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Oscar Micheaux’s Within Our Gates featuring live accompaniment by William Hooker

Joe's Pub

March 6

Doors at 6:00PM
Pre-show discussion at 6:30PM
Show at 7:00PM

Percussionist William Hooker plays live accompaniment soundtrack to a feature presentation of Oscar Micheaux's 1920 film Within Our Gates.  Produced, written and directed by Micheaux, Within Our Gates is the oldest known surviving film made by an African-American director.

William Hooker's body of uninterrupted work beginning in the mid-seventies defines him as one of the most important composers and players in jazz.  As a bandleader, Hooker has fielded ensembles in an incredibly diverse array of configurations. Each collaboration has brought a serious investigation of his compositional agenda and the science of the modern drum kit.

Oscar Devereaux Micheaux (January 2, 1884 – March 25, 1951) was an American author, film director and independent producer of more than 44 films. Although the short-lived Micheaux Book & Film Company produced some films, he is regarded as the first major African-American feature filmmaker, the most successful African-American filmmaker of the first half of the twentieth century[1] and the most prominent producer of race films.  He produced both silent films and "talkies" after the industry changed to incorporate speaking actors. 

“William's very flexible. I've always seen him work with dancers and poets and filmmakers,” said Matthew Kohn, a filmmaker who has collaborated with Hooker on projects for over 20 years. “He often talks about all these big ideas of humanity, but through the work with Oscar Micheaux's films he's been able to detail how it all comes together through his music. It's infusing all of the aspects of his personality and his experience as a composer and a human being.”   - Washington Post