picture palace pictures

Kevin Jerome Everson

selected press

Liberation.fr, "Kevin Jerome Everson, Les Pellicules Elementaires, by Luc Chessel, March 12, 2019

Film Quarterly, “Abstraction Through Representation: Interview with Kevin Jerome Everson” By Megan Ratner,
Vol. 71 No. 3, Spring 2018; (pp. 58-64)

Frieze, “Second Looks” by Jessica Loudis, Feb. 12, 2018 (Issue 193, March 2018)

Sight and Sound, “Getting it Done” by Elena Garfinkel, October 2017

Mousse Magazine, “School is Not in Session”, 
June 2017 
Kevin Jerome Everson & Jarrett Gregory in conversation

Bomb Magazine, “Kevin Jerome Everson”, interview by Jordan Cronk, April 2017

Cineaste, 'Hard Edge Everson', an essay by Greg DeCuir, Jr., Summer 2015

Frieze, Experimenta LFF 2015 by Colin Perry, Oct. 2015

Black Camera,
Vol. 8, No. 1, Fall 2016 

interview with Michael B. Gillespie, B.A.D. (Black Abstraction Dreaming): A Conversation with Kevin Jerome Everson

Liquid Blackness, ‘2 Nigs United 4 West Compton: A Conversation with Kevin Jerome Everson & Michael B. Gillespie, April 2014 

Brooklyn Rail, ‘Always in the Present Tense: Kevin Jerome Everson with Benjamin Schultz-Figueroa’, April 2, 2014 

Shadow and Act, in dialogue with Terri Francis, Jan. 21, 2014 

Cineaste, an interview with Aaron Cutler, Fall 2013

Featured artist for the Black issue of Drain Magazine

Artist's site

Kevin Jerome Everson (b.1965) 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 retrospectives at Cinema du Reel/Centre Pompidou (2019); Harvard Film Archive (2018); Glasgow Short Film Festival (2018); Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (2017); Viennale (2014); Visions du Reel, Nyon, Switzerland (2012), and Centre Pompidou, Paris in 2009.  His work has been featured at the 2008, 2012 and 2017 Whitney Biennials, the 2013 Sharjah Biennial and the 2018 Carnegie International. From April-September 2011, a solo exhibition of 17 short form works, More Than That: Films of Kevin Jerome Everson, curated by Chrissie Iles, was featured at the Whitney Museum of American Art

Everson's art practice encompasses painting, sculpture, photography and filmmaking, including nine feature films -  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 (co-directed with Kahlil I. Pedizisai) and Tonsler Park, 2017 - and over 150 short form works, that have exhibited internationally at film festivals, cinemas, museums, galleries and public and private art institutions.

Selected solo and group museum exhibitions include the upcoming "Rough and Unequal", curated by Terri Francis, Grunwald Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (Sept/Oct. 2019); "the abstract ideal", curated by Greg de Cuir Jr. , Museum of Contemporary Art, Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia (May 24-June 24, 2019); "Colored People Time: Mundane Futures", curated by Meg Onli, ICA, Philadelphia (Feb. 1- March 31, 2019); 'Park Lanes', Centre Pompidou, Paris (March 2019); Park Lanes, Carnegie International, Pittsburgh (Oct 2018-March 2019); "Fighting Weight: Kevin Jerome Everson", curated by Maaike Gouwenberg, PARSE/NOLA at The Engine Room (2018); "Century", Andrew Kreps Gallery (April/May 2017); "Polly", Seed Space, Nashville, TN (April 2017); "Open Ended", UT Downtown Gallery, Knoxville, TN (Oct. 2017); "Matter", curated by Maori Holmes/Black Star, Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA (August 2017); "Not Normal", curated by Ceci Moss, Shulamit Nazarian Gallery, LA (Aug. 2017); "Rough and Unequal", Fralin Museum of Art, Charlottesville, VA (2017); "Grand Finale" curated by Anneka Herre, Urban Video Project/Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY; "I Don't Need for None", Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA; “How to Be Human”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Ohio (summer 2015); "Gather Round" (October-December 2014) at SECCA (Southeastern Center for the Arts, curated by Cora Fisher) Winston-Salem, NC; "Street Views", outdoor installation projection curated by Kelly Schindler, CAM St. Louis  (2014); "Restless Debris", curated by Andrew McNeely, University Gallery, UC Irvine, CA; "Co-Stars: Objects from the Films of Kevin Jerome Everson", Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Buffalo, NY (2010)

In Fall 2018, MUBI featured a retrospective of features and selected shorts. Selected features and shorts are available via IFFR Unleashed and the feature Erie (2010) is available for educational purchase from Grasshopper Films. Video Data Bank, Chicago has released the box set Broad Daylight and Other Times (2011) and a DVD compilation of films about labour,  I Really Can Hear That (2017).

