Comfort Station, Homeroom and Hyde Park Art Center jointly present a film as part of Comfort Station’s Silent Films and Loud Music Series. The silent film Within Our Gates (1920) by Oscar Devereaux Micheaux will be screened with accompanying original music by Chicago composer and pianist Paul Giallorenzo and trumpeter Ben Lamar Gay. Micheaux, an author, film director and independent producer of more than 44 films, is regarded as the first ever major African-American feature filmmaker.Within Our Gates (drama/black & white ‧ 1h 19m) tells the story of kindly Sylvia Landry (Evelyn Preer), who takes a fundraising trip to Boston in hopes of collecting $5,000 to keep a Southern school for impoverished black children open to the public. She then meets the warmhearted Dr. Vivian (Charles Lucas), who falls in love with Sylvia and travels with her back to the South. There, Dr. Vivian learns about Sylvia’s shocking, tragic past and realizes that racism has changed her life forever.
Free but a collection will be taken for the musicians.