Kevin Jerome Everson: More New Films

$10 general; $6 for students/seniors; free for Filmforum members.    |  May 5, 2019  |  7:30PM - 9:45PM
Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian

Los Angeles Filmforum presents

Kevin Jerome Everson: More New Films
Sunday, May 5, 2019
, 7:30 pm

At the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

Kevin Jerome Everson in person!

 

Kevin Jerome Everson is one of the most prolific, important experimental filmmakers currently working. The kind of artist who thinks through the particular problems of cinema by making it, his indefatigable output perfectly fits Manny Farber’s description of “termite” art as having “no sign that the artist has any other object in mind other than eating away the immediate boundaries of his art, and turning these boundaries into conditions of the next achievement.” Everson’s films, by turns light and deeply affective, are never not alive. Because of his near-constant innovation, each new film surprises. Everson’s themes, though clearly identifiable, are never forced; they emerge organically through the course of his work. Among its many achievements, his oeuvre is one of the most significant records of contemporary African American life. Los Angeles Filmforum is delighted to welcome back Everson with the second program this week of recent works by Everson, including many premieres, with the artist in attendance.

 

Tickets: $10 general; $6 students (with ID)/seniors; free for Filmforum Members. Available in advance from Brown Paper Tickets at https://everson2.bpt.me or at the door.

 

For more information: www.lafilmforum.org or 323-377-7238.

 

Another screening with Everson is at MOCA on Thursday May 2, 2019.  More information at https://www.moca.org/program/filmforum-at-moca-presents-kevin-jerome-everson

 

Kevin Jerome Everson (b.1965, Mansfield, Ohio) was born and raised in Mansfield, Ohio. He has a MFA from Ohio University and a BFA from the University of Akron and is Professor of Art at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. Everson was awarded the 2012 Alpert Award for Film/Video; his films has been the subject of mid-career retrospectives at Cinema du Reel/Centre Pompidou (March 2019); Glasgow Short Film Festival (March 2018); Harvard Film Archive (Feb. 2018); Tate Modern, London, UK (Fall 2017); Modern and Contemporary Art Museum, Seoul, Korea (Feb. 2017); Viennale (2014); Visions du Reel, Nyon, Switzerland (2012), The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY (2011) and Centre Pompidou, Paris in 2009. His work has been featured at the 2008, 2012, 2017 Whitney Biennials and the 2013 Sharjah Biennial and the 2018 Carnegie International, Pittsburgh. Along with critic Greg DeCuir Jr., Everson co-curated the 2018 Flaherty Seminar.

 

Everson’s paintings, sculptures, and photographs--and films, including nine features

(Spicebush, 2005; Cinnamon, 2006; The Golden Age of Fish, 2008; Erie, 2010; Quality Control, 2011; The Island of St. Matthews, 2013; Park Lanes, 2015; 8903 Empire, 2016; Tonsler Park, 2017) and over 140 short form works--have been exhibited internationally at film festivals including Sundance, Toronto, Venice, Rotterdam, Berlin, BFI/London, AFI, Oberhausen; cinemas, galleries, museums and public and private art institutions, including ICA, Philadelphia; Whitechapel, London; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH; Museum of Modern Art, New York; & REDCAT, Los Angeles.

 

From April-September 2011, a solo exhibition of 17 short form works, More Than That: Films of Kevin Jerome Everson, was featured at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The feature film Quality Control (2011) was included in the 2012 Whitney Biennial and the short Emergency Needs (2007) in the 2008 Whitney Biennial.

 

In 2017, Video Data Bank, Chicago released a DVD compilation focusing on Everson’s films focusing on labor; entitled I Really Hear That: Quality Control and Other Works, with an essay by Terri Francis and the 3 DVD Boxed Set, Broad Daylight and Other Times in 2011 containing essays by Michael Gillespie, Katrin Mundt, Emmanuel Burdeau and Monica McTighe.

 

Everson has received fellowships from the Guggenheim, Gardner (Harvard University), NEA, NEH, Ohio Arts Council and the Virginia Museum, an American Academy Rome Prize, grants from Creative Capital and the Mid-Atlantic, residencies at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Yaddo and MacDowell Colony, and numerous university fellowships.

 

Screening:

Sister

(2019, 2:18, b&w, silent)

Los Angeles premiere!

Mary Louise Everson Humphries Tubbs’ grandsons lay her to rest.

 

Eason

(2016, 15:00, color, sound)

Los Angeles premiere!

Part of the one-hundred anniversary of the great Black migration in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, and commissioned by the Scribe Center, Eason is loosely based on the life of James Walker Hood Eason (1886-1923) a long-time member of the UNIA of Philadelphia

 

The Barrel (2019, 5:21, color, sound) is about a proprietor of a liquor store in Mississippi taking inventory.

Los Angeles premiere!

 

Union illustrates the Virginia Union University football working together. (2019, 3:00, color, silent)

Los Angeles premiere!

 

 

Sound That is about the employees of the Cleveland Water Department on the hunt for leaks in the infrastructure in

Cuyahoga County. (2014, 11:40, color, sound)

 

Traveling Shoes is based on the hit record by the Mansfeld, Ohio based gospel group, The Brown Singers. (2019, 7:00, b&w, sound) Los Angeles premiere!

 

Richland Blue

(2019, 4:29, b&w, sound)

Los Angeles premiere!

Richland Blue is about the films produced by the corrupt Richland County police in the 1960s and 1970s. Two in particular: a stag film and a shoplifting public service announcement featuring an African American woman the police had arrested for shoplifting. 

 

IFO is about three famous UFO sightings over Mansfield, Ohio. (2017, 9:50, b/w, sound) Los Angeles premiere!

 

Ears, Nose and Throat

(2016, 10:10, color, sound)

Los Angeles premiere!

During an Ears, Nose and Throat examination, Shadeena Brooks recounts a horrible event she eyewitnessed.

 

67 minutes total.

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Los Angeles Filmforum is the city’s longest-running organization dedicated to weekly screenings of experimental film, documentaries, video art, and experimental animation. 2019 is our 44th year.

 

Coming Soon to Los Angeles Filmforum:

May 2 – Kevin Jerome Everson, at MOCA

May 5 – Kevin Jerome Everson, at the Spielberg Theatre

May 19 – To Be Announced

May 25 – Tribute to Robert Todd, at the Echo Park Film Center

 

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