Film Events This Weekend in San Antonio

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Looking for Langston

Wednesdays-Saturdays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 11

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Although his resume includes writing and directing credits for the award-winning coming-of-age drama Young Soul Rebels (1991) and the blaxploitation documentary BaadAsssss Cinema (2002), British filmmaker and installation artist Isaac Julien is arguably better known for conceptual films presented on multiple screens simultaneously. Seemingly dissected and left for viewers to reassemble with their own eyes, these immersive projects have involved journeys to remote ice caves in Iceland, juxtapositions of Arctic and African landscapes, travels through China and curious collaborations with the likes of Tilda Swinton and James Franco. A co-founder of the Sankofa Film and Video Collective (an organization “dedicated to developing an independent black film culture in the areas of production, exhibition and audience”), Julien made one of his earliest waves with Looking for Langston — a 1989 film billed as “a lyrical exploration — and recreation — of the private world of poet, social activist, novelist, playwright and columnist Langston Hughes (1902-1967) and his fellow black artists and writers who formed the Harlem Renaissance during the 1920s.” In essence a non-linear homage that presents Hughes as a metaphor for the black gay experience, the film has earned cult status and is taught extensively in universities as part of African-American and queer studies programs. Appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2017, Julien was a favorite of late local artist and philanthropist Linda Pace, who acquired more than 50 of his works during her lifetime. In celebration of Looking for Langston’s 30th anniversary, the Linda Pace Foundation’s gallery Studio at Ruby City showcases the 45-minute film as the anchor of a new exhibition of two recently acquired photographs Julien shot during production — Film-Noir Angels and Masquerade No. 3.

SA Rewind

Sat., July 27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Boysville Auxiliary Thrift 307 W Olmos Dr, San Antonio Central

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Join Video Hoarders of San Antonio for SA Rewind: VHS Swap Meet! Buy, Sell, or Trade VHS tapes and collectibles with other collectors from across South Texas. This indoor event is free and open to all movie-lovers. (210) 986-3679

Superhero Pajama Party!

Fri., July 26, 5-9 p.m.
San Antonio Museum of Art 200 W. Jones Ave., San Antonio San Antonio

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Put on your favorite superhero PJs and enjoy a marathon of Max Fleischer’s Superman cartoons from 1941. Explore Men of Steel, Women of Wonder, munch on breakfast and cereal-inspired food and drink, and make super art! The cartoons will be played on a loop throughout the evening in our auditorium. Auditorium is seating is limited. Feel free to drop in and out to watch the toons and explore other evening activities. (210) 978-8100

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