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The short films of Kevin Jerome Everson

The short films of Kevin Jerome Everson
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What: Two shows featuring the short films of Kevin Jerome Everson will be shown in Houston this weekend.

Where: The Aurora Picture Show, Friday at 7:30. And the following afternoon, Saturday, as part of the Blaffer On Screen series, at the Glassell School of Art’s Freed Auditorium, 5101 Montrose at 4 pm.

Why: Everson is a major figure in experimental film. From the Aurora press release: “Kevin Jerome Everson has made an expansive body of work composed of over seventy short-form pieces and five feature-length films that present images of the lives of black Americans through his own distinctive practice of cinematic portraiture: a blend of fiction and documentary that hones in on subjects of labor and leisure. In a unique way Kevin Everson combines history, reality and form, in films that focus on work and the essential role that African-Americans have played in the development of labor in the United States. His films are formal explorations grounded in historical, social, political and concrete reality.”

The Aurora event will be hosted by Margarita De la Vega-Hurtado and the Blaffer On Screen event will be hosted by Michael Sicinski. Everson will be in attendance at both screenings. The Blaffer screening will include Everson’s feature length documentary The Island of St. Matthews. Admission is free to Saturday’s screening. The Aurora engagement is $10 for non-Aurora-members.

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