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Release: Sept. 21, 2001

UI film series features six classic African-American movies

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Several University of Iowa departments have organized a film series featuring six classic African-American movies from the 1930s and 1940s. The films will be shown on Sunday nights beginning Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. in Room 101, Becker Communication Studies Building. All screenings are free and open to the public.

The series is sponsored by the UI Institute for Cinema and Culture and by the departments of American studies, cinema and comparative literature, and African-American world studies. For more information call (319) 335-0320.

The schedule is as follows:

Sept. 23: "God's Stepchildren" (1938)—a drama about passing written and directed by African-American filmmaker Oscar Micheaux

Sept. 30: "Ten Minutes to Live" (1932) – two suspenseful tales about trouble and treachery in Harlem; a film by Oscar Micheaux

Oct. 7: "Sunday Sinners" (1940)—gangsters frame a minister's son for murder, and the congregation works to prove his innocence

Oct. 14: "Murder on Lenox Avenue" (1941)—the disgraced leader of the Harlem Better Business League tries to murder his replacement

Oct. 21: "Moon Over Harlem" (1939)—a young woman is framed for the murder of her stepfather; musical numbers by The Sidney Bechet Swing Band

Oct. 28: "Harlem Rides the Range" (1939)—starring the first African-American singing cowboy, Herb Jeffries, with Spencer Williams Jr.