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The ‘L.A. Rebellion’ Film Series Comes To Chicago April 25 – June 7

The 'L.A. Rebellion' Film Series Comes To Chicago April 25 - June 7

We’ve been covering the touring L.A. Rebellion: Creating a
New Black Cinema
 film series as it
makes its way across the country; and after showing in Toronto, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and in New York, it’s now Chicago’s

As explained in the introduction for the 12 film series
selected from the from the much larger film program that played at UCLA, the L.A. rebellion developed in the aftermath of the Watts Uprising and
against the backdrop of the continuing Civil Rights Movement and the escalating
Vietnam War, a group of promising African and African American students entered
the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

Now referred to as L.A. Rebellion, these
mostly unheralded artists created a unique cinematic landscape, as—over the
course of two decades—students arrived, mentored one another, and passed the
torch to the next group. Their fascinating, provocative and visionary films
have earned an impressive array of awards and accolades at festivals around the
world, in addition to blazing new paths into the commercial market.

And among the filmmakers who came of out this movement were
established filmmakers such as Julie Dash, Charles Burnett, Ben Caldwell,
Halie Gerima, Zeinabu irene Davis, Jamaa Fanaka, Barbara McCullough, Larry Clark and O. Funmilayo

The Chicago screenings started last weekend with a sold
out show of short films, including films by Caldwell, McCullough and Makarah, at the Gene
Siskel Film Center
, followed by a Q and A
with the filmmakers at the Black Cinema

However the rest of the film series starts on Thursday April 25thand continues through Friday June 7th at the Logan Center for the Arts, on the campus of the University of Chicago, and at the Block Cinema, located on the
campus of the Northwestern University
in Evanston.

Yours truly will host the April 25 screening of Jamaa Fanaka’s film Emma Mae, and I will be
hosting screenings of film shorts programs on May 18 and May 30.

The other screenings will be hosted by: Northwestern
University professor of Radio/Television/Film Jacqueline Stewart, who is also co-curator of the L.A. Rebellion series at UCLA
and the co-editor of the upcoming book To Emancipate the Image: The L.A. Rebellion Filmmakers; and filmmaker/multi-media artist, Cauleen Smith, who is the recipient of the National
Alliance for Media Arts and Culture’s 2012 Outstanding Artist.

Seating is free

To find out more about what the films
are (such as Larry Clark’s Passing
pictured above) and when they will be screened go HERE and HERE.

This is a great and important film series and if the reaction
from last weekend is any indication, it’s
going to be extremely popular. Those of
you in the Chicagoland area have NO
excuse not to miss it.

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