Alfre WoodardLorenzo TuckerVincent Tubbs
Shot in Hollywood in 1984, this groundbreaking and action-packed documentary uses extensive film excerpts, rare archival material, location footage, and informative interviews to explore the role of black actors, black directors and black audiences in American movies. In the early 1980s, hip hop and breakdancing had just been born, and Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor were the only two black stars on top. Actors Diahnne Abbott (Taxi Driver), Rosalind Cash (Uptown Saturday Night) and Oscar nominee Alfre Woodard (12 Years a Slave) discuss negative stereotyping; actors Jim Brown (Slaughter), Vonetta McGee (Blacula) and D'Urville Martin (Dolemite) talk about alternative solutions to the one-way-street that was "blaxploitation" movies. There is also a rare interview with Lorenzo Tucker, known as "The Black Valentino"; and actor Joel Fluellen (A Raisin in the Sun) and publicist Vincent Tubbs share stories of what life was like for the few blacks working in Hollywood in the 1950s and '60s. Using Grandmaster Flash's iconic "The Message" as its theme song, BLACK HOLLYWOOD: BLAXPLOITATION AND ADVANCING AN INDEPENDENT BLACK CINEMA also features writer/producer Oscar Williams (Black Belt Jones), actor Richard Roundtree (Shaft), comedian Paul Mooney (In Living Color), singer/activist Harry Belafonte (Carmen Jones), and Oscar winner Sidney Poitier (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner).