On February 23 we hosted a free screening of SPIRITS OF REBELLION: Black Independent Cinema from Los Angeles. Do you have questions or looking for resources after watching the film? Here is a list of resources about the filmmaker and subjects:
- Cinema Guilds webpage for the film
- Learn more about the director Zeinabu irene Davis
- From the UCLA Film & Television Archives
- Post-film Q&A from our February 23, 2021 screening, featuring the film’s director Zeinabu irene Davis and moderated by Franque Bains and Aja Washington from the Black, Bold, & Brilliant programming team.
Spirits of Rebellion: Black Independent Cinema from Los Angeles documents the lives and work of a small critically acclaimed group of black filmmakers and media artists known as the Los Angeles Rebellion, a group brought together through shared experiences as students in the UCLA film production MFA program between 1967 and 1992. Although relatively unknown, the Los Angeles Rebellion was the first collective of minority filmmakers in the US that aimed to reimagine the production process to represent, reflect on, and enrich the day to day lives of people in their own communities. It is now recognized as an important part of the Black Arts Movement on the West Coast. Spirits of Rebellion offers the story of the movement in an accessible style through over 30 interviews with the filmmakers today as well as archival footage, clips from rarely seen films of the group, and reflections from leading scholars on film history and African-American cinema. The LA Rebellion filmmakers were headlined by: Charles Burnett (To Sleep With Anger) Carroll Parrott Blue (Dawn at My Back) Ben Caldwell (I & I: An African Allegory) Larry Clark (Passing Through) Julie Dash, (Daughters of the Dust) Jamaa Fanaka (Penitentiary) Haile Gerima (Sankofa) Alile Sharon Larkin (Dreadlocks and the Three Bears) Barbara McCullough (Water Ritual) Billy Woodberry (Bless Their Little Hearts)