Isaac Julien

Artist Isaac Julien 

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Internationally recognized artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien is coming to the Cameo Cinema on Dec. 1 at 5:45 p.m. for a benefit fundraiser for Friends of the Cameo.

Julien will present his works “Western Union, Small Boats” and “Baltimore,” followed by a conversation with Aebhric Coleman, the director of The Kramlich Collection, an international collection of film, video and media art, created by Pamela and Richard Kramlich. The event continues at dinner at Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen.

Tickets are $150 for the screening, reception and dinner; another option is to attend the screening and a wine reception with the artist for $75.

Born in 1960, Julien graduated from Central Saint Martin’s School of Art in London in 1985, and has been making films and producing film installations for more than 20 years. He came to prominence with his 1989 film” Looking for Langston,” a cinematically lush, poetic exploration of Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance. Julien’s gallery installations produce complex narratives that reflect critical thinking about race, globalization, and the politics of representation.

The Cameo event also marks the opening of “Playtime,” a major exhibition of Julien’s work at the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture more information at fortmason.org/event/playtime. The Cameo event will be Julien’s only North Bay appearance.

“This fundraiser will support the Cameo’s ongoing efforts to provide the creative and savvy content our community has come to expect,” said Cathy Buck, founder of the Cameo. “We rely on private donations to fund two out of every five of our programs.”

The Cameo Cinema is at 1340 Main St., St. Helena. The seating for the dinner is limited to 40 guests. For more information, call 707-963-9779 or visit friendsofthecameo.org/.

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