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The pioneers of African American film and the challenges they faced and overcame.
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African American film makers influenced by Oscar Micheaux

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Spike Lee, Robert Townsend, and Tyler Perry are just a few African American film directors that followed the footsteps of Oscar Micheaux and produced black films that disspelled stereotypes and also hired all black actors for recurring roles.

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Within Our Gates

Oscar Micheaux's remarkable second film was his initial counter to D. W. Griffith's The Birth of Nation. Audiences were stunned. The film was lost for over s...
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Within Our Gates was Micheaux's response to D.W. Griffith's film Birth of a Nation. The film was deemed to controversial for the Chicago Board of Movie Censor, therefore was not supported like his first film. The film showed a horrific depiction of lynching of two innocent African Americans and caused a uproar in the film industry.

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Micheaux owns his own studio and hires all blacks

Micheaux owns his own studio and hires all blacks | The first African American film director | Scoop.it
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Micheaux was the owner of his film company, he produced the films, and he also directed them. Determined to control the image that portrayed african american artsit Micheaux also hired an all african american cast. He teamed up with New York acting company called the Lafayette Players and gave them roles. He also gave the same actors recurring roles to ensure they had jobs.

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Oscar Micheaux: The first African American Film Director

Oscar Micheaux: The first African American Film Director | The first African American film director | Scoop.it
Oscar Micheaux, Writer: Body and Soul. Oscar Micheaux, the first African-American to produce a feature-length film (The Homesteader in 1920) and a sound feature-length film (The Exile in 1931), is not a major figure in American film just for these...
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Oscar Micheaux was the first major African American film director. He faced many social challenges with being an African American in the film industry. "One of the greatest tasks of my life has been to teach that the colored man can be anything," Micheaux quoted.

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THE HOMESTEADER

THIS IS THE STORY OF A LONELY HOMESTEAD FARMER FROM THE LATE 1800'S. THIS VIDEO DEPICTS HIS HARD LIFE IN THE LAND THAT WAS GIVEN TO HIM, HIS FAMILY HAS ABAND...
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This is the first film produced, directed and written by Micheaux. It was originally a book which he later turned into a film. This movie is a direct depiction of Oscar's life as a black farmer in Iowa. This film was also paid for by other white farmers in Iowa.

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Oscar Micheaux responds to Birth of A Nation by D.W. Griffith

Oscar Micheaux responds to Birth of A Nation by D.W. Griffith | The first African American film director | Scoop.it
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The negative stereotypes that were portrayed in Birth of a Nation caused Micheaux to produce a film in response to that. The film was entitled "Within Our Gates" and was release 4 years following B.O.A.N.

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Oscar Micheaux first film "The Homesteader" circa 1919

Oscar Micheaux first film "The Homesteader" circa 1919 | The first African American film director | Scoop.it
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Micheaux faced challenges not only because of his race but also economically. Micheaux was the most influential director in the silent film era. In 1919 he produced "The Homesteader," which was his first film. In this film Micheaux tackled subjects that other directors strategically avoided such as racism, lynching, interracial rape and job discrimination.

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