May 24th 2021

Garrett Bradley: Short Films

@ Block Museum of Art


Opening Monday, May 24th, at 12 PM

On view through Sunday, May 30th

“Garrett Bradley: Short Films” presents three films by American artist and filmmaker Garrett Bradley, the 2021 Hoffman Visiting Artist for Documentary Media at Northwestern University.

Starting at 12 PM Central Time on May 24, “Garrett Bradley: Short Films” will be available on the Block’s Eventive page. The program consists of three short films: Like (2016), The Earth is Humming (2018), and America (2019).

The films will be available to watch for a 7 day period with the option of closed captions.



Garrett Bradley in Conversation

On Thursday, May 27 at 6:30 pm CST, Block Cinema and the School of Communication at Northwestern will host a live screening of America, followed by a conversation between Garrett Bradley and Prof. Huey Copeland (BFC Presidential Associate Professor of Art History, University of Pennsylvania), with audience Q&A. Available with optional live captions.



Leading up to the release of her celebrated 2020 documentary Time, director Garrett Bradley honed her poetic voice and keen eye for detail in a series of remarkable shorts. In conjunction with her residency as 2021’s Hoffman Visiting Artist for Documentary Media, the Block presents three of these films, showcasing her versatility as a journalistic observer and an experimental film artist. Two documentaries, Like (2016, 10 min) and The Earth Is Humming (2018, 13 min), look at the “click farms” of Bangladesh and the earthquake preparedness industry in Japan, striking a balance between reverie and reportage. America (2019, 30 min) is a sweeping cinematic re-envisioning of early 20th-century Black life, as it might have been depicted in an alternate film history free of racist violence and erasure. Though formally and thematically disparate, these three films reveal Bradley’s unmistakable gifts for insight, evocation, and compassion.

Garrett Bradley is the School of Communication’s 2021 Hoffman Visiting Artist for Documentary Media, a short-term filmmaker residency funded by a generous gift from Jane Steiner Hoffman and Michael Hoffman.

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