All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert
DATE: Saturday, February 8, 2014
TIME: 6:30 PM
LOCATION: Word Up, 2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
ADMISSION: $5 (reduced to $3 if you join as a Continuing CSB Member)
All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert, is a documentary about an African-American artist, originally from Georgia, who spent 7 years on a chain gang in the 1960s and ’70s, and who now tools large leather tableaux with scenes of the Jim Crow South of his childhood.
Please join Word Up in welcoming Winfred Rembert (the artist and subject of the documentary), Washington Heights-based film director Vivian Ducat, and co-producer Ray Segal, who will all be present for the screening.
MORE ABOUT THE FILM:
With his intensely autobiographical paintings depicting the day-to-day existence of African Americans in the segregated South, Winfred Rembert has preserved an important, if often disturbing, chapter of American history. His indelible images of toiling in the cotton fields, singing in church, dancing in juke joints, or working on a chain gang are especially powerful, not just because he lived every moment, but because he experienced so much of the injustice and bigotry they show as recently as the 1960s and ’70s. Now in his sixties, Rembert has developed a growing following among collectors and connoisseurs, and enjoyed a number of tributes and exhibitions of his work. In All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert, the artist relives his turbulent life, abundantly visualized by his extensive paintings and, in a series of intimate reminiscences, shows us how even the most painful memories can be transformed into something meaningful and beautiful. A glowing portrait of how an artist—and his art—is made, All Me is also a triumphant saga of race in contemporary America.