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 , Sundance Art of Non-Fiction, and the Mid-Atlantic, residencies at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Yaddo and MacDowell Colony, and numerous university fellowships.  

Everson's collaborations with his UVA colleague, Professor Claudrena N. Harold,  include eight films to date, as part of Black Fire UVA, include Hampton (2019); Black Bus Stop (2018); How Can I Ever Be Late (2017); Fastest Man in the State (2017); 70kg (2017); We Demand (2015); U. of Virginia, Charlottesville 1976 (2013); Sugarcoated Arsenic (2013).

Filmography (as of May 2019)

Broad Day and Other Times: Selected Works of Kevin Jerome Everson, Box Set, Video Data Bank, Chicago, Illinois, 2011

Company Line, Limited Edition DVD for 2012 Whitney Biennial, Picture Palace Pictures, New York, New York, 2012

I Really Hear That: Quality Control and Other Works by Kevin Jerome Everson, Video Data Bank, Chicago, Illinois, 2017


Hampton (co-directed Claudrena Harold, 2019) is film the University of Virginia gospel choir, Black Voices, returning from a triumphant concert in Hampton Roads.

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

Westinghouse One (2019) is about an old consumer product produced at the Westinghouse factory in Mansfield, Ohio in the 1960s. (3:18, b&w, silent)

Westinghouse Two (2019) is about an old consumer product produced at the Westinghouse factory in Mansfield, Ohio in the 1960s. (3:04, b&w, silent)

Westinghouse Three (2019) is about an old consumer product produced at the Westinghouse factory in Mansfield, Ohio in the 1960s. (3:00 color, silent)

Sister (2019) Mary Louise Everson Humphries Tubbs’ grandsons lay her to rest. (2:18, b&w, silent)

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

Black Bus Stop (co-directed with Claudrena N. Harold) Students reclaim a popular

gathering spot on the campus of the University of Virginia.(US, 2019, 9:25, color)

Camouflage Green features Robert Whitfield discusses some of his experiences before

he was deployed to the Vietnam in 1964. (US, 2019, 16mm transferred to digital, 2:39, b&w)

Cardinal is a film about bird-watchers looking for the state bird of Ohio. (US, 2019, 16mm transferred to digital, 2:30, b&w)

Music from the Edge of the Allegheny Plateau is loosely based on William Klein’s

1980 documentary, The Little Richard Story. The city of Mansfield Ohio sits at the Allegheny

Plateau and has an incredible range of musical talent. Commissioned by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. (US, 2019, 7:00, color)

The Foothills of the Allegheny Plateau is where the city of Mansfield Ohio lies.

(US, 2019,1:24, b&w)

Traveling Shoes is based on the hit record by the Ohio based gospel group, The Brown

Singers. (US, 2019, 7:00, b&w)


Richland Blue (2018, 16mm transferred to digital, 4:29, b&w, sound) centers around films, two in particular- a stag film and a public service announcement featuring an African-American woman arrested for shoplifting- produced by the corrupt Richland County, Ohio police department in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Goddess (2018, 16mm transferred to digital, 2:19, color, silent) is based on a stag film produced by American photographer Garry Winogrand and the corrupt police from the filmmaker’s home county of Richland, Ohio.

Round Seven (2018, 16mm transferred to digital, 18:51, colour, sound)

Round Seven centres on mysterious occurrences in and around the city of Mansfield including UFO sightings, the closing of Mansfield Tire and the famous 1978 boxing match in Dayton, OH between Sugar Ray Leonard and local prizefighter Art McKnight.

