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That's Black Entertainment, Part I: Race Movies: The Early History of Black Cinema with Three Original Short Films

The first film, Race movies, explores theinvolvement of black filmmakers in filmmaking fromits earliest days through the 1920s, withparticular emphasis on the work of James WeldonJohnson, Oscar Micheaux, and Richard D. Maurice.Focus is on the movies that were made andproduction companies that produced them, includingthe Lincoln Motion Picture Company of Los Angeles,Micheaux Pictures Corporation and the Norman FilmManufacturing Company. Concludes with three shortsthat were shown in movie houses prior to featurepresentations. Contents: Race movies: the popularart of the Black Renaissance (1985, 20 min.) -- "StLouis blues" starring Bessie Smith (1929, ca. 15min.) -- "Hi-de-ho" starring Cab Calloway (1935,ca. 10 min.) -- "Boogie-woogie Dream" starring LenaHorne (1941, ca. 13 min.). 59 min.