Within Our Gates

When: Sat., Nov. 12 2016

The film and video distribution company Kino Lorber has worked for years on a DVD boxset of early African-American films that were all made regionally. Dubbed “Pioneers of African-American Cinema,” the series seeks to “collect, restore, and re-release short and feature length films made by independent black filmmakers during the early part of the 20th century—primarily from the 1920s through the 1940s.” The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque will show eight of the films in four different programs. Tonight’s program features 1920’s Within Our Gates, the earliest surviving feature by the most famous maker of “race” films, Oscar Micheaux. The film features a new recorded score by Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky. The program starts at 5 p.m. with the short comedy Two Knights of Vaudeville. Tickets are $10, $7 for members and students. (Niesel)

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