The films of New Orleans-based artist Garrett Bradley relish in the most exciting instabilities of documentary. Her work is literal yet impressionistic, theatrical yet intimately observed, mannered yet emotionally raw. Bradley is preoccupied with history and the legacies of racially-charged moving pictures, yet her films are firmly rooted in the now and more than mildly obsessed with the future of image making. Her recent film AMERICA, which premiered at Sundance and has since become an installation at the New Orleans Museum of Art, is an experimental, visually stunning examination and transformation of African American history-through-cinema, that makes clear Bradley’s standing as one of the most exciting filmmakers working today. This program will feature several of her short films, including the Sundance-winning ALONE (2017), and will be followed by an extended conversation between the filmmaker and Robert Greene.
FILMS IN THE PROGRAM:
ALONE — 2017, 12 min.
This investigation into the layers of mass incarceration and its shaping of the modern black American family is seen through the eyes of a single mother in New Orleans, Louisiana.
THE EARTH IS HUMMING — 2018, 13 min.
Around 10 percent of all earthquakes occur in and around Japan, with citizens experiencing as many as 1000 earthquakes per year. For them, preparing for these disasters is a part of daily life, as well as a full-blown industry.
AMERICA — 2019, 30 min.
A cinematic omnibus rooted in New Orleans, challenging the idea of black cinema as a “wave” or “movement in time,” proposing instead, a continuous thread of achievement.