Brontez Purnell, Unstoppable Feat: The Dances of Ed Mock, 2018 (still); image: courtesy Brontez Purnell
Artist Film

An Evening with Brontez Purnell
Unstoppable Feat: The Dances of Ed Mock and other works

Related Exhibition Dawoud Bey
Part of Gathering Materials

Phyllis Wattis Theater, Floor 1

Free and open to the public, RSVP encouraged.

Brontez Purnell, an Oakland-based writer, musician, choreographer, and filmmaker, hosts a special evening of dance films including his celebrated documentary Unstoppable Feat: The Dances of Ed Mock. Winner of the 2018 Whiting Award for fiction writing, Purnell’s explorations of “blackness, queerness and maleness and Southern-ness” permeate his memorable characters crafted with honesty, passion, raunch, and humor. Unstoppable Feat: The Dances of Ed Mock is Purnell’s heartfelt tribute to the avant-garde San Francisco legend who melded classical dance, experimental performance art, and acting before losing his life to an AIDS-related illness in 1986.

Following the screening Brontez Purnell will be in conversation with Sophia Wang, artist and co-founder of Heavy Breathing and the Brontez Purnell Dance Company.


Films and schedules may be subject to change.

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