Series/Themes: Spotlight on Virginia Filmmaking
Film Year: 2021
Locations: USA, Germany, Panama
Film Length: 59 min.
Director: Kevin Jerome Everson
From internationally renowned filmmaker and recent 24th Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities recipient Kevin Everson comes a selection of short films that combines historical observations with contemporary, socially-relevant narratives. Everson’s films, richly abstracted and artfully constructed, are rare in their ability to find the extraordinary and theatrical in the ordinary and every day. This collection of films includes the following:
Pride, co-directed with Claudrena Harold, is about the publishing of the University of Virginia’s African American newspaper in the 1990’s.
Hazel is a fictitious reimagining of the recording process that produced underrated guitarist Eddie Hazel’s amazing ten-minute guitar solo on the title track to Funkadelic’s 1971 album Maggot Brain – including a purposefully misleading strategy by George Clinton to bring out a Hazel’s transformative performance.
Flak-Kaserne Ludwigsburg was the US Army based in Germany where Pleas Everson served in the 1960s.
Opel is about teenagers learning from army recruiters that it was cheaper to buy a car in Panama or West Germany and ship the car back the States then buying a car in the USA.
May June July are represented with peonies, fireflies, and the year 2020.
Rekord C, the Opel muscle car, makes its way around and around the Olympic stadium in Berlin, Germany.
July has fireflies luminating their very temporary surroundings.
Introduction by Kevin Everson (UVA). Discussion with filmmaker Kevin Everson and co-director Claudrena Harold (UVA)
This shorts package is part of the Spotlight on Virginia Filmmaking series presented by Virginia Film Office.
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