ILE IFE Films
also doing business as
Ile Ife Arts
History of Ile Ife Films, Directors, Reports, Contact
Composite Fiancial Statement, 2008 - 2019
2018 Annual Report /
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2020 Annual Report
2021 Annual Report
Elizabeth Roberts was an original member of the Afro-American Dance Ensemble.
She created most of the costumes for the company, and before her passing,
she donated a rich collection of posters and over 4,300 color slides
to the Arthur Hall Collection, all of which are now in the
Special Collections Research Center in Philadelphia.
Arthur Hall Obatala
by Bruce Williams et al. (2018 digital video, 20:00)
Composed from digital preservation masters made from 16mm and 8mm film and videotapes
the Arthur Hall Collection by Ile Ife Films, the footage spans 23 years, from
ILE IFE House of Love (1973) by Raymond Hartung to the
ILE IFE Philadelphia Maine concerts (1995).
This 2018 version premiered at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of
Archaeology and Anthropology, December 8, 2018.
Ile Ife Films
Vimeo channels available (free) online
(with some overlaps)
Arthur Hall Collection Films and Videos
Arthur Hall Collection Interviews and Oral Histories
Arthur Hall Collection Archive of camera tapes and raw footage
Abbott Meader Collection Films
Bruce Williams Collection Films and Videos
The River Spirit and the Mermaid (1989)
By Barbara Bullock (Private Collection)
Africa in the Arts of Philadelphia
Bullock, Searles, and Twins Seven-Seven
February 2, 2020 - May 7, 2020
Woodmere Art Museum
9201 Germantown Avenue
See especially the
Digital Catalogue, which draws from materials in the
Arthur Hall Collection and includes an interview with Karen Warrington.
In 2022, Ile Ife Arts received permission from the Woodmere Art Museum
to publish a print edition of the digital catalogue.
The Durbar for the Asantehene - the King of the Ashanti Nation in Ghana
Arthur Hall (Nana Afo) in the center flanked by Elizabeth Roberts and
Nana Korantemaa Ayeboafo and other members the Afro-American Dance Ensemble
who were the invited guests of the Ghanaian Ambassador to the USA.
Dancers Ione Nash and Betty Alridge
The Arthur Hall Afro American
Dance Ensemble Alumni
Ruth Mills and Barbara Kinney perform Obatala for the filming of
ILE IFE (House of Love)
by Ray Hartung et al (1973, 16mm, 25:23)
Arthur Hall Collection Finding Aid
with a link to the AHC moving image database
Elizabeth Roberts photograph - Eliz3152.jpg
Dance Conga with Arthur Hall and Penny Vaden.
"... she was a principal dancer along with Karen, Carol, and Vangie,
when I first came to the center in 1968. Her mate was George Cannon, a man of small
stature, but he was a Master on the Bata Drums. They are both deceased, but I can
still see him in my mind's eye, drumming along with Farel, James Corry, Bobby Artis,
Jojo on cowbell, and Obaka on shekere," writes Barbara Kinney. (April 2018)
More Arthur Hall Collection Materials
More about ILE IFE Films
Early web pages
Digital Archive Project (November 2011)
From an archive of original 35mm color slides by Ken Abendschein
now in the Special Collections Research Center
Temple University Libraries
Arthur Hall Collection Photo Albums on Facebook
Honor Roll of Donors and Contributors
Index of subdirectories |
The counter on original website (1995-2001) was lost to the ether.
A new counter was started 9/22/2007 with
32,831 visits through 1/6/2020
when we stopped counting.
The original website was resurrected by webmaster James Williams in 2001
and transferred to Bruce Williams, Ile Ife Films on January 6, 2020.
In gratitude for this faithful and valuable work, we continue to recommend
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