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“Black Lives on Screen” series begins next week!

This spring semester, the Department of Cinematic Arts is hosting an online screening series, Black Lives on Screen, featuring the work of a diverse range of acclaimed African American and Black filmmakers, artists, and scholars. Intended to promote and celebrate the rich history and future of Black cinematic expression, the events will give UI classes, as well as individual students, staff, and faculty the opportunity to experience films ranging from the birth of cinema to the most recent documentaries, experimental shorts to mainstream blockbusters, and classic to marginalized or lost films.

Associate Professor Nathan Platte Receives FilmScene 2020 Visionary Advocate Award

Congratulations to Associate Professor Nathan Platte (UI, Music) on receiving FilmScene’s 2020 Visionary Advocate award. This much-deserved award speaks to the important impact of Platte's FilmCastPodScene podcast and related community work and research on sound in cinema.

Professor of Film Studies Michael Cowan featured in roundtable on "Useful Animation in Early Cinema"

Just before Thanksgiving, Professor Michael Cowan participated in the Domitor 2020 conference, where he discussed new research in a roundtable on Useful Animation in Early Cinema.

Upcoming Events

Black Lives on Screen: "The Inheritance" promotional image

Black Lives on Screen: "The Inheritance"

Thursday, March 4, 2021 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Virtual

Showcasing the work of a diverse range of acclaimed African American and Black filmmakers, artists, and scholars, the Black Lives on Screen online screening series and discussions will promote and celebrate the rich history, present, and future of Black cinematic expression in the context of an inclusive, educational, and inspiring experience for the entire UI community. The Inheritance (dir. Ephraim Asili, 2020; 100 min) screening followed by discussion with guest filmmaker, Assistant…

Black Lives on Screen: "Illusions" and "The Watermelon Woman" promotional image

Black Lives on Screen: "Illusions" and "The Watermelon Woman"

Thursday, March 11, 2021 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Virtual

Showcasing the work of a diverse range of acclaimed African American and Black filmmakers, artists, and scholars, the Black Lives on Screen online screening series and discussions will promote and celebrate the rich history, present, and future of Black cinematic expression in the context of an inclusive, educational, and inspiring experience for the entire UI community. Event Information: Screening of Illusions (dir. Julie Dash, 1982; 34 min) and Watermelon Woman (dir. Cheryl Dunyé, 1991, 90…

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In the Wake of Archival Rediscovery: The Afterlives of "Something Good-Negro Kiss" (1898)

Friday, March 12, 2021 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Virtual

A Black Lives on Screen special lecture with guest speaker, Associate Professor Allyson Nadia Field (UChicago). Talk Description:What happens to lost films after their rediscovery? We tend to think of such questions in academic terms, but rediscovered films also enter a broader field of cultural reception and production. They can change public perception; they can be sources for artistic creativity. This has been especially true of early cinema, in which archival…

Black Lives on Screen: "Tongues Untied" promotional image

Black Lives on Screen: "Tongues Untied"

Thursday, March 18, 2021 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Virtual

Showcasing the work of a diverse range of acclaimed African American and Black filmmakers, artists, and scholars, the Black Lives on Screen online screening series and discussions will promote and celebrate the rich history, present, and future of Black cinematic expression in the context of an inclusive, educational, and inspiring experience for the entire UI community. Event Information: Screening of Tongues Untied (dir. Marlon Riggs,1989; 55 min) with with guest speakers, Dr. Andrew Owens …

Black Lives on Screen: Program of works by T.J. Dedeaux-Norris promotional image

Black Lives on Screen: Program of works by T.J. Dedeaux-Norris

Thursday, March 25, 2021 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Virtual

Showcasing the work of a diverse range of acclaimed African American and Black filmmakers, artists, and scholars, the Black Lives on Screen online screening series and discussions will promote and celebrate the rich history, present, and future of Black cinematic expression in the context of an inclusive, educational, and inspiring experience for the entire UI community. Event Information:  Program of works by T.J. Dedeaux-Norris with guest filmmaker, Assistant Professor T.J. Dedeaux-Norris …

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