The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents Neither/Nor, True/False's annual exploration of "chimeric" cinema, filmmaking that contains elements of fiction and nonfiction. This program is dedicated to scholarship and programming of vital movements that shift the boundaries of documentary filmmaking.

In 2018, the fifth edition of Neither/Nor collaborates with writer and programmer Ashley Clark to present the work of the Black Audio Film Collective. Formed in 1982, the Collective consisted of seven multidisciplinary and multimedia artists who came together at university and proceeded to collaborate throughout the 1980s and 1990s. With backgrounds in fields such as psychology, sociology and fine art, the Collective approached cinema in a way that was intellectually rigorous, inventive and expressive.





During the festival, Clark is presenting four films from the collective's catalogue: Handsworth Songs, Testament, Twilight City and Who Needs a Heart. These screenings, which begin on February 28 at the Ragtag Cinema and continue throughout the weekend, will be followed by discussions with Black Audio Film Collective members and collaborators, including Reece Auguiste, as well as sound artists Trevor Mathison and Gary Stewart. All Neither/Nor screenings are free and open to the public.

Clark is the senior programmer of cinema at BAM in Brooklyn, a position he has occupied since August 2017. He was the programmer of Black Star (BFI Southbank, Oct-Dec 2016; TIFF, Nov-Dec 2017), a major film season dedicated to exploring the range, versatility and power of black actors, and co-programmer of Making Faces on Film: a Collaboration with BFI Black Star (Museum of Modern Art, April 2017), a complementary New York edition. As a journalist, Clark has written extensively on film and culture for The Guardian, Sight & Sound, Reverse Shot, Village Voice and Film Comment; and his first book is Facing Blackness: Media and Minstrelsy in Spike Lee’s Bamboozled (The Critical Press, 2015). Ashley is also a broadcast journalist, and moderator. 


View the 2018 Neither/Nor Monograph online! During the festival, this publication will also be available at the Sager Braudis Box Office, Ragtag Cinema, and other downtown Columbia venues.


If you have questions about the series, feel free to email Chris Boeckmann at [email protected].



All film programs in the series will screen at Ragtag. All programs are free!

The pre-fest screening and kick-off event on February 28 at 6:45PM will function like special free Ragtag screenings: This event free and open to the public, tickets can be picked up at the Ragtag Box Office as of 10am on the day of the screening. Super and Silver Circle passholders will have the option to e-mail the T/F Box Office in advance to reserve a ticket. More information will be sent directly to passholders.

For the screenings during the festival, festival ticketing applies. For the Thursday screening, Super, Silver and Lux passholders have the option to reserve tickets or Q for the film for free. Simple passholders may not reserve tickets to Thursday films, but can Q for films for free. Friday and Saturday's screenings are open to all pass levels for online ticket reservations, or via the Q. For non-passholders, Thursday through Saturday films are open to the public to pick-up free tickets at the T/F Box Office, or via the Q with no charge, should the screenings go NRT.


Revisit past Neither/Nor series via the online versions of the monographs: 

2018 Monograph - In which Ashley Clark presents the work of the Black Audio Film Collective.

2016 Monograph - In which Nick Pinkerton shocks us with Mondo cinema and its offshoots. 

2015 Monograph - In which Ela Bittencourt guides us through chimeric Polish cinema of the 70s, 80s and 90s.

2014 Monograph - In which Godfrey Cheshire introduces us to the self-reflexive Iranian cinema of the 1990s. 

2013 Monograph - In which Eric Hynes explores the chimeras of New York City in the '60s.