Linwood Dunn Theater
1313 Vine Street
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Lead actors Tommye Myrick and Richard Romain in person.
Introduction by special guest Chaz Ebert.
Color. 90 minutes. 35mm.
Courtesy of IndieCollect
A Romeo & Juliet love story with a delightful surprise ending, Cane River is set in Louisiana in one of the first free communities of color. The young couple -- played by Richard Romain and Tommye Myrick -- confront schisms of class and color that roil America to this day. After the untimely death of director Horace Jenkins in 1982, a few screenings followed and then the film was lost from view for nearly 40 years.
Cane River was an unknown title when the negative was found by the Academy and IndieCollect teams in the vault of DuArt Film & Video in 2013 -- one of many films rescued and given a home by the Academy Film Archive. The following year, AFA curator Ed Carter located the movie’s original editor, Debi Moore. With her guidance, and vital legwork by New York Times reporter John Anderson, IndieCollect was able to trace the cast, crew and heirs to learn more about director Horace Jenkins.
The Academy Film Archive struck a new 35mm print and IndieCollect used that element to create a 4K digital master using a Kinetta Archival Scanner.
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., showcased Cane River in the fall of 2018 and the Museum of Modern Art hosted the New York City premiere in early 2019. Critics have since called the film “a major rediscovery” and “a work of visionary artistry and progressive imagination.”
As Cane River was never previously shown in Los Angeles, this special screening is a historic occasion.
Funding for this project was provided by the Roger & Chaz Ebert Foundation, Just Films / Ford Foundation, and the Amistad Research Center of Tulane University.
Directed, produced and written by Horace Jenkins.
Cast: Tommye Myrick, Richard Romain, Carol Sutton, Barbara Tasker, Ilunga Adell, Lloyd La Cour.