In presenting his first Avant-Noir program in 2014, independent moving image curator Greg de Cuir Jr. conceived of it as “an intervention into the status quo of alternative film and video curating.” This second volume continued his project with a collection of short films and videos from young and established artists both of African and non-African descent, who together play with identity and the notion of the personal as political; employ performance as a means to narrate social reality; and utilize archival footage to reconstruct the cinematic. He presented the program with Michael Boyce Gillespie, associate professor of film in the Department of Media and Communication Arts and the Black Studies Program at the City College of New York, City University of New York. (HD/16mm Presentation)
This screening was sponsored by the Black Film Center/Archive, College Arts and Humanities Institute, Underground Film Series, Center for Documentary Research and Practice, Cinema and Media Studies, and IU Cinema. This partnership was supported through IU Cinema’s Creative Collaborations program.