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Films by Black Film Makers

10,000 Black Men Named George (2002)

Director, Robert Townsend. Cast: Andre Braugher, Karen Eyo,Charles S. Dutton, Mario Van Peebles, Ardon Bess, CarlaBrothers, Kedar Brown, Amanda Brugel, Joel Gordon. Adramatization of the true story of the formation of the firstblack-controlled union, the Brotherhood of Sleeping CarPorters. Asa Philip Randolph, a black journalist establishes avoice for the forgotten workers of the Pullman Rail Company,where all black porters were simply named "George", afterGeorge Pullman, the first person to employ emancipated slaves.95 in.

15 to Life (2002?)

Directed by Moon Jones. Cast: Moon Jones, Stefanie Tremblay,Daniel Zirilli, Jalene Mack, Alfred Holmes, Boyce Ellisl; specialappearances by Black Menace, Big Slack, J Dogg. It's prison life atits grittiest in this urban tale of three teenage boys who followin their father's footsteps through the violent system. When ayoung filmmaker begins a documentary on the boys, she discoversthat a dirty cop is behind their wrongful incarceration. Now shemust prove their innocence. 81 min.

3 Strikes (2000)

Directed by D. J. Pooh. Cast: Brian Hooks, David Alan Grier,Faizon Love, N'Bushe Wright. With two strikes against him, RobDouglas has two choices; either clear his name or go back to jailto face a twenty five year sentence. 82 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

A Raisin in the Sun(TV, 2008)

Directed by Kenny Leon. Cast: Sean Combs, Sanaa Lathan, AudraMcDonald, Phylicia Rashad, Justin Martin, Bill Nunn, David Oyelowo,Ron Cephas Jones, Sean Patrick Thomas, John Stamos. AnAfrican-American family living on the South Side of Chicago comesinto a sudden financial windfall, the potential uses of whichdivides them bitterly. Based on the play: A raisin in the sun byLorraine Hansberry. Special features: optional audio commentary byLeon; "Dreams worthwhile : the journey of 'A raisin in the sun'"featurette (23 min.). 131 min.

Above the Rim (1994)

Directed by Jeff Pollack. Cast: DuaneMartin, Leon, Tupac Shakur, Marlon Wayans.Kyle Lee Watson is an inner-city highschool basketball star torn between collegeand the lure of the streets. During animportant championship play-off game, Kylegrandstands to catch the attention of aGeorgetown college scout. Instead, heimpresses Birdie, a powerful gang leaderwho is assembling a team to compete in theneighborhood Shoot-Out contest, ahigh-stakes street basketball tournamentfor the bragging rights of the city. 97min.

Afrocentricity (2000)

A compilation of seven short films,in-depth interviews and commentary byemerging African American film directors."Meet here the next generation ...unadulterated by the Hollywood filmmakingprocess." Contents: True / filmmaker,Charles Stone III -- Breakdown / starringVanessa Williams ; filmmaker, Jeff Byrd --A gut feeling / ex. producer, Spike Lee ;filmmaker, Lee Davis -- Breakfast at Ben's/ filmmaker, Chuck Wilson -- Kings /director, Niva Dorell -- Hip hop: the newworld order / featuring Public Enemy ;filmmaker, Muhammida El Muhajir -- The Gift/ filmmaker, Tanya Boyd. 160 min.

All About the Benjamins(2002)

Directed by Kevin Bray. Cast: Ice Cube,Mike Epps, Eva Mendes, Tommy Flanagan. Abounty hunter chases a bail jumper to anabandoned warehouse that just happens to bethe exchange place for a major diamondheist. Now the would-be adversaries need tocooperate to foil the diamond thieves. 98min. Credits and other information from the InternetMovie Database

Anne B. Real (1997)

Director, Lisa France. Cast: CarlosLeon, Eric Smith, Jackie Quinones, SherriSaum, Geronimo Frias, Jr., Antonio Macia,Ja Nice Richardson, Ernie Hudson. WhenCynthia's father hands her a copy of "Thediary of Anne Frank" before dying, shenever imagined how it would help to openher soul. Trapped within her own prison, inthis coming of age story of a young femalerapper, Cynthia finds the courage to standup and fight for what is hers. 90 min. Credits and other information from the InternetMovie Database

Antwone Fisher (2002)

Director, Denzel Washington. Cast:Derek Luke, Joy Bryant, Denzel Washington,Salli Richardson, Earl Billings, KevinConnolly, Viola Davis, Rainoldo Gooding.Guided by a determined Navy psychiatrist, atroubled sailor embarks on a personal,emotionally inspiring journey to confronthis past and connect with the family henever knew. Inspired by the true lifeexperiences of Antwone Fisher. Specialfeatures: Commentary by director DenzelWashington and producer Todd Black;"Meeting Antwone Fisher" featurette; "TheMaking of Antwone Fisher" behind-the-scenesfeaturette; "Hollywood and the Navy"featurette.

Ashes and Embers (1982)

Written, directed and produced by HaileGerima. Cast: John Anderson, Evelyn A.Blackwell, Norman Blalock, KathyFlewellen, Uwezo Flewellen, BarryWiggins. The story of the pained psycheof a black Vietnam veteran, Ned Charleswho returns to Los Angeles after hishitch is up. Anderson can't adjust tocivilian life and soon becomes involvedin minor crimes. The film explores histroubled relations with his grandmotherwho tries to help him come to termswith life and also with his activistgirlfriend and her friends. 120 min.;

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