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Blacklight International Film Festival


The tenth edition of the annual festival of black independent film continues from Friday, August 2, through Sunday, August 18, at the Film Center, Art Institute, Columbus Drive at Jackson; the DuSable Museum of African American History, 56th Place and Cottage Grove; and Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton. Tickets are $5, with discounts available to Blacklight and Film Center members. For more information call 509-2981.


BLACK FILMMAKERS SHOWCASE Seven shorts: Ken Earl's Rendez-vous (1990), Michelle Crenshaw's Skin Deep (1989), Kathy Nero's The Choice (1990), Stan Slater's Secrets Inside, T.J. House's And Still I Rise, John Brooks's Birds of Paradise (1990), and Dave Carlson's I Was There When the Blues Was Red Hot, a work in progress based on the book of the same title by Fernando Jones. Many of the filmmakers will be present. (Film Center, 6:00)

BLUE NOTES AND EXILED VOICES and JIMI HENDRIX AT THE ISLE OF WIGHT Two musical documentaries: Imruh Bakari's film about South African jazz musicians, and Murray Lerner's record of Hendrix's 1970 concert, with a stereo sound track. (Film Center, 9:00)


CISSY HOUSTON: SWEET INSPIRATION and MAXINE SULLIVAN: LOVE TO BE IN LOVE Two musical documentaries--the first a portrait of the popular gospel singer by Dave Davidson (1987), the second a profile of the famous jazz vocalist by Greta Schiller (1990). (Film Center, 3:30)

THE LUNATIC Lol Creme's Jamaican-American production about a Jamaican villager (Paul Campbell) who talks to trees and becomes involved with a German tourist (Julie T. Wallace); it features lots of Jamaican music (1990). (Film Center, 6:00)


Marianne Kaplan's Canadian documentary about black resistance culture in South Africa (1990), and Murray Lerner's record of Hendrix's 1970 concert, with a stereo sound track. (Film Center, 8:30)


MILK AND HONEY Rebecca Yates and Glen Salzman directed this Canadian feature about a law-abiding woman who becomes a fugitive; with Josette Simon and Lyman Ward (1988). (Film Center, 2:00)

AMA A magical realist film from Great Britain by Kwate Nee-Owoo about an African family in contemporary Britain--in particular, a 12-year-old girl who discovers her roots with the aid of a computer. (Film Center, 4:30)

DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST The first feature of Julie Dash (Illusions), set in the islands along the south Atlantic coast of the U.S. around the turn of the century. A group of black women who carry on ancient African traditions and beliefs and who are part of an extended Gullah family preparing to migrate north confront the issue of what they are to bring with them and what they are to leave behind. Lyrically distended in its folkloric meditations, with striking uses of slow and slurred motion in certain interludes, this is not conceived in terms that make much use of drama or narrative, and the musical score and performances occasionally seem at war with the period ambience. But the resources of the beautiful locations are exploited to the utmost, and Dash can certainly be credited with an original, daring, and sincere conception. With Cora Lee Day, Alva Rogers, Adisa Anderson, Kaycee Moore, and Barbara-O. (Film Center, 7:00)


NEW YORK: THE SECRET AFRICAN CITY and UNDER AFRICAN SKIES: MALI Two English TV programs by Mark Kidel, both to be shown on video. In New York: The Secret African City (1989), Yale professor Robert Farris Thompson discusses black religion and culture in New York; Under African Skies: Mali (1989) focuses on the Malian musician Kassemedy Diabete. (DuSable Museum, 7:00)

SHORT FILM SHOWCASE Five short films: David Carlson's I Was There When the Blues Was Red Hot, Eric Daniels's Occupational Hazard, Ronald K. Armstrong's Cuny Island (1990), Robert Wheaton's A Little Off Mark (1990), and Torriano Berry's Rich (1988). (DuSable Museum, 9:15)


BROTHER FUTURE A Detroit street kid (Phil Lewis) is hit by a car; when he awakes, he finds himself a slave in South Carolina in 1822. An American made-for-TV film by Roy Campanella Jr.; with Kenyatta Jackson, Carl Lumbly, Frank Converse, and Bernard Addison. On the same program, Billy Turner's Secret, a short by Michael Mason (1990). (DuSable Museum, 7:00)

LE PARIS BLACK and BAMAKO BEAT Two English TV programs by Mark Kidel: the first is about black artists and performers in Paris, with particular emphasis on jazz musicians ranging from Sidney Bechet and Johnny Griffin to Bud Powell and Joe Turner (1989); the second records various Malian bands in performance (1990). (DuSable Museum, 8:45)


VIDEOS Julie Dash's experimental dance video, Praise House; three experimental videos by Ulysses Jenkins, Mutual Native Duplex (1990), Self Divination (1990), and Two-Tone Transfer (1978); Karen Hayes's How It Is, about a teenager in a gang (1990); and a program of black music videos. (DuSable Museum, 7:00)

SAARABA Amadou Saalum Seck's Senegalese film about a mythical place that's a "metaphor for the dreams and disillusionment of Senegal and Africa in the decades since independence" (1988). (DuSable Museum, 8:30)


THE EDGE OF TOLERANCE A martial-arts feature in Super-8, directed by and starring action B-film veteran William Lee, who will be present at the screening. (DuSable Museum, 7:00)

PORT CHICAGO MUTINY and RAP CITY RHAPSODY Two hour-long documentaries. The first, narrated by Danny Glover, concerns an accidental military explosion in 1944 that killed 320 men, 202 of them black, and the ensuing mutiny and trial of 50 black sailors who refused to load ammunition under the dangerous conditions that caused it. The second, by Akili Buchanan, is about rap and race (1990). (DuSable Museum, 9:00)

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