Spirits of Rebellion
Film screening + conversation with director Zeinabu irene Davis, UChicago film scholar Ally Field and Cinema 53 curator Jacqueline Stewart
In solidarity and dialogue with her fellow L.A. Rebellion filmmakers, Zeinabu irene Davis convenes the group of artists brought together by the UCLA film program—including notable directors Julie Dash (Daughters of the Dust) and Charles Burnett (Killer of Sheep)—to recall their experiences and historicize their legacy on film and far beyond. Screening followed by conversation with Davis, UChicago film scholar Allyson Nadia Field, and Cinema 53 curator Jacqueline Stewart.
Spirits of Rebellion, Zeinabu irene Davis, 2015, 100 min
Zeinabu irene Davis is an independent filmmaker and Professor of Communication at University of California, San Diego. She works in narrative, documentary and experimental genres. Her award-winning films include Mother of the River (1995), A Powerful Thang (1991), Cycles (1989), and the dramatic feature Compensation (1999). Davis’ documentaries Trumpetistically Clora Bryant (2005), Co- Motion: Stories of Breastfeeding Women (2010) and Momentum: A Conversation with Black Women on Achieving Grad Degrees (2010) are distributed by Third World Newsreel and Women Make Movies. Her articles on African American cinema have been published in Afterimage, Black Film Review, Cineaste, Wide Angle and Hot Wire, and she has received fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Illinois and Ohio Arts Councils, the American Film Institute and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Allyson Nadia Field is Associate Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at UChicago. With Jacqueline Stewart and Jan-Christopher Horak, Field is co-editor of L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema, and serves as co-curator of the L.A. Rebellion Preservation Project of the UCLA Film & Television Archive.
Presented with support from the Department of Cinema and Media Studies at UChicago.
The following titles will be available for purchase on site from Seminary Coop Bookstore:
L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema (Allyson Field, Jan-Christopher Horak, Jacqueline Najuma Stewart, University of California Press, 2015)
Uplift Cinema: The Emergence of African American Film and the Possibility of Black Modernity (Allyson Nadia Field, Duke University Press Books, 2015)
Migrating to the Movies: Cinema and Black Urban Modernity (Jacqueline Stewart, University of California Press, 2005)