Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Why Aren’t We Talking About the Sexual Assault in 'Beyond the Lights'? Why Aren’t We Talking About the Sexual Assault in 'Beyond the Lights'? Page to Screen Possibilities for Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's 'Americanah' (Lupita Nyong'o, David Oyelowo Starring) Page to Screen Possibilities for Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's 'Americanah' (Lupita Nyong'o, David Oyelowo Starring) David Oyelowo Joins Lupita Nyong’o in 'Americanah' Film Adaptation David Oyelowo Joins Lupita Nyong’o in 'Americanah' Film Adaptation Leaked Sony Emails Reveal Interest in Destiny's Child Biopic + Immersive Kanye West Feature Film Experience Leaked Sony Emails Reveal Interest in Destiny's Child Biopic + Immersive Kanye West Feature Film Experience Weekend B.O. Dec. 12-14 (So How’s That Boycott Working for Ya?) Weekend B.O. Dec. 12-14 (So How’s That Boycott Working for Ya?) FX Orders Comedy Pilot on Atlanta Hip-Hop Scene From & Starring Donald Glover FX Orders Comedy Pilot on Atlanta Hip-Hop Scene From & Starring Donald Glover Chadwick Boseman, David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Rosario Dawson, Others Share Kisses in NY Times Shorts Chadwick Boseman, David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Rosario Dawson, Others Share Kisses in NY Times Shorts What Sony Pictures Chief Amy Pascal Should Do if She Sincerely Wants to Make Amends What Sony Pictures Chief Amy Pascal Should Do if She Sincerely Wants to Make Amends Here's the Character John Boyega Plays in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Here's the Character John Boyega Plays in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Watch Zendaya, Kadeem Hardison, Tammy Townsend in Trailer for 'K.C. Undercover' Watch Zendaya, Kadeem Hardison, Tammy Townsend in Trailer for 'K.C. Undercover' Ava DuVernay Earns Her Way Into the History Books - First Black Woman Director to Be Nominated for a Golden Globe Award Ava DuVernay Earns Her Way Into the History Books - First Black Woman Director to Be Nominated for a Golden Globe Award Beyond The Lights, Beyond The Urban Narrative: When Marketing Gets In The Way of Story Beyond The Lights, Beyond The Urban Narrative: When Marketing Gets In The Way of Story Woody Allen Says He Won’t Hire a Black Actor Unless the Role Calls for One... Whatever That Means Woody Allen Says He Won’t Hire a Black Actor Unless the Role Calls for One... Whatever That Means Will You Join The Boycott 'Exodus' Movement? (Or You Don't Care) Will You Join The Boycott 'Exodus' Movement? (Or You Don't Care) Co-Screenwriter of 'Noah' Explains Why There Are No Black People Or POC In The Film Co-Screenwriter of 'Noah' Explains Why There Are No Black People Or POC In The Film Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Lifetime Launches New Series Set In Elite World Of Hip-Hop Majorette Competitions (Watch Preview) Lifetime Launches New Series Set In Elite World Of Hip-Hop Majorette Competitions (Watch Preview) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Will Smith Explains Why Willow Smith Dropped Out Of 'Annie' Remake Will Smith Explains Why Willow Smith Dropped Out Of 'Annie' Remake Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

S&A's Sergio Hosting Screening Of 1927 Silent Race Film 'Scar Of Shame' At BCH, Chicago This Sat. 9/7

Shadow and Act By Sergio | Shadow and Act September 3, 2013 at 3:52PM

Just a reminder folks...
2
Scar of Shame

Just a reminder folks...

Oscar Michaeux and The Johnson brothers (Noble and George) weren’t the only filmmakers making race films during the silent film era.

There was also The Colored Players Film Corporation based in Philadelphia, which was created by a former black vaudevillian Sherman Dudley (who wanted to make “films free of black stereotypes”)and a white theater owner named David Starkman. The company made four films from 1926 to 1929.

However, only two of the four still exist today: Ten Nights in a Barroom, a black cast film version of a very popular anti-drinking play of the day, and The Scar of Shame.

It is Shame that has endured, not only because it’s one of the most technically accomplished race films of the silent film era, but also because of its still quite controversial premise of class, and how, in effect, those at the top and the rest at the bottom, should never interact, or else face dire consequences for themselves and the betterment of the black race.

It tells the story of Alvin, an up and coming young black striver from a well-to-do family (even with their own black butler) who is eventually driven to despair, disgrace and near ruin, due to a lower class woman, Louise, he saves from her abusive father and his gambler friend, and whom he later marries.

After a series of dramatic sequences of events, Louise comes to the realization that her “lower caste” status will prevent Alvin from his rightful station in life, and his destiny to further the black race.

Needless to say, not only is the film still provocative after some 86 years later, it is, in many ways, as relevant and controversial today as it was when it was first released.

The Black Cinema House in Chicago (located at 6901 S. Dorchester) will screen the film this Saturday, Sept 7th starting at 6PM, with yours truly introducing and discussing the film afterwards.

The screening is part of BCH’s Experimental Sound series; and since it is a silent film, there will be live music accompaniment with the film, performed by Peter Speer on the modular synthesizer, and other electronic instruments, and Alejandro Acierto on the contrabass clarinet.

Seating is limited so you must RSVP HERE.

Hope to see you there


Shadow & ActNewsletter