by Hamilton College Media Relations/Upcoming Events
Sunday, March 6: Film Scholar Jacqueline Stewart will explore the career of pioneer filmmaker Spencer Williams.
Jacqueline Stewart is a graduate of the University of Chicago where she now teaches film history in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies. She also serves as director of Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry, and curates Black Cinema House. She is author of Migrating to the Movies: Cinema and Black Urban Modernity (University of California Press, 2005) and co-author of LA Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema (University of California Press, 2015).
Spencer Williams had a long career in American media, from his bit part in Buster Keaton’s Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1927) to his starring role as Andy in the TV show Amos ‘n Andy. He is, however, best known to cineastes for Blood of Jesus, his 1941 “race film” (a film with an all-black cast that was distributed to the network of African-American theaters in the apartheid America of the 1920s-1940s).
Love and Rage will be posting the screenings and events for each month throughout the Spring 2016 semester.
The screenings will be held 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.”