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Paul Robeson makes his film debut in this Oscar Micheaux melodrama. Robeson plays dual roles: a horrible convict posing as a preacher and his sweet twin brother, a would-be inventor. Micheaux’s signature pointed social commentary is on display in this rare surviving film from his silent career.Find out more »
“It’s an exploration. My favorite experience with music is hearing something I didn’t hear before that I couldn’t have imagined I’d like,” Butler says over the phone from Seattle. Ishmael Butler (Digable Planets, Shabazz Palaces) and crew chief Erik Blood weave what they describe as “soul and shoegaze, hip-hop and lush noise, bass, and bedlam.”Find out more »
Co-directed by Samba Gadjigo, author of Sembene's official biography, Ousmane Sembene: The Making of a Militant Artist, and Jason Silverman, an award-winning film producer (Olympia, Shameless) and the Cinematheque Director at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, NM, SEMBENE! had its world premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival.Find out more »
The oldest known surviving film made by an African-American director, Within Our Gates, is a searing account of the US racial situation during the early twentieth century, including the years of Jim Crow, the revival of the Ku Klux Klan, the Great Migration of Southern blacks to cities in the North, and the emergence of the “New Negro”.Find out more »
Crowley interviews residents of one of Seattle’s most culturally vibrant and racially diverse neighborhoods, now beset with rapid gentrification.
Residents of the Central Area, a historically redlined neighborhood that was one of the few places nonwhites could buy homes, speak with Crowley about how they built a thriving culture around church, music, food, and community. Residents tell stories of working with the Black Panthers, becoming activists in the 1960s, and dealing with rapid gentrification as Amazon and other corporate entities make this once racially and economically diverse neighborhood whiter and wealthier.
MADELINE CROWLEY is a self-taught ethnographer who felt the need to chronicle the stories of her neighbors to bring together the increasingly fragmented community.
Folks — D’Vonne Lewis (drums), Darrius Willrich (keys), and Evan Flory-Barnes (bass), tribute the long history of music culture of Seattle’s Central District as they build on the legacy of artists like Quincy Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Ernestine Anderson, Floyd Standifer, Buddy Catlett, and Sir Mix-A-Lot.Find out more »
Looking as far back as the Bible and further, breaking bread together has been used to forge familial commitment. Family dinner for black families is for more than survival, it’s a moment where memories are created and survival commemorated.Find out more »
Drummer/rapper Kassa Overall is a Seattle-reared revelation on the New York scene in his own bands and with the likes of Vijay Iyer. “One of the few genuine-sounding, full-scope amalgams of contemporary hip-hop and jazz” (NY Times), he appears with pianist Sullivan Fortner, whose jazz motto is “it’s raw and it’s refined.”Find out more »
Two generations, three masters: bassist Eric Revis and drummer Nasheet Waits (both of Tarbaby, with Orrin Evans), join forces with legendary multireedist Bennie Maupin, perhaps best known for his contributions to such Miles Davis classics as Bitches Brew and as a founding member of Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, among countless other collaborations with the greats of jazz.Find out more »