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PIONEERS OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN CINEMA, four programs of rare and newly-restored films from a little-known chapter of movie history, including silent and early sound features and shorts made by such pioneering black filmmakers as Oscar Micheaux, will be shown in a special theatrical program. The so-called 'race film' - movies funded, written, directed, distributed, and often exhibited by people of color - flourished from the 1920s into the 1940s. Previously circulated only in poor-quality 16mm prints, these newly restored versions allow us to witness the legacies of Micheaux, Spencer Williams, and other lesser-known African-American innovators with fresh eyes. Most remarkable is the breadth of style and subject matter found in the films: slapstick comedy, religious allegory, pointed social commentary, irresistible song & dance. PIONEERS OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN CINEMA includes: THE BLOOD OF JESUS, HELL-BOUND TRAIN, WITHIN OUR GATES, BIRTHRIGHT, DARKTOWN REVUE, DIRTY GERTIE FROM HARLEM U.S.A. and HOT BISKITS.

Oscar Micheaux, Spencer Williams
Ethel Moses, Evelyn Preer, Spencer Williams
Release Date
February 14, 2016