Mrs. Bobby Seale

Videofreex

1969 | 00:20:45 | United States / Canada | English | B&W | Mono | 4:3 | 1/2" open reel video

Collection: Videofreex Archive

Tags: Activism, African-American, Documentation, Interview, Journalism, Politics

In October 1969, the Videofreex visited the home of wealthy political and social activist, Lucy Montgomery, as she was hosting the Black Panther Party of Chicago during one of their most fraught times – the period just after Chairman Bobby Seale was wrongfully imprisoned for inciting riots at the Democratic National Convention a year earlier. This video documents an interview with the wife of Bobby Seale, Artie Seale. The video opens with a statement by Mrs. Seale regarding her husband’s illegal imprisonment, the unfairness his current trial and the general purpose of the Black Panther Party. The tape provides a platform for Mrs. Seale to espouse the values of the party, it’s goals and the injustices it is currently suffering. The intensity of the message is counterbalanced by brief points of informality during the interview – a lighter side of Mrs. Seale is revealed in between moments of her well-rehearsed, and dedicated talking points. The overall tone of the conversation, however, remains appropriately somber as she communicates her party’s tenets, it’s revolutionary politics, and its educational goals. — Nicolas Holt, 2016

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Title Awards Image Major Exhibitions/Festivals Description
Sea in the Blood

Equal First Prize for Best Male Short, Inside Out, Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

Sea in the Blood

OutFest (LA, CA.), 2001

Rotterdam International Film Festival (The Netherlands), 2001

 

Athens Int'l Film/Video Festival (OH), 2001

 

 

Sea In The Blood is a personal documentary about living with illness, tracing the relationship of the artist to thalassemia in his sister Nan, and AIDS in his partner Tim. At the core of the piece are two trips. The first is in 1962, when Richard went from Trinidad to England with Nan to see a famous hematologist interested in her unusual case. The second is in 1977 when Richard and Tim made the counterculture pilgrimage from Europe to Asia. The relationship with Tim blossomed, but Nan died before their return. The narrative of love and loss is set against a background of colonialism in the Caribbean and the reverberations of migration and political change.

"Sea in the Blood was to be a meditation on race, sexuality and disease, but after working with the material for three years, it was the emotional story that came through. It's hard to work with such personal material, but in the end the work takes on a life of its own. 'Richard' is a character. Because of the subject matter — disease and death — I wanted to avoid sentimentality. I'd like the audience to think as well as feel."

— Richard Fung