Scribe Video Center Producers’ Forum: Special Work-In-Progress Screening
Spirits of Rebellion: Black Cinema at UCLA
dir. Zeinabu Irene Davis, USA, 2016, digital, 90 min.
Co-sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania Screening Social Justice Series, with special thanks to Josslyn Luckett and Dean John Jackson
Spirits of Rebellion provides intimate access to key filmmakers trained at UCLA who are identified with the movement known as the L.A. Rebellion, including Charles Burnett, Julie Dash, Haile Gerima, Barbara McCullough, Billy Woodberry and Davis herself, at work and in discussion. The film engages the origins of the name “L.A. Rebellion,” the importance of public education to this group and in today’s world, and the intriguing question, “What is a Black film?”
Zeinabu irene Davis is an independent filmmaker and Professor of Communication at UC San Diego. Her work is passionately concerned with the depiction of women of African descent. Her films include Mother of the River, A Powerful Thang, Cycles, Trumpetistically Clora Bryant, and her feature film, Compensation that was selected for the dramatic competition at the Sundance Film Festival (2000). She will be in attendance at the screening.
Producers’ forums are supported by The National Endowment for the Arts, PNC Arts Alive, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.