A Good Fight accounts for it. (2018, 16mm, 1:57, b/w, sound)

Polly One is about ninety-nine percent totality. Filmed during 2017 eclipse across North America. (2018,16mm, 6:12, color, silent)

Polly Two is about ninety-nine percent totality. Filmed during 2017 eclipse across North America. (2018, 12:00, b/w, silent)

Brown and Clear (2017) are the only choices in this particular establishment. (7:40, HD, color, sound)

How Can I Ever Be Late (co-directed by Claudrena N. Harold) takes a Sly and the Family Stone tarmac arrival as a point of departure. (US, 2017, 16mm, b/w)

Fastest Man in the State (co-directed by Claudrena Harold, 2017) is Kent Merritt waxing poetically about being one of the first four Black scholarship athletes at the University of Virginia. (10:00, color, b/w)

Rough and Unequal (2017) is about the beautiful lunar surface. Filmed over several months from Earth to Moon, this is a film for a two channel installation. (11:30, b/w, dual channel)

Rough and Unequal: Oceanis Procellarum (2017) is a single channel film about the beautiful lunar surface. (21:13, b/w)

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

Carrs Down South (2017) presents three generations of the Carr family waxing poetically about living and working in Salisbury North Carolina. (3:30, color)

70kg (2017) is about two University of Virginia grapplers taking instructions. (16mm, 2:30. b/w, silent)

R-15 (2017) is about the material that keeps southern homes warm in the winter months and the cool in the summer. (5:10, color)

Rams 23 Blue Bears 21 (2017) is another take on the Lumiere Brothers’ classic 1895 film. (8:06, color, sound)

Eason (2016), commissioned by the Scribe Video Center, part of the one-hundred anniversary of the great Black migration in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is loosely based on the life of James Walker Hood Eason (1886-1923) a long time member of the UNIA of Philadelphia (15:00, color)

Improvement Association (2016) has Malik Hudgins, an UNIA life-long member of Philadelphia Pennsylvania, waxing poetically about life. (11:44, color)

During an Ears, Nose and Throat (2016) examination Shadeena Brooks recounts a horrible event she eye witnessed. (10:30, color)WORLD PREMIERE, IFFR 2016

Shadeena (2016) recounts a horrible event she eye witnessed. (4:43, color)

We Demand (co-directed and written with Claudrena N. Harold, 2016) tells the story of the anti-Vietnam War Movement from the perspective of James R. Roebuck, a northern-born African American who studied at the University of Virginia during the late 1960s and early 1970s.  Over a ten-day period of unprecedented student upheaval at the University, Roebuck, the first African American president of UVA’s Student Council, confronted a series of political challenges and existential dilemmas. This budding activist and future U.S. representative was the quintessential militant insider whose cool temperament and ideological flexibility proved quite useful as UVA appeared on the verge of imploding from within. (10:19, color) WORLD PREMIERE, BERLINALE 2016 (FORUM EXPANDED)

Threshold Spondee/ Discrimination N66#1 (2016) is about the success of a hearing test. (4:15 color, silent)

Lost Nothing (2016) is the subject Willie James Crittenden waxes poetically about. (3:30, color)

Auditioning for Nathaniel (2016) has famous actor Nathaniel Jitahadi Taylor waxing poetically to dancers, painters, actors and filmmakers. (13:30, color, b&w)

Oscar at 8903 Empire (2016) is the address of proud home owner Oscar Dickerson. (1:50, color)

2015 films

It Seems to Hang On (2015) is based on the true story of the serial killers Alton Coleman and Debra Brown, a young Black couple who cut a violent path beginning in the summer of 1984  through the American Midwest (Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin). The dialogue spoken in the film is based on lyrics from the American soul duo (and couple) Ashford and Simpson's 1979 hit song It Seems to Hang On.  The lyrics refer to a couple struggling to hang on or to be together thought adversity. Filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson's strategy was to make a film about a desperate, violent but loving couple on the run from the law. (HD, 19:50, color and B&w) World Premiere, Orizzonti Competition, Venice Film Festival 2015

Park Lanes  (2015) is a film about a full days work of a factory that produces bowling alley supplies. It is an eight-hour day experienced in real time. The title refers to the name of the bowling alley that the filmmaker’s family visited often in Mansfield, Ohio. (480:00, color, sound) World Premiere, IFFR 2015

Three Items a Shelf (2015) is a small moment in a food pantry in South Carolina. (3:42, color, silent)

Smooth Surface (2015) is preparing a surface for re-representation. (2:50, b&w)

Regal Unlimited (2015) is three Pontiacs and a Buick Regal becoming something entirely different (3:11, color)

Three Quarters (2015) features two magicians in Philadelphia practicing their slight of hand tricks. (4:37, 16mm, b&w, silent) WORLD PREMIERE, BERLINALE FORUM 2015

