VIENNA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Juke: Passages from the Films of Spencer Williams

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Juke: Passages from the Films of Spencer Williams

Thom Andersen
USA, 2015
Shortfilms, 29min, OF

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Juke: Passages from the Films of Spencer Williams

Thom Andersen
USA, 2015
Shortfilms, 29min, OF

Screenplay: 
Thom Andersen
Editor: 
Thom Andersen

Production: 
Thom Andersen
World Sales: 
Thom Andersen
Format: 
DCP
Black/White

During the 40’s, Spencer Williams directed nine “race films” for Sack Entertainment in central Texas, and he acted in eight of these films. Only one has yet to be rediscovered. in JUKE, i attempt to reclaim his work, to demonstrate its originality and beauty as well as its documentary value. Williams returns always to the same theme: the struggle between the sacred and the profane, the church and the juke joint, gospel and blues. He portrays both with equal conviction. The church always prevails, but he gives the devil his due. (Thom Andersen)

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