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When we began researching SCREENING RACE IN AMERICAN NONTHEATRICAL FILM, we put out a call to archivists for suggestions of lost, hidden or neglected films that deserved scholarly attention.

Stephen Parr of Oddball Films, who passed away in 2017, enthusiastically recommended Nikolai Ursin’s BEHIND EVERY GOOD MAN (circa 1967), a short 16mm portrait of a transgender African American person. Mark Quigley at UCLA made it possible for us to view the film, which had been recently restored. We were moved by its sophisticated engagement with questions of gender, sexuality and race. Noah Tsika of Queens College wrote a thoughtful and deeply informed essay on the film’s representational politics as well as its subject’s self-presentation.

Rediscovering an important film in the archives like BEHIND EVERY GOOD MAN and helping bring more attention to it energized us—it’s one of the reasons we do what we do. — Allyson Nadia Field and Marsha Gordon, editors of Screening Race

Top and below: Nikolai Ursin, Behind Every Good Man (circa 1967) (2), courtesy and © the filmmaker. Above: Screening Race in American Nontheatrical Film (2019), edited by Allyson Nadia Field and Marsha Gordon, courtesy and © Duke University Press.


Authored by Incite!, a network of radical feminists of color, THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE FUNDED brings together essays by “activists, educators, and non-profit staff from around the globe who critically rethink the long-term consequences of what they call the ‘non-profit industrial complex.’ Drawing on their own experiences, the contributors track the history of non-profits and provide strategies to transform and work outside them.

“Urgent and visionary, this collection presents a biting critique of the quietly devastating role the non-profit industrial complex plays in managing dissent.”*

Contributors include Christine E. Ahn, Robert L. Allen, Alisa Bierria, Nicole Burrowes, Communities Against Rape and Abuse (CARA), William Cordery, Morgan Cousins, Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Stephanie Guilloud, Adjoa Florência Jones de Almeida, Tiffany Lethabo King, Paul Kivel, Soniya Munshi, Ewuare Osayande, Amara H. Pérez, Project South—Institute for the Elimination of Poverty and Genocide, Dylan Rodríguez, Paula X. Rojas, Ana Clarissa Rojas Durazo, Sisters in Action for Power, Andrea Smith, Eric Tang, Madonna Thunder Hawk, Ije Ude, and Craig Willse.


The Revolution Will Not Be Funded (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, new edition 2017).


See: incite-national.org

Image credit: Duke University Press.


“In SOUTH OF PICO, [writer, curator, and professor] Kellie Jones explores how artists in the 1960s and ’70s in Los Angeles’ black communities created a vibrant, productive, and engaged activist arts scene in the face of structural racism… She shows how the work of black Angeleno artists such as Betye Saar, Charles White, Noah Purifoy, and Senga Nengudi spoke to the dislocation of migration, urban renewal, and restrictions on black mobility… She also attends to these artists’ relationships with gallery and museum culture as well as the establishment of black-owned arts spaces. With SOUTH OF PICO, Jones expands the understanding of the histories of black arts and creativity in Los Angeles and beyond.”*

Join the California African American Museum (CAAM) and Art + Practice in welcoming Kellie Jones for a discussion and signing of her book.


AUTHOR TALK AND BOOK SIGNING, Monday, October 23, from 7 pm to 9 pm.

ART + PRACTICE, Public Programs Space, 4334 Degnan Boulevard, Leimert Park, Los Angeles.



Image credit: Duke University Press.