Dec 17, 2017
Maysles Cinema, 343 Lenox Avenue
In the spring of 1992, William Ford Jr. was murdered by a young white mechanic named Mark Reilly. Directed by Yance Ford, Strong Island (2017, 97 min) weaves together excerpts from personal journals and institutional texts to tell the story of the Ford family—Barbara Dunmore, William Ford and their three children—and how they dealt with grief and the lasting shadow of racial injustice in America. The screening will be followed by a talkback session with producer Joslyn Barnes, who will discuss the filmmaking process and Strong Island's investigations of historic understandings of justice.
This Studio Screen event is the first installment of our annual Studio Screen partnership with Maysles Cinema. Now in its second year, this collaborative film series highlights how film and contemporary art practices intersect and address the on- and off-screen legacies of under-represented cultural producers. This year's selection of films explores the boundary between documentary and narrative filmmaking, and is thematically inspired by The Studio Museum in Harlem's exhibition, Fictions—a survey of recent work by nineteen emerging artists working to imagine and reimagine history and identity through visual practice.
This partnership series is presented as part of inHarlem, a Museum initiative encompassing a growing range of dynamic exhibitions and programs designed to explore innovative ways to engage the community beyond the Museum's walls. inHarlem programming is made possible thanks to support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation; William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust; Rockefeller Brothers Fund; National Endowment for the Arts, and the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance with funding provided by the Harlem Community Development Corporation. Additional support is provided by The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the New York City Council.