Regeneration in Digital Contexts: Early Black Film
The Flying Ace (1926)
Directed by Richard E. Norman
November 15, 2013
In ‘Six Smashing Reels of Action,’ The Flying Ace tells the story of World War I flyer-hero Captain William Stokes (Lawrence Criner) who returns home to solve the mystery of a missing paymaster and save the life of the beautiful Ruth Sawtelle (Kathryn Boyd). Featuring an all-black cast, The Flying Ace is the only full-length film surviving from Richard Norman, a prominent director and distributor of silent race films in the 1920s. The film was restored in 2010 by the Library of Congress from an original nitrate print donated by the director’s son, Captain Richard Norman, Jr. Screening is free but ticketed.
The film will be screened with live accompaniment.
This film will be screened in support of the Regeneration in Digital Contexts: Early Black Film Conference which convenes an interdisciplinary group of scholars and moving image archivists to discuss the new methodologies and questions emerging through recent scholarship in early black film, and to consider how we render a film as an object of study in transformative digital environments. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, is scheduled to present the keynote address. Special thanks to the Office of Digital Humanities, National Endowment for the Humanities.
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