"Screening Race: Short Films of the 1960s & 1970s" w/ Marsha Gordon (NCSU), Skip Elsheimer (AV/Geeks) +special guests


Location: Streaming (online)

Location Link: https://www.twitch.tv/screensociety

FIlm stills from 'Felicia' (1965) & 'Ro-Revus Talks About Worms' (1971)

Screening of Short Films, with Discussion:

Inspired by the recently published collection of essays, Screening Race in American Nontheatrical Film, NC State Film Studies Professor Marsha Gordon; University of Chicago Cinema and Media Studies Professor Allyson Nadia Field; Ina Archer, Artist and Media Conservator at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture; and Skip Elsheimer of A/V Geeks will present a digitized selection of short 16mm films from the 1960s and 1970s engaged with the topic of race.

From a student-made documentary about a young woman of color growing up in Los Angeles to a South Carolina educational short about intestinal parasites featuring a hilarious pair of frog and squirrel puppets, you’ll see how non-white subjects entered the American consciousness on small screens in classrooms, churches, and community centers.

-- The presenters will introduce each film on the Twitch live stream before it is shown, and then after each film they will give a short response and take a few questions from the Twitch chat.

[To submit questions during the discussion, please sign up for a free Twitch account in advance - all that it requires is a working email address to get confirmed (which will not be visible to anyone else on Twitch), a "date of birth" to verify that you are over 18 years of age, and for you to pick a username and password that aren't already in use on the site. Please understand that no account or sign-in is required to view the films & discussion on our Twitch channel, so you'll only need to sign in on Twitch if you wish to post questions in the chat.]

Total film run time: 40 min (not including discussion)

Film to be screened:
Pamela Wong's Birthday for Grandma (1976, 9 min)
Felicia (1965, 13 min)
Minority Youth: Adam (1971, 10 min)
Ro-Revus Talks About Worms (1971, 7 min)


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FIlm still from 'Felicia' (1965)

Contact: Hank Okazaki

Email: hokazak@duke.edu

Sponsor: Cinematic Arts at Duke University