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Films by Black Film Makers

Killer of Sheep (1977)

Directed, written, produced by Charles Burnett. Cast: HenryGayle Sanders, Kaycee Moore, Charles Bracy, Angela Burnett, EugeneCherry, Jack Drummond. This gripping portrait of Stan, a Black manemployed in a Los Angeles slaughterhouse, is internationallyregarded as a film classic. Stan's grueling work--gutting andcleaning the sheep carcasses--infects his entire life, includinghis relationships with his wife, children and friends. The filmhauntingly evokes the physical detail and bittersweet emotions ofworking class life with compassion and honesty. Declared a NationalTreasure in 1990.

King Midas (2003)

Directed by Brandon David. Cast: Justin Michael Morales, LouisSapp III, Angelica Lawrence, Josh Mond. Get as close as you canto the real thing in this tale of Hip Hop gone bad. Whenproducer Tommy Gold, trying to make it big in the rap industry,uses his illegal drug fortune to produce a record, he getscaught in the dangerous underground world of cocaine and music.83 min.
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Krush Groove (1985)

Directed by Michael Schultz. Cast: Sheila E., RUN-DMC, The FatBoys, Kurtis Blow, Blair Underwood, The New Edition. A talentedgroup of street-savvy urban kids hook up with Krush Groove, ahot new rocord label. But with their success come the ego tripsand greed that threaten to destroy everything they've workedfor. A fresh, 23-title soundtrack vibrantly pushes therap-to-riches story along. 95 min. ;
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Learning Tree (1969)

Based on the novel by Gordon Parks. Traces on year in the lifeof young Newt, in which he learns about love, fear, racialinjustice, and his own capacity for honor. 107 min.Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Awards & HonorsNationalFilm Registry Selection

Livin' Tha Life (2003)

Directed by Joe Brown; story by Joe Brown, improvised by thecast. Cast: Jarell Jackson, Edward D. Smith, Rooney Perry, ShawnHarris, Archie Howard, Zai Wilburn. Just another day in the 'hood.Ride with two homies, Jamal and Peanut, as they cruise through thestreets of Compton and come face-to-face with some of the strangescharacters you'll ever meet. 84 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Lost in the Game (2004)

Directed by MC Ren and Playboy T. Cast: MC Ren, Playboy T,Nitetrain. An electrifying hip-hop thriller featuring MC Ren ofN.W.A. Enter into the dark world of the hip-hop music business asup-and-coming executive Playboy T struggles to secure a record dealfor his prized artist. He must deal with all the trials andtribulations of shady record companies, unsuspecting executives andstreet hustlers. 60 min.

Love Jones (1997)

Director, Theodore Witcher. Cast: Larenz Tate, Nia Long, IsaiahWashington, Lisa Nicole Carson, Bill Bellamy, Khalil Kain. She's abeautiful photographer, he's a sweet-talking writer. When they gettogether in this modern day romance, these two confused love birdsdiscover that you can never underestimate the power of love. 110min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Malcolm X (1992)

Directed by Spike Lee. Cast: Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett,Albert Hall, Al Freeman. Screen version of the life of Malcolm X,who through his religious conversion to Islam, found the strengthto rise up from a criminal past to become an influential civilrights leader. 201 min. ;Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Awards & Honors
Berlin International Film Festival - Best Actor(Denzel Washington)

Medicine for Melancholy (2008)

Director, Barry Jenkins. Cast: Wyatt Cenac, Tracey Heggins. TwoAfrican American twenty-somethings have a one-night stand. And anight they barely remember becomes a day they will never forget. Atale of sex, race, bicycles and modern urban life. Deals with thechallenge of being a minority in a rapidly gentrifying SanFrancisco. Special features: Director's notes: an in-depthinterview with Barry Jenkins at the London Film Festival; trailer.88 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Men of Respect (1991)

Directed by William Reilly. Cast: John Turturro, KatherineBorowitz, Dennis Farina, Rod Steiger, Peter Boyle. A fearlessmobster wins the respect and admiration of a powerful godfatherby assassinating the leaders of a rival family. But theprodding of his ambitious wife and the prophecy of a ghettogypsy, convinces the mobster to murder the godfather and claimhis crown. A brilliant study of the criminal mind inspired byShakespeare's MacBeth. 107 min.
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