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16MM Films By Pioneering Black Experimental Filmmaker Mike Henderson at the Schomburg Center (NYC)

16MM Films By Pioneering Black Experimental Filmmaker Mike Henderson at the Schomburg Center (NYC)

The 2015 Black Radical Imagination film series continues its current tour, showcasing films by African-American experimental filmmakers with a screening this Weds, Oct. 7, in New York at the Schomburg Center in Harlem, at the fall open house the Center calls “The Black Fantastic.”
Programmed by Chicago-based filmmaker Amir George and L.A. based curator Erin Christovale, the goal of Black Radical imagination, according to both George and Christovale, is “to invoke a futurist aesthetic of the black image on screen. The visual pieces delve into the worlds of video art, film animation, narrative storytelling, and new media. Each artist contributes their own vision of a free changing world in a postmodern society.”
Along with films by filmmakers Ja’Tovia Gary, Buki Bodunrin and Ezra Claytan Daniels, will be the New York première of 16MM films by the pioneering black experimental filmmaker Mike Henderson.
As the Black Radical Imagination says about Missouri born Henderson who is a painter, professor, and blues man: “[Henderson] is far too little known for his remarkable body of 16mm film work (and) was a professor of art, teaching painting, drawing, and filmmaking at the University of California-Davis until his retirement in 2012.
The Black Film Center/Archive at Indiana University called Henderson’s works: “… radically inventive, often hilariously funny, and very rarely shown, Henderson’s ‘talking blues films’ reflect an unusual synthesis of his music and painting backgrounds, spanning compositional experiments, absurdist musings on creativity, and blues-driven pieces about Black identity, all rendered in a powerful, unadorned DIY directness…”
The Black Fantastic starts at 6PM and continues until 10PM.

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