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Evelyn Emile

Evelyn Emile is a filmmaker, composer, and a film projectionist working at Anthology Film Archives and the Museum of Modern Art, New York City.

Prison Films and the Idea of Two Worlds

On the southwest corner of Washington Square Park, the logic of the carceral state plays out over a game of chess. Nahshon Thomas, an aging black man with thick, plastic-rimmed glasses, invites passers-by to come to the chess table, and a young, white teenager takes up the challenge. The older man sits with steady posture—a testament to his confidence and calm focus. He takes a drag from his cigarette as he makes his next move.


The Brooklyn Rail

OCT 2021

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