Showtime: Wednesday, June 26, 8pm

Cauleen Smith, Drylongso, 1998, TRT 1:21:34

Drylongso (meaning “same old” or “everyday”) is the title of this Cauleen Smith film, made in 1998 during her studies at the UCLA. It takes place in Oakland and follows a young black woman named Pica on her quest to photograph subjects that she calls “a dying breed” – referring to black men. The movie follows Pica through the attrition of the young black men around her and how she balances all of this, along with her family’s struggles.

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Video still: Cauleen Smith, Drylongso, 1998, 16mm transferred to digital video, TRT 01:21:34


Showtime: Wednesday, July 3, 8pm

Kandis Williams, Eurydice, 2018, TRT 20:13
Pope.L, Obi Sunt, 2015, TRT 40:00

Kandis Williams, Eurydice, 2018, TRT 20:13

Williams’ ongoing Eurydice project confronts the crisis of metaphorical entanglements around the aesthetic and political intersections of loss and art as the formal expression of loss. This screening is of a full performance, stemming from a series of videos, collages, sculptures, and floral arrangements, investigating the relationship between “black identity” and “mainstream culture.” The Greek myth of Eurydice is a vehicle for Williams’ artistic inquiry into this subject.

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Video still: Kandis Williams, Eurydice, 2018, digital video, 20:13


Pope.L, Obi Sunt, 2015, TRT 40:00

In Goldfield, Nevada on September 3, 1906, Joe Gans fights 42 rounds against Battling Nelson. The fight would be deemed “legendary” and Gans would be rated the greatest lightweight boxer of all time, a title that still stands. However, Gans is still not able to achieve true levels of success or greatness in the United States of America, during his lifetime.

Obi Sunt (2015) weaves images from a rare photo album of the 1906 Gans–Nelson fight, recent footage from Goldfield, Nevada, text, voice-over and the adventure in the desert of a Pope.L character named Mr. Poots. The title Obi Sunt is a play on ubi-sunt (where dat they?)—a Latin phrase meaning “those who came before us.”

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Video still: Pope.L, Obi Sunt, 2015, video, 40:00


Showtime: Wednesday, July 10, 8pm

Devin Troy Strother, Alima Lee, Mandy Harris Williams, the worst witch, 2018, TRT 10:30
Shikeith, #Blackmandream, 2014, TRT 44:00

Devin Troy Strother, Mandy Harris Williams, Alima Lee, the worst witch, 2018, TRT 10:30

Concept by Devin Troy Strother, directed and edited by Alima Lee, and written by Mandy Harris Williams, the worst witch speaks allegorically about the mythology of the witch vs the challenges of racial identity and stereotypes. The film carefully approaches the grim reality of the oppressive perceptions of (and the expectations from) people of color — utilizing comedy, and destabilizing the viewing format to counterbalance the weight of the complexities of misrepresentation.

** Please join us for a special talk led by Mandy Harris Williams, before the screening, at 6:45pm

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Video still: Devin Troy Strother, Mandy Harris Williams, Alima Lee, the worst witch, 2018, TRT 10:30


Shikeith, #Blackmendream, 2014, TRT 44:00

#Blackmendream is an experimental documentary that mines the psycho-emotional landscape at the intersection of blackness and masculinity. The film, shot in black and white, features nine men from diverse backgrounds with their backs turned away from the camera. They openly discuss the obstacles they have faced as young black men, such as depression, parental neglect, and racial discrimination. Not limited to the men featured on screen, #Blackmendream, calls to action the viewer to use the film's social media hashtag to respond to questions posed throughout the film. A social-practice method to encourage other black men to see and experience themselves in states of togetherness, tenderness, transformation , and self-reflection.

This film offers a glimpse into the emotional lives of black men, a subject that is virtually taboo in many black communities and woefully neglected by society at large. Considering the current social upheaval surrounding black lives in the U.S., #Blackmendream is a much-needed document of black life that defies the stereotypes about black manhood.

