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Films by Black Film Makers

Straight Out of Brooklyn. (1991)

Noted as the directorial debut of Matty Rich (he was 19 when hemade the film), this is the story of a young man desperate toget out of the Brooklyn projects where he, his family and hisfriends live. He feels trapped there, surrounded by drugs anddanger, so he and his friends pull a robbery to obtain thefunds to take them out of Brooklyn forever. 83 min.
Credits andother information from the Internet Movie Database

Strapped (1993)

Directed by Forest Whitaker. Cast: Bokeem Woodbine, Kia JoyGoodwin, Michael Biehn. An ex-con, attempting to go straight, runsacross serious problems when his girlfriend is arrested for dealingcrack to an undercover police officer. In a desperate attempt toget the charges dropped against her, he strikes a deal with aweapons cop to turn in local gun dealers. The D.A. however is notsatisfied, resulting in some serious game playing and doublecrossing. 102 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Streets is Watching: The Movie (1998)

Directed by Abdul Malik Abbott. Cast: Jay-Z, Damon Dash. Ainsightful dramatization of the life and times of hip-hop superstarJay-Z. Tells a story about life in the streets, combining anarrative structure and musical numbers into an autobiographicaltale of his life in Brooklyn, from hustler to performer. The titleof the video comes from his album In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 and alsoincludes numbers by M.O.P, Sauce Money, and Memphis Bleek.

Sucker Free City (2004)

Directed by Spike Lee. Cast: Ben Crowley, Ken Lueng, Anthony Mackie, Darris Love, Laura Allen, John Savage, Kathy Baker. Racial tension erupts and emotions collide when three young menfrom different ethnic backgrounds perpetrate low-level crimes that eventually infringe upon each other's neighborhoods. A riveting look at the gang culture of San Francisco. 113 min.
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Summer of Sam (2000)

Directed by Spike Lee. Cast: John Leguizamo, Mira Sorvino,Adrien Brody, Jennifer Esposito, Anthony La Paglia, Ben Gazzara. Inthe summer of 1977 in New York City, a man called the Son of Samcommits numerous murders. As friends in a small Italianneighborhood become obsessed with the idea that the Son of Sam issomeone nearby, the madman's plague of terror becomes the catalystthat prompts relationships to fall apart and trust to disintegrateinto dread. 142 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Talk To Me (1983)

Directed by Kasi Lemmons. Cast: Taraji P. Henson, Cedric theEntertainer, Martin Sheen. Based on the true story of outspokenex-convict and iconic radio personality Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene.This powerful biopic details the life and career of the mediafigure whose voice instilled the black community with hope duringthe turbulent 1960s. After talking his way onto the Washington,D.C.

The Attendant

Directed by Isaac Julien. Cast: ThomasBaptiste, Cleo Sylvestre, John Wilson. Thisfilm presents the inner fantasies of anolder black married attendant at a museum,who is obsessed by images of his homosexualdesires. In his fantasies, the paintings onthe walls of his museums, includingFrancois Biard's Scene on the Coast ofAfrica, are transformed into very eroticimages of men being bound and whipped. 8min. c1993.
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The Best Man (1999)

Directed by Hype Williams. Cast: TayeDiggs, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, HaroldPerrineau, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan,Monica Calhoun, Melissa De Sousa.Scandalous secrets from the past begin toreveal themselves when old college buddiesreunite for a wedding. 121 min. Credits and other information from the InternetMovie Database

The Directors. The Films of Spike Lee.

Through in-depth interviews, behind the scenes footage andclips from his films, Spike Lee talks about the ideas, influences,motivations, struggles and successes behind his work. "I have beenblessed with the opportunity to express the views of black peoplewho otherwise don't have access to power and the media. I have totake advantage of that while I am still bankable." 1997. 60 min.

The Glass Shield (1994)

Written and directed by Charles Burnett. Cast: RichardAnderson, Michael Boatman, Bernie Casey, Elliott Gould, Don Harvey,Ice Cube, Michael Ironside, Natalija Nogulich, Lori Petty, M. EmmetWalsh, Gary Wood. In this action thriller, an ambitious rookie copand his station's only female deputy uncover widespread corruptionand conspiracy when they realize that an innocent man has beenjailed for murder.