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Killer of Sheep

Jason Wood

Jason Wood is a writer, film programmer and filmmaker. He is Artistic Director of Film at HOME, Visiting Professor at MMU and Visiting Professor at University of Salford, UK, and the author of a number of books including The Faber Book of Mexican Cinema (2006), Nick Broomfield: Documenting Icons (2005), 100 Road Movies (BFI 2007) and Talking Movies: Contemporary World Directors in Interview (2006). He contributes to a range of publications including Sight & Sound, The Guardian, Vertigo and Little White Lies. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 American Independent Films : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2009

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...Burnett emerged from the 70s’ movement of university-based Los Angeles film-makers who through the establishment of independent black productions sought to challenge and formally and politically oppose Hollywood’s discriminatory structure...

The “D” Is Silent, but Human Rights Are Not: Django Unchained as Human Rights Discourse

Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained : The Continuation of Metacinema

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Life, liberty, and the pursuit of vengeanceWe hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit...

Hollywood’s ‘Passing’ Narratives

Zélie Asava

Zélie Asava is an Assistant Film Classifier at the Irish Film Classification Office and lectures on Film Studies at University College Dublin. Her monograph The Black Irish Onscreen: Representing Black and Mixed-Race Identities on Irish Film and Television (2013) examines racial representations in Irish screen culture from the 1990s to the present day. She is the co-author of ‘Race and Cinema’ in Oxford Bibliographies Online: Cinema and Media Studies (2013), and has published many essays on race, gender and sexuality in American, Irish, French and Francophone African cinemas in a wide range of journals and edited collections, including: Masculinity and Irish Popular Culture: Tiger’s Tales (2014); World Cinema Directory: Africa (2014); Viewpoints: Theoretical Perspectives on Irish Visual Texts (2013); Images of the Modern Vampire: The Hip and the Atavistic (2013); France’s Colonial Legacies: Memory, Identity and Narrative (2013); World Cinema Directory: France (2013); Contemporary Irish Film: New Perspectives on a National Cinema (2011). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Mixed Race Cinemas : Multiracial Dynamics in America and France

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...In ‘passing’ narratives, characters designated ‘black’ according to the hypodescent or ‘one drop rule’ ‘pass’ for white. The ‘passing’ female in American film dates from 1911 and was often used as an anti-miscegenation tool to link...

When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts

Jim Hillier

Jim Hillier, who died in 2014, was Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Film and Television Studies at the University of Reading, UK. He was a pioneer of film education in the UK. His publications include, as co-author, 100 Documentary Films and 100 Film Noirs in the BFI Screen Guides series (2008); American Independent Cinema (2001), The Film Studies Dictionary (2000) and Howard Hawks: American Artist (1996). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 Documentary Films : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2009

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...To express his anger over the US government’s handling of Hurricane Katrina and the breaching of the levees that flooded New Orleans in August 2005, Spike Lee turned to documentary. He had channelled righteous anger through the documentary...

Boyz N the Hood

Jason Wood

Jason Wood is a writer, film programmer and filmmaker. He is Artistic Director of Film at HOME, Visiting Professor at MMU and Visiting Professor at University of Salford, UK, and the author of a number of books including The Faber Book of Mexican Cinema (2006), Nick Broomfield: Documenting Icons (2005), 100 Road Movies (BFI 2007) and Talking Movies: Contemporary World Directors in Interview (2006). He contributes to a range of publications including Sight & Sound, The Guardian, Vertigo and Little White Lies. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 American Independent Films : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2009

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...Buoyed by the success of Lee’s Do The Right Thing (1989) and in a climate of increasing cultural heterogeneity in which black artists had assumed diverse profiles, bridging the gap between black and white consumers, Hollywood opened...

Transnational Families in Drôle de Félix

Zélie Asava

Zélie Asava is an Assistant Film Classifier at the Irish Film Classification Office and lectures on Film Studies at University College Dublin. Her monograph The Black Irish Onscreen: Representing Black and Mixed-Race Identities on Irish Film and Television (2013) examines racial representations in Irish screen culture from the 1990s to the present day. She is the co-author of ‘Race and Cinema’ in Oxford Bibliographies Online: Cinema and Media Studies (2013), and has published many essays on race, gender and sexuality in American, Irish, French and Francophone African cinemas in a wide range of journals and edited collections, including: Masculinity and Irish Popular Culture: Tiger’s Tales (2014); World Cinema Directory: Africa (2014); Viewpoints: Theoretical Perspectives on Irish Visual Texts (2013); Images of the Modern Vampire: The Hip and the Atavistic (2013); France’s Colonial Legacies: Memory, Identity and Narrative (2013); World Cinema Directory: France (2013); Contemporary Irish Film: New Perspectives on a National Cinema (2011). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Mixed Race Cinemas : Multiracial Dynamics in America and France

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...A search for identity on the road* An anti-essentialist approach to sex, family and love is applied to mixed masculinity in melodramatic road movie Drôle de Félix (The Adventures of Felix) (Ducastel and Martineau, 1999). The second...

