Pioneers of African-American Cinema

Release Date:  7/26/16; DVD & Blu-Ray Running Time:  952 mins Studio:   Kino Lorber Details:   This collection of the historically vital works of America’s legendary first African-American filmmakers is the only one of its kind.  Funded in part by a highly successful Kickstarter campaign, the packaged set includes no fewer than a dozen feature-length films and…

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The Black Horror Genre

Movies are a powerful tool for manipulating facts, information and images that often affect people’s perceptions, beliefs and mental attitudes toward the subject presented. Throughout the history of motion pictures, horror films, like many other movie genres have revealed, through representations, perceptions of Blacks and Black cultural themes, as well as have contributed to and…

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The Homesteader

Details: Year of Release:  1919 Genre:  Drama Rating: N/A Runtime:  Unknown Silent Black & White Studio:  Micheaux Book and Film Company Producer:  Oscar Micheaux Director:  Oscar Micheaux; Jerry Mills Cast: Charles D. Lucas (Jean Baptiste) Evelyn Preer (Orlean) Iris Hall (Agnes Stewart) Vernon S. Duncan (McCarthy) Inez Smith (Ethel) Trevy Woods (Glavis/Ethel’s husband) Synopsis:    In South…

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THE DEVIL’S DAUGHTER

a/k/a POCOMANIA  Sister Against Sister In A Burning Drama Of Love And Hate In The Tropics Details Year of Release:  1939 Genre:  Drama Rating:  N/A Runtime:  67 mins. Black & White Studio:  Sack Amusement Enterprises Producer:  Arthur Leonard Director:  Arthur Leonard Cast Nina Mae McKinney (Isabelle Walton) Jack Carter (Philip Ramsay) Ida James (Sylvia Walton)…

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DOUBLE DEAL

Tagline GUNS BARK AS RIVAL GANGS FIGHT FOR POWER! Details Year of Release: 1939 Genre: Crime/Drama Rating: N/A Runtime: 60 mins. Black & White Studio: Dixon R. Harwin Productions/Argus Pictures Producer: Dixon R. Harwin/George Randol Director: Arthur Dreifuss Cast Monte Hawley (Jim McCoy) Jeni Le Gon (Nita Walker) Eddie Thompson (Dude Markey) Florence O’Brien (Sally)…

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History of Black Cinema

Films featuring Black performers and images have evolved from those which reflected the notions of Whites to those which fully explore African-American issues and themes.

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