Sugarcoated Arsenic will screen at the National Gallery of Art on January 14th as part of the film program, “Affinities, or The Weight of Cinema,” which is curated by Greg de Cuir and Kevin Jerome Everson (https://www.nga.gov/calendar/film-programs/affinities.html).
We Demand, a film centered on the activism of James Roebuck , an alumnus of Virginia Union University and the University of Virginia, screened at the National Gallery on January 7.
Sugarcoated Arsenic is a 16mm cinematic exploration of African American intellectual, social, and political life at the University of Virginia during the 1970s. Conceived and written by Claudrena Harold and directed by Harold and UVA Professor of Art, filmmaker/artist Kevin Jerome Everson, the film stars Erin Stewart (the bank teller/race driver in Everson’s 2006 feature film “Cinnamon”) as Vivian Gordon (the director of UVA’s Black Studies program between 1975 and 1980). The film tells the story of African-American women and men who through their public and private gestures sought to create a beloved community that thrived on intellectual exchange, self-critique, and human warmth.
—Trilobite-Arts-DAC, Claudrena Harold, Picture Palace Pictures