Beginning in the late 1960s, a number of promising African and African American students entered the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television, recruited under a concerted initiative to be more responsive to various communities of color. From that first class through the late 1980s these filmmakers were the first to forge a sustained alternative black cinema practice in the United States. They created fascinating, provocative, and visionary films that have earned an impressive array of awards and accolades at festivals around the world, and have blazed new paths into the commercial market.
Occasionally called the Los Angeles School of Black Filmmakers or, more frequently, L.A. Rebellion, the group’s significance is too far-reaching to be fairly contained by any one name. In this tour, we proudly present thirty-five representative works that range from well-known films securely in the canon to others seldom seen since school days. Many films are presented in new prints and restorations undertaken by UCLA Film and Television Archive.