Introduced by Leila Weefur
“Robert Townsend and Keenen Ivory Wayans are true pioneers and godfathers of American Independent Cinema. The New York Times’ critic Janet Maslin called their film Hollywood Shuffle ‘exuberant satire,’ and accurately noted its ‘reality-minded humor.’ That’s a remarkable achievement considering that the film is remembered not only for its breakthrough critique of the entertainment industry’s stereotyping of African Americans, but also for its free-wheeling sketch comedy structure that feels fresh and original while also bringing to mind The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Norman Z. McLeod, 1947), the films of Preston Sturges, and the early work of Woody Allen.”
— Film Quarterly
Leila Weefur is an artist and writer from Oakland, CA. Weefur received an MFA from Mills College in 2016. With a multidisciplinary practice, she tackles the complexities of phenomenological Blackness through video installation, printmaking, and lecture-performances. Weefur has exhibited her work in local and national galleries and he is the Audio/Video, Editor In Chief at Art Practical and the co-director of The Black Aesthetic.
Running time: 78 min
Format: 35 mm
Director: Robert Townsend
Screenwriters: Robert Townsend and Keenen Ivory Wayans
Producer: Robert Townsend
Cinematographer: Peter Deming
Editor: W.O. Garrett
Source: Park Circus
Films and schedules may be subject to change.
Modern Cinema’s Founding Supporters are Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein. Generous support is provided by Nion McEvoy and the Susan Wildberg Morgenstein Fund.
Community support for Black Powers: Reframing Hollywood is provided by the Museum of the African Diaspora.