IU Cinema to host Black Film Archive creator Maya Cade as guest programmer

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University Cinema will welcome Maya Cade, the creator and curator of the Black Film Archive, as a guest programmer in the fall.

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Maya Cade, the creator and curator of the Black Film Archive, will curate five films for IU Cinema in the fall. Photo by Geoff Haggray

The Black Film Archive is a living register of Black films from 1915 to 1979 that are available to stream online. Cade, an audience development strategist for the Criterion Collection, has been awarded special distinctions by the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics for the archive. She has presented on Black film worldwide and was the fall 2021 research fellow at IU's Black Film Center & Archive.

Her work has been featured in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Slate, NPR's "All Things Considered," The Paris Review, The Root, Vulture and The Film Stage, among other publications.

Cade will curate screenings of five films for IU Cinema. One screening will highlight the holdings of the Black Film Center & Archive, which collects, preserves and makes available historically and culturally significant films by and about Black people.

Four of the screenings will include virtual introductions by Cade that contextualize the films; for the fifth screening, she will provide a live introduction. Cade will also take part in the Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker Series and participate in an in-person conversation and interactive question-and-answer session.

"IU Cinema has a commitment to bringing wide-ranging film histories to the public, which is in alignment with the mission of Black Film Archive," Cade said. "I'm excited to use this opportunity -- and IU's significant film archives -- to help build the next stage of my work and bring the Black Film Archive into a public exhibition and education space."

Cade will also conduct research at the Black Film Center & Archive and Lilly Library, and will be part of a career mentorship session with students during her time on campus.

"We are so excited to have Maya bring her expertise, passion and curatorial prowess to the cinema," IU Cinema Director Alicia Kozma said. "Her archive has filled a real community need, and we're honored to have her as our first in-person Jorgensen guest since early 2020."

Cade's IU Cinema programming will help inaugurate the second phase of her website, with a focus on post-1979 films. More information will be available on the IU Cinema website in August.


Alicia Kozma

IU Cinema

Phone: 812-855-7632


Email: akozma@iu.edu

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