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Grand Opening with Roy Brooks: Museum of African American History

16mm Film Projections
3 16mm film montages on 3 16mm film projectors side by side
Musicians on stage & screen behind, Museum of African American History
Roy Brooks playing his saw, 16mm film image of Nina Simon & church goers
3 16mm film montages on 3 16mm film projectors side by side
3 16mm film montages on 3 16mm film projectors side by side; moving focus knob to beat of music
3 16mm film montages on 3 16mm film projectors side by side
16mm film montage
16mm film montage
16mm film montage
16mm film montage
16mm film montage
3 16mm film montages on 3 16mm film projectors side by side

Museum of African American History
Detroit, Michigan US 04/1997

Created for Roy Brooks and the Aboriginal Ensemble of New York for the Museum's grand opening.

From my 16mm educational film collection I made montages related to African American topics. I also used unrelated footage with the African American footage in an implied way. This was possible because I used three 16mm film projectors that ran the individual montages side by side at the same time. At times I would move the focus knob in and out of focus in timing with the music (like a VJ effect).

Note: More details to come, need to go through my never ending archives (sigh)...

Tools & Equipment: Three 16mm film projectors, 16mm splicer, etc.

Video (full show will be available in the near future) Museum of African American History Grand Opening Show with Roy Brooks, 1997

SHORT VIDEO EXCERPT Museum of African American History Grand Opening Show with Roy Brooks, 1997