A short history of black US indie cinema From silent pioneer Oscar Micheaux via blaxploitation and Spike Lee to the sensational acclaim for Moonlight, we chronicle the …
As we all know, February marks Black History Month. But this year, February also marks something else: The 100th anniversary of the birth of black cinema.
From now until February 19th, New York’s Film Society of Lincoln Center hosts Tell It Like It Is: Black Independents in New York, 1968 – 1986, an exhaustive survey of unsung movies about
At first, films were very short, sometimes only a few minutes or less. They were shown at fairgrounds and music halls or anywhere a screen could be set up and a room darkened. Subjects included local scenes and activities, views of foreign lands, short comedies and events considered newsworthy.
In a book that is at once a lament and a celebration, Wheeler Winston Dixon surveys the rise and fall of a great film art in Black and White Cinema: A Short History. Set to appear in November 2015 from Rutgers University Press , it describes a range of styles of black-and-white film art, and how they arose to create the distinctive looks of Hollywood romances, gangster dramas, films noirs, and other styles.
Common dropped his 11th studio album “Black America Again” on Friday, November 4. To celebrate, he released a special 21-minute short film of the same name, produced by Ava DuVernay. The black
A short British film exploring race relations in post-riots Notting Hill in the 1960s through the friendship of a little girl and boy. This short black and white film from 1966 is set in a London still feeling the effects of the 1958 Notting Hill race riots.
Black Star is a celebration of the range, versatility and power of black actors on film and TV, taking place in cinemas nationwide, on DVD and on BFI Player, October-December 2016 The representation of black British life has been sorely underrepresented in our national cinema, but there have been hints of a resurgence in recent years.
The history of cinema in the United States can trace its roots to the East Coast where, at one time, Fort Lee, New Jersey was the motion-picture capital of America. The industry got its start at the end of the 19th century with the construction of Thomas Edison’s » Black Maria «, the first motion-picture studio in West Orange, New Jersey .
The film went on to become the most successful martial arts film in cinematic history, popularized the martial arts film genre across the world, and cemented Bruce Lee’s status as a cultural icon. Hong Kong action cinema , however, was in decline due to a wave of » Bruceploitation » films.
“Dixon, no stranger to film history, gives us a complete overview of the black and white movie era, from the 1900s through the 1960s. He introduces us to the masters and talks about the styles and innovations of cinematographers long gone.