Kevin Jerome Everson’s prolific body of film work engages with the history and culture of working-class black Americans and people of African decent. His short gestural films confound simplistic expectations of ethnographic documentary, poetic narrative, or theatrical drama. He stitches archival footage, scripted sequences, vérité documents, and abstract aural and visual minutiae into textured portraits of people, places, economics, politics, and ephemera. Company Line is a representative work that focuses on details of physical and speech gestures, the mechanics and materials of labour, and employment architecture to explore the lives of city workers in Mansfield, Ohio, while hinting at larger questions about freedom and prosperity for black Americans. The Reverend E. Randall T. Osborn, First Cousin, one of Everson’s signature archival films, reveals the construction of performance and portrayal in a minimally edited interview with Martin Luther King Jr.’s first cousin about police brutality during race riots in Cleveland. According to… is an exemplar of Everson’s astute and seamless montage of fiction and nonfiction, which aims to question authority, authenticity and the representation and preservation of African-American history.
Born in 1965 and originally from Mansfield, Ohio, Everson lives and works in Charlottesville, Virginia. His is the director of three features and more than 50 short films and videos. His work has been exhibited at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Whitechapel Gallery in London, and many other venues. His is the recipient, among other honours, of Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Arts, and National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships.
Company Line (2009. 30 mins.) | FifeVille (2005. 15 mins.) | The Picnic (2007. 3 mins.) | Something Else (2007. 2 mins.) | Ring (2008. 2 mins.) | Second and Lee, (2007. 3 mins.) | The Reverend E. Randall T. Osborn, First Cousin (2007. 3 mins.) | 753 McPherson Street (2009. 2 mins.) | Playing Dead (200. 2 mins.) | According to… (2007. 9 mins.)
Running time: approx. 70 mins.