liquid blackness invites you to an indispensable event in its experimental and collective, object oriented research project on the arts and politics of the jazz ensemble: a free screening of Larry Clark’s 1977 film Passing Through at The Plaza Theater on April 9 at 7:30pm followed by a conversation with the filmmaker.
Passing Through follows a jazz musician's struggle against the recording industry while in search of a "sound" that would reconcile his personal artistic vision with the sensibility of his community and the political urgencies of his highly repressive historical moment. The film reflects on the forms of sociality that coalesce around the jazz ensemble and on the political potential of free jazz. liquid blackness investigates these issues while attempting to create similar forms of collective engagement.
The April 9 screening presents a rare opportunity to see the legendary film, which circulated widely in international film festivals, but was never released on DVD or video. It will also offer the opportunity to converse with the filmmaker about his aesthetic and political choices and influences and the vibrant international life of the film.
liquid blackness is partnering with the Atlanta Film Festival, Film Love and the Plaza Theatre Foundation on this screening.