Ten Black Films That May Never Be Released In Theaters Or On DVD

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Ten Black Films That May Never Be Released In Theaters Or On DVD
by Wilson Morales

August 16, 2011

With the recent release of ‘The Help,’ starring a handful of black actors (Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, David Oyelowo, Aunjanue Ellis, Cicely Tyson, and La Chanze), it will be a while before we see the next big black film in theaters.

For the last four years, Tyler Perry had released two films annually, with one film in the Fall season. Last year, ‘For Colored Girls’ had the star-studded cast of Janet Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, Phylicia Rashad, Thandie Newton, Loretta Devine, Anika Noni Rose, Kimberly Elise, and Kerry Washington.

While his last film, ‘Madea’s Big Happy Family,’ was released this past April, his next feature ‘Good Deeds,’ starring himself, Gabrielle Union, Thandie Newton, Phylicia Rashad and Brian White, won’t be shown in theaters til Feb. 24, 2012. Perry is also working on ‘I, Alex Cross’ for a 2012 release date.

Meanwhile, Spike Lee just completed production on his latest film, ‘Red Hook Summer.’ While no details have not been officially announced, such as casting, plot, or distribution, there’s no telling when or if the film will be shown in theaters, cable or straight-to-DVD.

Tina Gordon Chism’s We the Peeples, which Tyler Perry is producing through his 34th Street Films, has yet to announce a release date.

That film stars Kerry Washington, Craig Robinson, David Alan Grier, Kali Hawk, Diahann Carroll, S. Epatha Merkerson, Tyler James Williams, and Melvin Van Peebles.

For the rest of the year, we have ‘The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975‘ (Sept.9) and Roadside Attraction’s music documentary, ‘Thunder Soul.’ (Sept.23) Focus Features hasn’t determined a release date for their Sundance pick-up ‘Pariah,.’ but online reports seem to suggest that it will be shown in theaters this year.

Alrick Brown’s Rwandan genocide drama ‘Kinyarwanda’ will have a limited release this year through AFFRM (African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement).

Taraji P. Henson‘s star vehicle, ‘From The Rough,’ was slated to open on October 7th through AMC theaters, but was recently pushed back to Super Bowl weekend of 2012.

That’s based on the true story of Catana Starks, a former swim coach at Tennessee State University who became the first woman ever to coach a college men’s golf team, .

In 2012, there are a few black films that will come out early, starting with the musical film, ‘Joyful Noise,‘ (Jan. 13) starring Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton, Keke Palmer, Courtney B. Vance, and Jesse L. Martin.

Then there’s the long awaited Tuskagee film, ‘Red Tails,’ featuring a slew of black actors (Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Bryan Cranston, Nate Parker, David Oyelowo, Tristan Wilds, Cliff Smith, Kevin Phillips, Rick Otto, Lee Tergesen, Andre Royo, Ne-Yo, Elijah Kelley, Marcus T. Paulk, Leslie Odom Jr., Michael B. Jordan, Jazmine Sullivan, Edwina Finley, Daniela Ruah, Stacie Davis, Gerald McRaney).

Directed by Anthony Hemingway with ‘Star Wars’ George Lucas serving as producer, ‘Tails’ had been on the editing room table since production ended over a year ago.

There are still a number of black films still doing the festival circuit such as ‘Dysfunctional Friends,’ which stars Keith Robinson, Meagan Good, Stacey Dash, Tatyana Ali, Essence Atkins, Vanessa Simmons, Erica Hubbard, Hosea Sanchez, Wesley Jonathan, Jason Weaver, Datari Turner, Reagan Gomez, Persia White, Christian Keyes, and Terrell “T.O.” Owens.

Victoria Mahoney‘s ‘Yelling To The Sky,’ which stars Zoe Kravitz, Jason Clarke, Antonique Smith, Yolonda Ross, Gabourey Sidibe, Shareeka Epps, Sonequa Martin, and Tariq Trotter is also touring around the country with a few other independent films.

What’s disturbing is that there are a number of films with blacks in lead roles that been talked about, promoted, shown at festivals, and have yet to deliver a theatrical or DVD release date.

