2/06/2017

WMM: Black Women Directors Film Series at BAM!




BLACK WOMEN DIRECTOR FILM SERIES AT BAM!


BAMCINEMATEK

BLACK WOMEN'S CINEMA, 1970-1991

"One Way or Another: Black Women's Cinema, 1970-1991" assembles dozens of titles, of varying lengths, genres, and countries of origin, spotlighting two decades' worth of provocative, 
profound, personal, and political moviemaking..."
- Melissa Anderson, The Village Voice
"...The result is an exhilarating tapestry of voices, some speaking in consort, some resisting consensus. That also describes much of the work in "One Way or Another," which despite its framing feels unbound. There's so much to discover..." 
- Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
A scene from ILLUSIONS, directed by Julie Dash

We are thrilled to announce that 17 films distributed by Women Make Movies will be featured in the new BAMCinematek series, "One Way or Another: Black Women's Cinema, 1970-1991." This dynamic program runs February 3rd-23rd, and features acclaimed and award-winning films by Black women film directors. Click here for screening times and tickets.


On the occasion of the recent restoration and re-release of Julie Dash's 1991 masterpiece, BAMcinématek celebrates the black women directors who blazed the trail for that landmark film. The filmmakers represented in this series all worked far outside the mainstream, often with limited resources, overcoming a historically hostile system in order to tell their stories on screen.

Taken together, their work represents a rich history of long-undervalued independent filmmaking. "One Way or Another" is co-programmed by BAMcinĂ©matek's Nellie Killian and Michelle Materre; founder, host-producer, Creatively Speaking Film Series; Associate Professor of Media Studies and Film at The New School. Kudos to Michelle Materre who is a WMM board member!

Click on the images and titles for more film information.




"Dancer Linda Martina Young portrays the four Black women described in Julie Dash's dance film set to Nina Simone's stirring ballad."
- UCLA Film & 
Television Archive


illusions
   

"One of the most brilliant achievements in style and concept in recent 
American filmmaking..."
- Clyde Taylor, 
Guest Curator Whitney Museum of Art

prairie house
PRAISE HOUSE


"Celebrates the nourishing, uplifting effect of visions but makes very clear their terrible 
pain and cost."
- Jennifer Dunning,
New York Times

remembering thelma

Guggenheim Award-winning filmmaker Kathe Sandler provides viewers with a lively profile of dance instructor and performer Thelma Hill.


STORME_ THE LADY OF THE JEWEL BOX


"Pays homage to this exceptional woman while disclosing the illusions inherent in notions 
of gender."
- Martha Gever


A MINOR ALTERCATION


Two adolescent girls get into a fight at school and are suspended. The incident is the focal point for an examination of racial attitudes within both girls' families as well as institutional racism in school.


"**** Entrancing. Displays warmth and a down-to-earth quality that coincides with the author's writings. This wonderful portrait is a mixture of beautiful pacing and personal artistic vision."
- American Film and Video Association Evaluations

a different image



"Extraordinary, a fresh and clear expression of an acute sensibility."
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times


perfect image


Bright and imaginative in its approach to its subject, PERFECT IMAGE? exposes stereotypical images of Black women and explores women's own ideas of self-worth. 



KILLING TIME FANNIE_S FILM

"What is marvelous about this film is that it makes clear that Fannie Drayton has got a life outside her job... and that what she really loves is that other life and that independence."
- Valerie Smith
Interviewed in Iris: 
A Journal About Women
 
your children come back to you


"Director Alile Sharon Larkin's film masterfully presents a child's perspective on wealth and social inequality."
- Samuel B. Prime
CYCLES
CYCLES




"A brilliantly innovative reflection on Black womanhood."
- Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
on becoming a woman 
  ON BECOMING
A WOMAN


"An excellent resource for schools, churches and community groups that are working to prevent
 teen pregnancy."
Marian Wright Edelman
Children's Defense Fund
the maids


"Provides a unique, insightful look into one of the last vestiges of colonial relations between blacks and whites."
- Kimberly Everett
Media Alternative Project

Picking Tribes


"A delightful, provocative film invoking a universal response to the 
search for identity."
- Newark Black Film Festival

A POWERFUL THANG

"...A catalyst for in-depth discussions of intimate relationships. Dynamic 
and entertaining!"
- Gloria Gibson-Hudson
Black Film Center Archive, Indiana University













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