Grand Finale (2015) is the end of a lovely evening in Detroit. (4:41, HD, color, sound)

A Saturday Night in Mansfield Ohio 2 (2015) references bowling night in Mansfield, Ohio in the 1970s. (2:22, 16mm, color, silent)

Production Material Handler (2015) is a multiple exposure of multitasking. (2015, 16mm, 2:31, color, silent)

The E-Z Touch Model 01191940 (2014), commissioned by Visions du Reel, Nyon for the 2014 edition ‘visions du futur’ posits a machine set free in a factory manufacturing bowling lanes and paraphernalia.
(16mm, 1:50, color)

Fe26 (2014) is about two gentlemen making a living hustling metal in Cleveland, Ohio. (7:21, color)

Sound That (2014) is about employees of the Cleveland Water Department on the hunt for leaks in the infrastructure in Cuyahoga County.  (11:40, color)

Mansfield Product Company (2014) is about receiving something new layered with something old. (2:15, b&w, silent)

Tygers (2014) is a glance at the fancy moves by the Mansfield Senior High football team in Mansfield, Ohio. (2:00, b&w, silent)

Ninety, Ninety-Five (2014) is about not quite succeeding and the old-school way of making spirits. (2:35, color)

Vanilla Cake With Strawberry Filling (2014) is a carefully cut memorial cake. (1:50, color, silent)

The New Wild Buckeye Explosion (2014) is about layering of luck and misfortunate. (1:12, b&w, silent)

The Release (2013) is an old American football move interpreted gracefully. (16mm, 4:25)

Sugarcoated Arsenic (2013) in collaboration with Claudrena Harold, is a cinematic exploration of African American intellectual, social, and political life at the University of Virginia during the 1970s.  Starring Erin Stewart (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.  (16mm, 20:24, b&w)

U of Virginia Charlottesville, VA 1976 (2013) in collaboration with Claudrena Harold is based on a photograph taken in the mid 1970s of two African Americans playing foosball.  (16mm, 11:04, b&w)

The Island of St. Matthews (2013) is about the citizens of Westport, a community just west of Columbus, Mississippi, reminiscing about the 1973 flood of the Tombigbee river.  (70:00, color/b&w)

Rhinoceros (2013) involves Alessandro de’Medici making a passionate broadcast to rally the people of Florence. (6:21,  b&w, color)

Workers Leaving the Job-Site (2013) is another take on the Lumiere Brothers’ classic 1895 film. (6:30, color, silent)

Charlie’s Proof (2013) is about legendary Charlie Smith of Columbus, Mississippi disagreeing with the filmmaker. (12:42, color)

Stone (2013) is getting his hustle on, often and early. (6:50, color)

The Juneteenth Columbus, Mississippi (2013) outing is celebrated one frame at a time. (2:10, color, silent)

Blue Caps (2013) are S, Stones’ tools of his trade. (1:00 color, silent)

Stoplight Liberty (2013) is Liberty at an intersection in Columbus, Mississippi. (2:00, color, silent)

Century  (2012) consist of a General Motors’ automobile, a Buick Century, meeting its fate. (6:40, color)

Chevelle  (2012) consist of two General Motors’ automobiles meeting their fate or discovering new forms. (7:30, color)

Ten Five in the Grass  (2012) is film about Black cowgirls and cowboys preparing themselves for the rodeo event of calf roping. Filmed in Lafayette, Louisiana and Natchez, Mississippi the title refers to the type of rope they use to capture fast calves. (32:00, color)

Rita Larson’s Boy  (2012) portrays ten actors auditioning for the role of Rollo Larson in the 1970s sitcom Sanford and Son. Rita Larson’s Boy  is one of three films included in the Tombigbee Chronicles Number Two. The series of films are based on famous people and objects from Columbus, Mississippi, my parent’s hometown. The actor Nathaniel Taylor raised in Columbus portrayed Rollo Larson (Rita Larson’s boy) in the series Sanford and Son. Tombigbee is the river the runs though Columbus. (10:53, b&w)

Early Riser  (2012) is based on Chester Himes’ Cotton Comes to Harlem novel and screenplay. Early Riser is one of three films included in the Tombigbee Chronicles Number Two. The series of films are based on famous people and objects from Columbus, Mississippi, my parent’s hometown. The cotton in the novel and film comes the region around Columbus, Mississippi. Early Riser, filmed noir style, is the scene when detectives Coffin Ed and Grave Digger Jones interrogate Lo-Boy, an artist/hustler, about the event around the demise of his friend Early Riser. (5:00 b&w)

