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UCLA Film & Television Archive and The Andrew J. Kuehn Jr. Foundation present

Brother to Brother (2004); Tongues Untied (1989)

Brother to Brother (2004)
June 22, 2014 - 7:00 pm
Rodney Evans, Ray Ford.

Brother to Brother (2004)

Brother to Brother is a graceful work of range and depth.” – Los Angeles Times

Directed by Rodney Evans.

10th Anniversary Screening! Rodney Evans’ moving feature film frames dilemmas facing black gay people with remarkable insight. Perry Williams uneasily straddles several worlds. An African American art student, ambivalent about success in a white-dominated sphere, he faces rejection by homophobic classmates, and fetishization from his white lover. Meeting Bruce Nugent, an older, black gay artist and poet, and a leading figure of the Harlem Renaissance, Perry comes face to face with a living legacy of which he is a part, emboldening him to face the future with confidence and pride.

Producer: Jim McKay, Aimee Schoof, Isen Robbins, Rodney Evans.  Screenwriter: Rodney Evans.  Cinematographer: Harlan Bosmajian.  Editor: Sabine Hoffmann, Rodney Evans.  Cast: Anthony Mackie, Roger Robinson, Ray Ford, Larry Gilliard Jr., Aunjanue Ellis, Duane Boutte.

35mm, color, 90 min.

Tongues Untied (1989)

"At heart, it's a celebratory film which buzzes with intelligence, unashamed emotion, adrenalin, and that strange tenderness forged in suffering.” -- Time Out

Directed by Marlon Riggs.

25th Anniversary Screening! Marlon Riggs’ landmark work powerfully advanced the discussion of spaces in history and culture to which black gay men must lay claim. Widely viewed on public television, the NEA-funded documentary with its surprising combinations of testimonial, performance, nudity, sensuality and humor sent shockwaves through the conservative establishment. Still powerful in its 25th year, this indispensable work has become a bedrock of political imagination.

Producer/Cinematographer/Editor: Marlon Riggs.  Screenwriter: Marlon Riggs, Joseph Beam, Craig Harris, Reginald Jackson, Steve Langley, Alan Miller, Donald Woods.  Cast: Essex Hemphill, Cornelius Moore, Kerrigan Black, Wayson Jones, David Barron Kirkland.

Digital video, color, 55 min.