Garrett Bradley's America
Film America + Four Women + Illusions Peter Jay Sharp Building
BAM Rose Cinemas
Oct 12, 2019
  • 7PM
Running Time: 72min

Garrett Bradley’s extraordinary new short is presented with two works by Julie Dash (Daughters of the Dust) exploring archetypes of Black femininity and the power of Hollywood to shape racial mythologies.

+ Post-screening conversation with Julie Dash and Garrett Bradley
MEMBERS: $8 (free for Level 4 and above)

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Dir. Garrett Bradley
With Donna Crump, Edward Spots
2019, 30min, DCP


Taking as its starting point the recently rediscovered Bert Williams feature Lime Kiln Club Field Day (1913)—the first known film to feature an all-Black cast—Garrett Bradley’s extraordinary new short imagines an entire lost lineage of African-American cinema, where images of Black joy, strength, and beauty live on forever in a free-floating celluloid dream space. Shot in gorgeously poetic black and white and set to an intricately layered audio collage, America is an ecstatic sensory experience that rewrites our visual history in the name of Black empowerment.

Four Women

Dir. Julie Dash
1975, 8min


The gorgeously expressive breakthrough work by Julie Dash (Daughters of the Dust) features dancer Linda Martina Young inhabiting and deconstructing four archetypes of Black femininity, set to the strains of the soul-shaking Nina Simone ballad that gives the film its name.


Dir. Julie Dash
1982, 34min


Julie Dash explores race and representation in World War II-era Hollywood via the story of a Black movie studio executive passing as white and the African-American singer she hires to dub the voice of a white actress. What plays out is a profound, haunting deconstruction of Hollywood’s power to shape racial mythologies.