Pioneers of African American Cinema

Pioneers of African American Cinema

Streaming Video - 1946
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Among the most fascinating chapters of film history is that of the so-called "race films" that flourished in the 1920s - '40s. Unlike the "black cast" films produced within the Hollywood studio (such as Stormy Weather or Green Pastures), these films not only starred African Americans but were funded, written, produced, directed, distributed, and often exhibited by people of color. Entrepreneurial filmmakers not only built an industry apart from the Hollywood establishment, they cultivated visual and narrative styles that were uniquely their own. ..Defying convention and operating outside the studio system, these filmmakers were the forefathers (and -mothers) of the French New Wave, the L.A. Rebellion, and the entirety of American indie cinema. Previously circulated in poor-quality 16mm prints, these newly restored versions allow us to witness the legacies of Oscar Micheaux, Spencer Williams, and James and Eloyce Gist with fresh eyes - proving that, anything but imitative, these Pioneers of African-American Cinema were purely innovative.
Publisher: Kino Lorber Edu, 1946.
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2017.
Branch Call Number: eVideo kanopy
Characteristics: 1 online resource (streaming video file) (0 minutes): digital, .flv file, sound
Additional Contributors: Kino Lorber Edu (Firm)
Kanopy (Firm)

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