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Portrait of Jason

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“Says more about race, class, and sexuality than just about any movie before or since.” —Melissa Anderson, Village Voice

The restored version of Shirley Clarke’s unorthodox 1966 documentary portrait, once thought lost, features Jason Holliday, a Black gay hustler. Filmed in Clarke’s living room over the course of one long night at New York’s Chelsea Hotel, their provocative interview produces transgressive storytelling and cabaret performance. With a drink in hand, Holliday is a performer, mixing tales of his experiences and aspirations with stinging barbs about race, gender, sexuality, and class. While the complicated portrait, bold for its time, defies invisibility, it also raises challenging questions about representation and liberation still under discussion today. 1967, US, DCP, 105 min.

The Friday, November 5 screening will be introduced by guest speaker George Hoagland, associate professor at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and a leading voice in queer, transgender, and intersex Black, Indigenous, and people of color (QTIBIPOC) studies.

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Shirley Clarke first trained as a dancer and crossed over to make experimental dance films. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Clarke’s groundbreaking cinéma vérité, avant-garde, and dramatic narrative films were instrumental in the growth of the American independent film movement. She was a leader for the New York film community as co-founder (with Jonas Mekas) of Filmmakers Cooperative. Using her own film work, Clarke fought against censorship controls to advocate for new cinema reflecting changing culture and times. Clarke’s films have been shown at the New York Film Festival, the Cannes Film Festival, the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1971 retrospective), the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1987 retrospective), and as a part of Walker Art Center’s touring film program American New Wave 1958–1967 (1982), among many other festivals and exhibitions.

George Hoagland is associate professor in liberal arts at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Their projects include mediamaplab.com, a digital platform constructed with research partners in the collaborative Situated Critical Race and Media (SCRAM), and digital scholarship on the work of painter Julie Mehretu. With a PhD in comparative literature, Hoagland works in emergent and participatory media studies with a focus on queer, trans, intersex, Black, Indigenous, and people of color (QTIBIPOC) issues.

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