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Cry of the Third Eye: The Last Resort

Presented with Aurora Picture Show

with an Online Audience Q&A

Jun 27, 2020, 07:00 PM Virtual Screening Free Get Tickets

The Houston Cinema Arts Society (HCAS) is partnering with Aurora Picture Show and the Houston Public Library to present the Houston premiere virtual theatrical run of Lisa E. Harris' Cry of the Third Eye: The Last Resort from Friday, June 19th (Juneteenth) to Saturday, June 27th (RIP DJ Screw). Lisa E. Harris will also answer audience questions on Wednesday, June 24th at 7:00pm, moderated by HCAS Artistic Director Jessica Green, on Instagram Live.  This program is made possible with funding from Humanities Texas and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the federal CARES Act.

Lisa will only be answering questions via IG Live and will not be performing virtually, issuing the following statement:

Black Bodies in Space: A Performer’s response to Dead Performance Online

I will not be engaging in live performance online during the pandemic, in light of more recent killings and public lynchings of Black people in this country. I will not share my Life performance in the same space that Death performance is being created, distributed and consumed. This online dead performance practice that continues to happen on us is terrorizing and institutionally funded. I am reminded that the public sphere is not obligated to any part of my Life performance, and I will not subjugate myself willingly to the entropic communion that insists on persisting.

As long as Black bodies are being forced to perform dead online, I will not be performing live online.

As long as I am Black, I will not be performing live online until I feel like my Black body is safe in space.

Li Harris May 27, 2020


Cry of the Third Eye: The Last Resort (2019) is the third and final act of Cry of the Third Eye, a three-act performed opera film by artist Grammy-Nominated Lisa E. Harris that considers gentrification, intergenerational legacy, loss, and the space of dreams. The completion of this meditational trilogy which spans a decade in the Historic Third Ward District of Houston, archives aspects of the artist's inner and outer environments as they change over time.

Co-Presented by Aurora Picture Show
Aurora Picture Show is a non-profit media arts center that presents artist-made, non-commercial film and video. They are dedicated to expanding the cinematic experience and promoting the understanding and appreciation of moving image art.

Country, Year United States, 2019
DirectorLisa E. Harris
WriterLisa E. Harris
CastTamirah Collins, Jha'quallin Mitchell, Anne Carillo, Landa Harris, Mister Lister
ProducerStudio Enertia, Lisa E. Harris
Runtime30 MINS, 0 SECS
Event TypeFilm
Special Guests

Lisa E. Harris

Lisa E. Harris, Li, is an independent and interdisciplinary artist, creative soprano, performer, composer, improviser, writer, singer/songwriter and educator from Houston. Li's work focuses on the energetic relationships between body, land, spirit and place. Using voice, theremin, movement, meditation and new media to explore spatial awareness, relationality, panoptical surveillance and sonic profiling, she maintains a focused concentration on healing in performance and living. She is the founder and creative director of Studio Enertia, an arts collective with Pittsburgh creator Alisha B. Wormsley. Studio Enertia produced Harris’s 10 year durational work, Cry of the Third Eye, a new opera film in Three Acts that archives the effects of gentrification on her Houston neighborhood. Recent engagements include 'The Nubian Word for Flowers- a phantom Opera' by Pauline Oliveros and IONE, and 'Earthseed', a co-composition commission with Nicole M. Mitchell for Chicago's Art Institute.