Hamilton College Spring ’16 F.I.L.M. Series Events: January

by Hamilton College Media Relations/Press Releases

Clinton, N.Y. – Hamilton College announces its spring F.I.L.M. (Forum on Image and Language in Motion) series, scheduled on Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. in the Bradford Auditorium in the Kirner-Johnson Building on Hamilton’s campus. The theme of the spring series is “In Focus: African-Americans in Film: Rarely Screened Landmarks.”

All events are free and open to the public.

Organizer and Hamilton Visiting Professor Scott MacDonald has directed the film series for more than 20 years. He has taught at Hamilton for many years as well as at Utica College, Bard College, Harvard University and the University of Arizona.

Listed below are the program(s) for January in the spring 2016 series.

Sunday, Jan. 31: Nothing But a Man (1964), directed by Michael Roemer, starring Ivan Dickson and Abbey Lincoln, screenplay by Robert M. Young.

In Nothing But a Man, African-American rail worker Duff Anderson (Ivan Dixon) has left his 4-year old son with a nanny, and now drifts through life with little ambition. Duff’s outlook on life changes when he meets schoolteacher Josie Dawson (Abbey Lincoln), a gentle preacher’s daughter.

Film historian Donald Bogle called Nothing But a Man “one of the best black-oriented films of its era: a subtle, quietly intense study of a black man living in the South, refusing to kowtow and suffering the consequences of that refusal.”

In 1993, the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

Love and Rage will be posting the screenings for each month throughout the Spring 2016 semester.


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