Garrett Bradley's America
Film America + Stormy Weather Peter Jay Sharp Building
BAM Rose Cinemas
Oct 14, 2019
  • 7PM
 
Running Time: 108min

Garrett Bradley’s extraordinary new short is presented with the showstopping, all-Black 1940s musical featuring legendary entertainers Lena Horne, Bill Robinson, Cab Calloway, and the Nicholas Brothers.

GENERAL ADMISSION: $16
MEMBERS: $8 (free for Level 4 and above)
 
 

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America

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.

 
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.”