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Lime Kiln Club Field Day + Hale County This Morning, This Evening

 
 
Wed, Sep 19, 2018
  • 7PM
 
 
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+  Intro by RaMell Ross (director, Hale County This Morning, This Evening)
 
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In Hale County This Morning, This Evening, director RaMell Ross ingeniously and movingly integrates footage from Lime Kiln Club Field Day, the earliest known black-cast feature film, made in 1913 but never completed. Viewed together, these films offer a fascinating dialogue on the complex history of black onscreen representation.

Intro by RaMell Ross (director, Hale County This Morning, This Evening)

 
Lime Kiln Club Field Day

Dirs. T Hunter Hayes & Edwin Middleton
1913, 65min, 35mm

 

Considered to be the oldest surviving film with an all-black cast, this 1913 unfinished romantic comedy was restored by the Museum of Modern Art with support from The Lillian Gish Fund for Film Preservation. It stars legendary vaudeville performer Bert Williams as a dandy competing with two rivals for the love of a woman. Williams—wearing blackface in a concession to entertainment standards of the day—proves to be leading man of some depth, blending impressive slapstick qualities with emotional range.

Live piano accompaniment by Enoch Smith Jr.

Restored by the Museum of Modern Art with support from The Lillian Gish Fund for Film Preservation.

 
Hale County This Morning, This Evening

Dir. RaMell Ross
2018, 76min, DCP

 

Director RaMell Ross uses nonfiction filmmaking with a photographer’s sensibility to create a poignant and poetic document of black lives in an area of American South known as the Black Belt. Ross’s vantage point as an insider conveys everyday intimacy as the camera follows two young men who are figuring out the course of their lives. The film includes footage from Lime Kiln Club Field Day, the earliest known black-cast feature, made in 1913 but never completed.

 
 
 
 
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