Spicebush | Chicago Reader


Kevin Jerome Everson's unassuming first feature, a fragmentary collage combining fiction and documentary, is an inspiring inventory of the ordinary. Divided into 17 chapters, it juxtaposes African-Americans at work and a young girl at play, contrasting imaginative freedom and the messy constraints of the adult world—the girl seems confined walking down a street and liberated watching the ocean. The history of segregation is referenced in one section, and nature close-ups are used throughout. What the video elides is as important as what it includes, as it reaches toward the world-embracing hugeness of some of cinema's key masterpieces—some films of Vertov, Rossellini, and Kubelka come to mind. 73 min.

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