USA | 1998 | 86 min. | Cauleen Smith

June 9 - 15, 2023

Drylongso follows a woman in a photography class who begins taking pictures of Black men out of fear they will soon be extinct. New 4k restoration.

Co-sponsors LANGSTON and Black Cinema Collective will each receive 25% of the proceeds from all Sunday, June 11 screenings.

A lost treasure of 1990s DIY filmmaking, Cauleen Smith’s Drylongso embeds an incisive look at racial injustice within a lovingly handmade buddy movie/murder mystery/romance. Alarmed by the rate at which the young Black men around her are dying—indeed, “becoming extinct,” as she sees it—brash Oakland art student Pica (Toby Smith) attempts to preserve their existence in Polaroid snapshots, along the way forging a friendship with a woman in an abusive relationship (April Barnett), experiencing love and loss, and being drawn into the search for a serial killer who is terrorizing the city. Capturing the vibrant community spirit of Oakland in the nineties, Smith crafts both a rare cinematic celebration of Black female creativity and a moving elegy for a generation of lost African American men.

  • Director: Cauleen Smith
  • Principal Cast: Toby Smith, April Barnett, Will Power
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 1998
  • Running Time: 86 min.
  • Producer: Salim Akil
  • Screenplay: Salim Akil, Cauleen Smith
  • Cinematographers: Andrew Black
  • Editors: Cauleen Smith
  • Music: Curt Harpel, Pat Thomi
  • Language: English