Share on twitter
Share on facebook
Share on google
Share on pinterest


In 2014, the Museum of Modern Art rediscovered a work of cinema long thought lost: 1913’s “Lime Kiln Field Day”, a silent film starring the legendary Bahamian-American Vaudeville performer Bert Williams. It stands as the oldest American movie featuring an all-black cast.

Her imagination set alight by the film’s “beautiful depictions of joy and leisure”, director Garrett Bradley set about composing an alternate history of Black cinema descended from this historic film. The result is “America”, a cinematic omnibus rooted in New Orleans, challenging the idea of black cinema as a “wave” or “movement in time,” proposing, instead, a continuous thread of achievement.

America screens as part of Republics Reimagined: Myriam Charles’s Shorts and Garrett Bradley’s America on Saturday, February 8 at 1:30 pm.
DIRECTOR: Garrett Bradley
DURATION: 29 minutes
YEAR: 2019
Genre: Hybrid
TYPE: Short Films

About the Director

Garrett Bradley works in a variety of platforms most of which explore socio-economic injustice, human conflict, historical reflection, place-based adventure, and the beauty that is plainly in view. A grantee of the 2019 Creative Capital Fellowship and 2017 Sundance Art of Nonfiction Fellowship and Field of Vision Fellowship, Bradley has been honored with grant support from Art Matters, The Ford Foundation and The Warhol Foundation. She has received numerous prizes – including the 2017 Sundance Jury Prize for the short film Alone, released in February of 2017 with The New York Times OpDocs. Alone was an Oscar Contender for short nonfiction filmmaking and was included in Academy Shortlist. Her work and feature-length projects have exhibited internationally at museums, festivals and platforms including The Getty Museum, The Hammer Museum, Sundance Film Festival, TribeCa Film Festival, The US Embassy Tel Aviv, The New York Times OpDocs, Field of Vision, the OWN Network for television series Queen Sugar, (episode 212) and more.


Little Haiti Cultural Complex

212 NE 59th Terrace
Miami, FL 33137

DATE: Saturday, February 8, 2020
TIME: 1:30 pm