DJ Spooky performs an original live score created for the silent film Body and Soul. This film is a masterpiece of the silent film era, written, directed and produced by prolific director Oscar Micheaux. In this good versus bad twin melodrama, Robeson plays both an escaped convict posing as a minister and the convict’s honest but penniless brother. A true pioneer, Micheaux and his films responded to the challenges of racial segregation and offered black moviegoers an alternative to mainstream films produced by a segregated Hollywood. Micheaux, who was the first African American to produce a feature film, is estimated to have written, produced and directed more than 40 films from 1919 to 1948. His films, known as “racial” films, were made by black filmmakers, featured an all-black cast, and was intended for black audiences. Considered a rare work in the history of African-American cinema, Body and Soul offers biting social commentary on issues of race and gender that went unaddressed by Hollywood for decades and still resonates today. .
Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky is a composer, multimedia artist, and writer whose work immerses audiences in a mix of genres, global culture, and environmental and social issues. Miller has collaborated with a wide range of recording artists, ranging from Metallica to Chuck D, and Steve Reich to Yoko Ono.
Director: Oscar Michaux
With: Paul Robeson, Mercedes Gilbert and Julia Theresa Russell
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for this general admission event. The estimated duration of the show is 100 minutes. Wearing a mask indoors is strongly encouraged.