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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.

In a 2010 interview conducted for the L.A. Rebellion series, Haile Gerima explained that the concept for Hour Glass (1971) arose out the political ferment and social activism at UCLA during the period.

Shannon Kelley, Head of Public Programs at UCLA Film & Television Archive was onto something this past Friday night when he said that the evening’s program of shorts was a particularly effective representation of many of the themes explored by the L.A. Rebellion films and filmmakers.