Invisibility: African-American Film Developments from 1916-1946

February 27 - March 17, 2017

Gallery Hours: 
M-F 10:00-5:00pm
Sat 1:00-3:00pm
 
Invisibility: African-American Film Developments 1916-1946 is a historical revisionist cinematic anthology of films illustrating the marvelous work that directors such as Oscar Micheaux and William D. Foster produced over the years at their production houses as well as a large body of work other African-American filmmakers created from the mid-teens of the 20th century to the mid-1940s.  The obstacles faced by these cinematic pioneers is an expression of their tenaciousness to overcome the obstacles of a pervasive white Hollywood. These filmmakers provided African-American audiences with film experiences they could relate to.  The range of these films consists of burlesque comedy, melodramas, religious based works and even excursions into surrealism with the surreal melodrama Eleven P.M.   From a historical perspective African-American film has had an important connection to the social concerns the African-American community has faced over the years. These films are part of the history of race cinema and important particularly in a climate of violence and profiling of African-Americans.
 Eleven PM

 Film Screening Schedule

February 27
Two Nights of Vaudeville, 1915 11 Min.
Mercy, the Mummy Mumbled, 1918 12 Min.
A Reckless Rover, 1918 14 Min.
The Symbol of the Unconquered: A Story of the Ku Klux Klan, 1920 59 Min
 
February 28
Regeneration (fragment of reel two), 1923 11 Min.
The Flying Ace, 1926 65 Min
REV.S.S. Jones Home Movies (excerpts), 1924-1928 16 Min.
 
March 1
Eleven P.M., 1920 60 Min.
Hell-Bound Train, circa 1930 50 Min. 
 
March 2
Verdict: Not Guilty, circa 1933 8 Min.
Heaven-Bound Travelers, circa 1935 15 Min
The Darktown Revue, 1931 18 Min.
Hot Biskits, 1931 10 Min. (sepia tinted)
 
March 3
Dirty Gertie from Harlem U.S.A., 1946 60 Min.
Ten Minutes to Live, 1932 58 Min.
The Bronze Buckaroo, 1939 58 Min.
 
March 6
Veiled Aristocrats, 1932 44 Min.
Birthright, 1938 73 Min.
 
March 7
Ten Minutes to Live, 1932 58 Min.
The Blood of Jesus, 1941 56 Min.
 
March 8
The Girl from Chicago, 1932 58 Min.
We Work Again, 1932 15 Min.
The Moses Sisters Interview, circa 1938 33 Min.
 
 
 
March 10
Within Our Gates, 1920 79 Min.
Zora Neale Hurston's Fieldwork Footage, 1928
Commandement Keeper Churcah, 1940 (excerpt)
 
March 13
Two Nights of Vaudeville, 1915 11 Min.
Mercy, the Mummy Mumbled, 1918 12 Min.
A Reckless Rover, 1918 14 Min.
The Symbol of the Unconquered: A Story of the Ku Klux Klan, 1920 59 Min
By Right of Birth, 1921 4 Min.
Screen Snapshots (excerpts), 1929 1 Min.
 
March 14
Regeneration (fragment of reel two), 1923 11 Min.
The Flying Ace, 1926 65 Min
REV.S.S. Jones Home Movies (excerpts), 1924-1928 16 Min.
 
March 15
Eleven P.M., 1920 60 Min.
Hell-Bound Train, circa 1930 50 Min. 
 
March 16
Verdict: Not Guilty, circa 1933 8 Min.
Heaven-Bound Travelers, circa 1935 15 Min
The Darktown Revue, 1931 18 Min.
Hot Biskits, 1931 10 Min. (sepia tinted)
 
March 17
Dirty Gertie from Harlem U.S.A., 1946 60 Min.
Ten Minutes to Live, 1932 58 Min.
The Bronze Buckaroo, 1939 58 Min.
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