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By Elizabeth Jackson

Filmmaker Barbara McCullough

nitially interested in dance,
Barbara McCullough
decided instead to pursue a
career in the visual arts, and
began to experiment with
photography, video and film.
McCullough first produced Shopping

Bag Spirits and Freeway Fetishes: Reflections
on Ritual Space (1980), a 60-minute experimental documentary that investigated the use of ritual in artists' work and how
this ritual touched upon their collective, Mrican pasts. A
second film that year, Fragments, reexamined the theme.
In 1981, McCullough produced Water Ritual #1: An
Urban Rite ofPurification, a poetic film that explored the use
of ritual for exorcising the societal frustration that engulfs
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Black folk. In this ftIm, ritual is used to evoke the spirit-the
tool used to initiate change.
Also produced in 1981 was McCullough's short, The World
Saxophone Quartet This film provided a glance at the innovative jazz group in concert and conversation. McCullough's
most recent work, Horace Tapscott: Music Griot(1992), is an
hour-long examination of the man and the mind of this
brilliant keyboardist.
McCullough has served as the production coordinator,
national productions, for KCET-TV in Los Angeles, and is
currendy production manager for Pacific Data Images, a
company that creates computer animated imagery for motion
pictures and television. A graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles School of Film, Barbara McCullough spoke
with Elizabeth Jackson for Black Film Review.
Black Film Review