Chicken  (2012) is a scene from Tennessee Williams’ play Kingdom of Earth. Chicken is one of three films included in the Tombigbee Chronicles Number Two. The series of films are based on famous people and objects from Columbus, Mississippi, my parent’s hometown. Tennessee Williams was born in Columbus. Filmed as if it were a stage play, the title character, Chicken of Kingdom, struggles with how people view him. (3:20, b&w)

Delivering Multiple Stings  (2012) is about a Bertha Everson’s early 20th century tell of fighting wasp. (1:50, b&w)

Local 748L  (2012) was filmed on a picket line in Columbus, Mississippi, (b&w)

The Mayberry Practice Calf (2012) is about Natchez, Mississippi’s Fred Mayberry’s wonderful design. (3:50, color)

The Wooden Calf (2012) is about keeping sharp before the rodeo. (1:53, color)

Second Place  (2012) is about the skillful effort that goes into a rodeo’s finest events. (2:54, color)

Quality Control  (2011) consists of a series of single take shots of the fine folks of Alabama producing a superior product. Filmed in a dry cleaners in Pritchard, Alabama, Quality Control  exhibits the acts as well the conditions

around labor. (71:00, black and white)

The Equestrians is about the craft and style of bareback riding. (12:00, color, black and white)

The Pritchard  (2011) is a film about one man’s struggle with his automobile. (11:00, black and white)

Half On, Half Off  (2011) documents a team of workers on a Pensacola, Florida beach dealing with the aftermath of the recent Deepwater Horizon Spill. Filmed one frame at a time, compressing hours of work onto a single 3-minute roll of 16mm film. The title refers to the work schedule of the cleaners, who work in half hour shifts punctuated with pauses of the same length. (3:36, color)

Fifteen An Hour  (2011) is the amount of pay the nighttime workers received for cleaning the beaches of Pensacola, Florida. (6:00, color)

Corn and Cotton  (2011) is about half cash crops that planted on my ancestors land. (2:11, black/white)

Erie  (2010) consist of a series of single take shots in and around communities near Lake Erie. The scenes relate to a Black migration in the USA, contemporary conditions, folks concentrating on the task at hand, theater and famous art objects. (81:00, black and white)

BZV  (2010) is a film about the result of labor. It has a couple using their hard earned wages in search of furniture, citizens’ leisurely water skiing and fishing. BZV was shot in and around Brazzaville, The Republic of Congo. With a naturalistic approach, the film also interweaves various elements concerning the social and physical landscape of Brazzaville. The title is the three-letter airport code for Brazzaville. (30:00, color and black/white)

House in the North Country  (2010) is based on a play by Talaya Delaney about a sister’s denial of her brother’s death. (10:00, color and black/white)

Fillmore  (2010) is about an odd thing on the streets of Buffalo, New York. (4:00, color)

American Motor Company  (2010) is a film about mid-20th  century African American migration. Has two men installing a billboard. The billboard is based on mid-20th  century advertisement geared for African Americans to migrate north to work in the automobile factory during the industrial boom of the late 50s and early 60s. The title AMC  refers to American Motor Company, a defunct automobile company. In collaboration with Carmen Higginbotham. (12:00, black and white)

Act One: Betty  (2010) is a film based on two Gerhard Richter paintings and concentration. (11:25, black and white)

Act Two: Stop Drop Roll  (2010) is the second act of a fictitious play based on fire safety. (2:41, black and white)

Act Three: Finale  (2010) is the third act of a fictitious play based on resolving a conflict. (10:15, black and white)

Company Line  (2009) is a film about one of the first predominately Black neighborhoods in Mansfield Ohio. The title, Company Line,  refers to the name historically used by residents to describe their neighborhood, located on the north side of town close to the old steel mill. The Company Line began during the post-war migration of Blacks from the south to the north in the late forties. The neighborhood was purchased in the early seventies and its residents were scattered throughout Mansfield. City employees and former residents of the Company Line narrate the film. (30:00, black and white, color)

Old Cat  (2009) will eventually and pleasantly get to a destination. (11:25, black and white)

753 McPherson Street  (2009) is the address of a very old, passionate and sometime lucrative business. (2:00, black and white)

