december, 2022

10dec10:00 am12:00 pmFilm screening: 'Go Down, Death!' and the untold story of Savannah's first Black movie theaterFilm screening: 'Go Down, Death!' and the untold story of Savannah's first Black movie theater

Event Details

Join the SCAD Museum of Art’s Evans Center for African American Studies for a screening of Spencer Williams’ 1944 film Go Down, Death! After the screening, SCAD cinema studies professor Chad Newsom leads a presentation on the untold story of Savannah’s first Black movie theater.

Race and moviegoing have intersected since the medium’s origins, and for cinema’s first 70 years, going to the movies was an unequal and segregated experience. In response, African American entrepreneurs built, owned, and operated theaters, creating a welcoming space for Black moviegoers in the age of Jim Crow. Learn the story of Savannah’s first African American theater — what made it so groundbreaking and how it challenges and changes our understanding of cinema history.

Free and open to the public, this program is presented in connection with the exhibition Aaron Douglas: Sermons.


About the presenter
Chad Newsom is a professor of cinema studies in the department of art history at SCAD, where he teaches film history classes. Interested in forgotten stories of cinema’s past — movies, stars, and the theaters where audiences encountered those phenomena — he is currently researching the local history of film exhibition and Savannah’s African American movie theaters.

About the Evans Center
Established in 2011, the SCAD Museum of Art’s Walter and Linda Evans Center for African American Studies celebrates the imaginative breadth and expressive legacy of African American art and culture. Through experimental public programs, immersive workshops, riveting lectures, and topical symposia, the Evans Center immerses students and community members in the rich tapestry of Black expression.


(Saturday) 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


SCAD Museum of Art

601 Turner Blvd, Savannah, GA 31401


SCAD Museum of 601 Turner Blvd