FILMS OF THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE

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Showings

Ped Mall -Scene 1 Sat, Oct 5 4:00 PM
Series Info
Series:Special Event
Film Info
Rating:Not Rated
Director:Oscar Micheaux
Dudley Murphy
Year Released:1920
1929
Production Country:USA

Description

Tau Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.*, in partnership with FilmScene, pays homage to the Harlem Renaissance with the presentation of three films by influential and pioneering Black directors.

4:00PM - Program introductions from producer Steven Torriano Berry
4:30PM - Within Our Gates (1920, Dir. Oscar Micheaux / 79 minutes)
5:20PM - break
5:30 - St. Louis Blues (16 minutes) and Black and Tan (19 minutes) (
1929, Dir. Dudley Murphy)
6:15 - Program Q&A


Within Our Gates
"Micheaux's narrative manner unfolds the vast political dimensions of an intimate romantic crisis with flashbacks and interpolations amplifying the story; a remarkable twist regarding Slyvia's identity, slipped in at the end, opens up a nearly hallucinatory historical vortex." - New Yorker

In 1920 silent film from Oscar Micheaux, kindly Sylvia Landry (Flo Clements) takes a fundraising trip to Boston in hopes of collecting $5,000 to keep a Southern school for impoverished black children open to the public. She then meets the warmhearted Dr. Vivian (William Smith), who falls in love with Sylvia and travels with her back to the South. There, Dr. Vivian learns about Sylvia's shocking, tragic past and realizes that racism has changed her life forever.

St. Louis Blues
A woman's gambler lover leaves her for a younger woman, culminating in a performance of composer. Casts the legendary blue singer, Bessie Smith, in her only starring film.

Black and Tan
A musical short film about a couple in the performing arts; set during the contemporary Harlem Renaissance in New York City. 

*Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is an international service organization established in 1908 as the first black sorority in the United States. Its members develop innovative programs that address significant issues in the areas of education, health, family, the arts, technology and economics. The Tau Psi Omega Chapter members represent Eastern Iowa areas of Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Cedar Falls and Waterloo.








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