Watchworks  (2009) is a film about one of the first predominately Black neighborhoods in Mansfield Ohio. The neighborhood consisted of watch factory employees, domestics, a soap maker and someone fluent in German. (4:30, black and white, color)

The Camps  (2009), told with photographs of 1940s identification photograph, is about one of the first predominately Black neighborhoods in Mansfield Ohio. (3:30, black and white, color)

Telethon  (2009) is about two talented acts waiting to perform in Sammy Davis Jr.’s ill-fated 1973 telethon for highway safety. (16mm, 5:00, color and black/white)

Around Oak Grove  (2009) includes an old truck, its driver and rolled hay. (16mm, 2:40, black/white)

Honorable Mention  (2009) exhibits much deserved appreciation. (16mm, 2:10, color and black/white)

Lead  (2009) is a story of an early 20th  Century Robin Hood. (16mm, 3:00, black and white)

The Citizens  (2009) includes Mohammad Ali talking about life, Althea Gibson returning home as a champion, Fidel Castro playing baseball and three gentlemen being escorting into court all under the watchful eye of the media. (16mm, 5:45, color and black/white)

The Simple Antennae  (2009) is about early evening in late summer. (16mm. 1:00, black and white)

The Golden Age of Fish  (2008) is an experimental feature film that interweaves various fragmentary narratives concerning Cleveland, Ohio’s landscape from its prehistoric past to late twentieth century visual representation. Though a series of motif, an African American woman geologist is the catalyst that narrates Cleveland’s past. The collage of scripted scenes, shot in a variety of formats, and old news 16mm film footage create traces of a narrative structure. The title, The Golden Age of Fish , references the geologist’s specimens, Devonian age Cleveland Shale. The Devonian period (417 to 354 million years ago) is when many new kinds of fish appeared. (60:00, color and black/white)

Second and Lee  (2008) is a cautionary tale about when not to run. (16mm, 3:00, black and white)

Undefeated  (2008) is about mobility and immobility, or just trying to stay warm. (16mm, 1:30, black and white)

Ninety-Three  (2008) is a wonderful age to celebrate. (16mm, 3:00, black and white)

Home  (2008) is about disappointment in northern Ohio. (super-8, 1:30, black and white)

Playing Dead  (2008) is a film about lying still to stay alive. (16mm, 1:30, color)

Key to the Cities  (2008) has two mayors honoring the “Candy Man” in two different ways. (16mm, 1:45, black and white)

Ring  (2008) attempts to exhibit the “sweet science” in an elegant way. (16mm, 1:30, black and white)

Wolf Ticket  (2008) gives us a glimpse of his talents and fragileness. (16mm, 1:16, black and white)

The Wilbur  (2008) apartment building is overtaken with grief. (16mm, 1:30, color)

Ike  (2008) is about a person showing their special gift - if pushed. (16mm, 2:30, black and white)

140 Over 90  (2008) is about health and bargains. (super-8, 2:11, color and black/white)

Broad Day  (2008) is about observing unseen events on a sun-lit afternoon. (16mm, 1:00, color and black/white)

O.T.  (2008) is based on events on a faithful day in 1962 Mansfield, Ohio. (16mm, 1:30, color)

Emergency Needs  (2007) is a 16mm film about the mayor, Carl Stokes, of Cleveland, Ohio USA dealing with the July 1968 uprising. (16mm, 7:00, color)

North  (2007) is about trying to find one’s way. (HD, 1:30 minutes, color)

The Reverend E. Randall T. Osborn, First Cousin  (2007) is about the art of the cut-away. (16mm, 3:30 minutes, black and white)

According to…  (2007) with a rich source of found footage and shot film, is a short film about several versions of tragic events in southern rural Black American. (16mm, 8:30, black and white)

Something Else  (2007) is a film about the found footage as subject matter and Miss Black Roanoke, Virginia 1971 expressing her thoughts about the upcoming Miss Black Virginia 1971 Pageant. (16mm, 2:00, color)

Nectar  (2007) is a film about the dangers and seductive beauty of light narrated by the Pandorus Sphinx moth. The Pandorus Sphinx moth is a regional moth of Central Virginia with a streamlined form and complex wing pattern. In collaboration with William Wylie. (HD video, 2:30, black and white)

The Principles  (2007) is a film about three actresses’ real and artificial desires to elevate their careers. (16mm, 2:00, color)

Next to You  (2007) is a film with found footage somewhat about the late Edward James Kendrick of the Temptations. (16mm, 1:00, color)

