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The Need for Black American Cinematic Arts: The State of the Black Independent Filmmaker

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This thesis examines the social and political stature of Black Americans historically to determine the need for cinematic arts with Black ethnic orientation. It explores specific obstacles Black filmmakers encounter as they develop, market, and distribute their productions. In discussion on the evolution of cinema in relation to Black America, this study exposes a need for and development of a Black aesthetic and the independent filmmaker, and Black political activism. The study proceeds with an analysis of the organizational structure of the modern Black filmmaker to recognize their progress and identify continued obstacles to the mission and management of the Black film industry. In the examination of two successful Black independent films, the study reveals the significance of the Black aesthetic to modern Black filmmakers and shows the potential profitability of these films despite much controversy.

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ProQuest Dissertations & Theses

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English

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Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 83-04.; Thesis (M.A.)--American University, 1994.

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http://hdl.handle.net/1961/thesesdissertations:8759

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