Detroit Film Theatre


PIONEERS OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN CINEMA: THE FLYING ACE

Friday, February 03, 2017

7:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(US/1926—directed by Richard E. Norman)

This briskly paced crime drama, filmed in Jacksonville, Florida, centers on the intrigues of a pair of rival aviators. Conceived and performed in the manner of traditional Hollywood films of the period, The Flying Ace is highly entertaining, thanks in large part to a wonderfully talented African-American cast. In keeping with the modest budget, flight scenes were actually photographed on the ground by way of sleight-of-hand editing techniques. Presented with live musical accompaniment. (65 minutes)

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EXCERPTS FROM THE HOME MOVIES OF REVEREND SOLOMON SIR JONES, 1924 – 1928

Reverend Solomon Sir Jones was an amateur photographer and film enthusiast, who used his 16mm camera to capture candid glimpses of African-American life in rural Oklahoma. These excerpts, selected and edited by The National Museum of African-American History and Culture, are representative of Reverend Jones’ enormous cinematic output, inducted in 2016 into the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry. (16 minutes)

 
Admission to this screening is free of charge.
 

Black History Month programs are made possible by the generous support of Arn and Nancy Tellem.

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