Here are ten films that have received a lot of attention.

Frankie and Alice


Directed by Geoffrey Sax, the film starred Oscar winner Halle Berry, Stellan Skarsgård, Phylicia Rashad, and Chandra Wilson.

The film centered on a young woman with multiple personality disorder who struggles to remain her true self and not give in to her racist alter-personality.

Following a Dec. 10 Oscar qualifying run in Los Angeles, the film was slated for a nationwide release planned for February 2011, but when the date approached, it never came out.

Halle Berry was even nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her performance and won the 2011 NAACP Award for best actress for the role.

While the film has popped up in many bootleg markets, its distributor Freestyle Releasing has yet to announced whether or not, it will still come out in theaters or even be released on DVD.

Winnie


‘Winnie’ is an upcoming drama film adaptation of Anne Marie du Preez Bezrob’s biography Winnie Mandela: A Life. The film is directed by Darrell Roodt, and stars Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson as Winnie with Terence Howard, who was Oscar nominated for his role in ‘Hustle and Flow,’ playing a young Nelson Mandela.

When the three minute trailer leaked online and had a negative reaction from fans, the distributor, Film Bridge International, pulled it from their website.

Coupled with the fact that Winnie Mandela is against the film being that she wasn’t consulted on it and it’s based on her life, there’s no statement on a release date.

Shot over a year ago, it was heavily promoted at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, but with Sundance Film Festival, American Black Film Festival, and this year’s Cannes Film Festival,  it’s assumed that there has been no pickup.

Recently, it’s been stated that the film will be released in Canada by D Films but no press release has been issued regarding this.

Update: As of August 16, it was announced that the film will be shown at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival. Let’s hope the showing gets a positive reaction for a bigger distributor to pick it up and release it on US soil.

Pastor Brown


Produced by Rock Capital Films with Soul Food’s Rockmond Dunbar making his directorial debut, the film made the rounds through several festivals in 2009, including the American Black Film Festival (ABFF).

The film has all-star cast with Salli Richardson, Nicole Ari Parker, Keith David, Michael B. Jordan, Michael Beach, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Tasha Smith, Dondre T. Whitfield, Rockmond Dunbar, Ernie Hudson, Monica, Angie Stone and India.Arie.

More than a decade ago, Jessica “Jesse” Brown (played by Salli Richardson) fled home and family to find purpose in her life, but ended up supporting herself through exotic dancing. When her father falls unexpectedly ill, Jesse returns home, which forces Jesse to confront unresolved issues of jealousy, abandonment and rejection by her sister and her teenage son. Jesse’s father’s dying request for Jesse to take over as pastor of the family’s church, sparks a journey of self-discovery, through which Jesse finds her true purpose in life; and both Jesse and her family work through the universal themes of forgiveness.

After two years have gone by, with each of the actors having gone on to do other projects, there was talk that the film had a DVD release date for March 22, but was suddenly pulled back with no explanation given.

Black Water Transit


‘Black Water Transit’ is a crime drama film based on the novel of the same name by Carsten Stroud. It is directed by Tony Kaye and stars an ensemble cast including Laurence Fishburne and Karl Urban.

Successful businessman Jack Vermillon, (Fishburne) owner of a container ship company, is desperate to help his son, an ex-junkie charged with trafficking and armed robbery. Although Jack cannot get him out of jail, he might be able to get him moved from a maximum-security prison–if he can give law-enforcement officials something in trade. When tough-guy Earl Pike, (Urban) a military man with high-level CIA contacts, approaches Jack about shipping his personal gun collection out of the country–a highly illegal move–Jack figures he has something for the feds. The bust is set to go down, but all hell breaks loose, and when the shooting stops, three federal agents and a member of the NYPD are dead. Now the feds are interested in pinning the fiasco on Jack, and so is Earl Pike.

Also featured in the film are Brittany Snow, Aisha Tyler, Stephen Dorff, Alex Sol, Beverly D’Angelo, Bill Cobbs, Evan Ross, and Leslie Easterbrook.

Shot in 2007, no theatrical release dates have been announced.

