Historian and author Dr. Barbara Tepa Lupack will guide an exploration of early American race film. The program will include clips of "Birth of A Nation," a screening of Oscar Micheaux's "Within Our Gates," followed by a guided discussion. A brief reception will follow.
D.W. Griffith’s venomous "The Birth of a Nation" (1915) exposed the racial division and racial hatred in the country and established many of the racist stereotypes that would be imitated by other filmmakers for years to come. In his "Within Our Gates," Oscar Micheaux-—the best and most prolific of the early race filmmakers—-challenged such racial depictions and offered a stirring portrait of rape, lynching, murder, miscegenation, white bigotry, and black migration.
Admission $5 Museum Members, $7 General Public.
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Supported in part by a grant from Humanities New York, the Finger Lakes Film Trail is a new and evolving project that offers a fresh and exciting opportunity to interpret the singular history and culture of central New York by highlighting some of the greatest motion picture innovations at three sites: the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, the Wharton Studio Museum in Ithaca, and the Case Research Laboratory in Auburn. Film events, lectures, and screenings are planned and will be hosted at each of the partner sites.