Films by Title: "C"
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C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America (2004) - Mockumentary that dares to posit, "What would have happened if the South had won the Civil War?" The film blends American history with imagination in order to create a satirical lambasting of the racist underpinnings of American society. This independent feature, directed by filmmaker, screenwriter, and University of Kansas film professor Kevin Willmott, premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. Comedy, 89 min., DVD, dir: Kevin Willmott.
Cabin in the Sky (1943) - A musical fantasy is the frame for the story of Little Joe (Eddie "Rochester" Anderson) and his wife Petunia (Ethel Waters). Little Joe is a "backslider" and a sweepstakes ticket winner and Georgia Brown (Lena Horne) puts his soul in jeopardy. In heaven a battle for it goes on between Lucifer, Jr. and a General of the Lord. Ethel Waters sings the hit, "Happiness is Just a Thing Called Joe." Musical, 98 min., 16mm, VHS, dir: Vincente Minnelli.
Cadillac Records (2008) - Chronicles the rise of Chess Records and its recording artists, which included Muddy Waters, Leonard Chess, Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf, Etta James, and Chuck Berry. Starring Cedric the Entertainer, Mos Def, Beyonce Knowles, Jeffret Wright, Eamonn Walker, Gabrielle Union, Valence Thomas, and Eric Bogosion. Drama, 109 min., DVD, dir: Darnell Martin.
Cafe au Lait (1993) - A young woman invites the two possible father's of her unborn child--a Jew and a Muslim--to a meeting at her apartment. Comedy, 91 min., DVD, dir: Mathieu Kassovitz.
- Among the First to Die - This short documentary tells the story of a Guatamalan man who dies in the Iraq war in his quest for United States citizenship. 8 min., dir: Paul Barrera.
- Dastaar: Defending Sikh Identity - This short documentary discusses violence committed toward Sikhs in New York City following the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the miseducation and generalization that led to it. 12 min., dir: Kevin Lee.
- Fulton and Franklin - This short video is about a train station in New York City that was taken over by random police searches. 3 min., dir: Donna Golden.
- Just Ralph - This short documentary profiles a Pakistani shop owner in New York City. 11 min., dir: Clifton Watson
- Latino Poets Speakout: Kill!Kill!Kill! - A beat poet muses on the KKK's disguise as policemen in this short film. 5 min., dir: Renata Gangemi & Ruben Gonzalez.
- Latino Poets Speakout: God Bless America - A poet sings "God Bless America" with interjected items that America produced. 2 min., dir: Renata Gangemi & Ruben Gonzalez.
- Latino Poets Speakout: Tamales in January - A Latino poet tells a story about people making food and imagining themselves in Iraq during a bombing raid. 3 min., dir: Renata Gangemi & Ruben Gonzalez.
- Military Option - Two students go undercover to a recruiter's office in this short documentary. 11 min., dir: Al Santana & Alonzo Speight.
- Military Promises - The filmmaker's brother joins the military expecting to do something worthwhile, but ends up doing nothing. 8 min., dir: Kamisha S.
- Rising Up: The Alams - This short examines a muslim family directly affected by new registration laws following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City. 11 min., dir: Konrad Aderer.
- Saj: Muslim in America - Short interview of New York urban girl who is muslim. 4 min., dir: Sam Pollard.
- She Rhymes Like a Girl - A community based all female rap club tries to make a voice for themselves in the male dominated business. 7 min., dir: J.T. Takagi .
- Untold Legacy - The subject of this short film is a bill being considered in 2005 by the New York City Council that would require companies conducting business in the city to reveal any past benefit or complicity the the slave trade. 13 min., dir: Leslie K. Brown.
- Voices in the Street - This short film tells the story of food vendors in New York City who are made to move because of the 2004 Republican Convention. 13 min., dir: J.T. Takagi & Herman Lew.
- Work and Respect: Domestic Workers United [aka Respect] - Domestic workers try and lobby for employee protection laws from their employers. 10 min., dir: n/a.
- Walking with FUREE - This short film profiles FUREE (Families United for Racial and Economic Equality), an organization whose goal is to inspire others to get out and do something. 10 min., dir: Miriam Perez.
