New Orleans is a very crucial North American and world city. There is no other place like it because of the way it was colonized by the French and the Spanish. And it’s the end of the Caribbean, in some sense: New Orleans, geographically, would be the last stop. It has that same feeling of the Caribbean in cultures, but that is all hinging on the people who live there. And they are being pushed out. That’s how I arrived at making this piece. — Cauleen Smith, on H-E-L-L-O*
Among Smith’s short films, the programs include screenings of Chronicles of a Lying Spirit by Kelly Gabron (1992), The Fullness of Time (2008), T Minus Two (2010), The Name You Trust in Good Clean Family Fun (2011), Space is the Place: A March for Sun Ra (2011), H-E-L-L-O (2014), Crow Requiem (2015), Human 3.0 Reading List Biblio (2015–16), Sine at the Canyon & Sine at the Sea (2016), Pilgrim (2017), and 3 Songs About Liberation (2017).
The Saturday night program also features selections from Smith’s The Way Out is the Way Two (2012)—a cycle of musical and philosophical short pieces made in Chicago—as well as the local theatrical premiere of the artist’s latest film My Caldera (2022). Smith will be on hand for conversations following both nights of screenings.
See links below.
Performance followed by a conversation with Smith and Harmony Holiday
Thursday, March 9, at 7:30 pm
10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles
Followed by a conversation with Smith and Jheanelle Brown
Friday, March 10, at 7:30 pm
Followed by a conversation with Smith and Alena Williams
Saturday, March 11, at 7:30 pm
*Veronica Simpson, “I Don’t Know If Optimism is Needed So Much as Vigilance,” interview with Cauleen Smith, Studio International, February 14, 2022.
Cauleen Smith, from top: Pilgrim (2017); 3 Songs About Liberation (2017); H-E-L-L-O (2014); Crow Requiem (2015): Black Utopia LP.
Images © Cauleen Smith, courtesy of Morán Morán, Los Angeles and Mexico City, and Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago.