Black Radical Imagination: An Afrofuturist Short Film Showcase at Art League Houston offers “black people in science-fiction roles as well as in artistic and avant-garde depictions — a refreshing divergence from Hollywood and media stereotypes,” says Marc Newsome, co-executive director of Our Image Film & Arts, which is partnering with the Art League for this presentation. “In light of so much recent talk about ethnic identity and the Trayvon Martin case, OIFA and ALH felt this was the perfect opportunity for art to do what it naturally does: open dialogues and get people thinking and -rethinking.” Chicago’s Amir George and Los Angeles’s Erin Christovale are curators of the program, which in-cludes works from seven internationally emerging black artists, all members of the cooperative. On the schedule are Cristina De Middel's unexpected Afronauts and Adebukola Bodunrin and Ezra Clayton Daniels's animated Golden Chain.
7 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday. Panel discussions accompany each screening. 1953 Montrose. For information, call 713‑523‑9530 or visit artleaguehouston.org. Free.
Aug. 9-10, 2013