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Silent Film Series: DJ Spooky presents Body and Soul

Presented by: BCT Presents

Where: Buskirk-Chumley Theater

General Admission: $40.00

Student: $25.00


Friday, September 16th 8:00 pm Buy Tickets


DJ Spooky is performing an original live score created for the silent film Body and Soul. This film is a masterpiece of the silent screen era, written, directed, and produced by prolific director Oscar Micheaux. In this good versus bad twin melodrama, Robeson plays both an escaped convict posing as a minister, and the convict’s honest, yet penniless brother. A true pioneer, Micheaux and his films answered the challenges of racial segregation and provided black moviegoers with an alternative to the mainstream films being produced by a segregated Hollywood. It is estimated that Micheaux, who was the first African American to produce a feature length film, wrote, produced, and directed more than 40 films from 1919 to 1948. His movies, known as “race” films, were made by Black filmmakers, featured an all-Black cast, and were intended for Black audiences. Regarded as a rare work in African American cinematic history, Body and Soul boasts biting social commentary on issues of race and gender that went unaddressed by Hollywood for decades, and that still resonate today. 

Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky is a composer, multimedia artist, and writer whose work immerses audiences in a blend of genres, global culture, and environmental and social issues. Miller has collaborated with a vast array of recording artists, ranging from Metallica to Chuck D, and Steve Reich to Yoko Ono.

Director: Oscar Michaeux
Starring: Paul Robeson, Mercedes Gilbert, & Julia Theresa Russell

Doors open at 7:30pm for this general admission event. The estimated length of the show is 100 minutes. Wearing a mask indoors is strongly encouraged. COVID Policy FAQ.

The Venue

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114 East Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47408

Owned by the City of Bloomington, the Buskirk-Chumley Theater is operated by BCT Management, Inc., a private non-profit organization. This theater, located one block east of the Courthouse Square, seats 600 with an orchestra level and a balcony. Concessions and items purchased from BLU Boy Cafe may be taken into the auditorium.

Restrooms, concessions, the box office, and the orchestra-level seats are all wheelchair accessible. Special seats are reserved for those using wheelchairs, which can be purchased via the box office at 812.323.3020. Street, lot, and garage parking is available across downtown Bloomington.

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The Promoter

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114 East Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47408

BCT Presents strives to bring diverse, high-quality, nationally-touring performers to the stage each year. The series also occasionally includes  classic films.

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