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Video still: Shikeith, #Blackmendream, 2014, TRT 44:00


Showtime: Wednesday, July 17, 8pm

Billy Gerard Frank, Second Eulogy: Mind The Gap, 2019, TRT 39:36
Akeem Smith, Lexus, Benz & Bimma, 2018, TRT 31:11

Billy Gerard Frank, Second Eulogy: Mind The Gap, 2019, TRT 39:36

Second Eulogy: Mind The Gap is a new film installation by Venice Biennale Arte 2019, Billy Geard Frank, an artist representing the island of Grenada.
Second Eulogy: Mind The Gap spurns personal tales of loss, longings, memories, and the phantasmagoria by interweaving fiction and non-fiction to conjure an abstract story of interconnected lives. The central tale narrates the lives of Nelson, a fisherman and father; his gay son James who is coming of age in a verdantly charged landscape; Antoinette, Nelson’s wife who embodies the island’s colonial past and Mother Country; and their maid, Josephine.

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Video still: Billy Gerard Frank, Second Eulogy: Mind The Gap, 2019, TRT 39:36


Akeem Smith, Lexus, Benz & Bimma, 2018, TRT 31:11

Lexus, Benz & Bimma is atestament to the vivid fashions of the Jamaican dancehall scene from 1985 to Y2K.While previous examinations on the culture of dancehall have generally focused on the soundsystem, gang or “shotta” lifestyles and the economics of music production, Lexus, Benz & Bimma finds the true locus and enigmatic heart of the dancehall in its women. Dancehall in this context does not refer to a musical genre, but a physical place and the series of interactions performed within it. The dancehall hosts an economy of glances—of admiration, competition and shade. Independent of the outside world, the dancehall woman finds a forum for self-expression and recognition parallel to family life and economic class. She earns her stripes not so much through dancing, as by her sauté and swag (style in the broadest sense): self adornment, creativity and attitude. Sexual expression is central to the economy of the dancehall, but unlike in the outside world the dancehall woman holds power. She is the main event.

Video still: Akeem Smith, Lexus, Benz & Bimma, 2018, TRT 31:11


Showtime: Wednesday, July 24, 8pm

Pope.L, Obi Sunt, 2015, TRT 40:00
Billy Gerard Frank, Second Eulogy: Mind The Gap, 2019, TRT 39:36

Pope.L, Obi Sunt, 2015, TRT 40:00

In Goldfield, Nevada on September 3, 1906, Joe Gans fights 42 rounds against Battling Nelson. The fight would be deemed “legendary” and Gans would be rated the greatest lightweight boxer of all time, a title that still stands. However, Gans is still not able to achieve true levels of success or greatness in the United States of America, during his lifetime.

Obi Sunt (2015) weaves images from a rare photo album of the 1906 Gans–Nelson fight, recent footage from Goldfield, Nevada, text, voice-over and the adventure in the desert of a Pope.L character named Mr. Poots. The title Obi Sunt is a play on ubi-sunt (where dat they?)—a Latin phrase meaning “those who came before us.”

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Video still: Pope.L, Obi Sunt, 2015, video, 40:00


Billy Gerard Frank, Second Eulogy: Mind The Gap, 2019, TRT 39:36

Second Eulogy: Mind The Gap is a new film installation by Venice Biennale Arte 2019, Billy Geard Frank, an artist representing the island of Grenada.
Second Eulogy: Mind The Gap spurns personal tales of loss, longings, memories, and the phantasmagoria by interweaving fiction and non-fiction to conjure an abstract story of interconnected lives. The central tale narrates the lives of Nelson, a fisherman and father; his gay son James who is coming of age in a verdantly charged landscape; Antoinette, Nelson’s wife who embodies the island’s colonial past and Mother Country; and their maid, Josephine.

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Video still: Billy Gerard Frank, Second Eulogy: Mind The Gap, 2019, TRT 39:36


Showtime: Wednesday, July 31, 8pm

Tiona Nekkia McClodden, black./womyn.:conversations with lesbians of African descent, 2018, TRT 01:30:00

black./womyn.:conversations… features interviews with close to 50 out, Black lesbians including Poet/Author Cheryl Clarke, Filmmaker/Activist Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Poet/Author Staceyann Chin, Filmmaker Michelle Parkerson, Hip-Hop Duo KIN, and Author Fiona Zedde. This film encourages progressive dialogue about images of Black lesbians and the stereotypes resulting from their portrayal in media and society at large. The director's goal was to create an intergenerational conversation among Black lesbians of differing backgrounds.

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Video still: Tiona Nekkia McClodden, black./womyn.:conversations with lesbians of African descent, 2018, TRT 01:30:00