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Bernard Nicolas’ short film Gidget Meets Hondo opened Friday night’s screening. The film, made in response to the LAPD’s murder of Eulia Love in 1979, is Nicolas’ second film; his first (or Project One in UCLA terms), Daydream Therapy, can be streamed online.

For me, there is always a need to latch on to the familiar when I am watching or thinking about experimental film that, in truth, seems a counterintuitive approach because experimental film asks that we look outside of our realm of influence and endeavor to create meaning from the unfamiliar.  Medea, a Project One film from Ben Caldwell

Creating an alternate cinematic voice to that of mainstream cinema was a defining characteristic of the L.A. Rebellion group of Black filmmakers. The consciousness of this goal is perhaps nowhere as acutely evident as in the work of Haile Gerima.

For years, the name Carroll Parrott Blue has been associated with innovative media and storytelling. Finally, during last week’s screening, we were able to see her pioneering creative mind at work.

Signature image for L.A. Rebellion is a still from Ashes & Embers (1982)
November 4, 2011 - 4:01 pm

Unemployment and the resulting breakdown of the American family—all central themes explored in Billy Woodberry’s Bless Their Little Hearts. Although made in 1984, the film feels eerily familiar and the conflicts within it appear strikingly current.