L.A. Rebellion Cinema Salon: Weekend Two
Saturday, Mar 09 at 06:00PM
In the mid-1970s, a loose-knit group of black graduate students at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) produced a body of films designed to challenge Hollywood cinema thematically and stylistically. Working individually and collectively, members of what Clyde Taylor labels the "L.A. Rebellion" and some others call the "L.A. School" crafted an alternative cinema in the shadows of nearby Hollywood studios, often focusing on working-class and poor blacks in the inner city.
Despite their differing concerns and approaches, these filmmakers shared an urgent desire to counter mainstream cinema's misconceptions and distortions and to adopt modes of expression uniquely suited to representing the rich diversity of black life. Chief among these student filmmakers was director Charles Burnett.
Join University of Washington Professor Clarence Spigner and pioneering filmmaker Charles Burnett as they discuss the history and personalities of the L.A. Rebellion.
Tonight's program is part of our month-long film series L.A. Rebellion. During our weekly cinema salons, local activists, filmmakers and scholars come together for free public conversations about race, gender, social and political issues today, as seen through the lens of the L.A. Rebellion films. Read more about the series >>
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ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Clarence Spigner is a Professor in the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington. He has faculty appointments in American Ethnic Studies, the African Studies program and the Department of Global Health, with more than 25 years of teaching and research experience. Spigner directs his own faculty-led late summer/early fall study abroad program to London, England where students study multiculturalism and health. Besides his numerous publications on race and health, he has also written book chapters about the intersection of popular culture and well-being and has published in Carson and Friedman's Shared Differences: Multicultural Media & Practical Pedagogy (1995) and numerous other venues, including writing about film for the BlackPast website.
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