that Burnett is a talent deserving of a much larger audience.
Click here for a schedule of film screenings at the MoMA.
Charles Burnett on the set of The Glass Shield. 1994.
USA. Written and directed by Charles Burnett
Organized by Charles Silver, Curator, Department of Film, and Professor Robert Kapsis, Department of Sociology and Film Studies, Queens College (CUNY). Special thanks to Charles Burnett, Cinema Libre, Milestone Films, UCLA Film & Television Archive, Carolyn Schroeder, Dai Sil Kim-Gibson, Kathy Coblentz, Paul Alan Smith, Sony Pictures, Showtime, Miramax, The Hallmark Channel, The Walt Disney Company, American Sterling, Billy Woodberry, Dennis Doros and Amy Heller, California Newsreel, Vulcan productions, ABC Films, Swank Motion Pictures, Ross Lipman, Richard Pena, Carl Lumbly, and Cotty Chubb.
The exhibition is made possible by The Friends of Education of The Museum of Modern Art.