Tongues Untied
<i>Tongues Untied</i>Part of the series Queer/Art/Film. Presented by artist/director Thomas Allen Harris.

“Marlon Riggs made his groundbreaking film, Tongues Untied, motivated by a singular imperative: “to shatter the nation’s brutalizing silence on matters of sexual and racial difference.” While politicians denounced it as ‘pornographic art’ and PBS stations refused to air it, Tongues Untied showed us the power of film-video-art as a tool for piercing the barricades between culture and politics, using a sharply honed black queer aesthetic as uncompromising as it is beautiful. Twenty years later it still serves up bitter sweet insights into the tortured psyche of modern culture.”
—Thomas Allen Harris

Director: Marlon Riggs. 55 min. 1989. 16mm.

Thomas Allen Harris is the founder and President of Chimpanzee Productions, a company dedicated to producing unique audio-visual experiences that illuminate the Human Condition and the search for identity, family and spirituality. Chimpanzee’s innovative and award-winning films have received critical acclaim at international film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Toronto, FESPACO, Outfest, Flaherty and Cape Town and have been broadcast on PBS, the Sundance Channel, ARTE, as well as CBC, Swedish broadcasting Network and New Zealand Television. In addition Mr. Harris’ videos and installations have been featured at prestigious museums and galleries including the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Biennial, Corcoran Gallery, Reina Sophia and London Institute of the Arts. Mr. Harris is a recipient of numerous fellowships and awards including a United States Artist Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, Rockefeller Fellowship, as well as CPB/PBS and Sundance Directors Fellowships. A graduate of Harvard College, Mr. Harris lectures widely on the use of media as a tool for social change. CLICK HERE for details information

Date & Time: Thu, Jul 16, 2009, 7:00pm
Location: 92YTribeca, 200 Hudson Street Directions
Venue: 92YTribeca Screening Room
Code: T-MM5FJ40-01
Price: $12.00

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