In Conversation: Ashley Clark

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6:30pm – 7:30pm, Tuesday 8 February // Free

We welcome film programmer and writer Ashley Clark to the Cinema of Ideas for this free in-conversation event with Charlotte Cook.

Now the Curatorial Director of the Criterion Collection, Clark has been a creative and highly-influential voice in celebrating and contextualising Black cinema culture over the last decade. From London, but now based in the US, Clark has curated landmark programmes at many major venues on both sides of the Atlantic including the BFI, MoMA, TIFF Bell Lightbox, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (where he was Director of Film Programming from 2017-2020).

Fresh from attending the Sundance Film Festival, Clark will discuss his passion for cinema and his innovative approach to programming in a conversation with fellow programmer and producer Charlotte Cook, Co-Founder of Field of Vision.

This is a free event but you can support the Cinema of Ideas and our partner cinemas with an optional donation at checkout.



Ashley Clark

Ashley Clark is the curatorial director at the Criterion Collection. Previously, he worked as director of film programming at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and he has curated film series at BFI Southbank, the Museum of Modern Art, TIFF Bell Lightbox, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture, among other venues. He has contributed writing to publications including The New York Times, Vulture, Sight & Sound, 4Columns, and the Guardian, and he maintains a semi-regular column on nonfiction film, “By Ashley Clark”, for Field of Vision’s Field Notes journal. He is the author of the book Facing Blackness: Media and Minstrelsy in Spike Lee’s “Bamboozled” (2015).

Charlotte Cook

Charlotte Cook is the Co-Founder and Executive Producer of Field of Vision, a film unit that supports and commissions filmmakers and artists to make short form, episodic and feature length creative documentaries. Prior to Field of Vision, she was the Director of Programming at Hot Docs. In addition to her work at Field of Vision, Charlotte is currently a programmer at CPH:DOX and recently produced Do Not Split, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award.

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