America's Blues (2015)
Professor Chris Killmer selected America's Blues for inclusion in The Whole Staircase Film Series. When asked why he selected this film to screen, Professor Killmer explained, "I’ve been a musician for 25 years and, in my mind, the blues have been in many ways the ‘master key’ of most genres of American popular music (including jazz, country, R&B, rock & roll, and even hip-hop) for over a century. This documentary digs into the origins and history of the blues, as well as its influence on other musical genres and on culture in general. In telling this story, it also connects to many important aspects of African American history and shows how blues artists were able to take a lot of the pain and hardship they experienced and turn those experiences and emotions into a unique and powerful musical genre that’s had a huge impact on the whole world."
Chris Killmer received his Master's degree from the University of Tennessee and joined the SJR State faculty in 2007.
Screening Dates and Locations
Screening Presented by Professor Chris Killmer
Date: October 16, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
Location: Palatka Campus, Building A, Valhalla Hall
Date: October 24, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.
Location: Palatka Campus Library
Members of the Race Issues Study Circle will be in attendance.
All are welcome to this free event!
"America's Blues is a feature length documentary that explores the tremendous impact that Blues Music has had on our society, popular culture, and the entertainment industry. This film not only honors Blues Music and Musicians by showing how it has impacted every form of popular American Music, but also the influence it has had on art, literature, film, fashion, sexuality and more. Through interviews with musicians, historians, professionals and activists, a compelling story of the music's significant historical contribution unfolds. If music were a color, it would be Blue!" - vendor's summary
Run time: 86 minutes
This documentary is not rated.
Closed captioning and transcript available.
Licensed through Films on Demand (title 111622).
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Celebration • Education • Reflection
H.R.1242/Public Law 115-102, the 400 Years of African American History Commission Act, establishes 2019 as a year of "commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Africans in the English colonies, at Point Comfort, Virginia, in 1619." The commemoration is intended “to recognize and highlight the resilience and contributions of African-Americans since 1619; to acknowledge the impact that slavery and laws that enforced racial discrimination had on the United States; and to educate the public about the arrival of Africans in the United States; and the contributions of African-Americans to the United States.” In recognition of this commemoration and with the Act serving as a guide, the SJR State Library has organized a year-long series of events that will provide educational experiences and resources to students and the community that celebrate the history and culture of African Americans.