Something Good-Negro Kiss (Selig, 1898), image courtesy of USC Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive.

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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.

Spring 2021 Virtual Screening + Guest Artist-Speaker Series

Open to the University of Iowa Community

Thursdays, 7-10 PM

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Upcoming Schedule

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Date Event Guests/Sponsors Host(s)
March 11
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Illusions (dir. Julie Dash, 1982; 34 min)
The Watermelon Woman (dir. Cheryl Dunyé, 1996, 90 min)
with guest speaker, Associate Professor Allyson Nadia Field (UChicago) in conversation with Associate Professor Paula Amad (UI-Cinematic Arts) Assistant Professor Ashley Howard (UI-History)
 
March 12
3:30-5pm

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Special Guest Lecture: “In the Wake of Archival Rediscovery: The Afterlives of Something Good-Negro Kiss (1898)” with guest speaker, Associate Professor Allyson Nadia Field (UChicago)
 
Associate Professor Corey Creekmur (UI-Cinematic Arts)
 
March 18
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Tongues Untied (dir. Marlon Riggs,1989; 55 min)

 
with guest speakers, Dr. Andrew Owens (UI-Cinematic Arts) and Assistant Professor Alfred L. Martin, Jr. (UI-Communication Studies) Professor Michael Cowan (UI-Cinematic Arts)
 
March 25
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Program of works by T.J. Dedeaux-Norris




 
with guest filmmaker, Assistant Professor T.J. Dedeaux-Norris (UI-SAAH) in conversation with Associate Professor Terri Francis (Indiana University)

co-hosted by Vertical Cinema and Cinematic Arts Graduate Students
Trevon Coleman (UI-Cinematic Arts, MFA graduate student)



 
March 26
3:30-5pm

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Panel: Black Womxn and Film




 
Participants: Assistant Professor T.J. Dedeaux-Norris (UI-SAAH); Associate Professor Terri Francis (Indiana University); Britny Horton (UI-Theatre, MFA graduate student)

co-hosted by Cinematic Arts Graduate Students
 
Trevon Coleman (UI-Cinematic Arts, MFA graduate student)



 
April 1
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Premature (Rashaad Ernesto Green, 2019; 90 min)

 
with guest filmmaker, Rashaad Ernesto Green in conversation with Assistant Professor Anahita Ghazvinizadeh (UI-Cinematic Arts) Anna Morrison (UI-Cinematic Arts, Lecturer)
 
April 8
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Program of African American Home Movies from the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture curated by Ina Archer, in conversation with guest speaker Associate Professor Racquel Gates (College of Staten Island, CUNY) Associate Professor Corey Creekmur (UI-Cinematic Arts)
 
April 9
3:30-5pm

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Special Guest Lecture: “Beyond Representation: Theorizing Cultural and Emotional Resonance in American Film.” with guest speaker Associate Professor Racquel Gates (College of Staten Island, CUNY)
 
Assistant Professor Chris Goetz (UI-Cinematic Arts)
 
April 15
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More Mysterious Than Our Desire: Black Film Multitudes program of short experimental films


 
curated by filmmaker Cauleen Smith (Visiting Faculty, CalArts) and film scholar Michael B. Gillespie (City College of New York and The Graduate Center, CUNY), who will both be in conversation with Trevon Coleman (UI-Cinematic Arts, MFA graduate student). Dr. Andrew Owens (UI-Cinematic Arts)


 
April 22
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Dreams Under Confinement: Uncharted Cartographies and Unsettled Temporalities of Black Experimental Film experimental films by UI Associate Professor Christopher Harris in dialogue with films curated by Yasmina Price with guest filmmaker, Associate Professor Christopher Harris (UI-Cinematic Arts), in conversation with Yasmina Price (Graduate Student, Yale)

 
Visiting Assistant Professor Joel Wanek (UI-Cinematic Arts)


 
May 6
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Black Spring (in 5 parts) “poetic conversation in film” pre-recorded performance by Professor Tracie Morris (UI Writers’ Workshop)



 
in conversation with Dr. Joyce Tsai, Chief Curator of the Stanley Museum of Art, Associate Professor of Practice (UI-SAAH)

Co-sponsored/co-hosted by UI Obermann Center for Advanced Studies

 
Professor Teresa Mangum (UI Director, Obermann Center for Advanced Studies) and Associate Professor Paula Amad (UI-Cinematic Arts)
 

 

Past Events

Date Event Guests/Sponsors Host(s)
Feb. 18
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Mr. SOUL! (dir. Melissa Haizlip, 2018; 104 min)
Registration for this event is separate from the rest of the series, Purchase FREE streaming ticket here (see FilmScene FAQ page for assistance)
co-sponsored/co-hosted by FilmScene


 
 
Feb. 15
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UI Student Panel discussing Black Panther (dir. Ryan Coogler, 2018; 134 min)

Stream film (with HawkID login) HERE prior to event.

 
Introduced/moderated by Shalisa Gladney (Coordinator, UI Afro-American Cultural Center and President UI African American Council) and Assistant Professor Chris Goetz (UI-Cinematic Arts)

co-hosted by UI Afro House; African American Council
 
Dr. Liz Tovar (UI-Executive Officer for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Associate Vice President), and Associate Professor Paula Amad (UI-Cinematic Arts)


 
March 4
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The Inheritance (dir. Ephraim Asili, 2020; 100 min)
 
with guest filmmaker, Assistant Professor Ephraim Asili (Bard) in conversation with film programmer and arts curator Sarah-Tai Black Assistant Professor Anahita Ghazvinizadeh (UI-Cinematic Arts)