New Curators of Dixon School Screening – July 26, 2015

“Curators of Dixon School” Writer/Director Pamela Sherrod Anderson announced a new screening of the film on Sunday, July 26, 2015, 4 pm, at Black Cinema House, 7200 S. Kimbark Ave. in Chicago.

Here are some answers to questions that Pamela is being asked when speaking about the film:

Q: What’s going on at Dixon School?

A: The Dixon School teachers have found creative ways to make sure that the artwork continues to be a part of the students’ learning experience. The school planned a spoken-word performance that featured students speaking about their favorite pieces of the 200 works of art in the school’s collection. In the short video included in this post, you’ll see clips from this performance, and learn about the works of art that spoke to these students. A majority of the students selected works by Melvin King, whose pieces feature themes from the civil rights period.

Q: What else is planned for the film?

A: We’ve received many upcoming invitations for more screenings, some of which will take place in the fall of this year.

Q: Do you know what any of the artists mentioned in the film are working on now?

A: All the artists have had numerous showings of their work, are working in new mediums, and are all coming out with new works. I’ll highlight some of those when they happen, so stay tuned.

Q: Do you have a favorite part of the film?

A: My favorite part of the film isn’t in the film itself, but the experience that the audience has when they watch it.

I love that the audience gets to see a story that’s not often seen in the media. It gives balance to stories about communities of color. We don’t always see solutions, and it’s good to see the solutions portrayed in the film. You see the support that the teachers, educators, students, parents, adults and neighborhoods give to the school. We show a community coming together, and being able to share that with others means a lot.

Q: Why do you think people should see this film?

A: This film touches on a universal theme and very important message: paying it forward through culture. It’s one hand being there for the next, bringing the next person along, regardless of background and culture. In addition, the film reminds us that art is a vehicle for us to see beauty in each other and in ourselves. We remember that we can make a difference. Art inspires us to take stock in what we’re doing and in what we can do. The film also includes elements that other educators can bring into their own environments.

Q: What is one thing you would want to tell someone who has never seen the film before?

A: Get ready to walk into a school like you have never seen before. Dixon School is a very special place and I loved every minute of my time there. You will, too.

The Curators of Dixon School will be shown Sunday, July 26 at 4 p.m. at Black Cinema House, 7200 S. Kimbark Ave. in Chicago. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. Seating is limited, so we ask that attendees RSVP in advance. If this does not work, please visit the Black Cinema House website.


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