Passing Through

L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema
Friday, June 7, 2013 - 7:00pm

Filmmaker Larry Clark in person!  New print!
Introduction by Cauleen Smith, National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture’s 2012 Outstanding Artist

Released from prison after serving time for killing a white gangster and unwilling to play for the mobsters who control the music industry, African American jazz saxophonist Eddie Warmack (Nathaniel Taylor) seeks out his grandfather and mentor Poppa Harris (Clarence Muse) to rediscover the soul of the music he loves. Combining fiction, documentary, stunningly stylized concert footage and a score featuring music by Eric Dolphy, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane and Sun Ra, director Larry Clark's master thesis film at UCLA (which subsequently won a special jury prize at the Locarno film festival) posits jazz as one of the purest expressions of African American culture, and explores its ties to the liberation movements of Africa and North America.
(Larry Clark, 1977, 16mm, 111 min, preservation funded in part by a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Packard Humanities Institute)

Preceded by:
When It Rains
On New Year's Day, a man tries to help a woman pay her rent and learns a lesson about connecting with others in a community.
(Charles Burnett, 1995, 16mm, 13 min)

Presented in association with 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. Complete details on UCLA’s L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema initiative here.

University of Chicago Arts Council, Franke Institute for the Humanities, Tom Gunning/Mellon Fund, UC Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, Logan Center for the Arts, Conversations at the Edge, Block Cinema, Black Cinema House.