Wed. Feb 21st, 2024


The accompanying screening series, “Regeneration: An Introduction,” began on August 25th and runs through Thursday, September 29th. Covering the same 70+ year span as the exhibition, this film series ranges from showcasing silent era pioneers such as writer-producer-director Oscar Micheaux’s low-budget dramas to the groundbreaking allegories of Spencer Williams and the independently produced, genre-defying works of innovators such as Melvin Van Peebles. Upcoming screenings in the program include Daniel Petrie’s “A Raisin in the Sun” and Gordon Parks’ “The Learning Tree” on Friday, September 23rd, Melvin Van Peebles’ “La permission (The Story of a Three-Day Pass)” and Michale Roemer’s “Nothing But a Man” on Saturday, September 24th, and Melvin Van Peebles’ “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song” and Robert L. Goodwin’s “Black Chariot” on September 29th. 

Past screenings in the program included Spencer Williams’ “The Blood of Jesus,” Harry Fraser’s “Dark Manhattan,” Spencer Williams’ “Dirty Gertie from Harlem U.S.A.”, William L. Nolte’s “The Duke is Tops,” Dudley Murphy’s “The Emperor Jones,” Richard E. Norman’s “The Flying Ace,” Oscar Micheaux’s “The Girl from Chicago,” Eloyce and James Gist’s “Hell-Bound Train,” Oscar Micheaux’s “Murder in Harlem,” Pierre Chenal’s “Native Son,” Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s “No Way Out,” Robert Wise’s “Odds Against Tomorrow,” Edmond T. Gréville’s “Princess Tam Tam,” Leo C. Popkin’s “Reform School,” Andrew L. Stone’s “Stormy Weather” and Ranald MacDougall’s “The World, the Flesh and the Devil.”

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Throughout the development of the exhibition, co-curators Doris Berger and Rhea Combs collaborated with an advisory group of distinguished scholars, curators, and filmmakers including the Academy Museum’s Director and President Jacqueline Stewart; Charles Burnett, filmmaker and Academy member; Ava DuVernay filmmaker and Academy Governor; Michael Boyce Gillespie, Associate Professor at The City College of New York in the Department of Media and Communication Arts; Shola Lynch, filmmaker, Academy member and Curator at the New York Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; Ron Magliozzi, Curator of Film at The Museum of Modern Art; and Ellen C. Scott, Associate Professor and Head of Cinema and Media Studies at UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.  

For more information on the upcoming exhibition, Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898-1971, visit the official site of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

Editor’s Note: Ebert Digital is among the sponsors for the Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898–1971 exhibit.

By Dave Jenks

Dave Jenks is an American novelist and Veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Between those careers, he’s worked as a deckhand, commercial fisherman, divemaster, taxi driver, construction manager, and over the road truck driver, among many other things. He now lives on a sea island, in the South Carolina Lowcountry, with his wife and youngest daughter. They also have three grown children, five grand children, three dogs and a whole flock of parakeets. Stinnett grew up in Melbourne, Florida and has also lived in the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, and Cozumel, Mexico. His next dream is to one day visit and dive Cuba.