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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, Carla Brothers, Kedar Brown, Amanda Brugel, Joel Gordon. A dramatization of the true story of the formation of the first black-controlled union, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. Asa Philip Randolph, a black journalist establishes a voice for the forgotten workers of the Pullman Rail Company,where all black porters were simply named "George", after George 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; special appearances by Black Menace, Big Slack, J Dogg. It's prison life at its grittiest in this urban tale of three teenage boys who followin their father's footsteps through the violent system. When a young filmmaker begins a documentary on the boys, she discovers that a dirty cop is behind their wrongful incarceration. Now she must 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, Rob  Douglas has two choices; either clear his name or go back to jail to 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, Audra McDonald, Phylicia Rashad, Justin Martin, Bill Nunn, David Oyelowo, Ron Cephas Jones, Sean Patrick Thomas, John Stamos. An African-American family living on the South Side of Chicago comes into a sudden financial windfall, the potential uses of which divides them bitterly. Based on the play: A raisin in the sun by Lorraine Hansberry. Special features: optional audio commentary by Leon; "Dreams worthwhile : the journey of  'A raisin in the sun'" featurette (23 min.). 131 min.

Above the Rim (1994)

Directed by Jeff Pollack. Cast: Duane Martin, Leon, Tupac Shakur, Marlon Wayans. Kyle Lee Watson is an inner-city highschool basketball star torn between college and the lure of the streets. During an important championship play-off game, Kyle grandstands to catch the attention of a Georgetown college scout. Instead, he impresses Birdie, a powerful gang leader who is assembling a team to compete in the neighborhood Shoot-Out contest, a high-stakes street basketball tournament for 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. A bounty hunter chases a bail jumper to an abandoned warehouse that just happens to be the exchange place for a major diamond heist. Now the would-be adversaries need to cooperate 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, Kevin Connolly, Viola Davis, Rainoldo Gooding. Guided by a determined Navy psychiatrist, a troubled sailor embarks on a personal,emotionally inspiring journey to confront his past and connect with the family he never knew. Inspired by the true life experiences of Antwone Fisher.

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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