March 24, 2019
195 West Washington St.
Athens, GA 30601
Free and open to the public
Southern Circuit Film Festival Screening: Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Sunday, March 24, 2019
Screening of Academy Award nominated film including Q&A with filmmaker at the Morton
The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission presents a free screening of the film "Hale County This Morning, This Evening" with photographer and filmmaker RaMell Ross as part of the South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. Following a screening of the film, Ross will participate in a discussion with the audience about his film and work.
Synopsis: How does one express the reality of individuals whose public image, lives, and humanity originate in exploitation? Photographer and filmmaker RaMell Ross employs the integrity of nonfiction filmmaking and the currency of stereotypical imagery to fill in the gaps between individual black male icons. Hale County This Morning, This Evening is a lyrical innovation to the form of portraiture that boldly ruptures racist aesthetic frameworks that have historically constricted the expression of African American men on film.
In the lives of protagonists Daniel and Quincy, quotidian moments and the surrounding southern landscape are given importance, drawing poetic comparisons between historical symbols and the African American banal. Images are woven together to replace narrative arc with visual movements. As Ross crafts an inspired tapestry made up of time, the human soul, history, environmental wonder, sociology, and cosmic phenomena, a new aesthetic framework emerges that offers a new way of seeing and experiencing the heat, and the hearts of people in the Black Belt region of the U.S. as well far beyond.
The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit www.southarts.org.