Go-Rilla Means War

Crystal Z Campbell

2017 | 00:19:03 | United States | English | Color | Stereo | 4:3 | 35mm film

Collection: New Releases, Single Titles

Tags: African-American, Body, City, Experimental Film, History, Race

Go-Rilla Means War is a filmic relic of gentrification featuring 35mm film salvaged from a now demolished Black Civil Rights Theater in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. After finding the film unfinished and un-canned on the floor of The Slave Theater, Campbell collaborated with the unknown director (presumably amateur filmmaker Judge John Phillips who owned the Slave Theater) to finish the film. A secret Black fraternal organization dominates the visual narrative, accompanied by a parable that binds intersections of development, cultural preservation, and erasure. 

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Art Prize
Grand Rapids, MI

Exhibitions + Festivals

The Speculative Archive: Ina Archer & Crystal Z Campbell, Film Studies Center, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 2024 

Semana de Cinema Negro, Belo Horizonte, BR 2023 

Washington University in St. Louis, MO 2023 

UNDO Film Screening (UnionDocs), EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 2022 

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN 2022 

67th Flaherty Film Seminar, Hamilton, NY 2022 

Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), NY, NY 2022 

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC 2022 

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), San Francisco, CA 2021 

Film at REDCAT series, REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA 2021 

Black Film Archive, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 2019