The San Antonio Film Commission, in partnership with Texas Public Radio and Slab Cinema, presents the final entry in the excellent Made in S.A. film series. As part of San Antonio’s Tricentennial celebrations, this series has spotlighted films that were shot (at least in part) in the Alamo City.
The final film in the series is Go Down, Death!
, a 1945 indie film by the pioneering African-American star and filmmaker Spencer K. Williams. Shot at various locales around our East Side, the film follows a crime boss who is eventually overcome with guilt from his war with a local preacher. Falling into the bygone category of a “race film,” Go Down, Death!
features a mainly black cast and was made for black audiences. As such, the film provides an excellent opportunity to celebrate not only the achievement an esteemed black director, but also to consider, in a broad sense, the important contributions made by San Antonio’s African-American community.
Free, Mon May 21, 8pm, Sunset Station, 1174 E. Commerce St., sanantonio300.org.
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