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Thursday, Mar 11 at 6:00 pm

Archive Repair
Film Program

This screening program is part of Break ꩜ut: A Symposium of Sorts

Film scholar and programmer Nzingha Kendall and filmmaker Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich propose to explore alternative narrative-making grounded in radical black intellectual production, responding to what Saidiya Hartman refers to as “silence in the archive.” They ask how can black storytellers work in the realm of reality when traditional records of reality historically rendered black subjecthood invisible? How might the transparency imposed on minoritized subjects be resisted by employing gaps and fragments to achieve strategic opacity? By interrogating film form and genre, they seek to extend possibilities for moving images to resuscitate embodied, spiritual, and coded understandings of black experiences.

We’re thrilled to present a program of Madeleine’s works as part of the film selection of the pair’s UNDO FELLOWSHIP research topic, Archive Repair.

This program is a part of BREAK ꩜UT: A SYMPOSIUM OF SORTS, which celebrates the research, writing and filmmaking initiated during The UNDO Fellowship. We are excited to share the ideas and work resulting from the inaugural year of this endeavor and are eager to hear your questions, thoughts and feedback.

You’re invited to a series of screenings, study groups, and discussions spread over the first two weekends in March . Choose a single thread of inquiry, or weave the connections between them all. Tune into the stream to watch and listen in or fill out a simple application up for an UNDO STUDY GROUP to get the reader and join a rigorous and creative discussion.

Register for a reminder to catch our public Dialogue with Madeleine and Nzingha on March 14th for a full program experience. If you want to engage a draft of Nzingha’s writing and take an even deeper dive, our Archive Repair Study Group is open by application. Learn more and APPLY!

FILM PROGRAM

Footnote to the West

5 min

“Footnote to the West” is a dreamy fragment about the end of the world. A black girl wanders into a Hollywood western and mourns for the dead.

Outfox the Grave

5 min

A short film and a spell of protection.

Spit on the Broom

12 min

A surrealist documentary that explores the margins of the history of the African American women’s group the United Order of Tents, a clandestine organization of black women organized in the 1840s during the height of the Underground Railroad. ​ The film uses excerpts from the public record, newspaper articles related to the Tents from over the course of 100 years, and a visual tapestry of fable and myth as a way to introduce a history that remains secret.

A Quality of Light

8 min

A Quality of Light reaches into the filmmaker’s familial lineage of black women artists. This film examines the under-told story of the haunted artist who also inhabits the unique political position of being black and a woman. The film applies principles of music theory and West African performance structure in their construction.

Filmmaker Bio

Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich makes work about the private lives and worlds of black women. Her practice is rooted in archival research and field research, which then gets translated through a writing process, and then finally a filmmaking process that includes narrative, documentary and experimental film techniques. This means working closely with archives that until recently did not preserve or respect black voices and thinking about how to represent histories that have been neglected.

Details

Date
Thursday, Mar 11
Time
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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