Garrett Bradley's America
Film America + Hale County This Morning, This Evening Peter Jay Sharp Building
BAM Rose Cinemas
Oct 13, 2019
  • 2PM
Running Time: 106min

Garrett Bradley’s extraordinary new short is presented with RaMell Ross’ intimate and cosmic vision of everyday African-American life in the heart of Alabama’s Black Belt.

+ Post-screening conversation with RaMell Ross 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.

Hale County This Morning, This Evening

Dir. RaMell Ross
2018, 76min


The remarkable, Oscar-nominated debut from RaMell Ross is at once an intimate and cosmic, poignant and profound vision of African-American life in the heart of Alabama’s Black Belt. Writ in an impressionist wash of striking, sensorily-rich images (along with archival footage from Bert Wililams’ 1913 feature Lime Kiln Club Field Day), it’s as much a portrait of two young men—one a student, the other a father supporting a growing family—as it is an immersion in the community and landscape that surround them. With a poet’s eye for capturing the quietly meaningful, in-between moments of everyday life—at home, at church, on the basketball court—Ross invites an entirely new way of seeing the world.