Indie Memphis and partners announce a citywide mini-festival, featuring the Brooks' Screening of Solange's WHEN I GET HOME and a free outdoor screening of Barry Jenkins’ award-winning MOONLIGHT.
"Black Independence" is a citywide celebration of the past, present, and the future of black independent film. It is not comprehensive but does offer a wide sampling of international films made by black directors from 1970 to this year. Films take place in Senegal, Paris, New York, South Central Los Angeles, the Lowcountry sea islands, Texas, and Miami. The African diaspora is rich in cultures and artistic styles, and that variety is well represented in these beautiful and moving films.
SOLANGE’S WHEN I GET HOME + PANEL DISCUSSION
The Brooks Museum presents visual artist and singer/songwriter Solange Knowles’ extended director's cut featuring new scenes and musical arrangements of her interdisciplinary performance art film of WHEN I GET HOME.
Panel: Finding Homes for New Forms in Filmmaking*
Multi-disciplinary artists working in fine art, film, and music will discuss the creative possibilities in the overlaps. What new forms can filmmaking take and what are the best venues (both for filmmaker and audiences) to display and experience this work? Also discussed will be how the South and Memphis in particular inspires these artists' film and video work.
Moderator: Victoria Jones (The Collective)
Panelists: James Dukes (IMAKEMADBEATS), Dindie Donelson (AIESHATHETEAPOT), Lawrence Matthews (Don Lifted), and Telisu
*Panel discussion curated by Indie Memphis
Wednesday, September 11
@ Brooks Museum
MICROCINEMA: 80S AND 90S SHORTS BY BLACK WOMEN FILMMAKERS
These landmark films by black women directors from the 1980s and 1990s interrogate identity, imagery, and representation in classic Hollywood, where no black women were directing and exhibiting films. The 1980s and 1990s saw a blooming of independent black women directors whose films have been too little seen and celebrated in years since.
Tuesday, September 17
@ Crosstown Arts 430
SOLEIL Ô (1970)
“The Mauritanian director Med Hondo’s bitterly insightful, artistically freewheeling 1970 film begins with an antic sketch of the European colonization that subjugated and impoverished Africans. It depicts, with sardonic fury, the adventures of an unnamed young African man (Robert Liensol) who arrives in Paris and, with naïve optimism, seeks his fortune among his colonizers. He considers himself at home in France, but soon discovers the extent of his exclusion from French society.” -Richard Brody, The New Yorker
Wednesday, September 18
@ Malco Ridgeway
MY BROTHER’S WEDDING (1983)
“The central character is Pierce Mundy (Everette Silas), a not-quite-young man who works in his parents’ dry-cleaning business. Pierce seems stuck on the way to full-fledged adulthood and also caught between his duties to his brother, who is about to marry a doctor’s snooty daughter, and his loyalty to his best friend, Soldier, who can’t stay out of trouble or jail… Mr. Burnett’s work is an indelible reminder of what real independence looks like.” -A.O. Scott, New York Times
Wednesday, September 25
@ Malco Studio
LOSING GROUND (1982)
This important film tells the story of a marriage of two remarkable people, both at a crossroads in their lives. Sara Rogers, a black professor of philosophy, is embarking on an intellectual quest to understand “ecstasy” just as her painter husband Victor sets off on a more earthy exploration of joy. In upstate New York for the summer, the couple’s lives becomes complicated by Sara’s research and by Victor’s involvement with a young model. This 1982 film was the first feature-length drama directed by a black American woman since the 1920s.
Wednesday, October 2
@ Malco Powerhouse
One of the treasures of African cinema, Senegalese master Mambéty’s long-delayed follow-up to his canonical Touki Bouki is a hallucinatory comic adaptation of Swiss avant-garde writer Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s play The Visit, which in Mambéty’s imagining follows a now-rich woman returning to her poor desert hometown to propose a deal to the populace: her fortune, in exchange for the death of the man who years earlier abandoned her and left her with his child. Per its title, Hyenas is a film of sinister, mocking laughter, and a biting satire of a contemporary Senegal whose post-colonial dreams are faced with erosion by western materialism.
Sunday, October 6
@ Rhodes College
DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST (1991)
At the dawn of the 20th century, a multi-generational family in the Gullah community on the Sea Islands off of South Carolina – former West African slaves who adopted many of their ancestors’ Yoruba traditions – struggle to maintain their cultural heritage and folklore while contemplating a migration to the mainland, even further from their roots. The first American wide release by a black female filmmaker, “Daughters of the Dust” was met with wild critical acclaim and rapturous audience response when it initially opened in 1991. Casting a long legacy, “Daughters of the Dust” still resonates today, most recently as a major influence on Beyonce’s video album “Lemonade.” Restored (in conjunction with UCLA) for the first time with proper color grading overseen by cinematographer Arthur Jafa, audiences will finally see the film exactly as Julie Dash intended.
Wednesday, October 9
@ Malco Ridgeway
Presented with The Collective
A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. At once a vital portrait of contemporary African-American life and an intensely personal and poetic meditation on identity, family, friendship, and love, Moonlight is a groundbreaking piece of cinema that reverberates with deep compassion and universal truths. Anchored by extraordinary performances from a tremendous ensemble cast, Barry Jenkins’s staggering, singular vision is profoundly moving in its portrayal of the moments, people, and unknowable forces that shape our lives and make us who we are.
Thursday, October 10
@ Fourth Bluff
FREE outdoor screening
Indie Memphis Nights Sponsor
Black Independence is part of Indie Memphis Nights, presented by Orion FCU.