Birth of Black Films
This film series deals with the birth of independent Black Films and their impact on America. Long overlooked and under praised, the race films of the 1920s through the 1950s are the bedrock on which today’s Black film art is built. Their existence is a tribute to the ingenuity, perseverance of people who recognized the power of a medium they were locked out of and then successfully harnessed some of that power for themselves. We are introduced to the pioneers, the studio owners, producers, directors and actors who created a viable black-owned industry. These films ran the gamut from drama and horror to romance and lavish musicals. The series is hosted by Beverly Richards, wife of the late author and film historian Larry Richards.