Call Me Kuchu (2013) - In Uganda, a new bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. David Kato, Uganda’s first openly gay man, and retired Anglican Bishop Christopher Senyonjo work against the clock to defeat state-sanctioned homophobia while combatting vicious persecution in their daily lives. But no one is prepared for the brutal murder that shakes their movement to its core and sends shock waves around the world. Documentary, 86 min. DVD, dir: Katherine Fairfax Wright & Malika Zouhali-Worrall.
Calling Dr. Porky (1940) - On Cartoon Collection III. Children, 8 min., VHS, dir: I. Freleng.
Came the Brawn (1938) - Short from The Little Rascals series. Comedy, 10 min., DVD, dir: Gordon Douglas.
Camp de Thiaroye (1988) - Set in Senegal in the final days of World War II, this semi-autobiographical film tells the story of black soliders who fought for France, but are detained in a prison camp before being repatriated home. Drama, 147 min., DVD, dir: Ousmane Sembene.
Candombe (1993) - This documentary film works to keep alive Uruguay’s historical African roots by telling the story of Fernando Nunez, a black descendent who sees himself as the heir to “Candombe,” an important social and cultural legacy from his slave forefathers. Drama, 16 min., VHS, dir: Rafael Deugenio.
cane/cain (2011) - In the wake of xenophobic attacks in Johannesburg a relationship develops between two men, an Indian South African and a Pakistani immigrant. Drama, 15 min., DVD, dir: Jordache Ellapen.
Canned Fishing (1938) - Short from The Little Rascals series. Comedy, 10 min., DVD, dir: Gordon Douglas.
Can't Jail the Revolution: Political Prisoners & Prisoners of War in the U.S. (1991) - This documentary uses footage compiled from various social justice media productions to chronicle the perspectives of African American, Puerto Rican, Native American and white political prisoners of war within the United States. Documentary, 28 min., VHS, dir: Ada Gay Griffin & Kenyatta Tyehimba.
Can't Let Love (n.d.) - Video for the song "Cant' Let Love." Music Video, 5 min., Beta, DVD dir: S. Torriano Berry & Henry Joseph.
Candyman (1992) - The Candyman, a murderous soul with a hook for a hand, is accidentally summoned to reality by a skeptic grad student researching the monster's myth. Horror, 99 min., DVD, dir: Bernard Rose.
Capers (1995) - Video to the song "Capers" by Chink. Music Video, 4 min., DVD dir: Brother Shiloh.
Capoeira of Brazil (1980) - Warrington Hudlin's film features a dance performance of Capoeira which was originally devised by Brazilian slaves as a fighting art of revolt and escape. When the Portuguese slave owners outlawed the practice, the slaves disguised Capoeira as a dance in order to continue its practice. Documentary, 10 min., 16mm, dir: Warrington Hudlin.
Car Wash (1976) - The drama of one day in the lives of the people (Black, Chicano, Native American, and White) working in a Los Angeles car wash. Ivan Dixon is the father figure who helps the young Revolutionary (Bill Duke) in trouble; Richard Pryor is Daddy Rich, a fast-talking preacher whose license plate reads TITHE; octogenarian Clarence Muse plays a shoeshine man with dignity. Comedy, 97 min., VHS, dir: Michael Schultz.
Carbon Copy (1981) - Roger (Denzel Washington) locates his white father Walter (George Segal) after the death of his mother. Roger's arrival precipitates problems between Walter and his wife (Susan St. James), but father and son decide to stay together. Comedy, 91 min., 16mm, dir: Michael Schultz.
Carmen & Geoffrey (2005) - Archival footage traces the careers of Carmen de Lavallade, a Horton-trained dancer from California who moved to New York with Alvin Ailey and began a legacy of modern dance in America, and Geoffrey Holder, a Trinidad-born choreographer who set New York on fire as a set and costume designer, painter and man-about-town with productions such as The Wiz. Documentary, 79 min., DVD, dir: Linda Atkinson and Nick Doob.
Carmen Jones (1954) - This adaptation of Bizet's opera appeared first on Broadway in 1943. The motion picture version, staying close to the stage production, exploits the richness of southern black folklore in the context of a typical romantic triangle. The singing voices of Carmen (Dorothy Dandridge), Joe (Harry Belafonte), and Husky (Joe Adams) are dubbed by vocalists Marilyn Horn, Le Vern Hucherson, and Marvin Hayes. Pearl Bailey sings "Beat Out That Rhythm on a Drum" in her own voice. Musical, 107 min., 16mm, VHS, dir: Otto Preminger.
