Reel Women in Film: Carmen Jones

CANCELLED | Texas Spirit Theater | NR | 95 min. | Drama, Musical, Romance

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Due to ongoing developments with COVID-19, this program is cancelled as a precautionary measure to ensure the health and safety of our community.

April 10, 2020 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Join the Bullock Museum for a screening and conversation about the documentary film Carmen Jones.

Carmen Jones is a pop opera based on a 19th-century French opera about an independent woman who lives by her own rules and discards men when she grows tired of them.

Event Details

Styled by Mary Ann Nyberg, Dorothy Dandridge stars in Carmen Jones draped in costumes that are iconic for their risk taking lines and colors. This 1940s, deep-south-set musical has an African American cast and set Dandridge apart as being the first African American woman to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Carmen Jones was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" in 1992. 

This screening is part of Reel Women in Film, a film series that highlights the filmic works of women in front of or behind the camera. In its second season, focus will be on ideas of empowerment seen through the lens of fashion and activism. Additionally, we will look at those within the field of filmmaking that are in the periphery, the costume designers. This evening's program is shown in conjunction with our Fashion Forward exhibition, which explores how the fashion innovations of yesterday impact our closets today. The evening's program includes a film screening and Q&A with Associate Professor in the English and African and African Diaspora Studies department at the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Jennifer Wilks. Prior to the feature film is Alie Jackson's short film, Rush Hour Rituals. Come early and explore the 3rd floor exhibit and enjoy complimentary coffee and treats from 6:00pm until 7:00pm. Quantities are limited. Seating for film begins at 6:30 p.m.

Please note: Entrance for this screening will be at the IMAX Lobby doors.

Your ticket purchase supports the Bullock Museum's exhibitions and educational programming.

The Bullock Texas State History Museum is a division of the Texas State Preservation Board. Additional support for educational programming provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.

Film Credits

Rating: NR
Suggested age: 18+
Costume Designer: Mary Ann Nyberg
Director: Otto Preminger
Runtime: 105 min.
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Release year: 1954

About the Guest Speaker

Jennifer Wilks is an associate professor of English & African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, where she currently serves as Associate Director of the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies. She is currently writing a cultural history of Carmen with a focus on adaptations set in African diasporic contexts. Also an award-winning teacher, Wilks is a member of the inaugural Texas 10, the Texas Exes’ annual recognition of top UT Austin professors, and a recipient of the Harry Ransom Award for Teaching Excellence (College of Liberal Arts, 2018) and the Thomas Cable Upper-Division Teaching Award (Department of English, 2010).

About the Short Film and Filmmaker


Alie Jackson is a Multimedia Artist, Art Director and Animator born and raised in Austin, TX. She received her B.F.A. from Stephen F. Austin State University with a focus on Advertising Design and Photography. As a multimedia artist, she has screened experimental films and music videos at Transform Film Festival, Austin Music Video Festival and has participated in residency programs focused on her work in Augmented Reality and Animation. She works out of her studio at the Museum of Human Achievement in East Austin as a Senior Art Director and Official Snapchat Lens Creator on projects that range from branding, motion graphics, AR filters, and social media campaigns. She has also worked with clients including Nike, Jordan, ABC, Sony, Amazon Music, FX, Disney, TNT, Warner Brothers, Universal Studios, Amazon Studios, and Marvel.

About the Texas Spirit Theater and Tickets

The Texas Spirit Theater located on the Bullock Museum's second floor is one of the most beautiful film experiences in Austin and features multi-sensory special effects such as lightning, rain, and other surprises.

Museum Members enjoy free unlimited IMAX® documentary films, discounts on feature film tickets, free exhibition admission, discounts in the Museum Store, and more. Learn More.

Learn about ticket prices, refund policies, and parking (free after 5 pm). Please note that visitors under age fifteen must be accompanied by someone age sixteen or older. For evening programs, please enter through the Bullock Museum IMAX Theatre.