FQ Contributing Editor Terri Francis interviews filmmaker Christopher Harris, situating Afrosurrealist filmmaking within a constellation of African American artists and writers that includes the painter Kerry James Marshall, novelist Toni Morrison, poet Elizabeth Alexander, and composer Roscoe Mitchell. The discussion revolves around the experimental poetics of African American literature that provide Harris with flares of revelation that light the path for his diverse projects. Harris's oeuvre is in dialogue with the nature of the film medium and with what it means to work, observe, and think, as an artist, living between the ideals of American happiness and the realities of American inequality.
Cosmologies of Black Cultural Production: A Conversation with Afrosurrealist Filmmaker Christopher Harris
Terri Francis is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University. She researches popular culture and nontheatrical forms of African American and Caribbean cinema. Her forthcoming book, Josephine Baker's Oppositional Burlesque: Blackness, Power, and Visual Pleasure (Indiana University Press, 2016), explores the Parisian entertainer's tactical creativity from the perspective of the American press. She has published articles in Black Camera, Transition, and Film History, and guest-edited a close-up on Afrosurrealism in film/video for Black Camera. She is a Contributing Editor at Film Quarterly.
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Terri Francis; Cosmologies of Black Cultural Production: A Conversation with Afrosurrealist Filmmaker Christopher Harris. Film Quarterly 1 June 2016; 69 (4): 47–56. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2016.69.4.47
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