Why we make movies: Black filmmakers talk about the magic of cinema

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Harlem Moon, Feb 18, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 528 pages
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A sparkling collection of interviews with African American directors and producers.

Bringing together more than thirty candid conversations with filmmakers and producers such as Spike Lee, Gordon Parks, Julie Dash, Charles Burnett, and Robert Townsend, Why We Make Movies delivers a cultural celebration with the tips of a film-school master class.

With journalist George Alexander, these revolutionary men and women discuss not only how they got their big breaks, but more importantly, they explore the creative process and what making movies means to them. Why We Make Movies also addresses the business of Hollywood and its turning tide, in a nation where African Americans comprise a sizable portion of the film-going public and go to the movies more frequently than whites. In addition, Alexander’s cast of directors and producers considers the lead roles they now play in everything from documentaries and films for television to broad-based blockbusters (in fact, the highest-grossing film in Miramax history was Scary Movie, directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans). For film buffs and aspiring filmmakers alike, Why We Make Movies puts a long-overdue spotlight on one of the most exciting and cutting-edge segments of today’s silver screen.

INTERVIEWS INCLUDE: MELVIN VAN PEEBLES • MICHAEL SCHULTZ • CHARLES BURNETT • SPIKE LEE • ROBERT TOWNSEND • FRED WILLIAMSON • ERNEST DICKERSON • KEENEN IVORY WAYANS • ANTOINE FUQUA • BILL DUKE • FORREST WHITAKER • JULIE DASH • KASI LEMMONS • GINA PRINC-BLYTHEWOOD • JOHN SINGLETON • GEORGE TILLMAN Jr. • REGINALD HUDLIN • WARRINGTON HUDLIN • MALCOLM LEE • EUZHAN PALCY • DOUG McHENRY • DEBRA MARTIN CHASE • St. CLAIR BOURNE • STANLEY NELSON • WILLIAM GREAVES • KATHE SANDLER • CAMILLE BILLOPS • HAILE GERIMA • GORDON PARKS

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Here, 33 commercial and documentary African American filmmakers, obviously infected with their interviewer's unbounded enthusiasm, provide candid, in-depth answers to a host of incisive questions ... Read full review

Contents

Meluin Van Peebles
16
Ossie Dauis
46
Michael Schultz
71
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A frequent lecturer on film and popular culture, journalist GEORGE ALEXANDER has contributed to various publications including Savoy, Variety, Black Enterprise and Forbes. He is a graduate of Morehouse College and Columbia University Graduate School of Business and lives in Los Angeles and New York City.

Read the author's personal story behind Why We Make Movies:
http://www.randomhouse.com/broadway/blackink/georgealexander

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