Visible Man: Ellison on Film with Paul Devlin



Tuesday, March 11th, 7:00pm

The National Jazz Museum Presents Jazz on Film

Visible Man: Ellison on Film with Paul Devlin

In Honor of the Centennial of Ralph Ellison's Birth

(March 1, 1914-April 16, 1994)

Paul Devlin will host a screening and discussion of Ralph Ellison’s most important appearance on film in which he discusses and reads from his work, along with filmed discussions of Ellison’s friends discussing his life and work, and film adaptations of his work. This evening will be a rare opportunity to see the outstanding and seldom-viewed 1999 film adaption of Ellison’s story “King of the Bingo Game.” Paul will also discuss the important role of movie-making in Ellison’s fiction. Paul may also play and discuss rare audio of Ellison reading from his work.

Paul Devlin is a literary and cultural critic whose work has appeared in Slate, The Root, The Daily Beast, the San Francisco Chronicle, Capital New York, the New York Times Book Review and other publications. He is the editor of Rifftide: The Life and Opinions of Papa Jo Jones as told to Albert Murray (University of Minnesota Press, 2011), which was a finalist for the Jazz Journalists Association book award in 2012. He teaches at St. John’s University and is a Ph.D. Candidate at Stony Brook University. Paul has hosted programs and discussions at The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and D.C. Moore Gallery. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and the Jazz Journalists Association.