2015 - 18th Annual Steven Galovich Memorial Student Symposium

Presentation Title

Pioneers in Black Film of the 20th Century: Oscar Micheaux and Spike Lee

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Chelsey Little, Lake Forest CollegeFollow

Location

Library 1st floor

Abstract

The filmographies of Black directors Oscar Micheaux and Spike Lee center, among other things, on racial tension, segregation and violence in the black and white communities. Producing films in two different time periods, their cinematography not only differs in technique and intended audience, but also overlaps in content and perspective pertaining to race. How does each director manipulate the audience's sympathies? This presentation will explore two films – Do the Right Thing (Lee, 1989) and Within Our Gates (Micheaux, 1920) – to compare and contrast the directors’ perspectives upon race in America.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-7-2015 1:00 PM

End Date

4-7-2015 2:15 PM

Panel

Film and Theater

Panel Moderator

Randall Iden

Field of Study for Presentation

African American Studies, American Studies, Art History, Cinema Studies, Communication, Philosophy, Sociology and Anthropology

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Apr 7th, 1:00 PM Apr 7th, 2:15 PM

Pioneers in Black Film of the 20th Century: Oscar Micheaux and Spike Lee

Library 1st floor

The filmographies of Black directors Oscar Micheaux and Spike Lee center, among other things, on racial tension, segregation and violence in the black and white communities. Producing films in two different time periods, their cinematography not only differs in technique and intended audience, but also overlaps in content and perspective pertaining to race. How does each director manipulate the audience's sympathies? This presentation will explore two films – Do the Right Thing (Lee, 1989) and Within Our Gates (Micheaux, 1920) – to compare and contrast the directors’ perspectives upon race in America.