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ina archer
I am an artist and a media archivist. I am an Accessexorcist.
Interests: The interconnectedness of all things media.
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Two events at one of my favorite places in the world! Editing Exercises by Hortense "Tee" Beveridge 1st/ MORE ORPHANS OF NEW YORK Sunday, May 19, 5:10 Tuesday, May 21, 2:30 A sequel to last October’s twice-sold-out “Orphans” show. This... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2019 at Continuum Film Blog
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May 10, 2019
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May 20th @ 6:20 SHARP! FILM FORUM HERE WE COME!! SMASH YOUR BAGGAGE! HAROLD & FAYARD!! THE FABULOUS CORA LaREDD!! NINA MAE & BABE! Artist and archivist, Ina Archer, presents early sound shorts starring Black artists, mostly filmed at Brooklyn’s Vitaphone studios, including Yamercraw: A Negro Rhapsody (1929); An All-Colored... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2019 at BLACK LEADER
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Doppelgängstas! Please follow the tether here to read my review of Us on Film Comments blog. And while you are there check out my reviews of Get Out and Keanu! Like many of the most enduring horror films, Peele taps into the return of the repressed. Us dares us to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2019 at BLACK LEADER
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Cab Calloway Home Movie #2 Well, for one thing I have been working at The Smithsonian Museum Of African American History and Culture as a media conservation and digitization assistant... That's all folks! Oh Wait! There's more! I've created a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2018 at Continuum Film Blog
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Have you seen Sorry To Bother You yet? Excellent! Now you can read my featured essay in the July/August copy of Film Comment Magazine. (BTW--NO SPOILERS here) "That first screening of Sorry to Bother You I attended was framed by the release of Childish Gambino/Donald Glover’s “This Is America” music... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2018 at BLACK LEADER
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(my interpretation attempt) "And he had always been dying—dying to be white. That was what my mother said, that you could see the dying all over his face, the decaying, the thinning, that he was disappearing into something white, desiccating into something white, erasing himself, so that we would forget... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2018 at BLACK LEADER
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(Look out!) I was happy to write this piece for Film Comment Selects in collaboration with Turner Classic Movies. Like another mature lady, Blanche Dubois, I always appreciate the kindness of my youthful editor, Nic Rapold. "Their depictions of aging... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Continuum Film Blog
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Have you seen Jordan Peele's horror/social-thriller yet!? Read my review and GO. NOW. ***Get Out @#BLACK_LEADER *** Lil ole me @ Critics Roundup Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at Continuum Film Blog
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I was happy to write a review of Get Out for Film Comment's blog! I worked hard to be spoiler-free: excerpt: Get Out self-consciously and subtly mines the conventions of the horror genre to create a film that resonates on multiple levels. It applies the universal concerns of horror movies... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2017 at BLACK LEADER
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{image via Deadline Hollywood from an informative interview with Washington about his directorial work.} I think Denzel was had at the Oscar's in the best actor category and he was sorely unacknowledged as a director. Here's my review of his work on Fences in the January/February issue of Film Comment... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at BLACK LEADER
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image via Hollywood Reporter-read their thorough article on McDaniel and the Academy Awards here: Well, it's actually after the Awards Show that will live in infamy. I missed the moment having gone to bed in disgust after L2 Land was mistaken for the "Best Picture". The only reason I have... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at BLACK LEADER
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Duane Jones interview @ continuumfilmblog/Black_Leader Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2017 at Ina's Horror Blog
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The indelible Duane Jones! Tonight @ BAM. NotLD was on just about a week ago and we had just seen Jones in Losing Ground where he is so debonair, funny and charming. The recorded interview below suggests resonances to his performance as a distinguished but under-recognized, gentleman actor--rather down at... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2017 at BLACK LEADER
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For actors of color “typecasting” tends to suggest stereotypical rather than archetypal characters. Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at BLACK LEADER
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Overlooked Black Performers By Film Comment on February 26, 2016 Throughout the ongoing discussion of diversity at the Oscars and in Hollywood at large—the types of films that get made, and who gets to make them—a longer historical view is often absent, or limited in its scope. In the hopes... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at BLACK LEADER
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This has to be the world's cutest cat video courtesy of the wild imaginings of the Fleischer Studio! Join in and Sing Right Along, won't you? Ain't She Sweet? (1933) d. Dave Fleischer Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at Continuum Film Blog
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I was pleased to write a feature article on Fences for Film Comment Magazine! Excerpt: The minimal use of cinematic space and time exemplifies the layered metaphors of Fences, the gradual building of which organizes the action of the play, keeping the family members in and others out. But at... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at BLACK LEADER
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I was pleased to write a feature article on Fences for Film Comment Magazine! Excerpt: The minimal use of cinematic space and time exemplifies the layered metaphors of Fences, the gradual building of which organizes the action of the play,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2017 at Continuum Film Blog
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apropos nothing in particular (well, actually doing a little research on August Wilson's Fences) James Earl Jones on Sesame Street 1969 via Laughing Squid: "James Earl Jones was the first celebrity guest to appear on Sesame Street, appearing in segments... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2016 at Continuum Film Blog
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um, FOR PRESIDENT! Danny Elfman's "TRUMP STALKS HILLARY" from Funny Or Die Be afraid. Be very, very afraid. Um, we already are. Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2016 at Ina's Horror Blog
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Häxan(1922) was completely crazy but it was fascinating to see. The scariest things about the movie were the hipster couple in front of me who talked the whole while except for the time when Hip-her fell asleep for a few scenes. Meanwhile, the guy behind me ate throughout the film.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2016 at Ina's Horror Blog
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F*ck U the Cohen brothers. Here's Spencer Williams' wonderful Dirty Gertie. Dirty Gertie From Harlem USA (1946) Francine Everett Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2016 at Continuum Film Blog