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A Black man with an afro plays a trombone in front of a river

Epochal Cultures—Chicago and New Orleans: Short Films by Cauleen Smith

  • This is a past program

Cauleen Smith portrays two vital Black urban cultures, Chicago and New Orleans, through several fantasy and documentary films that focus on creative personalities and locations that are vital to these great cities. Included are selections from Smith’s The Way Out is the Way Two (2012), a cycle of 14 musical and philosophical short pieces made in Chicago; her little seen, richly expressive short feature, The Fullness of Time (2008); and the astonishing interventionist Space is the Place - A March for Sun Ra (2011). The program will begin with the premiere of Smith’s newest film, My Caldera (2022). Cauleen Smith will be in conversation with Alena Williams after the screenings. 

Digital, color/b&w, total running time approx. 89 min.

Copresented with the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

Organized by Steve Anker.