The full story, including all the films in the lineup, follows below, via Maysles:
Will feature Lois Towles, acclaimed concert pianist and sister of pioneering model Dorothea Towles. A graduate of Wiley College (of “The Great Debaters” fame), Towles sang with Fisk University’s choir and later became a member of the school’s music faculty.
The evening will also be dedicated to the memory of Richard Caesar, Tuskeegee Airman/dentist & husband of Lois Towles, who died over 2 years ago. Will also include an art show (“Centennial of Lois Towles”) commemorating what would have been her 100th birthday.
Films shown will most likely include the following:
Jack Johnson v. Frank Noran (Reg. 8mm, silent, b&w, c. 12 mins., 1914, re-shot/transferred from 35mm (originally) onto 8mm)
Live Rome Movie footage of Minstrel Show of The 1939-1940 San Francisco/Treasure Island World’s Fair (Reg. 8mm, silent, b&w/sepia. 1939-1940.c. 12 mins.)
The Harlem Globetrotters (Castle Films, Reg. 8mm, silent, b&w, c. 12 mins., 1950’s)
Black & Tan Fantasy w/ Duke Ellington (Super8Sound, b&w, c. 3 mins., 1928.)
Black Home Movie/Travel Footage of Europe (Italy) from the 50’s (Anonymous Reg. 8mm, silent color, c. 12 mins., 1950’s.)
An Excerpt from ‘Aunt Lois’ w/ Dorothea Towles, her sister (Super8Sound, color, c. 3 mins., 1997.)
Black Home Movie footage from The 50’s (Anonymous, Reg. 8mm, silent, color, c. 12 mins., 1950’s.)
Black Super 8 Sound Home Movie Footage of Jim Jones’ People’s Temple (Super8Sound, color, c. 3 mins., 1970’s.)
Footage Shot Out The Window of a Plane Heading from San Francisco to New York Set to Nina Simone’s ‘Feeling Good’ (Sequel to ‘Footage Shot of The Window of a Plane Heading from New York to San Francisco. ) (Super8Sound, color, 3 mins., 1994.)
Tuskeegee Airman Home Movie Footage of Russia (Anonymous, Reg. 8mm, color, c. 20 mins., 1959.)
” An evening of short films, featuring reportedly incendiary images of African Americans.” Time Out New York.
“I hate to be a representative of a race, tacked on for that reason alone. If I can do something beyond that, then it’s all right.” &, “I could never have done what I was able to do without the help of others. I can’t return that help to the people who helped me, but perhaps I can return it to the others who are in need.” Lois Towles