Discovered as a collection of unedited rushes in MoMA’s Biograph collection, Lime Kiln Club Field Day would have been the first American feature with an all-Black cast (1913) had it been released. Assembled by the Department of Film’s Ron Magliozzi and Peter Williamson, the film stars the popular musical theater performer Bert Williams as a top-hatted dandy who vanquishes his rivals to win the hand of a local beauty (Odessa Warren Grey). Shown with Fish, a one-reel comedy written, directed by, and starring Williams, released in 1916. Piano accompaniment by Ben Model (September 8), Donald Sosin (September 15, 18).
Program approx. 80 min.
Lime Kiln Club Field Day [archival assembly]. 1913/2014. USA. Directed by T. Hayes Hunter, Edwin Middleton
Fish. 1916. USA. Directed by Bert Williams