The purpose of this series is to honor and celebrate the history of black filmmakers, storytellers, actors and creatives during Black History Month. The series aims to go a step beyond the traditional use of film to highlight historical figures and present film as part of the celebration by looking at the history of black cinema. Taken in its entirety the series will present a history of cinema and the African American experience with cinema in a thoughtful and thorough way. As in many other industries, African Americans have made their mark in film narratively, stylistically, historically, topically, financially and artistically and this series will aim to highlight the route of these significant contributions. In year two, we will celebrate the career of the legendary and magnificent Lena Horne.
Lena Mary Calhoun Horne (June 30, 1917 – May 9, 2010) was an American singer, dancer, actress, and civil rights activist. Horne’s career spanned over 70 years appearing in film, television, and theater. Horne joined the chorus of the Cotton Club at the age of 16 and became a nightclub performer before moving to Hollywood, where she had small parts in numerous movies, and more substantial parts in the 1943 films Cabin in the Sky and Stormy Weather. Because of the Red Scare and her political activism, Horne found herself blacklisted and unable to get work in Hollywood.
Feb 19 @ 7pm
Stormy Weather is a 1943 American musical film produced. The film is considered one of the best Hollywood musicals with an African-American cast. The film is considered a primary showcase of some of the top African-American performers of the time, during an era when African-American actors and singers rarely appeared in lead roles in mainstream Hollywood productions, especially those of the musical genre.
Post film discussion guest TBD
Not Rated, 78 minutes
All tickets $12.50
Black Cinema is a joint collaboration with Tonya Sheffield and Shef-Tales Productions. Tonya Sheffield is a filmmaker and graduate of UNCSA School of Filmmaking. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of The Dream School.
This program recieved support from