L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema by Allyson Field, Jan-Christopher Horak, Jacqueline Najuma

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By Allyson Field, Jan-Christopher Horak, Jacqueline Najuma Stewart

L.A. uprising: making a New Black Cinema is the 1st booklet devoted to the flicks and filmmakers of the L.A. uprising, a bunch of African, Caribbean, and African American autonomous movie and video artists that shaped on the college of California, l. a., within the Seventies and Eighties. The group—including Charles Burnett, Julie sprint, Haile Gerima, Billy Woodberry, Jamaa Fanaka, and Zeinabu irene Davis—shared a wish to create possible choices to the dominant modes of narrative, type, and perform in American cinema, works that mirrored the complete complexity of Black reviews. This landmark selection of essays and oral histories examines the inventive output of the L.A. uprising, contextualizing the group's movie practices and delivering sustained analyses of the big variety of works, with specific cognizance to newly chanced on motion pictures and lesser-known filmmakers. in response to huge archival paintings and upkeep, this assortment incorporates a whole filmography of the move, over a hundred illustrations (most of that are formerly unpublished), and a bibliography of fundamental and secondary fabrics. this is often an indispensible sourcebook for students and fanatics, setting up the major function performed by means of the L.A. uprising in the histories of cinema, Black visible tradition, and postwar artwork in Los Angeles.

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34 Dash grew up in the Queensbridge Housing Projects in Long Island with her South Carolinian parents. In high school she participated in a College Discovery Program and did an afterschool cinematography workshop at the Studio Museum of Harlem. While studying at City College she saw a flyer at the Studio Museum about Black filmmakers at UCLA: Larry Clark, Haile Gerima, and Charles Burnett. 35 Makarah herself 18 | Introduction moved to Europe in 1979 before returning to UCLA in 1989 to complete her MFA.

A. Rebellion could have been possible. It also demonstrates the creative possibilities that can be achieved through a commitment to greater diversity in student bodies. A. Rebellion stands as a reminder of the tremendous possibilities that can occur with greater access to public higher education and of the importance of students taking an active role in shaping their own education. A. 6 It was the frustration and devastation signaled by the five days of violence and destruction in Watts that called Elyseo Taylor to the area when he moved to Los Angeles upon returning to the United States from Europe.

Rebellion stands as a reminder of the tremendous possibilities that can occur with greater access to public higher education and of the importance of students taking an active role in shaping their own education. A. 6 It was the frustration and devastation signaled by the five days of violence and destruction in Watts that called Elyseo Taylor to the area when he moved to Los Angeles upon returning to the United States from Europe. Taylor’s community work in the wake of the violence eventually led him to UCLA, where he coordinated the early initiatives to recruit and train students of color in media production that led to the extraordinary body of work to which this volume is dedicated.

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