Cartoon Collection III (1996) - Includes: Ali-Baba Bound; Billboard Frolics; Bosko the Speed King; Calling Dr. Porky; Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs; Confusions of a Nutzy Spy; Daffy Doc; Eatin' on the Cuff; Hold Anything; Kristopher Kolumbus Jr.; Little Beau Porky; Porky's Phoney Express; Porky's Picnic; Scalp Trouble; Those Beautiful Dames; and Tom Turk and Daffy. Children, 112 min., VHS, dir: various.
Catching Up With The Rascals (2008) - Contemporary interviews with Dick Moore, Jean Darling, Jerry Tucker, Annie Ross, and Spanky McFarland's manager Rick Sapphire. Documentary, 50 min., DVD, dir: N/A.
Catfish in Black Bean Sauce (1999) - Actor Chi Muoi Lo turns director/screenwriter to tell this tale of complicated identity issues that arise when two Vietnamese children adopted and raised by an African American couple come of age, choose partners, confront their identity issues, and after many years, meet their birth mother. Comedy, 119 min., DVD, dir: Chi Muoi Lo.
Caught Up (1998) - Daryl (Bokeem Woodbine) is an ex-convict who has put down his gun and is struggling to live an honest life. However, when his new girlfriend Vanessa’s (Cynda Williams) former lover Ahmad (Basil Wallace) comes looking for revenge, Daryl’s dreams of going legit are shattered. Drama, 98 min., VHS, dir: Darin Scott.
Caveman's Valentine, The (2001) - Julliard School of Music trained pianist Romulus Ledbetter (Samuel L. Jackson) is propelled into a life of fantasy and paranoia after the stress from his professional and family life proves to be more than he can handle. The schizophrenic and homeless Ledbetter discovers the body of a dead man outside of his cave in Central Park, and is determined to prove that the man was murdered as well as reconcile with his police officer daughter. This film is based on a novel by George Dawes Green. Drama, 105 min., DVD, dir: Kasi Lemmons.
CB4 (1993) - A hysterical "rapumentary" full of cameos of real rap legends, this comedy focuses on a new group CB4 who are enjoying success as their hard-core rap albums garner fans and revenue. Things change for them when they become objects of political attack and subjects of a documentary film which reveals for the world that they are simply middle-class kids posing as ex-convicts. Comedy, 89 min., DVD, dir: Tamra Davis.
Ceddo (1977) - The Ceddo try to preserve their traditional African culture against the onslaught of Islam, Christianity, and the slave trade. When King Demba War sides with the Muslims, the Ceddo kidnap his daughter, Princess Dior Yacine, to protest their forcible conversion to Islam. Drama, 120 min., DVD, dir: Ousmane Sembène.
Celebrating Bird: The Triumph of Charlie Parker (1987) - This documentary on the life of Charlie Parker (1920-1955) is dedicated to his memory. It covers his early years in Kansas City through his career, two marriages, addictions and death in New York. Based on the book of the same name, it includes interviews with major figures in his life. Documentary, 60 min., VHS, dir: Gary Giddens.
Celebrity Master Class: Diahann Carroll (2006) - Actress Diahann Carroll participates in this edition of Celebrity Master Class produced by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. Highlights include her discussing her work on Broadway as well as her experiences on the television series Julia and Dynasty. Interview, 112 min., DVD, dir: n/a.
Censored 11 - Includes Africa Squeaks (1940), dir: Robert Clampett; All This and Rabbit Stew (1941), dir: Tex Avery; Angel Puss (1944), dir: Chuck Jones; Clean Pastures (1937), dir: Friz Freleng; Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs (1943), dir: Robert Clampett; Confederate Honey (1940), dir: Friz Freleng; Goldilocks and the Jivin' Bears (1944), dir: Friz Freleng; Hittin' the Trail for Hallelujah (1931), dir: Rudolf Ising; Land Isle of Pingo Pongo (1938), dir: Tex Avery; The Jungle Jitters (1938), dir: Friz Freleng; Sunday Go to Meetin' Time (1936), dir: Friz Freleng; Tin Pan Alley Cats (1943), dir: Robert Clampett; Uncle Tom's Bungalow (1937), dir: Tex Avery; Which is Witch? (1949), dir: Friz Freleng; DVD.
