NOW!: Short films on African-American Experience in the 1960s
Show begins promptly at 8 pm
In the third Film Love program, Frequent Small Meals presents a panoply of short films - all made and released during the 1960s, with no later historical commentary added - which detail aspects of African-American experience during this turbulent period in the nation's history.
* "I Have a Dream" documents an iconic historical event of the century: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech at the Lincoln Memorial during the 1963 March on Washington.
* "NOW!," by the radical Cuban filmmaker Santiago Alvarez, is a brief, masterful Civil Rights collage film set to a stunning musical track by Lena Horne.
* Stokely Carmichael is seen introducing the phrase "Black Power" to the world at a Mississippi rally in a 1966 CBS broadcast. This clip also contains interviews with Carmichael, Martin Luther King, Jr., Rep. Adam Clayton Powell (and also then-Atlanta mayor Ivan Allen) in a sequence which not only highlights the tensions between the different movements fighting for equality, but also provides a telling glimpse into how the mainstream media portrayed this phase of the Civil Rights movement.
* A tribute to Malcolm X by the pioneer independent black filmmaker Madeline Anderson features an interview with Betty Shabazz and footage of an electrifying speech by Malcolm. This film is an excerpt from an episode of "Black Journal," the first Black-produced and controlled network television series.
* In the mid-1980s, filmmaker Ken Jacobs discovered a discarded reel of outtakes - TV news footage of the aftermath of the assassination of Malcolm X. Titled "Perfect Film," it shows the drama inherent in the conflicting accounts of the event. As Jacobs says, "It was being sold for the reel, the metal reel it was on...I looked at it and said, 'perfect.'"
* Finally, we will show Eugene and Carole Marner's recently rediscovered "Phyllis and Terry." Audacious and forward-looking, this film takes a high-spirited but sensitive look at the close friendship of two teenage girls and their inner-city New York neighborhood.
Frequent Small Meals is proud to present these historic films as part of Black History Month.
The Film Love series exists to provide access to historically and artistically important films that are largely unavailable in consumer formats. The series is programmed and hosted by Andy Ditzler for Frequent Small Meals.