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Sheril Antonio
Sheril Antonio, B.F.A., M.A., Ph.D., New York.

Dr. Antonio is an Associate Arts Professor in the Department Art and Public Policy at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and also serves as the Associate Dean of Film and Television.

Film scholar and lecturer, Dr. Antonio is the author of Contemporary African American Cinema (Peter Lang, Inc., 2002); a contributing writer on New Black Cinema -- When Self-Empowerment Becomes Assimilation (Bertz Verlag, 2005); “Matriarchs, Rebels, Adventurers, and Survivors: Renditions of Black Womanhood in Contemporary African American Cinema” (Sight & Sound- Supplement, July 2005); and a feature essay for inaugural issue of Black Camera “The Urban-Rural Binary in Black American Film and Culture” (Indiana University Press 2009).

She has been a guest on WNYC 93.9 FM, Orpheus: To Hell and Back (2005); a Panelist on “The Other in Bush World USA” (for the book Bushwomen by Laura Flanders, 2005); and serves as an advisor and lecturer for a variety of projects including the Democracy Video Challenge with the U.S. State Department, and as a jury member for the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise, and Panasonic Kid Witness News.

Her courses include “The World Through Art” and "Anatomy of Difference: the Other in Film", and she co-taught "Conventional Steps to Unconventional Image-Making: A Close Reading” for the Center for Art, Society, and Public Policy."

Entries by Sheril Antonio

The Conversation About Race Is Missing the Larger Issue

(4) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 1:28 PM

As discussions about race percolate again in America, sometimes violently, we need to realize that we are always talking about race even when we are not talking about it. Omission is an essential part of the conversation.

We have been witnessing this resurgence in the media lately from all sectors...

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Negotiating Past and Present With the Film Selma

(2) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 4:02 PM

The film Selma reminds us how much we can learn from watching a historically based movie, even when we already know most of the details. In this "based on a true story" film, while we are not given a great deal of new information, we are...

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Film Is Not Dead, Apparently

(3) Comments | Posted February 8, 2015 | 5:21 PM

A few days ago I read an article in Indiewire that announced: "Film is Here to Stay!" I emailed it to a colleague at NYU and he responded almost immediately, "get back the flatbeds!!!" referring to the Steenbecks we had finally retired in our...

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Bringing Bette Davis Back

(1) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 4:07 PM

Justin Timberlake is bringing sexy back and I'm bringing Bette Davis back to my screen.

On a rainy August day on the east coast while pondering what to do inside, I decided to watch as many of her films I could get my hands on. It always surprises...

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What Will '12 Years A Slave' Teach the U.S.?

(2) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 9:53 AM

I read in Variety that 12 Years a Slave will now be taught in U.S. high schools. What an achievement. While it is indeed true what Edward W. Said says -- in his book Culture and Imperialism: "... there is no just way in which the past can...

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Kill Your Darlings

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 2:12 PM

Director John Krokidas' Kill Your Darlings is a fascinating coming of age story that makes an unexpected contribution to the evolution of the film noir genre. Krokidas told a full house at the Paris theater in NYC that this labor of love took 10 years to...

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Otelo Burning

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 2:42 PM

Otelo Burning set my emotions ablaze! I watched a geographically distant past that became present that ended up as a timeless tale despite the specificity of race, place, and the specific historical backdrop.

This often-quiet film explodes with deep passion igniting memories of the South African apartheid and the perils...

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How I Would Teach The Film Precious

(6) Comments | Posted October 21, 2012 | 12:47 PM

When teaching the film Precious (2009) I would have to encourage students to grapple with issues of spectatorship with regard to representations of Blacks in American cinema. Although Black Americans or African Americans have been filmmakers since the early 1900s, it was not until the 1980s that mainstream...

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Leslye Headland's Bachelorette

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 4:14 PM

Leslye Headland's debut film Bachelorette (2012) is an intensely complex mix of totally inappropriate humor and very sad moments carefully nestled in a well drawn study of how past regrets became the noticeable roots of our characters' present habits. The four women at the center of this story...

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Red Hook Summer

(1) Comments | Posted August 9, 2012 | 2:49 PM

Partly paying homage to Red Hook, Brooklyn, partly a loss of innocence story on many, many levels, partly a commentary on churches across America, Red Hook Summer (2012) thrusts its main character Flick (Jules Brown) and the audience into a hot and confusing summer in the housing projects...

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Mike Tyson -- Undisputed Truth

(3) Comments | Posted August 2, 2012 | 5:54 PM

Mike Tyson -- Undisputed Truth
Directed by Spike Lee

Spike Lee has done it again but for the first time, it's on Broadway and the kind of LIVE! I have never before experienced.

As soon as we entered the Longacre on 48th street it was clear that Brooklyn...

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Beasts of the Southern Wild

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 6:18 PM

Benh Zeitlin's Beasts of the Southern Wild is a superb addition to the recently minted "You Go, Girl" genre.

This vivid and visceral film brings out the theme of racial diversity in an odd but comfortable mix of a natural yet fantastical world of a child's real-life...

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Vintage Spike Lee on HBO

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2012 | 2:44 PM

Last month HBO was showing Spike Lee's Girl 6(1996) and this month (until May 28) Crooklyn (1994).

I have been encouraging folks to take a look at the films and report back on how it compares to their first viewing -- if they have seen it before and if they...

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Hysteria? Hysterical!

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 6:06 PM

While Tanya Wexler's new film Hysteria is at times a LOL-hysterical romantic comedy, it also skillfully navigates important issues about class and medical practices in the 1880s, and takes a good look at women's rights in general.

The story takes place in London and has an interesting...

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Love More! Do Justice! Tell the Truth!

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2012 | 5:09 PM

On Saturday April 14 at Canio's Cultural Café/book store in Sag Harbor, New York I heard Reverend Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou, read from his latest work, Gods, Gays, and Guns: Essays on Religion and the Future of Democracy. Excerpts from the book can be found

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You Go Girl!

(1) Comments | Posted April 5, 2012 | 2:50 PM

As a teacher it is my duty to introduce my students to films they have not seen, or in some cases may not want to see. As a teacher I believe it is also my duty to watch the films my students watch, whether I want to see them or...

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Remembering Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple

(3) Comments | Posted March 15, 2012 | 12:22 PM

I recently had the pleasure of being on a panel that introduced the March 10th New York Times Film Club's Red Carpet Classic Screening of Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple (1985). The panel moderator was Toure and my fellow panelists included Adepero Oduye (Pariah 2011) and LaChanze who...

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Cruel and Unusual Comedy?

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2012 | 6:47 PM

In the piece I wrote about The Artist I mentioned the Silent Clown Film Series and I am delighted to report that I have had many inquiries since then about where to see more silent films. As an educator and film enthusiast I'm thrilled to once again be a supporter...

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Where Is the Help for Black Filmmakers in Hollywood?

(61) Comments | Posted March 2, 2012 | 10:34 AM

Congratulations to Ms. Octavia Spencer for winning the Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for The Help (2011). I thoroughly enjoyed her on screen passion, humor and audacity. Her irreverence shimmered like glitter, her rage took on an artistic flair, and the relationship she...

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Golden Globes Get It Right With the Artist

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2012 | 4:26 PM

Congrats to the Hollywood Foreign Press for giving The Artist the respect and attention it deserves. The film won three awards for Best Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy (Jean Dujardin), and Best Original Score -- Motion...

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