Cauleen Smith is a filmmaker, interdisciplinary artist, and professor in the School of the Arts and Architecture at UCLA. She is an honoree at this year’s BAMPFA Art and Film Benefit on May 6.
Leila Weefur is an artist, writer, and independent curator based in Oakland. Weefur is an educator at Stanford University and a founding member of the curatorial film collective The Black Aesthetic.
An enduringly rich work of DIY filmmaking Drylongso remains a resonant and visionary examination of violence (and its reverberations), friendship, and gender.Film at Lincoln Center
Toby Smith, April Barnett, Will Power, Channel Schafer,
Cauleen Smith’s feature debut “Drylongso, more than any other film I know, examines the physical space and toughened, often-ramshackle beauty of West Oakland. Smith thematizes the act of looking at the various spaces of Black Oakland through her protagonist Pica (Toby Smith), a photographer committed to the documentation of the most endangered urban species, the Black male, before his systematic elimination. Smith takes us from the upper-middle-class neighborhoods just off downtown to the run-down postindustrial zones of the port. In so doing, she generates inner-cityscapes whose rigorous depiction rivals the best of James Benning” (Michael Sicinski, Radical Light).
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