Films

Observational Fictions: Breaking Ground

SAT, Jun 1, 2019
4 pm

Floor 3, Susan and John Hess Family Gallery and Theater

The 2019 Biennial features three weekends of film programming selected by guest curators. Observational Fictions (May 31–June 1) is curated by Maori Karmael Holmes. 

Observational Fictions is a two-day program featuring three transnational filmmakers working with themes of memory, mythology, history, and the representation of all three. Saturday’s screening, Breaking Ground, features films that utilize archival and original materials to examine American cultural histories, including four short documentary films on racquet sports by Darius Clark Monroe—South Oxford (2019), All Iowa Lawn Tennis Club (2019), Maravilla (2019), and Serve (2019)—along with Jenn Nkiru’s BLACK TO TECHNO (2019), an experimental portrait of an exceedingly malleable global phenomenon.

This screening will be followed by a conversation with Darius Clark Monroe, Jenn Nkiru, and Maori Karmael Holmes.

Darius Clark Monroe
South Oxford, 2019
All Iowa Lawn Tennis Club, 2019
Maravilla, 2019
Serve, 2019 

Jenn Nkiru
BLACK TO TECHNO, 2019

The first screening of the weekend on May 31, Blurred Lines, presents a film by Blitz Bazawule. 

Tickets are required ($10 adults; $8 students, seniors, and visitors with disabilities; free for members). Capacity is limited; visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance.

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