Wendell B. Harris, Chameleon Street, 1989 (still); photo: courtesy of Photofest

Film

Chameleon Street

Part of Modern Cinema: Black Powers

Friday, July 13, 2018

6 p.m.

Introduced by Ryanaustin Dennis

“Winner of the Grand Prix award at Sundance in
1990, but now relegated to the status of hard-to-find cult film,
Chameleon Street tells the extraordinary, fictionalized account of
real-life Michigan conman William Douglas Street (who posed successfully as a
lawyer and a gynecological surgeon, among other things). Featuring sharp
dialogue and a fine performance from writer-director Wendell B. Harris as
Street, it’s a complex, witty, and often shocking examination of the interplay
between race, identity, and economics.”

— British Film Institute


Ryanaustin Dennis is an Oakland-based curator, artist, writer, and founding member of The Black Aesthetic. His practice is concerned with how twentieth- and twenty-first-century experimental performance, film, and writing histories are shaped by the metaphysics of blackness.


Film Details

Country: USA
Language: English
Year: 1989
Running time: 94 min
Format: Digital
Director: Wendell B. Harris
Screenwriters: Wendell B. Harris
Producer: Dan Lawton
Cinematographer: Daniel S. Noga
Editor: Matthew Mallinson
Source: Atlas Industries


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Community support for Black Powers: Reframing Hollywood is provided by the Museum of the African Diaspora.

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