The Picnic  (2007) is a film with found footage about a couple enjoying a beautiful day, food, sex, a blanket, long walks and a firearm. (16mm, 2:30, black and white)

The Virginia Line-Up  (2007) is a film with found footage somewhat about the nightlife in Virginia. (16mm, 40 seconds, color)

$37.37 aka Munchen, Raphaela  is a film about a young woman’s future plans in Munich, Germany. (16mm and mini DV, 3:40, color and black and white)

Cinnamon  (2006) presents a glimpse into the world of African American drag racing. It is an experimental feature film about the consistent routine of a bank teller and a mechanic as they prepare for the sport of drag racing. Once the routine is disrupted, the result of the race comes into doubt. The bank teller is a driver who tries to stay focused before races. The mechanic’s routine is to constantly examine the driver’s behavior. He has to adjust the racecar to the driver’s skill and ability. Also the mechanic adjusts the racecar for the weather conditions. The film portrays their relationship as similar to that of a composer and a musician, in which the mechanic is the composer and the driver interprets the music. Cinnamon  hosts several different formal style as well as different materials. The techniques and styles employed will alternate between the conventionally scripted scenes and documentary footage. The scripted scenes have a naturalistic feel. (16mm, HD, 70:00, color, black and white)

Spicebush  (2005) is an experimental feature film that interweaves various fragmentary narratives concerning education, landscapes, gaining and losing a job, and the passage of time. The technique and style employed alternates between the documentary, the symbolic, and more conventionally scripted scenes. Filming individuals engaged in their careers conveys the documentary aspect. At a symbolic level, the fossil is a leitmotif suggesting past and present. The title of the film refers to the state butterfly of Mississippi, Spicebush Swallowtail. In the film, Mississippi is a place of origin. The Spicebush Swallowtail represents renewal or starting over. Throughout the film, a little girl appears in different guises and settings, functioning indirectly in the role of the chorus. The scripted scenes, shot in a documentary style, collaged with the other scenes begin to create the traces of a narrative structure. (16mm, mini DV, 70:00, color, black and white)

Twenty Minutes  (2005) is about understanding materials and Leonardo Di Vinci. (HD, 3:00, color)

Memoir  (2005) is a story about an older gentleman telling his story though Caravaggio’s 1606 painting of St. Jerome. (16mm, mini DV, 3:07, color)

Two-Week Vacation  (2005) is a film about not enough time and not enough money. (16mm, 1:16, color, black and white)

Blind Huber  (2005) is a film interpretation of a poem by Nick Flynn loosely based on the life of Francois Huber, the blind eighteenth-century beekeeper, who sat before a series of hives for fifty years unlocking an unknown world. (16mm, 2:00, color black and white)

Fifeville  (2005) is a film about a neighborhood in Charlottesville, Virginia. Fifeville  focuses on the details, gestures, and material life of the citizens of Fifeville as they communicate their understandings of the neighborhood’s changing landscape. Although Fifeville, is set in Charlottesville yet it could be Any Black Community Experiencing Gentrification, USA. In collaboration with Dr. Corey D.B. Walker (16mm, 15:00, black and white)

From Pompei to Xenia  (2003) is a 16mm film about love and loss surrounded by two historical disasters. (16mm, 4:40, color)

Chemistry  (2003) is a 16mm film about the composition of one of the elements for integration of busing. (16mm, still photographs, 3:30, color and black and white)

Aquarius  (2003) is a 16mm film about coping. (16mm, 1:30, color)

Pictures From Dorothy  (2003) is a 35mm film relating to the Wizard of Oz. (16mm, mini DV, 5:30, color, black and white)

Sportello Quattro  (2002) is a film about immigration, work and community among people of color in contemporary Roma, Italy. (mini DV, 6:00, color)

Vanessa  (2002) is about loss and Michelangelo. (shot on 16mm and mini DV to 35mm film, 3:12, color, black and white)

Un Euro Venti Due  (2002) is a film about family and communication. (mini DV, still photographs, 5:00, color)

Fumble  (2002) is a film interpretation of a poem by Vincent Katz. (mini DV, 4:00, black and white)

Special Man  (2002) is a film interpretation of a poem by Mark Halliday. (mini DV, 17:00, black and white)

72  (2002) is a film about a teenage taxicab driver multitasking to keep his job. (16mm, 3:30, black and white)

