I'm a Ph.D student at UCLA Film and Media Studies Department. I write my dissertation on Blaxploitation cinema and my main focus is on the movie-going culture in Los Angeles in the 1970s.
My work is interdisciplinary by idea, linking together film theory, ethnography, oral history, audience and exhibition studies. I find the post-soul, blaxploitation era fascinating and turbulent period of the American history (especially within African American community) and therefore worth of preservation and deeper examination.
I wish to conduct an ethnographical study in the form of interviews among spectators that grow up in the 1970s and were active cinema-goers who remember seeing films like "Shaft", "Superfly" or "Coffy" in the movie theatre and could tell me about their memories, habits, behavior, the cultural and social atmosphere of the given period.
Particularly I find very interesting the story of Baldwin Theatre, built in 1949 by 3741 S La Brea Avenue, one of the few nation's first-run black owned movie houses. It was closed in 1981 and there is very little information available about it's owners, history or audience.
The is a lot of stories to tell and share regarding Black film boom, especially in the multicultural city so closely related to the movie industry.
If you would like to participate in my study or know someone who might be interested please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
I'd be extremely grateful for any help!!!