Horace Tapscott came up in 1950s Los Angeles as a composer and piano player, relying on the support of the local black musician’s union and the Watts Happening Coffee House. Later forming the Pan-Afrikan Arkestra, he promoted self-love in the black community, which he saw mainstream white American culture rejecting as militantism. New Orleans-born director Barbara McCullough takes us on a lyrical journey through Tapscott’s oral history and performances, where he examines the intersection of politics and art. Tapscott’s evocative storytelling about the status of black men, jazz, and resistance in mid-century America resonates today as the country grapples with the legacy and future of the Civil Rights Movement. -KM
Filmmaker scheduled to attend
Preceded by the short film “KOJO” (14 min).
PRD: Chephren Rasika, Scott Brock; WRI: Barbara McCullough; DP: Johnny Simmons, Al Santana, Charles Burnett, Bernard Nicolas; ED: Scott Brock