Central Park Five, The (2012) - In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers were arrested and charged with brutally attacking and raping a white female jogger in Central Park. News media swarmed the case, calling them a "wolfpack." Based on Sarah Burns’ riveting book, this incendiary film tells the riveting tale of innocent young men scapegoated and imprisoned for a heinous crime they didn’t commit. Documentary, 120 min., DVD, dir: Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon.
Century of Black Cinema, A (1997) - From Oscar Micheaux to Spike Lee, the history of black cinema throughout the twentieth century is explored through film clips and interviews. Documentary, 100 min., DVD, dir: Ted Newson.
Chameleon Street (1988) - Based on the true story of William Douglas Street, who impersonated a Time Magazine reporter, a surgeon, a Yale student and a lawyer before winding up behind bars, the film stars Wendell B. Harris, Jr. as the chameleon-like Street. Angela Leslie plays his girlfriend. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1990 Sundance Film Festival. Drama, 98 min., DVD, dir: Wendell Harris, Jr.
Changing the Game (2012) - A supremely intelligent young man rises from the ferocious and oppressive streets of North Philadelphia to being a shining star in the world of high finance at Wall Street's most prestigious firm, only to find that his new world is as deadly as the one he left. Action, 103 min., DVD, dir: Rel Dowdell.
Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, The (1978) - The story of an exploited Aborigine who commits murder and goes into hiding. Drama, 117 min., DVD, dir: Fred Schepisi.
Chappelle's Show: Season One (2004) - Season one of "Chappelle's Show." Television Series, 283 min., DVD, dir: various.
Charleston (1927) - A man in blackface travels in a silver bubble and lands on earth. Here he meets a dancing girl and a man in a monkey suit and the girl teaches the him to dance. Finally they both get into the silver bubble and leave earth. Drama, 17 min., 16mm, dir: Jean Renoir.
Charlie Chan in Egypt (1935) - Charlie Chan investigates the disappearance of ancient relics in Egypt. His chauffeur, Snowshoes (Stepin Fetchit), becomes aware of his "roots" in between a light courtship and an encounter with a ghost in a pyramid. Drama, 65 min., 16mm, dir: Louis King.
Chase Part 1 & 2 (2007) - Dennis (Ramsey Nouah) and three of his friends plan a Bachelor's Party, but find themselves fighting for this lives that night, as their fates intertwine with that of the bride-to-be an politician planning his next move. Action, 150 min., DVD, dir: Moses (Sneeze) Iwang.
Check and Double Check (1930) - The only Amos and Andy film available stars the team of Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll (white actors in burnt cork) in the roles they originated for radio. A haunted house, a wild taxi ride through the streets of New York, and a happy ending for two young lovers are ingredients for this black comedy set in Harlem and an upper class suburb. Russell Powell is the Kingfish (also in black face). Musical sequence with Ellington and orchestra. Comedy, 84 min., 16mm, dir: Mark Brown.
Check it Out! (1972) - This documentary short discusses the dangers of venereal diseases and suggests ways of preventing them. Documentary, 24 min., 16mm, dir: Irvin Berwick.
Chef! (1999) - A documentary film that reports the battle against political corruption in Cameroon. Such injustices depicted in the film are murder, wife beating, lack of freedom of the press, bribery, and appalling prison conditions. Documentary, 63 min., DVD, dir: Jean-Marie Teno.
Chesterfield Spotlight (1956) - Documentary, 15 min., 35mm, dir: n/a.
Chicago After Dark (1946) - Comedy short. Musical, 24 min., 16mm, dir: Josh Binney.
Chico & Rita (2010) - Set in mid-century Cuba, this Oscar-nominated animated feature tells the story of romance between a piano player and singer. Drama, 94 min., DVD, dir: Tono Errando, Javier Mariscal & Fernando Trueba.
Child of Resistance (1972) - A woman is imprisoned as a result of her fight for social justice. The film explores her inner thoughts including her dreams and fears for her people. Drama, 57 min., VHS, dir: Haile Gerima.