Mama, I Want To Sing!


While bootleg copies of the film have been sold, this film has been official sitting on the shelf for more than two years.

An adaptation of the off-Broadway gospel stage musical of the same name, written and produced by Vy Higginsen and Ken Wydro, the film was produced by Vision Films and CodeBlack Entertainment.

Directed by Charles Randolph Wright, the film was to be the film debut for singer Ciara. Also featured in the cast are Lynn Whitfield, Ben Vereen, Billy Zane, Hill Harper, Juanita Bynum, Kevin Phillips, Kim Porter, Patti LaBelle, and Vy Higginsen.

According to wikipedia, the official movie trailer was released and premiered on September 22, 2009. It was set to premiere September 26, 2009 at the Urbanworld Film Festival in New York, but due to technical issues it was canceled. The film was also slated to premiere on July 23, 2010, at the Faith Film Festival, but was also cancelled as well.

In an October 2010 interview with the website Shadow and Act,  Jeff Clanagan (CEO of Codeblack Entertainment) announced that the film was set for a January 14, 2011 release. However, it was pulled from the 10-15 theaters it was scheduled for at the last minute, with no current release date.

Bolden!


Directed by Dan Pritzker, the film stars Anthony Mackie as as jazz legend Buddy Bolden and and his eventual fall into schizophrenia.

Also featured in the cast are Wendell Pierce, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael Rooker, Omari Hardwick, Omar Gooding, Jeff Wincott, Lisa Arrindell Anderson, April Grace, Reno Wilson and Jeryl Prescott.

Although filming began in 2007, when the StarNews interviewed ‘Bolden’ producer Jon Cornick on March 1, 2011, he stated that the movie was still in the editing phase, but that it might be seen in some film festivals toward the end of 2011. “Louis,” the silent film that was shot at the same time as “Bolden,” however, has already been viewed by audiences and received good reviews for its artistic creativity.

Things Fall Apart


Rapper/actor Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson undergoes an astonishing physical transformation as Deon Barnes, a promising Michigan football running back who dreams of one day getting drafted by the Miami Dolphins. A well-liked young man whose winning disposition makes him a hit with just about everybody (especially the girls), Deon has a line on a Heisman Trophy until he one day collapses in the locker room following a big win. The diagnosis, delivered by his doctor (played by Ray Liotta), is cancer, and Deon’s blessed life comes crashing down around him as he undergoes chemotherapy, losing his hair and over 60 lbs of muscle, his hair falling out, leaving him an emaciated shadow of his former self.

Directed by and also starring Mario Van Peeples, who plays Jackson’s father, the film also features Ray Liotta as the doctor aiding him during his treatment process.

The cast also includes Lynn Whitfield as Jackson’s mother, Tracey Heggins, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Steve Eastin, Ambyr Childers, and Cedric Sanders.

Based on the true story of a close friend, 50 Cent also co-wrote and co-produced this moving film, and provides many of the bracing original songs that make up its soundtrack. He also lost a lot of weight to play the character with authenticity.

Still traveling the festival circuit, Peebles hasn’t stated whether or not the film will hit theaters. 50 Cent’s last two films ‘Gun‘ and ‘Caught in the Crossfire‘ were released straight-to-DVD.

Dark Tide


The action-thriller ‘Dark Tide’ concerns a diving instructor, Academy Award winner Halle Berry as shark expert Kate Mathieson returning to Great White infested waters of isolated Guadalupe Island for the first time since her own near-deadly shark attack.

Produced by Jeanette Buerling and Matthew E. Chausse and directed by John Stockwell, the only other notable name in this film is Olivier Martinez, who happens to be Berry’s current boyfriend.

According to wikipedia, the film was to be released on the 17 July 2011, but had to be postponed due to scheduling problems. There was no press release stating it upcoming release or showing at any festival.

Stockwell is no stranger to directing films surrounding water, having done ‘Blue Crush’ (2002), ‘Into the Blue’ (2005), and ‘Turistas’ (2006), but with Berry’s other film, ‘Frankie and Alice,’ still in limbo, there’s no telling where the producers plan to do with the film.

