Morgan Quaintance South (still), 2020 16mm transferred to HD video Black-and-white, color, sound 28min. Courtesy of Morgan Quaintance and LUX, London

Morgan Quaintance, South (still), 2020, 16mm transferred to HD video, Black-and-white, color, sound. 28min. Courtesy of Morgan Quaintance and LUX, London

Online Event

New Labor Movements: Movements I and II

Selections from New Labor Movements, a program of short films exploring concepts of transnational Blackness, are available for online viewing during the Thanksgiving holiday.

In partnership with the Roxie Theater, McEvoy Arts and curator Leila Weefur present a special online screening of selections from New Labor Movements, Movement I. Assembly and Movement II. Resistance/Selfhood. Films by Christopher Harris, Lonnie Holley and Cyrus Moussavi, Onyeka Igwe, Mitch McCabe, Morgan Quaintance, Eden Tinto Collins and Adrien Gystere Peskine explore diasporic history, collective experience, and the trans-Atlantic distribution of labor, power, and people against the backdrop of the holiday’s colonialist underpinnings. From the Black transcendence of I Snuck Off the Slave Ship (2019) to the quasi-apocalyptic premonitions of Civil War Surveillance Poems (Part 1) (2019), these works by emerging and established filmmakers celebrate genre-breaking approaches to film construction and narrative and offer thoughtful articulations of movement that reveal the nuance of global political critique and a profound broadness of Black life across borders.

New Labor Movements is inspired by the West Coast debut of Isaac Julien’s immersive film installation Lessons of the Hour—Frederick Douglass (2019), on view at McEvoy Arts. Movements III and IV premiere at McEvoy Arts in 2021.

Total running time: 78 minutes

ABOUT THE CURATOR

Leila Weefur (She/They/He) is a trans-gender-nonconforming artist, writer, and curator whose work in video and installation brings together concepts of the sensorial memory, abject Blackness, hyper surveillance, and the erotic. Weefur has worked with local and national institutions including the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Smack Mellon, New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and The Wattis Institute, San Francisco. Weefur is a recipient of the Hung Liu award, the Murphy & Cadogan award, and the Walter & Elise Haas Creative Work Fund. They are a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, and a member of The Black Aesthetic. Weefur received their MFA from Mills College and is based in Oakland, CA.

PROGRAM PARTNERS

The Roxie Theater, a San Francisco landmark in the Mission District, brings people together to meet and connect through distinctive cinematic experiences. Guided by the passionate belief that engaging with a movie doesn’t end with the credits, we invite filmmakers, curators, entertainers, and educators to interact with our audiences. We provide inspiration and opportunity for the next generation and serve as a forum for the independent film community reflecting the spirit of the diverse Bay Area population.