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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.

Neither/Nor screenings are free and open to the public and take place over the course of True/False weekend.

The series also creates a monograph, a collection of essays and interviews with the filmmakers, which helps contextualize the film selections. This monograph is available for free in various venues throughout downtown Columbia and is also posted online in its entirety.

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

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 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. 

HANDSWORTH SONGS
TWILIGHT CITY
WHO NEEDS A HEART

ASHLEY 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.

REVISIT PAST NEITHER/NOR SERIES VIA THE ONLINE VERSIONS OF THE MONOGRAPHS

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

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

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

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

In which Eric Hynes explores the chimeras of New York City in the ’60s.

NEITHER/NOR IS SUPPORTED BY A FILMWATCH GRANT FROM THE ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURES ARTS AND SCIENCES