A Thousand Words


Until a trailer or new images are released, the jury is still out whether or not Paramount Pictures will finally release Eddie Murphy’s ‘A Thousand Words,’ which has been sitting on the shelves since production wrapped in 2008. The studios stated that it will distribute the film on Jan. 13, 2012.

That time of the year is usually considered a dumping period for studios, when the main focus is on potential Oscar contenders from the previous year.

Directed by Brian Robbins, who previously worked with Murphy on ‘Meet Dave‘ and ‘Norbit,’ the film revolves around Murphy, a savvy businessman who discovers he only has ‘a thousand words’ left to speak before he dies. Kerry Washington plays his wife who wants Murphy to spend more time with his family.

Also cast in the film are Kerry Washington, Ariel Winter, Allison Janney, Clark Duke, Cliff Curtis, John Witherspoon, and Steve Little.

‘Thousand’s release could depend how Murphy does in his next film, ‘Tower Heist,’ which is directed by Brett Ratner and co-stars Ben Stiller, Alan Alda, Matthew Broderick, Michael Pena and Academy Award nominee Gabourey Sidibe.

In The Hive (aka The Discarded Boyz)


Directed by Robert Townsend, the film was the opening night selection at the 2011 American Black Film Festival.

The cast included Michael Clarke Duncan, Loretta Devine, Vivica A. Fox, Ali Liebert, Percy Daggs III, Jonathan ‘Lil J’ McDaniel, Roger Guenveur Smith, Bre Scullark, Richard Kuhlman, Jontille Gerard, Michael Coley, Gordon Greene, David Baeza, and Tre Roberts.

The Discarded Boys is based on the real experiences of the people who attend and teach at a special school in North Carolina called “The Hive.” It’s based on a true story about this woman in North Carolina named Vivian Saunders, who basically without really any formal education, started an alternative school for all these boys who were being kicked out: gang bangers, drug dealers. And they’re all teenagers, fathers at 14 and 15.

Since its showing last July, and while it’s still early to tell, there’s been no word on what’s the next step is for the film.

It’s worth noting that films, without a deal going in, shown at black film festivals take a bit longer than others to get distributed in theaters or on home video.

The Heart Specialist,’ which starred Brian White, Wood Harris, Zoe Saldana, Mya, Nephew Tommy, Marla Gibbs, Jasmine Guy, Jenifer Lewis, Terrence J., Leon, and Method Man was finally released this year after being shown and winning the Best Narrative Feature Film at the 2008 Urbanworld Film Festival.

If you are aware of other films that have to yet to be released in any format, whether it be on TV, theater, or DVD, please keep me abreast at wilson@blackfilm.com


  1. It’s really sad and hurtful that we as people are still not able to put our movies on the big screen so the world can see how far we came then sitting on the back of the bus. Now we’re driving the bus.More people need to do something about that.

  2. norene powell says:

    As the group that has a great deal to do with driving the American culture it is time for Hollywood to do their job and start to focus on telling Black American stories the way they do other groups . Visual story telling is a tremendous motivator for societies’ directions , successes and survival.

    Looking forward to seeing the movies mentioned in this article. Didn’t know there were that many being made!!!

  3. I agree with Jennie. I am so excited about these films which appear to be excellent and interesting subjects and titles. We must support our people. Why can’t they be on DVD or in all the theatres? All the other movies out are without substance and mostly horror and simple subjects. The Help is the latest movie I have been dying to see and it was brilliant and truthful. Hope to see these soon.

