• Black Lives

    1 season

    Black Lives Matter, and art has a role to play in centering and celebrating the experiences of black people. These films focus on the dreams, struggles, desires, and art of black characters and real-life subjects. From rediscovered gems by mavericks of early African American cinema like Oscar Mic...

  • THE PEOPLE UNITED and BLACK AND BLUE

    1 season

    In the midst of a historic reckoning over police brutality and systemic racism, two essential documentaries from the mid-1980s offer timely lessons on the power of protest. Alonzo Speight’s THE PEOPLE UNITED is a crucial snapshot of a decisive moment in Boston history when the city’s predominatel...

  • Charles Burnett

    1 season

    Charles Burnett is an unsung master of American cinema who led the way for black independent filmmakers to tell their stories on-screen with poetic-realist revelations like KILLER OF SHEEP and TO SLEEP WITH ANGER. In this installment of the Channel-exclusive series Meet the Filmmakers, Burnett jo...

  • Pioneers of African American Cinema

    3 seasons

    Among the most fascinating chapters of cinematic history is that of the so-called “race films” that flourished in the U.S. between the 1920s and ’40s. Unlike the “black cast” films produced within the Hollywood studio system, these films not only starred African Americans but were funded, written...

  • Bless Their Little Hearts

    1 video

    Directed by Billy Woodberry • 1984 • United States
    Starring Nate Hardman, Kaycee Moore, Angela Burnett

    Scripted and shot by Charles Burnett, Billy Woodberry’s slice-of-life revelation is a key masterpiece of the LA Rebellion, the black independent-cinema renaissance that emerged from UCLA’s film...

  • Directed by Kathleen Collins

    1 season

    Trailblazing independent filmmaker Kathleen Collins was just forty-six at the time of her sudden death, but she left behind a rich legacy as a writer, academic, and filmmaker. This program presents her masterpiece LOSING GROUND, a perceptive portrait of a marriage at a crossroads, alongside the s...

  • Visitation
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    Visitation

    7 Films by Suzan Pitt - 7 Films by Suzan Pitt

    Directed by Suzan Pitt • 2011 • United States

    Surrealistic and strange, cast in grainy 16 mm images, VISITATION allows an imaginary glimpse into the aura of “an outer-world night.” The visions in the film are summoned from the filmmaker’s imagining of a mythical eternity that is beautiful but fr...

  • Flowers of Shanghai

    Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien • 1998 • Taiwan
    Starring Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Michiko Hada, Annie Shizuka Inoh

    An intoxicating, time-bending experience bathed in the golden glow of oil lamps and wreathed in an opium haze, this gorgeous period reverie by Hou Hsiao-hsien traces the romantic intrigue, ...

  • Flowers of Shanghai

    4 videos

    Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien • 1998 • Taiwan
    Starring Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Michiko Hada, Annie Shizuka Inoh

    An intoxicating, time-bending experience bathed in the golden glow of oil lamps and wreathed in an opium haze, this gorgeous period reverie by Hou Hsiao-hsien traces the romantic intrigue, ...