America explores the intersection of race, history, and visual storytelling through a series of 12 silent, black and white, 35mm films that will be exhibited chronologically starting from 1915 to 1926. America was inspired by the MoMA's recent discovery of the earliest surviving footage for a feature film Lime Kiln Club Field Day, made by an interracial cast and crew for a Black audience. In the first quarter of the 20th century, 100 years ago, Black people and white people made films together with Black casts and narratives of joy. The majority of these films were lost or destroyed. Each of our 12 films represents one year and some ordinarily extraordinary things that happened in the United States. The series was conceived and directed by Garrett Bradley.
Through its lyrical structure, Chavela takes viewers on an evocative, thought-provoking journey through the iconoclastic life of Chavela Vargas, the game-changing singer known for her unique interpretations of Mexican rancheras. For more info and screenings: chavelavargasfilm.com.
Dispatches from Cleveland is a feature-length documentary in five parts that closely examines the early 21st century, rust-belt city of Cleveland, Ohio, one of the most racially divided cities in America. The film follows ordinary people – long shaken by police misconduct, social discrimination, and poverty – whose love for their home pushes them to work together to bring about real change in the wake of the police murder of 12-year old Tamir Rice. For more info and screenings: dispatchesfromcleveland.com.
Evel Knievel of dance Elizabeth Streb and her Extreme Action Company dare us to embrace fear in the pursuit of human flight. Directed by Catherine Gund. For more info and screenings: borntoflymovie.com.