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Reel Black Talk: A Sourcebook of 50 American Filmmakers

Reel Black Talk: A Sourcebook of 50 American Filmmakers

by Linda Allen, Spencer MoonLinda Allen


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As evidenced in interviews included in this volume, many African American filmmakers consider themselves artists first, their ethnicity being only part of what influences their work. This is the first book by an African American on contemporary African American filmmakers. Here directors and producers speak for themselves, posing challenges to current thinking in the field. Special emphasis is given to the filmmakers' productions and their experiences. Essays on historic figures reveal the rich history of the African American contribution to cinema. From Oscar Micheaux and Spencer Williams to Neema Barnett and the team of George Jackson and Doug McHenry, this revealing reference work will enlighten scholars, students, and film buffs.

As early as 1899, African Americans were involved in the filmmaking industry. Oscar Micheaux took directing, writing, and producing to a higher level with the release of his first film in 1918; by 1948 he had made more than forty films. Currently, by international world cinema standards, the African American tradition rivals cinema from anywhere in the world, but these filmmakers face a quandary: whether to make films through the Hollywood system or follow an independent vision. This book presents a cross-section of filmmakers from each camp and also focuses on those who work in both arenas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313298301
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/23/1997
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.06(d)
Lexile: 1000L (what's this?)

About the Author

SPENCER MOON is an Instructor of Black Cinema at City College in San Francisco. He has over twenty-five years of experience in independent filmmaking, broadcast production, curating and managing film exhibition programs, and writing on the filmmaking industry. He has been listed in Who's Who in Entertainment since 1989, and is coauthor (with George Hill) of Blacks in Hollywood: Five Favorable Years, 1987-1991 (1991).

Table of Contents

Foreword by George Hill


The Filmmakers

William Alexander

Madeline Anderson

Neema Barnett

St. Clair Bourne

Charles Burnett

Roy Campanella, II

Ayoka Chenzira

Francee Covington

Julie Dash

Ivan Dixon

Bill Duke

Jamaa Fanaka

Wendell Franklin

Carl Franklin

Reginald Hudlin and Warrington Hudlin

Albert & Allen Hughes

William Greaves

Henry Hampton

Hobart Harris

Wendell Harris

George Jackson and Doug McHenry

Ashley James

Avon Kirkland

Stan Lathan

Spike Lee

Louis Massiah

Oscar Micheaux

Floyd Norman and Leo D. Sullivan

Michelle Parkerson

Gordon Parks Sr.

Marlon Riggs

Matty Rich

Hugh Robertson

Jacqueline Shearer

Michael Schultz

John Singleton

Arlando C. Smith

Robert Townsend

Mario Van Peebles

Melvin Van Peebles

Mark Warren

The Wayans: Keenan, Damon, Shawn & Marlon

Spencer Williams

Allen Willis




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