Passing Through: Screening and Conversation with Cauleen Smith

FRI, Mar 27, 2020
6:30–8:30 pm

Floor 3, Susan and John Hess Family Gallery and Theater

In conjunction with the exhibition Mutualities, Cauleen Smith screens her experimental short film Chronicles of a Lying Spirit (by Kelly Gabron) (1992) alongside Larry Clark’s pivotal yet seldom-seen feature film Passing Through (1977). Produced while she was a student of Clark’s at UCLA, Smith’s film uses a barrage of images, texts, and voices to depict the personal history of her alter-ego, Kelly Gabron. A key work from the LA Rebellion film movement, Passing Through tells the story of Eddie Warmack—a just-out-of-prison saxophonist who struggles with the commodification of Black art—as he embarks on a quest to find freedom through his music.

Following the screening, Smith joins film scholar Michael Boyce Gillespie to discuss her work in relation to Clark's and the LA Rebellion films produced at UCLA from the late 1970s through the mid-1980s. 

Michael Boyce Gillespie is associate professor of film in the Department of Media and Communication Arts and the Black Studies Program at the City College of New York, City University of New York.

Digital presentation of Passing Through courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

Runtime: 104 min

Tickets are required ($10 adults; $8 members, students, seniors, and visitors with a disability).

The Susan and John Hess Family Theater is equipped with an induction loop and infrared assistive listening system. Accessible seating is available.

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