Our events coordinator Zachary Baker-Salmon interviewed Debra Robinson, the director of I Be Done Been Was Is, in preparation for our screening of her film at the DuSable Museum of African American History on March 7, part of the Margaret Burroughs Centennial Film Series. Debra will be at the screening! So will comedian Kellye Howard!...
Kids aged 8 years and above will learn how to operate video and sound recording equipment and then will collaboratively film part of a live performance. Free enrollment!
A selection of 16mm films created by the Coney Island Amateur Psychoanalytic Society, which encouraged members to reenact their dreams on film and analyze them. Curated by artist, filmmaker, and author Zoe Beloff.
Debra J. Robinson's 1984 documentary I Be Done Been Was Is profiles four hard-working and hilarious black women comedians—Alice Arthur, Rhonda Hansome, Jane Galvin-Lewis, and Marsha Warfield—following them on the road and backstage as they ply their craft in an industry that is dominated by men, particularly white men.
In 2014, while researching the 1971 Attica prison uprising in preparation for a screening of Cinda Firestone's documentary Attica
, I came across a filmmaker named Nick Macdonald, who in 1975 had made a short film called Still Attica Remains
. I couldn't find much info on him, so my interest grew.