Sunday, October 14, 1990

The Black Folk Dramas of Spencer Williams

Program Two

San Francisco Art Institute

The films of Spencer Williams and other Afro-American filmmaking pioneers (such as Oscar Micheaux) were little known outside of the primarily rural communities they were intended for, and consequently many have disappeared over the years. Tonight Adrian Lanier-Seward will present Williams’ Of One Blood (1945) which she reconstructed from materials discovered in the Library of Congress. In it, Williams uses the biblical theme of the Deluge to introduce the story of brothers separated and later reunited. Also, Dirty Gertie from Harlem USA (1946). (120 min. total)