The Jack H. Skirball Series presents The Black Radical Imagination—a short film program curated by Amir George and Erin Christovale—tonight (Oct. 7) at REDCAT and on Tuesday at CalArts.
The idea behind The Black Radical Imagination stemmed from a series of conversations around the limitations often imposed on people of color—especially in the film industry where stereotypes and negative identification are more often the norm than the exception.
The collection of shorts, which run the gamut from video art to experimental and narrative films, are loosely convened around a “futurist aesthetic that explores issues of identity in our postmodern society.”
George and Christovale have included these films in the program:
- Golden Chain (2013) by Adebukola Bodunrin and Ezra Clayton Daniels;
- Afronauts (2013) by Cristina De Middel;
- Mae’s Journal (2013) by Amir George;
- Quiescence Interrupted… Adumbrate (2013) by Anansi Knowbody;
- Split Ends, I Feel Wonderful (2012) by CalArts alumnus Akosua Adoma Owusu (Film/Video, Art MFA 08);
- Reifying Desire 2 (2012) by Jacolby Satterwhite;
- The Changing Same (1998) by Cauleen Smith; and
- Pumzi (2009) by Wanuri Kahiu.
Both George and Christovale will attend the screenings in-person to discuss the films.