SYMBIOPSYCHOTAXIPLASM
1968, Janus Films, 75 min, USA, Dir: William Greaves

In his one-of-a-kind fiction-documentary hybrid, director William Greaves presides over a beleaguered film crew in New York’s Central Park, leaving them to try to figure out what kind of movie they’re making. A couple enacts a break-up scenario over and over, a documentary crew films a crew filming the crew, locals wander casually into the frame: The project defies easy description. Yet this wildly innovative 1960s counterculture landmark remains one of the most tightly focused and insightful movies ever made about making movies.


NATIONTIME-GARY
1972, 90 min, USA, Dir: William Greaves

One of America’s most famous and enduring documentary artists, the Harlem-born Greaves is also renowned for his stunning feature film, SYMBIOPSYCHOTAXIPLASM (1968), which was named to the National Film Registry in 2015. He returned to documentary filmmaking with this insider’s look at the 1972 National Black Political Convention, held in Gary, Indiana. With narration by Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier, and appearances by Amiri Baraka, Richard Hatcher, Dick Gregory, Jesse Jackson, Coretta Scott King, Bobby Seale and Betty Shabazz (the widow of Malcom X), among others, NATIONTIME - GARY captures a key moment of black solidarity in American history. The film was dramatically shortened for television, and the director’s full-length version was never released - until now.


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