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FORGED WAYS – FILMS AND VIDEOS BY EPHRAIM ASILI
Ephraim Asili is an African American Artist, Filmmaker, DJ, Radio
host, and traveler. “One of the points of focus of Ephraim Asili’s
work is the African Diaspora as a cultural force—a lineage of years
and miles that influences contemporary African-American identity and
the cultural identity of North America in general. His work often
weaves together the near and the far as a way of revealing linkages
across history and geography.” Through audio-visual examinations of
societal iconography identity, geography, and architecture Asili
strives to present a personal vision which could be described as an
amalgam of pop, African American and “moving image” culture filtered
through an acute sense of rhythmic improvisation and compositional
awareness. Asili’s films have screened in in festivals and venues all
over the world including The New York Film Festival, Toronto International Film
Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, the Milano Film Festival and the
International film festival of Trinidad and Tobago. Currently Asili
serves as Technical Director and faculty for the Film and Electronic
Arts Department at Bard College and hosts a radio show on WGXC 90.7 FM
Hudson, New York.
(2011/16mm on video/15 min.)
Photographed on location in Harlem,and various locations throughout Ethiopia the film oscillates between the first person account of a film maker, the third person experience of a man navigating the streets of Harlem, and day to day life in the cities and villages of Ethiopia.
(2013/16mm on video/19 min.)
Oscillating between a street festival in Philadelphia, the slave forts and capitol city of Ghana, and the New Jersey shore, American Hunger, explores the relationship between personal experience and collective histories. American fantasies confront African realities. African realities confront America fantasies. African fantasies confront American realities. American realities confront African fantasies…
Many Thousands Gone
(2015/16 mm on video/9 min.)
Filmed on location in Salvador, Brazil (the last city in the Western Hemisphere to outlaw slavery) and Harlem, New York ( an international stronghold of the African Diaspora), Many Thousands Gone draws parallels between a summer afternoon on the streets of the two cities. A silent version of the film was given to jazz multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee to use an interpretive score. The final film is the combination of the images and McPhee’s real time “sight reading” of the score.
Points on a Space Age
Points on a Space Age explores the recent activity of the remaining members of the influential Sun Ra Arkestra since the passing of its founding member, Sun Ra and examines their current work (in the physical absence of Sun Ra) under the direction of Marshall Allen.
Categories: 7:30/Thursday/January 21st/2016