Reel Black Talk: A Sourcebook of 50 American Filmmakers available in Hardcover
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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.
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
St. Clair Bourne
Roy Campanella, II
Reginald Hudlin and Warrington Hudlin
Albert & Allen Hughes
George Jackson and Doug McHenry
Floyd Norman and Leo D. Sullivan
Gordon Parks Sr.
Arlando C. Smith
Mario Van Peebles
Melvin Van Peebles
The Wayans: Keenan, Damon, Shawn & Marlon