The American artist Kevin Jerome Everson has created a remarkable body of moving image work that co-exists within film and art exhibition contexts. With a sense of place and history, his films, shot primarily on 16mm, combine scripted and documentary moments with touches of formalism. The focus is on craft and duration, and the gestures and tasks caused by certain physical and socio-economic conditions in the lives, labour and leisure of working-class Black Americans and people of African descent. They suggest not only the relentlessness of everyday life but also reveal its inherent beauty.
This selection of four features and 17 short films, together with an 'image booklet' of photographs, has been specifically curated by the artist. Second Run are proud to present the first comprehensive collection to be released on Blu-ray of Everson's award-winning and critically acclaimed films.
“When I look through the viewfinder, I'm looking at different histories... I'm responding to a history of a people and a place.” Kevin Jerome Everson
“The American artist Kevin Jerome Everson makes films that hover between close observation and abstraction, politics and poetry.” Elena Gorfinkel, Sight & Sound
“Without pedantry or grandstanding, he locates the grace within the grind.” Ernest Hardy, LA Weekly
“Arguably one of the most prolific, and important experimental filmmakers currently working, is an artist who thinks through the particular problems of cinema by making it.” Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA)
BLU-RAY 2-DISC SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
Presented from new digital transfers from original materials, approved by the director.
Original soundtracks in stereo 24-bit LPCM audio
World Premieres on Blu-ray
The Island of St. Matthews (2013)
Tonsler Park (2017)
Sound That (2014)
Ears, Nose and Throat (2016)
Old Cat (2009)
Company Line (2009)
Ten Five in the Grass (2012)
Grand Finale (2015)
Three Quarters (2015)
Rams 23 Blue Bears 21 (2017)
Polly One (2018)
Round Seven (2018)
Brown Thrasher (2020)