Past Event

Visible Man: Ellison on Film with Paul Devlin

Paul Devlin, film critic, will host an evening focused on the role that film has played in Ellison’s life and work. We will view films featuring Ellison, films of others talking about Ellison, and film interpretations of his work. Rare recordings of Ellison reading his own work will be heard, and Paul will discuss the important role of movie-making in
Ellison’s unpublished novel Three Days Before the Shooting….This evening will be a rare opportunity to see the outstanding and seldom-viewed 1999 film adaption of Ellison’s story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.