By Any Means Necessary: Black Film Directors in the U.S.A. With Michael Wellenreiter, M.F.A., Associate Professor of Film
Prof. Michael Wellenreiter, M.F.A. will explore the intersection of art, commerce, and social justice in the work of Black film directors in the United States from the 1920s to the present day. Focusing upon the artistic output of Oscar Micheaux, Spencer Williams, Berry Gordy, Spike Lee, and Dee Rees, we will examine how their films have connected with audiences eager for dynamic and responsive storytelling during turbulent times. As the current economic models of filmmaking shift yet again, the work of these entrepreneurial directors will be explored in order to point new ways forward for both filmmakers and audiences.