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Pioneers of African American Cinema

January, February and March 2023

A collection of the earliest African American films, celebrating the work of our nation’s groundbreaking filmmakers.

Presented for the first time in Ohio, this unique partnership will showcase the feature-length and short film restorations from Kino Lorber’s celebrated collection, alongside film experts, community activists and a curated art installation. Screening once a month, the series lineup includes the works of Directors Oscar Micheaux, Frank Peregini, and more.

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“Fascinating cinematic history… A look at independent cinema before that term came [to exist]” – The Boston Herald

 

Gateway Film Foundation, a 501(c)(3), receives year-round support from Ohio Arts Council, Greater Columbus Arts Council, Campus Partners, and The Columbus Foundation.

Thursday, January 5, 2023

Celebrating the Pioneers of African American Cinema

Celebrate the Pioneers of African American Cinema at the opening night reception on January 5. Be amongst the first to tour the locally curated, Pioneers exhibition, and join us for a screening of Oscar Micheaux’s Within Our Gates (1920) presented with Columbus Jazz Orchestra live accompaniment.

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Friday, January 6, 2023

Pioneers of African American Cinema short films

This 60-minute program features a collection of the historically vital works of America’s legendary first African American filmmakers is the only one of its kind. Reception begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the 7:00 p.m. screening

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Friday, February 3, 2023

The Scar of Shame (1929) and selected short films

A screening of Frank Peregini’s The Scar of Shame (1929) and selected short films. Reception begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the 7:00 p.m. screening

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Friday, March 4, 2023

Birthright (1938) and selected short films

A screening of Oscar Micheaux’s Birthright (1938) and selected short films. Reception begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the 7:00 p.m. screening

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