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Kevin Jerome Everson's Interview | Masterclass
"Kevin Jerome Everson's impressive body of work, five full-length films that cross the boundaries between documentary, experimental and fiction film, and a huge variety of short features, stands out as one of the most fascinating creations of modern cinema. Focusing on history, society, and mythology, Everson's work sinks into the creases of space and time where past and future meet and thus reaches a cinematic place where the process of filmmaking becomes the silent witness of the daily struggle of mankind. The use of complex long takes and the careful attention lent to the anthropological and political transformations of the African-American working class are the core of a unique oeuvre that stands out in contemporary cinema in a fascinating, hypnotic, and potent way."
The idea - the validation, even - of education through practice and repetition goes to the heart of Everson's work, as seen in "Erie" and beyond. Because so much of his output feels fragmentary and evocative, with connecting themes hidden behind what only seems to be a documentary lucidity, his filmmaking benefits from cumulative viewings, patterns emerging slowly over time.
The article presents a profile of African American filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson. Particular focus is paid to his representations of routine elements of African American life in his short films, including “Undefeated,” “Old Cat,” and “Half On, Half Off,” as well as his use of long takes in the production of “Erie” and “Quality Control.”