  4. Althea C. Raines says:

    PEOPLE, THE MOVIE INDUSTRY IS MERELY PART OF THE FILLING. I AM A BLACK WOMAN WHO IS STUCK IN THE 60′S. I MEAN STUCK, LIKE GLUE. SUBLIMINAL MESSAGING IS REAL AND STILL VERY MUCH ALIVE. ONCE UPON A TIME WE WERE RESERVED TO SPECIAL SEATING AT THE THEATER, NOW WE GET IN AND SEE WHATS BEING VIGOROUSLY PROMOTED. A CONSTANT FLOW OF LESS THAN (color)ful movies. wow! how we’ve grown, NOT! BLACKLIST, OLD BUT YOUTHFUL! ALL IT TAKES IS TO SAY NO, JUST ONCE! WE ARE AN OVERLY SEDATED CULTURE. I PAY MY CABLE COMPANY MTHLY AND IT DOESN’T EVEN ALLOW THE ONE BLACK PREMIUM CHANNEL TO JUST BE BLACK. THERE ARE A PLETHORA OF ETHNIC MOVIES AND YET WE DON’T GET TO SEE THEM, OLD AND NEW. JUST LOST AND FORGOTTEN. WHO ARE WE? EVERYONE OF US ARE SUBJECT TO FORGET. WHAT TO TELL OUR CHILDREN WHEN THEY HAVE THE AUDACITY TO ASPIRE BE A MOVIE STAR.

  5. The problem is…we as a people have the following problem:

    1. we follow too much. All black movies are have a 6 degree of separation between them. they are all alike! it was good for the first 5 years. Now do something different. Use different actors. Use some white actors.

    2. we dont own any movies theaters and we don’s support black except movies.
    3. Tyler Perry needs to open is his mind to those trying to get in the game. Same with Spike Lee and whomever is black and made it without reaching out.
    4. we are not willing to create a black conglomerate TOGETHER.

    finally those that thought they made are realizing that they aren’t no better than anyone else.

  6. Just 10? I saw the trailer of another Black Film that was to be a sci-fi thriller with Ving Rhames as a voodoo type priest. I don’t even see it listed anywhere. There are more out there. We as a people support everything, but ourselves. We don’t back what counts, unless its something that us killing each other, etc whether in entertainment or on the real. That life does not portray every black family, but seems to get more attention. Or the flip side, we have made it, turned our back on our brothers & sisters to “live the life” only to betray those who DID help us to “arrive.” I’m not bitter, I just get tired.

  7. Barbara Bethea says:

    We need to be more committed about supporting black actors and black stories in the theater. I went to see THE HELP becuase I loved the book and looked forward to seeing Viola Davis in the movie. I was thrilled to see so many Black actresses in FOR COLORED GIRLS. I never buy bootleg movies. If a story appeals
    to me and I like the actors I want to see it. Some people spend more time being critical of a producer or director, but won’t make the effort to see a quality movie in the theater. The same problem exists for Broadway shows. We should be in an uproar when films are not widely distributed. Instead of spendin loads of money on electronic gadgets, we should support the arts.

  8. WOW!! I would love to see Winnie, Pastor Brown, Dark Tide, Bolden, Dark Water Tide, and Discarded Boyz

  9. James Wesly Smith says:

    Actually a lot of these films may have already been written off insurances collected for whatever reason), or in the process. And then there is the feeling (whether real or feigned) that foreign distribution (rights)for Black films won’t yield the kind of monies that would justify the ratio of negative costs to advertising, promotion and marketing. (There is a nebulous formula, albeit much of the funds seem to disappear into the land of net profits (there usually ain’t any).
    Hopefully some of these projects (Red Tails??) will see the light of day, before being relegated to Black Starz or Viacom owned BET movies night slots.

  10. Lydia Smith says:

    i wish Ophra would pick up some of these movies for her network. i no they are made for movies but some could be for tv.

  11. Here is the problem: When our people only flock to the theatres to see the likes of a wig-wearing, cross-dressing, gun-toting, ish-talking Tyler Perry, it makes it extremely difficult for more serious filmmakers to sell their movies. So the next time you defend Tyler Perry or comment “at least he’s getting paid”, think about that. All money is not good money and all black films are NOT worthy of our full support. Let substance be a requirement…always.

  12. The little people (everyday people)does support the black films. Have anyone noticed how many blacks are in the theaters when these movies come out. The ones that need to step up to the game is the ones who has the power to promote the ones who is trying to get their projects out there. And what happened to BET supporting the black movies. Is this something that they are really doing. Also what else are the producers and writers of these movies doing to get their projects onto the big screen. When one door closes do they just let it close, or do they knock on the next one? There is work to be done by both parties.

