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   Why We Make Movies
Black Filmmakers Talk about the Magic of Cinema
by George Alexander
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Category: Film/TV - Critical Studies
Code: 2048 |  ISBN: 0767911814 |  544 pp. |  Publication Date: 2003
Publisher: Broadway Books
Format: Trade Paperback
About this book
Did you know that the highest grossing film in Miramax history was directed by a black filmmaker? Or that despite the fact that African Americans make up 12 percent of the US population they, as a group, comprise over 20 percent of movie audiences? How about the fact that the typical African American goes to the movies 1.2 times per month as opposed to the typical white movie-goer at 0.9 times per month? In the last few years, more and more African American filmmakers have been creating features, cable and network television, documentary and short subject films like never before. And several of these features have consistently earned in excess of 100 million dollars domestically.

African American filmmakers are writing, producing, and acting in some of the most successful films of our times and they are reaching both their core audience of African American viewers as well as other audiences. So who are these filmmakers, what's their background, and how did they get their films made? "Why We Make Movies" discusses why today's leading Black filmmakers persist at their craft despite the challenges and frustrations of Hollywood, and features up-close and personal interviews with thirty-five of these groundbreakers.


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