Harrison returns with conversations with an American master, a new canon of film, another canon of art, and ends with healing.
Aisha Harris, Dan Kois, and other critics and filmmakers created a new list of the greatest black films from black directors a few months ago. I’m making it my mission to see all of these films by the end of the year and write something about them. Kois and Harris wrote:
“We must recognize that even with the financial and systemic odds stacked against them, black filmmakers have long been creating great and riveting stories on screen. The academy’s failure may have inspired a memorable hashtag, but that failure is deeply linked to the way nearly all movie fans remember cinematic history. In our never-ending conversation—or argument—about which films deserve to be remembered, which films are cultural touchstones, which films defined and advanced the art form, we habitually overlook stories by and about black people. Consider the many widely regarded lists of the “best films”: the prestigious Sight & Sound once-a-decade critics’ poll, the American Film Institute’s eight different 100 Years … lists, or Richard Corliss’ top 100 for Time. Total number of black-directed films among the 1,000 movies on those lists? Two. As Buggin’ Out (Do the Right Thing, No. 96 on AFI’s 2007 list) would ask, “How come there ain’t no brothers up on the wall?” – via Slate.com
The same can be said of comics.
The whole film list is HERE.
Ronald Wimberly made The Black Comics/Animation artist MEGAPOST You’ve Been Waiting For earlier this year and keeps on adding to it. Like he says:
“So, awhile ago I hit you guys up for some examples of comic art excellence. THANKS FOR YOUR AMAZING RESPONSE! I think that post reached 400 people! I’ve compiled the answers that jumped out to me as well as some of my own in the list below. Give these guys your eyes, moneys and work!”
Keep up with the list HERE. Remember comics history right.
Shannon Wright offers a comic about web weirdness.
Pages by Rick Mays are part of the Comics Workbook auction this week – artwork from Spider-man Loves Mary. Email Frank Santoro at santoroschoolATgmail for a password, if you don’t already have one.
Richie Pope hits again with an illustration for a VICE article titled The Alt-Right’s Fear of a Black Planet (above). From the article:
“We are changing demographically, we are changing racially—we’re becoming a truly multiracial society. In the context of this change, we always need to guard against appeals to our worst selves. The risk with the alt-right movement and Donald Trump is that in the midst of this social transformation, which of course generates anxiety, we are turning toward a movement that encourages us to find some sort of perverse joy in putting other people down and dehumanizing them.” – Ian Haney-Lopez via VICE
The Greatest Unknown
“Also I was doing work with this political group of filmmakers who were making films about the working class and exploitation and stuff like that you know. And it was sort of formulaic kind of a situation where the plot was always the same, the characters always ended up forming a union and everything was happy after that you know. And even though they were progressive and had good intentions it was the same story if you just apply this formula then your ok. But I came from a situation where it didn’t work for a lot of people. People were happy to get a job, but all these other issues were impacting them you know. So if you were going to make a film about social change, you have to show you know the dynamics of where these people come from.” – Charles Burnett
Dance + Resist