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America + Stormy Weather

Mon, Oct 14, 2019
  • 7PM
RUN TIME: 108min
MEMBERS: $8 (free for Level 4 and above)
October 2019
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Monday October 14, 2019
Performances no longer available.

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.

An Aubin Pictures production. Produced by Lauren Domino and Catherine Gund.

Stormy Weather

Dir. Andrew Stone
With Lena Horne, Bill Robinson, Cab Calloway
1943, 78min, DCP


Lena Horne delivers a showstopping rendition of the title song in this musical retelling of the life and times of its star, legendary dancer Bill Robinson. One of the rare Hollywood films of its era to feature an all-Black cast, Stormy Weather is a showcase for a staggering array of talent, including Cab Calloway and his band playing “Jumpin’ Jive,” the Nicholas Brothers tapping up a storm, and Fats Waller performing “Ain’t Misbehavin.”

Garrett Bradley
Garrett Bradley

Garrett Bradley’s multimedia work draws together broad themes of oppression and conflict with a particular emphasis on place and location. Across a body of moving-image productions that blend elements of documentary and fiction, cinema and video art, Bradley’s camera situates wider themes in the minute textures of the everyday, exploring her subjects’ struggles and dreams and rooting the sociopolitical in personal and physical experience. Bradley consistently locates her subjects in particular places—frequently her home city of New Orleans—that become sites of a confrontation between personal narratives and larger historical and political ones.

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