March 6, 2015

Friday Open Thread: African American Cinematographers

TGIF POU!

The name that has come up over and over from the Cinematographers featured this week, as their mentor, is esteemed Cinematographer, Film Maker and Professor, Haile Gerima.

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Haile Gerima (born March 4, 1946) is an Ethiopian filmmaker who currently lives and works Washington, DC. He is a leading member of the L.A. Rebellion film movement, also known as the Los Angeles School of Black Filmmakers. His films have received wide international acclaim. Since 1975, Gerima has also been an influential film professor at Howard University in Washington, DC. He is best known for Sankofa (1993), which won numerous international awards.

Haile Gerima was born and raised in Gondar, Ethiopia. His father was a dramatist and playwright, who traveled across the Ethiopian countryside staging local plays. He was an important early influence. [Continue Reading…]

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