“To commemorate Black History Month, Strange Fruit collects a handful of unusual, eclectic and incendiary movies—one from each decade, starting roughly at the end of the silent era through to the end of the Vietnam War—that, for one reason or several, hardly feel like they should exist. From Depression-era Christianist propaganda as high camp to a forgotten blackface-ridden comedic re-imagining of the first abolitionist lit classic to a Midwestern American Negro’s paean to Second City alienation as translated by a Frenchman in Argentina, these are movies that normally don’t make the Black Exceptionalist highlight reel but should.”—Brandon Harris, author of Making Rent in Bed-Stuy, Amazon Studios refugee, producer of things at I’d Watch That.
Series curated and all program notes written by Brandon Harris.
Is That Black Enough For You?!?
Conversation with director Elvis Mitchell & series curator Brandon Harris
6:00pm Sunday, February 5
Taped Introduction and Q&A with director Larry Clark & series curator Brandon Harris
7:10pm Friday, February 10
Hellbound Train / The Blood of Jesus
Extended Introduction by series curator Brandon Harris
4:15pm Saturday, February 25
Topsy and Eva
Musical Accompaniment by pianist Axel Tosca
7:30pm Saturday, February 25