More than 100 years have passed since the first black film was produced. Since that time, Black filmmakers have attempted to bring diverse stories that reflect the myriad of experiences of people of color to the big screen. Check out a list of books and articles that chronicle Black Filmmakers in telling our stories through our lens.
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SWEET SWEETBACK'S BAADASSSS SONG: A GUERILLA FILMMAKING MANIFESTO
Author: Melvin Van Peebles
THE 50 MOST INFLUENTIAL BLACK FILMS, A CELEBRATION OF AFRICAN AMERICAN TALENT, DETERMINATION, AND CREATIVITY
(recommended by Jeff Friday)
Author: S. Toriano Berry with Venise T. Berry
WHY WE MAKE MOVIES: BLACK FILMMAKERS TALK ABOUT THE MAGIC OF CINEMA
Author: George Alexander
SPIKE LEE'S GOTTA HAVE IT: INSIDE GUERILLA FILMMAKING
Author: Spike Lee
BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY: THE TRIALS AND TRIBUTIONS OF THE MAKING OF MALCOLM X
Author: Spike Lee, Ralph Wiley, Malcolm X
REBEL WITHOUT A CREW: OR HOW A 23 YEAR OLD FILMMAKER WITH $7,000 BECAME A HOLLYWOOD PLAYER
(recommended by Gina Prince Bythewood)
Author: Robert Rodriguez
Author: Sydney Lumet
TOMS, COONS, MULATTOES, MAMMIES, AND BUCKS
Author: Donald Bogle
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