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Films by Black Film Makers

The Piano Lesson. (1995)

Director, Lloyd Richards. Cast: Charles S. Dutton, AlfreWoodard, Carl Gordon, Tommy Hollis, Lou Myers, Courtney B. Vance.In this story of an Afro-American family caught between theirheritage and a dream for the future, the Charles family clashesover the fate of a magnificent, carved piano that carries theirfamily's story from their days as slaves. Boy Willie wants to sellthe piano to buy a farm--the same fields their family worked asslaves. But his sister, Berniece, refuses to part with it.

The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973)

Directed by Ivan Dixon. Cast: Lawrence Cook, Jack Aaron, DonBlakely, Paul Butler, Paula Kelly. Disgusted by tokenism in theC.I.A., the organization's first black officer uses his training inorganizing an army made up of gang members to destroy the whitepower structure in America. Based on the novel by Sam Greenlee. 102min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Walking Dead (1995)

Directed by Preston A. Whitmore. Cast: Allen Payne, EddieGriffin, Joe Morton. Five young marines leap out of a helicopterand into the unknown. They all joined the marines for differentreason, but they find themselves in the same place-- bound togetherin a desperate struggle for survival-- lost in a jungle minefieldon a suicide mission. 89 min.

The Wash (2001)

Directed by DJ Pooh. Cast: Cast: Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, GeorgeWallace, Angell Conwell, Bruce Bruce. Dee Loc and Sean are tworoommates in desperate need of some cash. With their carrepossessed and the rent due, they get jobs at a local carwash. It seems to be the perfect solution - getting paid,chasing the ladies and their "side deals" have never been solucrative. The two are in enough trouble when their boss, withties to the underworld, gets kidnapped. Now the roommates haveto figure out how to get their boss back. Special features:Production commentary - D.J. Pooh, Dr.

The Watermelon Woman (1996)

Written and directed by Cheryl Dunye. Cheryl, a young blackwoman working in a video store, is making a documentary aboutan obscure black actress from the 1930's. When she discoversthat the actress (known as "the Watermelon Woman") had a whitelesbian lover, Cheryl finds a white women lover for herself. 79min. ;
Credits andother information from the Internet Movie Database
See also:
Interview with Cheryl Dunye in Lavender Limelight

Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005)

Directed by Darnell Martin. Cast: Halle Berry, RubenSantiago-Hudson, Michael Ealy, Nicki Micheaux, Lorraine Toussaint,Ruby Dee, Terrence Dashon Howard, Gabriel Casseus, Artel Kay`aru,Kevin Daniels, Henry Brown. A drama set in the 1920s, wherefree-spirited Janie Crawford's search for happiness leads herthrough several different marriages, challenging the mores of hersmall town. Based on the novel by Zora Neale Hurston. 113 min.Credits andother information from the Internet Movie Database
Reviews and articles:

To Sleep with Anger (1990)

Directed by Charles Burnett. Cast: Danny Glover, Paul Butler,Mary Alice, Carl Lumbly, Vonetta McGee, Richard Brooks, Sheryl LeeRalph. A visitor from the Deep South brings superstition into adivided black household in central Los Angeles. More than adomestic drama about the effect of storyteller/trickster Glover,its a story of cultural differences between parents and children,and how there should be no place for those who cause violence andstrife. 102 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Waiting To Exhale (1995)

Directed by Forest Whitaker. The story of four African-Americanwomen who journey through a modern labyrinth of husbands andlovers, jobs and makeovers. Based on the novel by Terry McMillan(Main Stack PS3563.C3868.W35 1992) 124 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Watermelon Man (1970)

Directed by Melvin Van Peebles. Cast: Godfrey Cambridge,Estelle Parsons, Howard Caine, Mantan Moreland. 1970 Comedyconcerning a white suburban bigoted insurance man who wakes up onemorning to find he has turned into a black man. Now he is a whitebigot in black skin who has to contend with a shocked wife, hiskids, angry neighbors, cold shoulders at the office and a back seaton the bus. 97 min. ;
Credits andother information from the Internet Movie Database
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White Chicks (2004)

Director Keenan Ivory Wayans. Cast: Shawn Wayans, MarlonWayans, Jaime King, Frankie Faison, Lochlyn Munro, John Heard,Busy Philipps, Terry Crews, Brittany Daniel. Marcus and Kevinare brothers who work for the FBI and take on a case to escortsocialite sisters Brittany and Tiffany Wilton from JFK Airportto their hotel in the Hamptons. Once there, two higher-rankingagents will take over the girls' protection. The extra securityis needed because Brittany and Tiffany have been targeted by aserial kidnapper.

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