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Virtual Screening Room
Monday, Mar 1, 2021 - Monday, Mar 22, 2021
This four week virtual course focuses on the ways the Black image in cinematic adaptation of comics reflect, comment upon, or distort the diversity of African America and the history of people of African descent.
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FilmScene is proud to continue our series FilmScene 101, which presents year-round, multi-week cinema seminars taught by some of the best and brightest film-focused minds in our community. Courses focus on genres, filmmakers, eras or movements and provide participants an opportunity for deeper engagement with the moving image.

This course will take place virtually over Zoom (link provided). Films will be watched by registrants outside of course meetings. FilmScene does not provide access to the films, but please see below for access options! All films are available for free or are available to rent on various streaming platforms. Links have been provided when available.

$15 for FilmScene Members / $20 for non-Members - click on the 7:00 button above to register!

Was Mickey Mouse Black? Is Storm the only Black female superhero? Why did the 2004 film Catwoman bomb at the box office? How does the film Black Panther depart from early 20th century cartoons depicting people of African descent? What are the cultural and political meanings of US filmmakers and animators who incorporate Japanese popular culture into their works and the Japanese filmmakers who insert the Black image into their works? This four week course provides a foundation to critically interpret the Black image in film and animation. Our discussions will focus on the ways the Black image in these forms reflect, comment upon, or distort the diversity of African America and the history of people of African descent.  

Monday, March 1: Scrub Me Mamma With a Boogie Beat (1940 - watch here) dir. Walter Lantz; and Black Panther (2018) dir. Ryan Coogler - Disney+, Amazon, Google Play and DirectTV

Monday, March 8: Catwoman (2004) dir. Pitof - Apple, Amazon, Google Play and DirectTV; and Hancock (2008) dir. Peter Berg - Fubu, DirectTV, Sling, Amazon, Apple

Monday, March 15: Fast Color (2019) dir. Julia Hart - Amazon Prime, Hulu, DirectTV, Apple; and Sleight (2016) dir. Justin Dillard - HBO Max, Hulu, Amazon

Monday, March 22: Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990) - iTunes; and Boondocks episode "Date With the Health Inspector" (2005 - watch here)

Course meets for four consecutive weeks on Monday evenings from 7-8pm via Zoom. Registered students will be provided with Zoom details.

Course instructor: Deborah Whaley
Deborah Elizabeth Whaley is Professor of American Studies and African American studies at the University of Iowa. She is the author of Black Women in Sequence: Rethinking Comics, Graphic Novels, and Anime; Disciplining Women: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Black Counterpublics, and the Cultural Politics of Black Sororities and co-editor, with Ramzi Fawaz and Shelley Streeby, of Keywords in Comics Studies.

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African Diaspora