Garrett Bradley's America
Film America + Lime Kiln Club Field Day Peter Jay Sharp Building
BAM Rose Cinemas
Oct 11, 2019
  • 7:30PM
Running Time: 95min

Garrett Bradley’s extraordinary new short screens with the lost-and-found 1913 romantic comedy Lime Kiln Club Field Day, the first known film with an all-Black cast, starring vaudeville performer Bert Williams.

+ Extended intro by Garrett Bradley & Live musical accompaniment of Lime Kiln Club Field Day by Jimmy Cobb and Darrian Douglas
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.

Lime Kiln Club Field Day

Dirs. T. Hayes Hunter & Edwin Middleton
1913/2014, 65min, 35mm


Considered to be the oldest surviving film with an all-Black cast, this lost-and-found 1913 unfinished romantic comedy stars legendary Bahamian-American vaudeville performer Bert Williams as a dandy competing with two rivals for the love of a woman (played by Harlem entrepreneur and actress Odessa Warren Grey). Williams—wearing blackface in a concession to entertainment standards of the day—proves to be a leading man of striking depth, blending impressive slapstick gifts with emotional range.

Live musical accompaniment by Jimmy Cobb and Darrian Douglas.