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F.I.L.M.: Jacqueline Stewart Discusses Spencer Williams


Jacqueline Stewart
Jacqueline Stewart

The spring F.I.L.M. (Forum on Image and Language in Motion) series continues on Sunday, March 5, at 2 p.m., in the Bradford Auditorium, KJ. Film scholar Jacqueline Stewart will be on hand to explore the career of pioneer filmmaker Spencer Williams. This and all F.I.L.M. series events are free and open to the public.

Stewart is a graduate of the University of Chicago where she now teaches film history, serves as director of Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry and curates Black Cinema House. She is the 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 and diverse career in American media, from his bit part in Buster Keaton’s Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1927) to his starring role as Andy in the television show Amos ‘n Andy. He is best known for his “race film” Blood of Jesus (1941).

Coming up

Sunday, April 2: Filmmaker Yance Ford presents Strong Island (2016)
Sunday, April 9: “A Roll for Peter Hutton” (anthology)
Sunday, April 16: Sound engineer Ernst Karel with sound works

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