A Week in the Hole  (2001) is a 35mm color film about a factory employee’s adjusting to the materials, time, space and personnel during his first day of work. (mini DV, 6:00, color)

Pick Six  (2001) is a film about a particular source of luck. (mini DV, 1:30, black and white)

The Daily Number  (2001) is a 35mm film about particular sources as lucky. (16mm, mini DV, 1:30, color and black and white)

Room Temperature  (2001) is a film about maintenance, chores and winter. (mini DV, 2:00, black and white)

Avenues  (2000) is a 35mm about a teenage taxicab driver. (16mm, 5:00, black and white)

Thermostat  (2000) is a 35mm film about migration, landscape and elevation. (16mm, mini DV, 3:00, color)

Second Shift  (1999) is about a correctional officer’s daily routine of gaining access into a correctional facility. (16mm, 4:00, black and white)

Merger  (1999) is about a disgruntled bank teller’s system before the mornings commute. (16mm, 2:00, color)

Imported  (1999) is about three methods of ridding collard and kale greens of a pesky insect. (16mm. 4:30, black and white)

Six Positions  (1998) is about task of a funeral home director. (16mm, 8:00, black and white)

Eleven Eighty-Two  (1997) is about a correctional officer describing his past and present employment. (16mm, 5:00, black and white)

Art Institutions:
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; REDCAT, Los Angeles; Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio; the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; MOCA, Los Angeles; The Wexner Center of the Arts, Columbus, Ohio; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Wurttenbergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart; Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, New York; Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio; American Academy of Rome, Rome, Italy; 1k Projectspace, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, Virginia, William Busta Gallery,
  Cleveland, Ohio; Marfa Ballroom, Marfa, Texas; CCCB, Barcelona, Spain and various other arts institutions and public spaces.


Film Festivals
Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah; International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Netherlands; AFI Film Festival, Los Angeles, California; Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, Michigan (Peter Wilde Award for Technical Innovation, Eleven Eighty Two), Athens International Film Festival, Ohio (Experimental Film Award Second Shift);Views From The Avant Garde, Lincoln Center, New York Film Festival, New York, New York;
  Black Maria Film Festival, Newark, New Jersey (Juror Prize, Best Film for Aquarius, Pictures From Dorothy and Chemistry and Directors Choice Award for 72); Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago, Illinois; Cinematexas, Austin, Texas (Texas Directors Choice Award for From Pompei to Xenia); CineVegas, Las Vegas, Nevada; Courtisane Film, Video and New Media Festival, Ghent, Belgium; CPX:DOC, Copenhagen, Denmark; Curta Cinema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Entrevues Festival du Film, Belfort, France; European Media Arts Festival, Osnabruck, Germany; Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Montreal, Quebec; FID Marseille, Marseille, France; Filmfest München, Munich, Germany; Flex Film Festival, Gainesville, Florida; Huesca International Film Festival, Huesca, Spain; Images Festival, Toronto, Ontario (Best International Film Erie); IndieLisboa, Lisbon, Portugal; International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany; Media City Film Festival, Windsor, Ontario; Migrating Forms, New York City (Best Long Form Work, Erie); Milano Film Festival, Milan, Italy; Mostra Internazionale Del Nuovo Cinema, Pesaro, Italy; New York Underground Film Festival, NYC (Best Documentary Film, Spicebush, and Jury Prize, Aquarius); PDX Film Festival, Portland, Oregon; Punto de Vista, Pamplona Spain; Recontres International, Berlin, Madrid, Paris; San Francisco International Film Festival, San Francisco, California; Shorts International, New York; South by Southwest Film Festival, Austin, Texas (Best Experimental Short Film Thermostat); Virginia Film Festival, Charlottesville, Virginia and Wavelengths, Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto, Ontario.


Other screenings and presentations include the Argos Centre For Art & Media, Brussels, Belgium; the National Gallery in Washington, DC; Available Light Screening Collective, Ottawa, Ontario; BAM Cinemas, Brooklyn, NY, Cinema Projects, Portland, Oregon; Early Monthly Segments at Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, Ontario; Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York; Gene Siskel Theater, Chicago, Illinois; LA Film Forum, Los Angeles, California; Light Industry, Brooklyn, New York; Pacific Cinematheque, Vancouver, B.C.; Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, California; PACT, Essen, Germany; Saw Video, Ottawa, Ontario; VIVO Media Arts Centre, Vancouver, B.C.; Worm, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and numerous educational institutions. 

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