Film Series – Dirty South: A Cinematic Sense of Place and Community

with Brief introduction by Valerie Cassel Oliver, Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, VMFA


Bring lawn chairs and/or blankets. Notify us of special needs. Bring printed hard copy tickets, not electronic. In case of rain, event will be rescheduled and refunds available.

Inspired by the exhibition The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse

Fri, Jun 18 | 8:30–10:30 pm
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012; dir Benh Zeitlin; 93 min)

Starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly

$8 (VMFA member, $5) Limited Seating

Hushpuppy, an intrepid six-year-old girl, lives with her father, Wink, in the Bathtub, a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. Wink’s tough love prepares her for the unraveling of the universe; for a time when he’s no longer there to protect her. When Wink contracts a mysterious illness, nature flies out of whack, temperatures rise, and the ice caps melt, unleashing an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs. With the waters rising, the aurochs coming, and Wink’s health fading, Hushpuppy goes in search of her lost mother.

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Fri, Jul 23 | 8:30–10:30 pm
Hale County This Morning This Evening (76 min) and Black Bus Stop (9 min) With Kevin Everson (virtual participation RaMell Ross)

$8 (VMFA member, $5) Limited Seating

Students reclaim a popular gathering spot on the campus of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. Hale County This Morning This Evening (2018; dir RaMell Ross; 76 min) Composed of intimate and unencumbered moments of people in a community, this film is constructed in a form that allows the viewer an emotive impression of the Historic South – trumpeting the beauty of life and consequences of the social construction of race, while simultaneously a testament to dreaming. (Written by IMDB)

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Fri, Aug 13 | 8:30–10:30 pm
Daughters of the Dust (1991, 113 min)

$8 (VMFA and Afrikana Independent Film members, $5)

Tickets required. Films shown outdoors on the VMFA Pauley Center lawn

A story of family, tradition, and Black womanhood at the turn of the 20th century, director Julie Dash’s seminal work follows a multigenerational African American family, as they prepare to leave their home of the Gullah Geechee Islands for the mainland. This program is co-presented by VMFA and Afrikana Independent Film Festival.

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