L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema
Organized by the UCLA Film & Television Archive
Sponsored by Time Warner Inc.
In the late 1960s, in the aftermath of the Watts Uprising and against the backdrop of the continuing Civil Rights Movement and the escalating Vietnam War, a group of African and African American students entered the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, as part of an “Ethno-Communications” initiative designed to be responsive to communities of color. Now referred to as L.A. Rebellion, these mostly unheralded artists, including Charles Burnett, Julie Dash, Larry Clark, Haile Gerima, Billy Woodberry, and many others, created a unique cinematic landscape, as—over the course of two decades—students arrived, mentored one another, and passed the torch to the next group.
They came from Watts. They came from New York City. They came from throughout America or crossed an ocean from Africa. Together, they made movies and produced a rich, innovative, sustained, and intellectually rigorous body of work. The filmmakers of L.A. Rebellion achieved this while realizing a new possibility for “Black” cinema, one that explored and related to the real lives of Black communities in the U.S. and worldwide.
Presented in association with the UCLA Film & Television Archive and supported in part by grants from the Getty Foundation and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The series is curated by Allyson Nadia Field, Jan-Christopher Horak, Shannon Kelley, and Jacqueline Stewart.
Saturday, February 2, 3:00 p.m. Screening
As Above So Below and Short Films
Saturday, February 2, 6:00 p.m. Screening
Your Children Come Back to You and Short Films
Sunday, February 3, 3:00 p.m. Screening
A Different Image and Short Films
Sunday, February 3, 6:00 p.m. Screening
Killer of Sheep
Friday, February 8, 7:00 p.m. Screening
Black Arts, Black Artists: Short Films
Saturday, February 9, 3:00 p.m. Screening
Daughters of the Dust
Saturday, February 9, 6:00 p.m. Screening
Child of Resistance and Short Films
Sunday, February 10, 3:00 p.m. Screening & Live Event
Sunday, February 10, 6:00 p.m. Screening
Emma Mae (a.k.a. Black Sister’s Revenge)
Saturday, February 23, 3:00 p.m. Screening
My Brother’s Wedding
Saturday, February 23, 6:00 p.m. Screening & Live Event
Sunday, February 24, 3:00 p.m. Screening
Bless Their Little Hearts
Sunday, February 24, 6:00 p.m.