October 21

27 MIN

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MON OCT 21 | 7:15PM | THE RANCH THEATER AT CAC

Shot on sparkling black-and-white 35mm film, America is a cinematic omnibus rooted in New Orleans that reveals and re-interprets a lost history of African American Cinema. In response to the MoMA’s recent discovery of Lime Kiln Club Field Day, a 1913 film by Black vaudevillian Bert Williams, New Orleans filmmaker Garrett Bradley pairs excerpts from Williams’ film with scenes reconstructing other possible films, those that have certainly been lost, forgotten, or destroyed. Bradley’s joyous iconography of Black artistry and stardom challenges ideas of Black cinema as a wave or moment (as in the L.A. Rebellion or the 1990s’ New Black Cinema) proposing in their place a continuous thread of achievement and contribution.