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As we continue our Black History Month exploration of Tribeca selections helmed by black directors, it’s time to turn our attention to a daring and genuinely monumental exercise that was ignored upon its first bow but remains radical and required viewing for anyone who cares about the past, present, and future of movies.

In 2005, writer, director, documentarian, and film movement leader William Greaves debuted Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take Two and a Half, in which the late indie pioneer, with the help of invaluable executive producers Steve Buscemi and Steven Soderbergh, revisited and re-conceived his 1968 avant-garde landmark, pictured here, a cult classic and film school staple that acerbically captured the making of a film within a film within a film. Greaves’ update of his experimental, docu-fictional meditation on the warped and knotty act of moviemaking only intensifies this fluid work’s status as a bona fide cinematic revolution unto itself.