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Special event at Wichita Art Museum celebrates Oscar Micheaux

Oscar Micheaux
Oscar Micheaux Courtesy photo

Special event

▪  “An Evening with Oscar Micheaux” – Tallgrass Film Association and the Wichita Art Museum are teaming up to present this celebration of Kansan Oscar Micheaux (1884-1951), best-selling novelist and the first major African-American feature filmmaker.

The program will include a screening of the 2014 biopic “Czar of Black Hollywood,” which explores Micheaux’s career. That will be followed with a screening of Micheaux’s groundbreaking 1925 silent film “Body and Soul,” which has been digitally remastered.

Tallgrass staff and special guests will participate in a discussion after the films.

The program starts at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd. Admission is free.

Best bets opening Friday

▪ “Race” – Biopic that follows Jesse Owens’ quest to compete in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy.

▪ “The Witch” – Strange events befall a farmer and his family when they are banished to the edge of an ominous forest in 1630 New England.

Also opening Friday

▪ “Busco Novio Para Mi Mujer” – A husband fed up with his nagging and nitpicking wife comes up with a plan to end the unhappy union.

▪ “Risen” – A Roman military tribune (Joseph Fiennes) is given the task of investigating the mystery of what happened to Jesus following the Crucifixion.

Rod Pocowatchit