Black Bus Stop, which is screening at both the New York Film Festival and the London Film Festival this weekend (October 5-6), received a strong review in Artforum. Here’s what Tony Pipolo had to say about the film:
Few films this year, short or long, display the sheer exuberance of the bracing, exhilarating Black Bus Stop. In this nine-minute tour de force, codirectors Kevin Jerome Everson and Claudrena N. Harold transform a mundane location into an outdoor theater. Four young people, chatting noiselessly at a bus stop, are suddenly supplanted by a series of young men and women dancing and singing with unstinting gusto. Program notes inform us that the site was “an informal meeting ground for black students at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, in the 1980s and ’90s.” But even without this information, the film resonates with such personal and cultural conviction that even the framing and cutting within its spatial confines are charged with verve and an implacable force.