  13. It takes $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

  14. i think that it is D shame that any and everytime we(Black people) want to show ourselves in positive light other than drugs,rap,fighting and shooting. THere is always a hold up or a problem. But when White America wants to show silly SH–!!. It has no issues with putting out to the world. GET OVER YOURSELVES!!! WE ARE HERE TO STAY!!

  15. As much as I love black films, they are not profitable to hollywood. These films cost too much to promote and release, so they sit on the shelf gathering dust. The studios can’t recoup their costs because only a small segment of the public watches them. 2 bad . . . . some really great talent gone to waste.

  16. DarkGQ216 says:

    I must say after reading everyone comment carefully I learned a great deal. Like many I’m shocked to discover so many fine movies are or have been denied the light of day. Torn between outrage and sadness that black themes and stories are not elevated to the big screen. Wow even Oscar winner Halle Berry has two movies that languish in obscurity. (SMDH) The call for more support is warranted by us to support our talented black thespians in their craft. However, why are the gate-keepers blocking/preventing their wide release? Is it a “conspiracy?” Or does it really come down to economics as someone pointed out. Either way a good point was made we need to give the same level of support to black films of substance the way we give Tyler Perry for his Madea movies. Lets face it to Hollywood money always talk and BS walks.

  17. I’m not waiting on Hollywood. I write and produce my VideoMovies and distribute them on demand through my website, http://www.SoulVisionTV.com. No, my VideoMovies are not big-budget productions with big-name actors, but they are entertaining. No, I’m not making a million dollars, but anybody in the world can watch any of my movies anytime they want. It doesn’t require approval from a Hollywood exec. I would like to see more Black writers and producers put their movies out online instead of letting their stuff sit in a warehouse. Control your own destniy!

  18. How is it that Garbage like Soul Plane and Whose Your Caddy get released in major theaters and decent black flims sit on shelves?

  19. A problem I see that alot of these black movies have is that they’re based on biographies that involve alot of adversity against racism. That story has already been told a thousand times. Yes, we have been discriminated against and sometimes still are. Is that to be the entire definition of black people? That we struggle to fit in and be accepted every day??? No wonder alot of black folks don’t support black movies. I don’t want to be reminded that I’m despised for something as simple as skin color every time I go to the movies. I don’t live my life that way and even if I did, if I wanted to see racism in action, I could go to some small town in the boonies and see it first hand. I want to sit and enjoy the same kinds of movies every other culture out there enjoys. I like action, adventure, sci-fi, comedy and drama about things other than race.

  20. As others such as Sam have so eloquently stated, we need to control the access to our movies. Some black filmmakers are fooled into believing that they need to their movies to be booked into traditional theaters to be seen. That is far from the truth. Allowing their movies to be seen online would greatly benefit them. If Netflix can make a killing showing crap. I’m sure we as consumers could go online and support our artists. If we keep trying to play the game we are going to lose. Technology has pretty much evened the playing field. If we can get smartphones and internet access to watch stupid a-s videos and other mindless entertainment, we can definitely use them to watch quality entertaiment.

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  22. What @LeGrande said

    People don’t understand the Hollywood system as well as the black actors involved in it.Why??I have no clue,but a few of us do get it and those are the ones who excel..Denzel,Will,Cheadle,Foxx,Mackie,Elba and hopefully some more in the future.It’s not all about “Hey let’s make movies together ya’ll!”..No how about you mingle and make movies with the people who ARE making movies and making moves within the industry regardless of what race they are.Populate and saturate the market instead of trying to operate outside of it

  23. Hollywood gatekeepers can choose where and with what they make there millions. If they release one film for the year and they have 2 films in the can each projected to make 30 million at the box office. One of the films is a Black film and one is a White film. They will release the white film. It’s not that black films won’t make money it’s that given the choice of what to make their money on, they would rather make their money promoting themselves and themes that support themselves and not people of color.

