On December 30, 2020, the Criterion Collection, the esteemed assortment of films, will be screening six films produced by artist Camille Billops and her partner, Black theater historian, Jim Hatch. The featured films, from their company, Mom and Pop Productions, include their first 1982 film, Suzanne, Suzanne. Finding Christa, 1991, an autobiographical work that won the Grand Jury Prize for documentaries at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival, will also be available to view. Other films, rooted in documentary, include Older Women and Love, The KKK Boutique Ain’t Just Rednecks, Take Your Bags, and A String of Pearls.
Miriam Petty, Assistant Professor in the Department of Radio/Television/Film and African American Studies at Northwestern University, will introduce each film prior to screening. She will provide commentary about each film via an interview with Michael Boyce Gillespie, the Associate Professor of Film in the Department of Media and Communication Arts and the Black Studies Program at the City College of New York, City University of New York.
Feature Films: Finding Christa (1991), The KKK Boutique Ain’t Just Rednecks (1994), A String of Pearls (2002)
Short Films: Suzanne, Suzanne (1982), Older Women and Love (1987), Take Your Bags (1998)