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Cinematic: Remember the Rebels


By Jack Feuer

Published Oct 1, 2011 12:00 AM


Photo courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art.

From the late '60s to the early '80s, the movie-making rebels came to Westwood. They were African-American and African students at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (TFT), determined to make movies as far from the studio-made "Blaxploitation" films of the era as they could get. [See Rise Again: The L.A. Rebellion.]

The Bruin filmmakers who collectively came to be known as "L.A. Rebellion" made history, and their films are celebrated in the UCLA Film & Television Archive's "L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema," from Oct. 7-Dec. 17 at the Billy Wilder Theater.

The exhibition includes about 40 films and videos, most of which have never been screened theatrically. Screenings will be accompanied by lectures and discussions, many featuring the filmmakers in person. Notable titles include Charles Burnett's Killer of Sheep, Julie Dash's Daughters of the Dust, Billy Woodberry's Bless Their Little Hearts, Haile Gerima's Bush Mama, Jamaa Fanaka's Emma Mae and Larry Clark's Passing Through.

"L.A. Rebellion" is part of a three-month program that is "the first holistic project the Archive's ever undertaken," says Archive Director Jan-Christopher Horak, who is co-editing a forthcoming book on the L.A. Rebellion with TFT Assistant Professor Allyson N. Field and Northwestern University Assistant Professor Jacqueline Stewart.

"L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema." Oct. 7–Dec. 17. Billy Wilder Theater. Tickets: $9; free to all UCLA students; $8 for other students, seniors and UCLA Alumni Association members. For more information, visit or call (310) 206-FILM.



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