Children of God (2010) - Follows four people on the Bahamian island of Eleuthera in 2004 and the homophobia and religious intolerance prevalent in society. Jonny, a struggling white art student has a relationship with Romeo - a handsome black resident. Lena Mackey, an intolerant preacher's wife who's been betrayed by her husband, campaigns against gays. Drama, 104 min., DVD, dir: Kareem Mortimern.
Children of Haiti (2010) - Following the day-to-day lives of three teenage street boys in the northern city of Cap-Haitian, Children of Haiti provides an intimate view of the country wide orphan epidemic. Even prior to the January 2010 earthquake, more than 500,000 orphan children, known as the Sanguine (“soulless”) wander the streets of Haiti’s cities day and night. Children of Haiti follows three teenage boys as they reflect on their country and their lives, while sharing a common dream of education, government assistance, and social acceptance. Documentary, 52 min, DVD, dir. Alexandria Hammond.
Children of Wax: A Folktale from Zimbabwe (1988) - This animated short relates a folktale from Africa about five children who are made of wax and can only go outside in the cool of darkness, yet one child is determined to see the world by day. Children, 5 min., 16mm, dir: Kathleen Houston.
Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed (2004) - This historic documentary recaptures the presidential candidacy of Brooklyn Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm in 1972. Her bid for the Democratic nomination was surprisingly successful as she was able to rally people of color, women, and young voters to her campaign. Documentary, 77 min., DVD, dir: Shola Lynch.
Chocolat (1988) - A French woman returns to Cameroon and recalls a period of her youth during the colonial era. While her father is away surveying land for the government, tensions arise between her mother and a black servant. Drama, 106 min., DVD, dir: Claire Denis.
Choo Choo (1932) - Short from The Little Rascals series. Comedy, 20 min., DVD, dir: Robert F. McGowan.
Chris Ofili (2004) - Profile of artist Chris Ofili, includes interviews with architect David Adjaye and structural engineer Charles Walker. Interview, 26 min., DVD, dir: n/a.
Chris Rock Show, Best of the (1998) - This video collects highlights from comedian Chris Rock's HBO comedy series "The Chris Rock Show." Some of the sketches include Rock petitioning to have a primarily white neighborhood named Cross Bay Boulevard re-named Tupac Shakur Boulevard, a salute to Marion Barry from poet Maya Angelou, and a spoof on "The Rules" as presented by Ike Turner. Comedy, 59 min., VHS, dir: Linda Mendoza.
Christmas Story with Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, A (1977) - Fat Albert and the gang help spread the Christmas spirit to a poor family and Mr. Tyrone in this television special. Children, 23 min., 16mm, dir: Hal Sutherland.
Chronicle of a Summer (Chronique d'un été) (1961) - Filmmaker Jean Rouch and sociologist Edgar Morin interview a wide range Paris residents in the summer of 1960. They begin with a simple question--"Are you happy?"--and the interviews expand from there, covering such topics as the ongoing Algerian War. Documentary, 90 min., DVD, dir: Jean Rouch & Edgar Morin.
Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n Roll (1987) - An array of rock 'n' roll musicians perform hits and discuss the musical contributions of Chuck Berry. Berry performs many of his works including: "Maybelline" and Johnny B. Good." Documentary, 121 min., VHS, dir: Taylor Hackford.
Cinematic Jazz of Julie Dash, The (1992) - In an in-depth interview with Julie Dash, whose first feature film, Daughters of the Dust, has become a critical sensation since its release in 1991, the filmmaker discusses the making of the film and the trials and triumphs of two decades of filmmaking by African American women. Documentary, 26 min., VHS, dir: Yvonne Welbon.
Cisco Kid: Kilts and Sombreros (1956) - In this episode of the television series, The Cisco Kid, a young boy (Barry Froner) and his uncle MacDougall (Ian Murray) have been robbed. The boy thinks poorly of his uncle until the Cisco Kid comes and tells the boy that his uncle is a great man. Western, 26 min., 16mm, dir: Lambert Hillyer.
Cities de la plaine (2000) - In Northern France, a blind man - Ben - looks back on his life. He is an immigrant who set up a business in the face of many setbacks and married a French woman who bore him a child, but with time his life got harder. In Algeria his mother was murdered, his marriage has broken down, and he even lost his sight. Drama, 110 min., DVD, dir: Robert Kramer.
