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About The I and S of Lives

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Year Released:
2021
Format:
Virtual
Genres:
Documentary
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The “I” and “S” of “Lives” are the smoothest area of resistance. Without any dialogue, a rollerblader (Jahleel Gardner) navigates the letters on the pavement of Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, D.C., on a summer afternoon in 2020. The film, shot on 16mm and transferred to digital, had its world premiere in Paris as part of the international competition of the Cinéma du réel International Film Festival. The I and S of Lives appears courtesy of the artist; trilobite-arts DAC; and Picture Palace Pictures.

IU Cinema previously screened Everson’s short film Polly One in February 2019 as part of Black Sun, White Moon: Exploring Black Cinematic Imaginations of Space, a film series that was in partnership with IU’s Black Film Center/Archive. Additionally, Everson’s exhibition “Rough and Unequal,” an installation of a dual projection of 16mm films, took place at The Grunwald Gallery of Art, in collaboration with the Black Film Center/Archive, from August through October 2019.

Image credit: ©Kevin Jerome Everson; courtesy the artist; trilobite-arts DAC; Picture Palace Pictures

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About Fucked Like a Star

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Year Released:
2018
Format:
Virtual
Genres:
Documentary, Drama
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Fucked Like a Star is an experimental adaptation of an extract from Toni Morrison’s 1981 novel Tar Baby—a story that explores sexual and racial tensions associated with an individual's journey to autonomy. Stefani Saintonge’s film takes inspiration from Morrison’s passage about the work of ants, which—like the work of women—often goes unnoticed. Saintonge is a Haitian-American filmmaker, educator, and editor who won the juried and audience award at BlackStar Film Festival for Fucked Like a Star. Her work has screened at several festivals and institutions internationally, including Edinburgh International Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Hammer Museum, and the Smithsonian African American Museum. She previously visited IU Cinema in September 2015 with fellow filmmaker Ja’Tovia Gary, which included an exclusive recorded interview.

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About Crow Requiem

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Year Released:
2015
Format:
Virtual
Genres:
Drama
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A Speculation: Humans are estranged from our origins. We left the commonwealth of Animals and declared ourselves the custodians of that dominion. And now We are Man; and all else is Other. Our knowledge of ourselves is a fog that consumes us. We cannot see past it because we do not want to look into it. There are more than two points of view, but the fog makes it difficult to see. This is a sad song, a blues song, an elegy for the past sphere of consciousness we abandoned in favor of eating our own young.

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About T

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Year Released:
2019
Format:
Virtual
Genres:
Drama
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A film crew follows three grieving participants of Miami’s annual T Ball, where folks assemble to model R.I.P. T-shirts and innovative costumes designed in honor of their dead. T screened at Sundance Film Festival 2020; won the audience award for best short film at both BlackStar and New Orleans film festivals; and went on to win the Golden Bear for best short film at Berlinale 2020.

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