Videos and Context
Film Screening and Discussion with Charlotte Ickes and Terri Francis
An afternoon of free films and discussion organized in dialogue with the exhibition The Shadows Took Shape; guest curated by Charlotte Ickes, PhD Candidate, University of Pennsylvania, with discussant Terri Francis, Visiting Associate Professor, Cinema Studies, University of Pennsylvania.
Taking Sun Ra’s interest in moving images as a starting point, the Studio Museum will present a feature-length movie and short films that shed light on the complex aesthetic and thematic registers of an Afrofuturist imagination on screen. Spanning the 1980s to today, the selection of films circles around questions of diasporic space and medium hybridity, borders and their undoing, longing for lost origins, technological intimacies, as well as time travel, alienation and alien-nations. Featuring works by Jesse Atlas, Simon Rittmeier, John Sayles, and Cauleen Smith.
Screening begins at 12 noon with discussion following immediately after with Charlotte Ickes and Terri Francis.
THIS ADULT PROGRAM IS FREE AND THE FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED SEATING IS LIMITED; PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY.*
The Brother from Another Planet (Dir. John Sayles, 1984, 108 minutes, color, sound; Rated R.)
The Changing Same (Dir. Cauleen Smith, 2001, color, sound, 9:25 minutes)
Drexciya (Dir. Simon Rittmeier, 2012, color, sound, 27 minutes)
Record/Play (Dir. Jesse Atlas, 2012, color, sound, 10 minutes)
*Note: For Rated R films, children under 17 require accompanying parent or adult guardian.
The Studio Museum in Harlem’s exhibitions are supported with public funds from the following government agencies and elected representatives: The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency; The City of New York; and Council Member Inez E. Dickens, 9th Council District, Speaker Christine Quinn and the New York City Council. Additional funding is provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.