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Poster for Pioneers of African American Cinema Short Film Program

Pioneers of African American Cinema Short Film Program

Opens on February 19

Run Time: 60 min. Rating: NR

Country: United States
Language: English

Encore presentation on Sunday, February 19, 2023

January 6, 2023 | Reception begins at 5:30 p.m., hosted by Amber Knicole of Mojoflo followed by opening remarks from LC Johnson of Zora’s House and a representative from the Columbus City Council at 7PM with a presentation of selected short films to follow. The Gallery at Gateway Film Center is open for viewing throughout the evening, featuring work curated by Marshall Shorts, founder of Maroon Arts Group and Creative Control Fest.

Learn more about the Pioneers of African American Cinema series at Gateway Film Center here.

About the films:

Featuring restorations of recently recovered “race films” that flourished in the 1920s–1940s, this collection of historically vital works from America’s legendary first African American filmmakers is the only one of its kind, and exists thanks to decades of efforts made by archivists, scholars and curators to recover and present these films.

The collection serves as a reminder that early Black film history is a work in progress, but these fragments are important pieces of the story. Gateway Film Center and the Central Ohio arts community are proud to support and celebrate the incredible works from these pioneers of cinematic history.

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The Ohio State University Office of Academic Affairs
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