Black Bus Stop in Austria and Germany


Next Week in Vienna, Black Bus Stop in competition at 16th International Festival For Short Film, Animation, & Music Video. The film is part of the program, Come Away with Me.”

, Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus 




Black Bus Stop is also in competition at Hamburg International Short Film Festival. Time and Venue: Donnerstag 06. Juni 2019     19:00     Zeise 1; Samstag 08. Juni 2019     19:45     B-Movie

Shot in the spring of 2018 and involving approximately 40 students, Black Bus Stop pays tribute to the Black Bus Stop, an informal yet iconic gathering spot for black students on the campus of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville in the eighties and nineties. Young people could be found there listening to music, talking politics, dancing, flirting. Today, under the glare of the moonlight, black fraternity and sorority members reclaim these hallowed grounds as they chant and sway to the rhythms and memories of the past.



Black Fire in Toronto on Tuesday, May 21

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Over the last half-dozen years, Kevin Jerome Everson and Claudrena N. Harold have collaborated with their students on a series of films that examine the history of African American students and faculty at Charlottesville’s University of Virginia (UVA), an institution that had an entanglement with white supremacy long before the far-right rally of August 2017 turned international attention onto the school and the city. Everson and Harold’s Black Fire films foreground the role of higher education in creating a community of strength and change, focusing both on Black empowerment — e.g., the anti–Vietnam War protests led by the first African American student-body president James R. Roebuck, or the community-building efforts of Vivian Gordon, director of the Black Studies program in the 1970s — and celebrations of everyday life, such as the daily routines of student athletes in competitive sports programs.

Six films from the Black Fire UVA series will be screened in this programme, including a sneak preview of a new collaboration. They will be preceded by 40th & State, a film about the aftermath of the 1955 murder of Emmett Till and subsequent mourning within his Pentecostal Church, made by recent UVA graduate and Black Fire participant Micah Ariel Watson.

Co-presented with Vertical Features.

40th & State (dir. Micah Ariel Watson \ USA 2018 \ 14 min. \ Digital)

How Can I Ever Be Late (dirs. Kevin Jerome Everson & Claudrena N. Harold \ USA 2017 \ 5 min. \ 16mm on Digital)

Fastest Man in the State (dirs. Kevin Jerome Everson & Claudrena N. Harold \ USA 2017 \ 10 min. \ 16mm on Digital)

70kg (dirs. Kevin Jerome Everson & Claudrena N. Harold \ USA 2017 \ 3 min. \ 16mm on Digital)

We Demand (dirs. Kevin Jerome Everson & Claudrena N. Harold \ USA 2016 \ 10 min. \ 16mm on Digital)

Sugarcoated Arsenic (dirs. Kevin Jerome Everson & Claudrena N. Harold \ USA 2013 \ 21 min. \ 16mm on Digital)