Emergency Needs is a 16mm film about the mayor of Cleveland, Ohio Carl Stokes, dealing with the July 1968 uprising.
A staging of the last speech of Alessandro de’ Medici (1510- 1537), the first Duke of Florence. Because of his mixed African Italian heritage, Alessandro, sometimes referred to as Il Moro (the Moor), has been called the first black European head of state. Rhinoceros suggests that Alessandro de’ Medici’s final political performance was captured on tape for television broadcast and now exists as found object and historical document.
Rita Larson's Boy
Everson hoped to find a lost audition tape of the actor Nathaniel Taylor, raised in Columbus, MS, who portrayed the character ‘Rollo Larson’ — Rita Larson’s Boy — in the 70s sitcom Sanford and Son. With no luck, he set out to make his own version of the tape. Ten young actors, in Cleveland Ohio, portray ten actors auditioning for the role of Rollo Larson.
Centers on the famous 1978 boxing match in Dayton, Ohio between Sugar Ray Leonard and prizefighter Art McKnight of Mansfield, Ohio. One of a series of films focusing on people and phenomenon related to the filmmaker’s hometown.
About mobility and immobility, or just trying to stay warm. Featuring DeCarrio Couley shadowboxing to the rhythm of a hand-cranked Bolex.
Charlie’s Proof is about legendary Charlie Smith of Columbus, Mississippi disagreeing with the filmmaker.
Music from the Edge of the Allegheny Plateau
Rappers and gospel singers, on the streets and in their homes. Everson was inspired by William Klein’s The Little Richard Story (1980), a film that tells the story of the rock- and-roll icon’s life through the eyes and experiences of friends, family, and impersonators.