I’ve heard of this archive in Harlem holding several valuable black cinematic artifacts and it has stuck in my mind to reach out. And then this gem appears on Shadow and Act today! There’s so much to be said about the need for a black cinema archive on the East Coast and for it to be on display. But I would love to see a physical place for this museum as a place for permanent exhibition and for research. It would be even better if a black college helps preserve these items. I have so many feels about this I can barely contain myself!! I’m trying to figure out a way to help them out-by any means necessary!
The Imaginarium of Black Cinema from Narratively on Vimeo.
[h/t Shadow and Act]
Posted by BKcinematic on March 10, 2014
I appreciate hearing a different viewpoint on the documentary The Act of Killing-which really didn’t really blow me away like it did many other critics. Thank you Indiewire for posting this last week:
Killing the Documentary: An Oscar-Nominated Filmmaker takes issue with The Act of Killing
Posted by BKcinematic on March 9, 2014
Posted by BKcinematic on March 6, 2014
You know what they say about interoffice romance! SHE explores an innocent office interaction between an intern and supervisor that kick starts an exploration of love, lust and sexuality and they need our support on Indiegogo! Only five days left. Donate NOW!
Posted by BKcinematic on March 4, 2014
My father is a Trekkie though he won’t admit it. I remember watching Star Trek with our surround sound system-it felt like the Enterprise was landing in our living room. Also in the living room, sci-fi books (not fantasy!) and he has read thousands of them-no exaggeration. Aisha Tyler has a similar story connecting with science fiction with her father and so many other black folks do too. The notion that black people don’t do sci-fi is simply not true. The new film Invisible Universe: a history of blackness in speculative fiction seeks to debunk the myth that science fiction is only for those white nerdy guys who live in their mother’s basement.
But this film needs our help. Please support director M. Asli Dukan’s documentary on Indiegogo.
Posted by BKcinematic on March 1, 2014
If you are avoiding Oscar coverage this weekend, here are a list of articles worth a read:
Were critics too easy to please this year? Charles McNulty of the LA Times thinks so. Read more HERE.
Get technical with NPR and learn more about what cinematographers do. Read/Listen HERE.
Is the indie film industry the next Wal-Mart? Read more HERE.
While we’re on the topic of the commodification of the indie film industry, actor Kentucker Audley thinks mediocre filmmakers should stop making films. I think mediocre white filmmakers should stop making films but I assume he only meant white filmmakers. Read more HERE.
Lupita Nyong’o is hot, hot, HOT right now! But let’s not forget that she is an actress first, goddess/style icon second. Read more HERE.
Posted by BKcinematic on February 28, 2014
I attended LACMA to check out the Diane von Frustenburg exhibit and I was pleasantly surprised to see Agnès Varda’s work at the museum. The piece in Agnès Varda in Californialand that stood out to me the most was “My Shack of Cinema” or as I like to call it “The House that Cinema Built”. Varda, often called the grandmother of the French New Wave, created a house made of film strips from her films. This basically takes art house cinema to a whole new level. With the discussion of film-the actual material-becoming obsolete with the digital age, Varda has repurposed film to create a physical structure. Oh the metaphors.
If you’re in the LA area PLEASE go see this exhibit, then locate an Agnès Varda film to watch. You’ll thank me later.
Posted by BKcinematic on February 28, 2014
Earlier this week I had the opportunity to attend a Town Hall NYC and Slamdance screening of the documentary Bible Quiz. The film screened at Slamdance Film Festival in 2013 and is being released this year.
Bible Quiz is basically what happens when the kids from Jesus Camp grow up. Of course these are not the same kids but both documentaries highlight the Evangelical subculture in the US. Bible Quiz-directed by Nicole Teeny-focuses on a 17 year old Bible quizzer trying to figure out life. Mikayla is on the team with superstar JP. He’s a tall, handsome quizzer who Mikayla kinda has a crush on maybe?! Idk being a teen is hard. Being a teen quizzer is even harder.
For those unfamiliar with Bible Quiz, it’s essentially a quizzing tournament for kids to recite scripture at lightening fast speed. Mikayla is somewhat committed to it but not like JP-it is his final year and he wants to go out with a bang. The quizzing is competitive but the organizers strongly believe that the kids are taking in the Word of God. In the film, Mikayla is desperately trying to connect and make friends with other quizzers, especially JP. JP is the guy who’s destined to become one of those perfect, charismatic pastors. But he misses the opportunity to be a good friend to Mikayla and others because of his competitive nature at the quizzing tournament. This is something that he acknowledges in the film and regrets.
I know this world intimately and I feel like it pulled back the curtains on a culture that’s often misunderstood by many. Granted I’ve never quizzed before, I grew up in an evangelical, non-denominational church. I know people like JP, the quizzers, and I was Mikayla. Towards the end of the film, Mikayla comes to terms with her spirituality which reflects how I feel about religion: the magic is gone. The veil has been lifted and we see this happening throughout the course of the film from her perspective.
One of the shining moments in the documentary is when they are in Seattle and a group of quizzers try to evangelize to a street performer who says God cannot be captured into words. Which I understand where he’s coming from: I don’t like confining God to a book-he’s so much more. Mikayla defiantly gives him a dollar which spoke volumes about her character. The man was performing on the street for money and it was obvious that he needed it. She reveals that she dislikes evangelizing but that moment was the most Christ-like moment in the film.
I saw so much of myself in Mikayla throughout the film: feeling like an outcast among “Christian folk” and trying to understand spirituality even when you see the astute contradictions.
Maybe how closely I related to the characters clouded my judgement on how great the film is but if you’ve ever been curious about the evangelical culture in America, it’s definitely worth checking out.
Posted by BKcinematic on February 22, 2014
New Directors. New Films. I have always loved this title-it’s so straight to the point. The joint venture between MOMA and the FSLC just announced their full line-up today. I am familiar with some of the films on the list (though I am out of touch with the international ones) mainly from being on the screening and grant committees at my previous job. I am the most excited about Dear White People, The Double, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, She’s Lost Control, A Spell to Ward off the Darkness, and the shorts Afronauts, At the Door, and The Island.
Check out the website: http://newdirectors.org/ and buy tickets when they go on sale!
Posted by BKcinematic on February 20, 2014
TIME IS ILLMATIC. Yep. The Nasir Jones documentary is making its world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival.
Can anyone spare me two tickets? Pretty please?! It would be the one screening the boo wouldn’t mind being dragged to
Posted by BKcinematic on February 19, 2014