1982 BLACK ON BLACK Films By AFRICAN AMERICAN Filmmakers & CINEMATOGRAPHERS Indie Film Festival NEW BLACK CINEMA Uncommon Exhibition Catalogue
Scarce Exhibition Catalogue from an extraordinary 1982 St. Louis Museum film exhibition commemorating the achievement of Black independent filmmakers and cinematographers, many of whom are Black Women.
BLACK ON BLACK. Films by African American Filmmakers.
Published by the Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri, 1982. First edition, first printing. Prologue by Richard Gaugert, African American Film Curator for the St. Louis Museum, and interviews with selected filmmakers by Oliver Franklin, pioneering independent Black film producer who founded the Black American Film Festivals in Philadelphia. Softcover, embossed black card covers, 11" x 8.5", side staple bound, glassine front and rear endpapers, 37 (3) pages, illustrated with 29 black & white portraits and film stills. GOOD CONDITION: covers are lightly creased around staples, and have some light wear, there is waviness and light shorelining to the upper front edge of the covers and the inner pages probably from long ago contact with water, there is an Oakland Museum Library stamp on the glassine front free endpaper, otherwise tight, bright, clean and unmarked. A solid, respectable copy of this scarce exhibition catalogue.
Featuring the following films and filmmakers: KUUMBA: SIMON'S NEW SOUND, 1978, Carol Munday Lawrence; CLARENCE AND ANGEL, 1980, Robert Gardner; GODS IN EXILE, 1975-76, Alfred Santana; A PLACE IN TIME, 1976, Charles Lane; JUST BRIEFLY, 1976, Louise Fleming; TRANSMAGNIFICAN DAMBAMUALITY, 1976, Ronald K. Gray; MOJA: THE LAST AMERICAN, 1977, Ed Henderson; FOUR WOMEN, 1977, Julie Dash; KILLER OF SHEEP, 1977, Charles Burnett; PASS/FAIL, 1978, Roy Campanella, Jr.; CHARLES WHITE: DRAWINGS FROM LIFE, 1979, Carlton Moss; HOMECOMIN', 1980, Sati Jamal & Reginald Brown; SYVILLA: THEY DANCE TO HER DRUM, 1979, Ayoka Chenzira; RADIO, 1980, Carl Clay; A DIFFERENT IMAGE, 1982, Alile Sharon Larkin; TRYPTICH, 1978, William C. West; THE CEREMONY, 1980, Hugh Thompson; FLESH, METAL, WOOD, 1981, Floyd Webb; FOR COLORED MEN WHO'VE HAD ENUF!, 1981, Ileen Sands; THE CALLING, 1981, Charles Fox III; GEORGE'S DEBUT, 1980, John Perry III, INVISIBLE, 1982, Bob Clark. Each artist has a brief biography, most have photographic portraits, and a film still.
Acclaimed African American Film Scholar Clyde Taylor writes in the catalogue's historic essay on Black Cinema, "The films showcased by the Black On Black series are part of a new Black cinema, a vital art movement whose popular recognition may lie just over the horizon .... Still, the paradox remains. A fuller, more balanced, responsible portrayal of Black people is found in this new cinema than in Hollywood's total output, including the Black exploitation films of the 1970's. Yet the new Black cinema goes barely noticed by those searching for "positive Black images." Why? The perspective of history is needed to understand this contradiction and to grasp the significance of this Black renaissance in films."
Of note: Clyde Taylor coined the term L.A. Rebellion, a movement inspired by UCLA graduate student Charles Burnett's film "Killer of Sheep" (found in this catalogue) where young Black filmmakers concerned with the portrayal of African Americans on screen, saw film as a means for social change.