DJ Spooky presents Body and Soul
Silent Film Series
DJ Spooky is performing an original live score created for the silent film Body and Soul. This film is a masterpiece of the silent screen era, written, directed, and produced by prolific director Oscar Micheaux. In this good versus bad twin melodrama, Robeson plays both an escaped convict posing as a minister, and the convict’s honest, yet penniless brother. A true pioneer, Micheaux and his films answered the challenges of racial segregation and provided black moviegoers with an alternative to the mainstream films being produced by a segregated Hollywood. It is estimated that Micheaux, who was the first African American to produce a feature length film, wrote, produced, and directed more than 40 films from 1919 to 1948. His movies, known as “race” films, were made by Black filmmakers, featured an all-Black cast, and were intended for Black audiences. Regarded as a rare work in African American cinematic history, Body and Soul boasts biting social commentary on issues of race and gender that went unaddressed by Hollywood for decades, and that still resonate today.
Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky is a composer, multimedia artist, and writer whose work immerses audiences in a blend of genres, global culture, and environmental and social issues. Miller has collaborated with a vast array of recording artists, ranging from Metallica to Chuck D, and Steve Reich to Yoko Ono.
Director: Oscar Michaeux
Starring: Paul Robeson, Mercedes Gilbert, & Julia Theresa Russell