Long before filmmakers like Steve McQueen and Lee Daniels made waves as prominent auteurs of contemporary black cinema, there was the trailblazer Oscar Micheaux, who in 1918 became the first black director to produce a feature length film.
The San Francisco Black Film Festival will screen a short film June 10-12 entitled The Young Oscar Micheaux in honor of the pioneering filmmaker whose career spanned nearly three decades and more than 40 feature films. His legacy broke racial barriers and inspired future generations of independent filmmakers from all ethnic backgrounds.
The short, directed by local filmmaker Dr. Jamie Walker, focuses on Micheaux's struggles to distribute his films in the racist South of yesteryear only to emerge as an innovative artist whose work was key in the transition from silent films to talkies.
The Young Oscar Micheaux comes in advance of the recently announced feature-length biopic on the filmmaker's life to be written by Walker and co-produced by Monica R. Cooper and Preston L. Holmes (Malcolm X).
For more information visit www.oscarmicheauxmovie.com.