Citizen King (2004) - This documentary examining the last five years of the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., is part of the PBS American Experience program series that highlights contributions made by notable members of society. Documentary, 115 min., DVD, dir: Orlando Bagwell.
City Lovers (1982) - This socially conscious film, set in South Africa, presents an interracial love story between a German geologist and a young black woman. Drama, 60 min., VHS, dir: Barney Simon.
City of God (2002) - This film takes place in the slum ghetto near Rio called "City of God." It features a pictorial montage of still and moving images that traverses characters, time, and space. Nothing is resolved in this gripping depiction of life for people whose economic position and skin color forces them to live in a highly segregated society. Nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Director and Best Cinamatography. Drama, 131 min., DVD, dir: Fernando Meirelles.
City of Hope (1991) - Joe Morton plays Wynn, Hudson City's newly elected black councilman. When two young black boys, (JoJo Smollett and Edward Jay Townsend, Jr.) are harassed by white police officers and they retaliate, Wynn and the minority community openly confront the city hierarchy seeking change, recognition and representation. Drama, 130 min., VHS, dir: John Sayles.
Civil Brand (2002) - In her first feature film director Neema Barnette assembles a cast of hip hop stars to delve into the dynamics of "the new plantation system," prison, in this case a women's prison, and creates a film that provides "social political commentary" on the contemporary U.S. prison system. Drama, 95 min., DVD, dir: Neema Barnette.
Civil Rights Movement (2004) - U.S. Representive John Lewis (D-GA) speaks about the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on the occasion of its 40th anniversary in Washington, DC on December 31, 2004. Television, 72 min., DVD, dir: n/a.
Claiming Open Spaces (1995) - Experimental documentary on African American usage of public park spaces. Uses interviews, poems, music and personal reflections to explore political struggles and cultural connections over the late 20th century. Documentary, 90 min., VHS, dir: Austin Allen.
Clando (1996) - A native of Cameroon, Sobgui Antole (Paulin Fodouop) was employed as a computer programmer until he was tortured and arrested for his affiliation with a radical group. After being released he escapes to Cologne, Germany and becomes a clando, German slang for an illegal immigrant, when he decides to flee his native country to pursue a chance at a better life. Drama, 95 min., DVD, dir: Jean-Marie Teno.
Clara's Heart (1988) - Clara Mayfield (Whoopi Goldberg) is the housekeeper for a family whose 13-year-old son, David Hart (Neil Patrick Harris), cannot cope with his parents' divorce. Clara's history is slowly unraveled as David becomes acquainted with figures from her world: close friend Blanche Lowden (Hattie Winston) and Clara's nemesis, Dora Cambridge (Beverly Todd). Others in her circle are four hairdressers: Felicia (Maria Broom), Lydia (Wanda Christine), Bobs (Maryce Carter), and Rita (Angel Harper). Drama, 107 min., VHS, dir: Robert Mulligan.
Clarence and Angel (1981) - Two 12-year-old boys, an African American, Clarence (Darren Brown), and a Hispanic, Angel (MarkCardova), are constantly in trouble in a New York public school. Clarence, a child of migrant workers, has not been in one place long enough to learn how to read. Angel helps him learn outside of class what the teacher is too impatient and insensitive to teach in the classroom. Drama, 75 min., VHS, dir: Robert Gardner.
Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi (1983) - Originally broacast on ABC, this documentary explores the various life forms created for the Star Wars films. Hosted by Billy Dee Williams and Carrie Fisher. Documentary, 49 min., 16mm, dir: Robert Guenette.
Classified X (1998) - Produced for European television, Melvin Van Peebles analyzes race and racial stereotyping in American cinema from Thomas Edison's turn of the twentieth century films to the 1990s in this documentary. Classified X also screened at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. Documentary, 53 min., DVD, dir: Mark Daniels.
Claudine (1974) - The story revolves around a welfare mother (Diahann Carroll) of six who falls in love with a garbage man (James Earl Jones). Music and lyrics by Curtis Mayfield, performed by Gladys Knight and the Pips. Comedy, 88 min., 16mm, DVD, dir: John Berry.
