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Undefeated – Notes on the films of Kevin Jerome Everson

Undefeated – Notes on the films of Kevin Jerome Everson

Emmanuel Burdeau Film still from Company Line, 2009, 30:00, 16mm, mini-DV, B&W, color ©kje What do we see in the films of Kevin Jerome Everson? We see what cinema rarely, if ever, shows. We see the ordinary gestures of America’s Black population, the gestures of work and sport, of the taxi driver, the trucker, the policeman, of the amateur and the champion. We see men and women talking to the filmmaker’s microphone or that...

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Kevin Jerome Everson

Kevin Jerome Everson

Film still from Erie, 2010, 80:00, 16mm, B&W ©kje With a sense of place and historical research, my films combine scripted and documentary elements with rich elements of formalism. The subject matter is the gesture or tasks caused by certain conditions in the lives of working class African Americans and other people of African descent. The conditions are usually physical, social-economic circumstances or weather. Instead of standard realism, I favor a strategy that abstracts...

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