Cinema 53 is a new screening and discussion series presenting conversation-provoking films by and about women and people of color. A partnership between the historic Harper Theater in downtown Hyde Park and the University of Chicago’s Gray Center for Arts & Inquiry, Cinema 53 brings together scholars, artists, students and audiences from the South Side and beyond to consider how visual cultures reflect, and reflect upon, enduring inequalities and revolutionary futures. Curated by Gray Center director Jacqueline Stewart.
Swagger: Screening + conversation with Jennifer Wild, Jacqueline Stewart and Global Girls
Part urban fantasy and part ethnographic group portrait, Swagger (Olivier Babinet, 2015, 84 min) focuses on a dozen teenagers getting by in the streets, projects and schools of Aulnay-sous-Bois, a suburb of Paris that made the headlines during the riots of 2005. Screening followed by a conversation with Jennifer Wild, Jacqueline Stewart, and Global Girls.
Lemonade: Screening + Conversation
The landmark visual album LEMONADE (Beyoncé, 2016) draws inspiration from the evocative imagery of Julie Dash, Arthur Jafa and Carrie Mae Weems, and the haunting poetry of Warsan Shire, to protest the invisibility of Black women, and offer a radical, but complicated, revisioning of Black female bodies and struggles. The screening will be followed by conversation with filmmaker Julie Dash, singer/songwriter/poet Jamila Woods and UChicago film scholar/Cinema 53 curator Jacqueline Stewart.
Cinema 53: Alice Diop and Mati Diop
Cinema 53 kicks off its spring series, Intimités: Everyday Life in Contemporary Afro/French Cinema, with a screening of films by Alice Diop and Mati Diop, followed by conversation with Jennifer Wild (UChicago Cinema & Media Studies, Romance Languages and Literatures), Jacqueline Stewart (UChicago Cinema & Media Studies, Gray Center for Arts + Inquiry) and Terri Francis (director of the Black Film Center/Archive, Cinema & Media Studies, Indiana University; author, Josephine Baker’s Oppositional Burlesque, forthcoming from Indiana University Press).
Spirits of Rebellion: Screening + Conversation
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.
Horace Tapscott: Musical Griot, with director Barbara McCullough and composer Renée Baker
LA Rebellion filmmaker Barbara McCullough’s latest film looks into the life of the once blacklisted musical genius Horace Tapscott—the consummate musician, community activist, and mentor to generations of jazz artists. Screening followed by conversation with director Barbara McCullough and composer Renée Baker.