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Black cinema for college courses/libraries

If you are teaching film or video at a college, whether history or theory or production, here is some Black cinema beyond the mainstream. This is a starter list to get things going. Once you begin the research, you’ll find a whole universe.

Indie and avant cinema - films and videos, shorts and features and art projects. Most of these are educational sale prices, of course colleges are going through tough budget times, but these filmmakers are worth the extra effort. Many should be on Kanopy too.

Info on the L.A. Rebellion filmmakers, starting in the 60s and 70s, including Charles Burnett, Larry Clark, Julie Dash, Zeinabu Irene Davis, Haile Gerima, Billy Woodberry and more:

Milestone Films
Bless Their Little Hearts (Woodberry)
Killer of Sheep (Burnett)
My Brother’s Wedding (Burnett)
Losing Ground (Kathleen Collins, recently rediscovered by audiences)

Julie Dash
Praise House (short)
Daughters of the Dust

Zeinabu Irene Davis
Her doc on the LA Rebellion film scene:

Haile Gerima’s bookstore and cafe with DVDs available

some distributors =

Grasshopper Film 
Khalik Allah 
Black Mother

Kevin Jerome Everson

Akosua Adoma Owusu
Multiple shorts

Leilah Weinraub

Billy Woodberry
And When I Die I Won’t Stay Dead

more from Grasshopper on African-American studies

Video Databank
Ephraim Asili
multiple films

Kevin Jerome Everson
multiple films

First Run Features
Cheryl Dunye
The Watermelon Woman
multiple shorts

Thomas Allen Harris
Through A Lens, Darkly

And more filmmakers

Rodney Evans
multiple films

William Greaves

Wendell B. Harris Jr.
Chameleon Street is getting restored now, new release announcement soon

Kahlil Joseph

Kalup Linzy
multiple films

Terence Nance
An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty

Marlon Riggs
Tongues Untied and more

Dee Rees

RaMell Ross
Hale County This Morning, This Evening


BAM series on Black female directors

Black Cinema has always been here