Handsworth Songs

Jim Hillier

Jim Hillier, who died in 2014, was Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Film and Television Studies at the University of Reading, UK. He was a pioneer of film education in the UK. His publications include, as co-author, 100 Documentary Films and 100 Film Noirs in the BFI Screen Guides series (2008); American Independent Cinema (2001), The Film Studies Dictionary (2000) and Howard Hawks: American Artist (1996). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 Documentary Films : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2009

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...Prompted by the 1982 establishment of Channel 4 Television, with its remit to innovate and represent minority interests, and the technician union’s (ACTT) ‘Workshop Declaration’, several black film-making groups, funded by Channel 4...

Personas

Donald Bogle

Donald Bogle is one of the foremost authorities on African Americans in film and the arts. He is the author of the classic Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies, and Bucks: An Interpretive History of Blacks in American Films, which is published by Continuum. His best-selling Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams: The Story of Black Hollywood received the Hurston/Wright Finalist Legacy Award in Non-fiction. His other books include the critically acclaimed Dorothy Dandridge: A Biography; Blacks in American Films and Television: An Illustrated Encyclopedia; and Primetime Blues: African Americans on Network Television. He has appeared on such television programs as Entertainment Tonight; Today; Good Morning, America; and Nightline; and has served as a commentator on such documentaries as Spike Lee’s Jim Brown: All-American, American Movie Classics’ Small Steps . . . Big Strides, and TV Land’s three-part series on African Americans on television. He also co-hosted Turner Classic Movies’ award-winning series Race and Hollywood. The first edition of the present book, Brown Sugar, covered eighty years of America’s black female superstars, and was turned into the highly successful four-part PBS documentary series by Mr. Bogle. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Brown Sugar : Over One Hundred Years of America’s Black Female Superstars

Continuum, 2007

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...The great Josephine Baker.After Ma Rainey had cleared the way, she was jolted from her throne, when there was a mad rush and scramble to see who would be the next wearer of the crown. And there were countless contenders eager...

Sex Symbols

Donald Bogle

Donald Bogle is one of the foremost authorities on African Americans in film and the arts. He is the author of the classic Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies, and Bucks: An Interpretive History of Blacks in American Films, which is published by Continuum. His best-selling Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams: The Story of Black Hollywood received the Hurston/Wright Finalist Legacy Award in Non-fiction. His other books include the critically acclaimed Dorothy Dandridge: A Biography; Blacks in American Films and Television: An Illustrated Encyclopedia; and Primetime Blues: African Americans on Network Television. He has appeared on such television programs as Entertainment Tonight; Today; Good Morning, America; and Nightline; and has served as a commentator on such documentaries as Spike Lee’s Jim Brown: All-American, American Movie Classics’ Small Steps . . . Big Strides, and TV Land’s three-part series on African Americans on television. He also co-hosted Turner Classic Movies’ award-winning series Race and Hollywood. The first edition of the present book, Brown Sugar, covered eighty years of America’s black female superstars, and was turned into the highly successful four-part PBS documentary series by Mr. Bogle. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Brown Sugar : Over One Hundred Years of America’s Black Female Superstars

Continuum, 2007

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...Dorothy Dandridge.The fifties in America is now rightly remembered as a period of national conformity and apathy What with the cold war and Senator Joseph McCarthy’s Communist “witch hunts,” when dissent of any kind was discouraged, America...

Tongues Untied

Jason Wood

Jason Wood is a writer, film programmer and filmmaker. He is Artistic Director of Film at HOME, Visiting Professor at MMU and Visiting Professor at University of Salford, UK, and the author of a number of books including The Faber Book of Mexican Cinema (2006), Nick Broomfield: Documenting Icons (2005), 100 Road Movies (BFI 2007) and Talking Movies: Contemporary World Directors in Interview (2006). He contributes to a range of publications including Sight & Sound, The Guardian, Vertigo and Little White Lies. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 American Independent Films : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2009

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...Along with Isaac Julien’s Looking for Langston (1988), Tongues Untied was one of the first black independent productions to openly address the thorny issue of black homosexuality. Intelligently and passionately exploring...