  24. Beeterfly says:

    Dillz , I very much agree with your point. I would also like to point out to those who fall into the “it’s only about business” trap that many “urban” films make much more money [on a per screen basis] than their mainstream counterparts! Yet, those films distribution webs are not widened even after having ‘proven’ their ability in the marketplace. Whatever one may think about the content of Tyler Perry’s films, they definitely make money. Again, in defiance of the “it’s all about the profits” crowd, Hollywood only sporadically attempts to cash in on Perry’s formula [usually around the Holiday season]. There are plenty of other verifiable indications that Hollywood will make money in the ways that best suit Hollywood, and original, high-quality Black movies are not high on the preferred method list.

  25. As a black filmmaker I applaude their accomplishments. But as we all know, we need our own money to push our films to the next level. Oscar Micheaux did it

  26. I agree with WIllie Williams, the Oscar Micheaux method is by far the best, if black people owned their own production companies and distribution companies then no one will be able to stop our films from being seen. The Hollywood model will never fully accept black faces and stories, not if they continue to control the finances, production and marketing of movies. If we want to see our stories get told then we have to take matters into our own hands and start developing our own distribution outlets, not just depend on what Hollywood has to offer. The only problem with this model is sometimes films by black owned production companies or distributers might not be as fancy and glittery as what Hollywood has gotten us used too, and many times because of this, a black enterprise may fail to get support from black talent and movie goers. I am a black filmmaker that creates my own stories, own my own production company and distribute my own films through my own distribution company, but it’s an extremely hard battle just to get recognized by black film festivals, black elite and black publicity mechanisms. I dedicated my whole life to start a film company from scratch and after many years, I only manage to sell a few thousand copies of each film I produce and for this life couldn’t be any harder for me. In my experience, people just tend to step on you and label you as irrelevant if your not as well known as the big guys. My operation is 100% black owned and I can’t seem to get any financing, help or recognition from any black entities in the business. I think the problem lies within a possible “slave mentality” that is still within many of us, it shows itself in our ability to help one another, we would rather support a white owned product as long as it’s the “popular” thing, than support our own thing which can possibly provide employment opportunities and possibly lead us to economic freedom.
    For more information on my film production and distribution company visit my websites:
    http://www.360soundandvision.com
    http://www.theminoritymovie.com
    http://www.cybornetics.com

  27. @Corrlis I had to still this from you. “A problem I see that alot of these black movies have is that they’re based on biographies that involve alot of adversity against racism. That story has already been told a thousand times.” I have been saying this all alone. Black people need to step outside the box and create films from all genres. I’m currently working on two black screenplays, and after reading this post and comments, I’m even more discouraged. It will not stop me though from finishing my screenplays. My two screenplays are both Romantic Dramas…. the second will have a little comedy, but nothing idiotic. Hopefully things will get better for us!

  28. *** dear moderator *** can you please spell STEAL (still) correctly for me. I just realized it.

  29. @Corrlis I had to steal this from you. “A problem I see that alot of these black movies have is that they’re based on biographies that involve alot of adversity against racism. That story has already been told a thousand times.” I have been saying this all alone. Black people need to step outside the box and create films from all genres. I’m currently working on two black screenplays, and after reading this post and comments, I’m even more discouraged. It will not stop me though from finishing my screenplays. My two screenplays are both Romantic Dramas…. the second will have a little comedy, but nothing idiotic. Hopefully things will get better for us!

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  43. I wish all these movies would be put on DVD and released. At least they can make money from the sales of the DVD’s . I really would like to see the majority of these films. Is there a website or something we can connect to if they went to DVD and we could order them?

  44. This article just goes to show all the project’s that never see the light of day. I’ve been hearing about a film called WHITE T. Starring those two boys from the cookout, they did that movie on a low budget and had their project get alot of love by Deion Sanders and Terrence J. Hopefully it’ll be the start of something more to come, they are doing three of them, that’s what I hear through the vine.

  45. I am very disturbed to see all of these great movies go to the wayside. The industry is sick! I cut my cable so these evil minded billionaires cannot tell me which nonsense broadcast I have to show my family. The morality and history (or lack thereof), that are being poisoned into our childrens minds, are severely depreciating the values in which our country fought for during the Civil Rights Movement.

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