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Third Root Art House Film Series: Black Science Fiction

When: Third Thursday of every month, 8 p.m. Continues through Aug. 20 2009

Though it's often perceived as a nostalgia-based trend, Afrofuturism has seen a revival in recent years. Much of the credit goes to artists like DJ Spooky -- who used splice-and-dice tactics to "remix" D.W. Griffith's film TheBirth of a Nation, and the surrealist paintings of Marcel Duchamp -- and science fiction writer Octavia Butler, who used time travel to revisit slave history. Paul Beatty used elements of Afrofuturism in his recent novel, Slumberland, in which a free-jazz saxophonist sets out to destroy the Berlin Wall, with sound as his armature. This summer, Third Root Productions will honor some of the trailblazers in this artistic movement, with its black science fiction film series. It kicks off Thursday, June 18, with a screening and discussion of Sun Ra: Space Is the Place. Later installments feature John Sayles' Brother from Another Planet and Lizzie Borden's Born in Flames. The series runs every third Thursday through August 20 at Golden Bridge Lofts (330 13th St., Oakland), 8 p.m., $5-$10.

Rachel Swan

Price: $5-$10

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