Cornell University is hosting a film series focusing on pieces by African-American directors. Two of the films have already been shown, and three are coming up later in the semester.
The series includes film screenings in the fall and a speaker series that will run throughout the academic year wherein multiple speakers will discuss the impact of black cinema in the film world.
Voices and Visions is sponsored by the Department of Performing and Media Arts and the Minority, Indigenous, and Third World Studies research group, a group that consists of Cornell faculty and students in the College of Arts and Sciences. The series was created by Samantha Sheppard, a film professor at Cornell. Sheppard said she came up with this idea last fall because she wanted to create a film series that celebrated the historic black cinema that had an impact on the movie industry but was underappreciated.