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L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema—Tour

Ashes & Embers
September 6, 2012 -
November 24, 2013

"Raw, experimental and visceral cinema." —San Francisco Chronicle

Download the exhibition catalog (PDF)

Representative works from UCLA Film & Television Archive's groundbreaking L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema exhibition will screen in select North American cities, showcasing new prints and restorations.

A milestone in American cinema, the L.A. Rebellion began in the late 1960s when a number of promising African and African American students entered the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. From that first class through the late 1980s these filmmakers forged a unique and sustained alternative Black cinema practice in the United States. Their frequent collaborations with other students of color and engagement with cinemas and concerns of the Third World created fascinating, provocative and visionary films that have earned an impressive array of awards and accolades at festivals around the world, in addition to blazing new paths into the commercial market.

In this tour, we present 36 wide-ranging works, including:

•  A new print of Julie Dash's Daughters of the Dust (1991), the first American feature directed by an African American woman to receive a general theatrical release

•  A new print of Haile Gerima's influential first feature, Bush Mama (1975), a study of a Watts welfare mother's political awakening

•  The newly restored Water Ritual #1: An Urban Rite of Purification (1979), Barbara McCullough's depiction of a Black woman's attempt to cleanse herself and her blighted urban environment

•  A new print of Jamaa Fanaka's Emma Mae (1976), a portrait of a young Black woman from the South and her difficult adjustment to life in the big city

•  A new print of Ben Caldwell's I & I: An African Allegory (1979), an experimental mix of drama and documentary

•  A new print of Larry Clark's rare masterpiece, Passing Through (1977), about a jazz musician released from jail, searching for his mentor and grandfather

•  A new print of Alile Sharon Larkin's A Different Image (1982), in which a woman living away from her family yearns to be recognized for more than her physical attributes

•  The newly restored Bless Their Little Hearts (1984), a collaboration between director Billy Woodberry and writer/cinematographer Charles Burnett that focuses on a black family in crisis

•  The director's cut of Charles Burnett's My Brother's Wedding (1983/2007), a tragicomic portrait of a young man’s complex relationship with his Watts community

•  Zeinabu irene Davis' Compensation (1999), which depicts two Chicago love stories, one set at the dawn of the twentieth century and the other in contemporary times

Tour dates and venues:
October 25 – November 24, 2013 Atlanta, GA

Emory University, Georgia State University and
Atlanta Film Festival

May 23 & June 6, 2013 Evanston, IL Block Cinema at Northwestern University
April 25 – June 7, 2013 Chicago, IL Film Studies Center at the University of Chicago
April 21 – May 13, 2013 Silver Spring, MD AFI Silver Theatre
April 16 – May 6, 2013 Boston, MA Harvard Film Archive
March 28, 2013 Chicago, IL Conversations at the Edge at the
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
March 3 – April 20, 2013 Washington, D.C. National Gallery of Art
March 1 – March 24, 2013 Seattle, WA Northwest Film Forum
February 2 – February 24, 2013 New York, NY Museum of the Moving Image
January 31 – February 19, 2013 Toronto TIFF Cinematheque
January 5 – January 26, 2013 Philadelphia, PA International House Philadelphia
September 6 – October 30, 2012 Berkeley, CA Pacific Film Archive