Black Is Not A Genre: Horror
Black is Not a Genre
by Hyperreal Film Club
1y ago
There’s hardly any film genre more intrinsically allegorical than horror. If social borders, both conscious and unconscious, along acceptance and exclusion, empathy and revulsion, good and evil, are dictated by the mass projection of society’s fears onto whomever threatens its norms, then horror is the exaggerated projection of its basest, most grotesque imaginations around those boundaries onto the silver screen. While the human rights analogy of the Living Dead series and the Cold War nihilism of Texas Chainsaw Massacre prodded at social themes from the perspective of the cultural mainstream ..read more
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Black Is Not A Genre: Musicals
Black is Not a Genre
by Hyperreal Film Club
1y ago
This week we look at musicals with Jazmyne Moreno, programmer of the Lates series at Austin Film Society.    Much of what we think of as the aesthetic of the modern musical evolved from a long history of co-opting Black musical and performative styles and gentrifying them for white audiences. In that context, Spike Lee’s second feature film School Daze (1988) is transgressive on two frons. For one, it wrested creative control back from genre tradition that had largely erased the influence of Blackness from its history and re-infused it with the most cutting-edge Black music of its ti ..read more
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Black Is Not a Genre: Magical Realism
Black is Not a Genre
by Hyperreal Film Club
1y ago
Kathleen Collins said, “No one is going to mythologize my life. No one is going to refuse me the right to explore my experiences of life as normal experiences, neither outside nor inside.” — For Week 6 of Black Is Not A Genre, we’re talking magical realism with another landmark double-dip, featuring Kathleen Collins’ ethereal Black intellectual relationship drama Losing Ground (1982) and Kasi Lemmons’ dark, ancestral mystery, Eve’s Bayou (1997). Featured guest: Madeleine Hunt - Ehrlich is the writer and director on the feature film Madame Négritude - Her work has screened all over the world i ..read more
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Black is Not a Genre: Coming-of-Age Films
Black is Not a Genre
by Hyperreal Film Club
1y ago
We’re kicking off August with the coming-of-age classic The Wood (1999). Directed by Rick Famuyiwa (Brown Sugar, Dope, The Mandalorian) and starring a who’s-who of young Black It girls and boys of the late ’90s and early aughts, The Wood was the seventh film produced by MTV Films and part of a barnstorming spate of four movies released by the newly formed studio that year alone. Black coming-of-age films, outside of the so-called “homeboy” canon, were sparse before this era and seem to have receded back into rarity since. Grossing over $25 million on $6 million budget, the film’s relative ..read more
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Black Is Not a Genre: Thrillers
Black is Not a Genre
by Hyperreal Film Club
1y ago
When it comes to filmmaking, there’s modesty and then there’s Carl Franklin. The Bay-Area-bred actor cum director, screenwriter, and producer, who once said of thrillers, “that’s not my forté,” is one of the genre’s most eloquent, if reluctant savants. Featuring star turns from the likes of Denzel, Don Cheadle, Billy Bob Thornton, and Bill Paxton, Franklin’s films are as criminally under-seen as they are brimming with craft. For Week 4 of Black Is Not A Genre, we’ll be celebrating a double feature of two Franklin classics: Devil in a Blue Dress (1995), the noir period piece, based on the seria ..read more
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Black Is Not a Genre: Rom-Coms
Black is Not a Genre
by Hyperreal Film Club
1y ago
Black Is Not A Genre is a film series highlighting the under-examined and under-appreciated contributions of black cinema to genre film. The title is a play on the paradoxical existence of black cinema. The acknowledgment of shared aesthetic and cultural languages across the Black film diaspora is integral to a deeper understanding of its value. However, the persistent marginalization of Black art and racist assumptions about marketability have pigeonholed the Black films into a commercial monolith, a commercially artificial "genre" that makes a spectacle of their Blackness and ignores the spe ..read more
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Black Is Not a Genre: Sci-Fi
Black is Not a Genre
by Hyperreal Film Club
1y ago
Black Is Not A Genre is a film series highlighting the under-examined and under-appreciated contributions of black cinema to genre film. The title is a play on the paradoxical existence of black cinema. The acknowledgment of shared aesthetic and cultural languages across the Black film diaspora is integral to a deeper understanding of its value. However, the persistent marginalization of Black art and racist assumptions about marketability have pigeonholed the Black films into a commercial monolith, a commercially artificial "genre" that makes a spectacle of their Blackness and ignores the spe ..read more
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Black Is Not a Genre: Camp
Black is Not a Genre
by Hyperreal Film Club
1y ago
Black Is Not A Genre is a film series highlighting the under-examined and under-appreciated contributions of black cinema to genre film. The title is a play on the paradoxical existence of black cinema. The acknowledgment of shared aesthetic and cultural languages across the Black film diaspora is integral to a deeper understanding of its value. However, the persistent marginalization of Black art and racist assumptions about marketability have pigeonholed the Black films into a commercial monolith, a commercially artificial "genre" that makes a spectacle of their Blackness and ignores the spe ..read more
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