As a member of the legendary L.A. Rebellion group of Black filmmakers, multi-media artist Ben Caldwell has made stunning experimental works, including I & I: An African Allegory (1977) a reflection on the essential connections between all people, inspired by Ayi Kwei Armah’s novel Two Thousand Seasons.
Founder of Kaos Network, the cultural cornerstone of Los Angeles’ Leimert Park community, Caldwell’s open mike Project Blow’d has been a key platform for neighborhood youth and LA’s underground hip hop scene.
Join us for an evening of screenings and discussion with Caldwell and BCH curator Jacqueline Stewart about film and digital media making, community entrepreneurship and activism, Afro-speculative urban planning, and the connections between dramatic changes taking place now in Leimert Park and Chicago’s South Side.
Films screened include:
I & I: An African Allegory (1977, 32 min)
Sankofa City (2017, 6 min)
Co-sponsored by Gray Center for Arts & Inquiry.