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And She Was Loved: A Suite of Sounds and Images for Toni Morrison

 
 
Sun, Feb 23, 2020
  • 6PM
 
 
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RUN TIME: 100min
GENERAL ADMISSION: $16
MEMBERS: $8 (free for Level 4 and above)
+  Intro and post-screening discussion with Tayler Montague and Jessica Lynne
 
 
 
 
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Programmers: Tayler Montague and Jessica Lynne

“This series of short films represent a call-and-response style interrogation of the many themes taken up by Toni Morrison and her unparalleled body of work. Moreover, in thinking about what scholar Daphne Brooks has called “Professor Morrison's generation of sisters who loved music and found their way into the listening booths of the record shop,” the evening's program opens and concludes with screenings of short performances by Nina Simone and Jessye Norman, two women for whom Morrison cared for and loved deeply.” —Tayler Montague and Jessica Lynne

Intro and post-screening discussion with Tayler Montague and Jessica Lynne

 
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Boneshaker

Dir. Nuotama Bodomo
2013, 12min

 

Shot in gloriously grainy Super 16mm, this poetic and thought-provoking portrait of the African immigrant experience in Louisiana stars Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis.

 
Perfect Image?

Dir. Maureen Blackwood
1988, 30min

 

Two actresses, one light-skinned, one dark-skinned, in a series of freewheeling, sometimes musical sketches exploring Black beauty standards.

 
 
 
Fucked Like A Star

Dir. Stefani Santoinge
2018, 8min, DCP

 

A poetic meditation on women’s work and the dreamlife of ants set to the words of Toni Morrison.

 
 
A Dream Is What You Wake Up From

Dir. Carolyn Johnson & Larry Bullard
1978, 50min

 

The everyday lives of three Black American families with different approaches to their struggle for survival are represented through a mix of fiction and documentary scenes, a docudrama style inspired by the work of Cuban filmmaker Sara Gómez.

 
 
 
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BIO 
Jessica Lynne 
 

Jessica Lynne is a writer and art critic. She is a founding editor of ARTS.BLACK, an online journal of art criticism from Black perspectives. Her writing has been featured in Art in America, The Believer, BOMB Magazine, The Nation, and elsewhere. She is currently at work on a collection of essays about love, faith, and the American South.

Bio 
Tayler Montague 
 

Tayler Montague is a native New Yorker, writer, and curator. She has written for Film Comment, The Fader, Rookie Magazine, NYLON, Teen Vogue, Pitchfork, and other publications. She recently wrote and directed her first short film, In Sudden Darkness.

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