ONLINE EVENT - Oscar Micheaux's WITHIN OUR GATES (1920) - Live-Stream with Live Piano Accompaniment by Ben Model!

With guest speaker Film Historian William Jennings, Hofstra University
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A LIVE "Anything But Silent" Event!

Oscar Micheaux's WITHIN OUR GATES (1920)

featuring Live Piano Accompaniment by BEN MODEL from home!

Guest Speaker: Film Historian William Jennings, Hofstra University

Live Streaming on Tuesday, February 23rd at 7:00 PM EDT!

General Admission is Pay-What-You-Want! – Click "Buy Tickets" above for price options

The most important black filmmaker in the first half of the 20th century was Oscar Micheaux, who directed over 40 films in a career spanning 30 years in both the silent and sound eras. The incendiary drama Within Our Gates was Micheaux’s second feature film and is the earliest surviving feature film directed by an African American. Evelyn Preer stars as Sylvia Landry, a young Chicago woman who endeavors to raise money to save a school for black children in the rural south. Micheaux’s story was created largely in response to D.W. Griffith’s highly prejudicial The Birth of a Nation, providing a much needed Black perspective to the controversial and widely seen content. Within Our Gates was thought to be a lost movie until a single print was discovered in Spain (under the title La Negra) in the late 1970s. (USA, 1920, 79 min, NR | Dir: Oscar Micheaux)

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Ben Model is one of America’s leading silent film accompanists, and has been playing piano and organ for silent films at the New York MoMA since 1984 and the CAC since 2006. Since March 16th, 2020, Ben has been hosting a weekly live-streamed silent film show from his living room, “The Silent Comedy Watch Party.” Click here to visit Ben's YouTube page!