Clean Pastures (1937) - A parody of the film "Green Pastures." Heaven, or "Pair-O-Dice" as it's called, finds it can't compete with the night life in Harlem so an angel resembling Stepin Fetchit is sent to bring people to heaven. He is ignored until angels resembling Fats Waller, Cab Calloway and Louis Armstrong help him by playing music and leading people to heaven. At the end, heaven is full and even the devil wants in. On the Censored 11 DVD. Part of Merrie Melodies series. Comedy, 7 min., DVD, dir: Friz Freleng.
Cleopatra Jones (1973) - Cleopatra is an international narcotics agent bent on ridding drugs from the black community. Her task is made easier by good looks, knowledge of karate, and help from the community. Film shows supportive relationships between black men and black women. Musical score by J.J. Johnson.Action, 89 min., VHS, dir: Jack Starrett.
Clockers (1995) - Named after drug dealers who operate around the clock, Lee's film treats a world of despair with an almost resigned touch that underscores a total sense of futility. Based on the novel by Richard Price, the film explores the relationship between street dealer Strike Dunham (Mekhi Phifer), the shadowy overlord Rodney (Delroy Lindo) who would have Strike commit murder, and the jaded police detective Rocco Klein (Harvey Keitel) who smells a frame-up when Strike's brother (Isaiah Washington) is blamed for the killer. Drama, 129 min., DVD, dir: Spike Lee.
Clorae and Albie (1976) - This film documents the lives of two young single working black women: Clorae and Albie. Produced with a grant from the National Insitute of Education, Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Documentary, 36 min., 16mm, dir: Joyce Chopra.
Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs (1942) - A retelling of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," this wartime offering parodies Snow White by making her a "luscious chocolate cutie" threatened by the Queen (who appears to be "African"). The dwarfs (all enlisted men) protect her until the arrival of "Prince Chawmin." Animation by Rod Scribner. Children, 7 min., 16mm, VHS, DVD, dir: Robert Clampett.
Cocorico ! Monsieur Poulet (1974) - Based on a traditional tale of an itinerant chicken seller, tells of three friends and an old sorceress who travel through the bush selling chickens from an old Citroen 2CV. Documentary, 93 min., DVD, dir: Jean Rouch.
Coffee Colored Children (1988) - The film documents the painful experience of bi-racial children living in London and the psychological effects of white beauty on colored children. Documentary, 15 min., VHS, dir: Ngozi Onwurah.
Coffy (1973) - Pam Grier stars as a young nurse whose teenage sister is hospitalized after being induced to use drugs. Coffy embarks upon a personal campaign of vengeance. Robert DoQui plays King George, the pimp-pusher; Booker Bradshaw is Brunswick, her boyfriend. Action, 91 min., DVD, dir: Jack Hill.
Colère des Dieux, La (Anger of the Gods) (2003) -- A king's son takes over when his father dies. Drama, 95 min., DVD, dir: Idrissa Ouedraogo.
Collateral (2004) -- A cab driver (Jamie Foxx) believes he has an easy night as his client needs the cab for the whole evening. The situation begins to sour early as the client (Tom Cruise) is revealed as an assassin using the cab to make his rounds. Drama, 119 min., DVD, dir: Michael Mann.
Collector, The (n.d.) - A story about a woman who collects boxes. One day she gets a special delivery. When she fails to follow directions, she meets her end. Horror, 5 min., DVD, dir: Hasan El-Amin.
Color Adjustment (1991) - Marlon Riggs brings his compelling study of racial prejudice begun in Ethnic Notions into the Television Age, examining the roles of African Americans on TV from Amos n' Andy to The Cosby Show. Documentary, 88 min., DVD, dir: Marlon Riggs.
Color Purple, The (1985) - Seen through the eyes of shy, withdrawn Celie (Whoopi Goldberg), the film is based on the novel by Alice Walker. Celie, who secretly writes to God and her sister Nettie (Akosua Busia) after her husband Mister (Danny Glover) separates the two, emerges from an abusive childhood and marriage into a loving, nurturing lesbian relationship with blues singer Shug (Margaret Avery). Adolph Ceasar plays Mister's father; Oprah Winfrey is Sophia. Drama, 154 min., 16mm, VHS, dir: Steven Spielberg.
Colored Troops Disembarking (1898) - Members of the 24th U.S. Infantry Division arrive in Tampa Florida after serving in the Spanish-American War. Soldiers exit the crowded steam boat onto the dock. Documentary, unknown running time, Beta, dir: William Paley.
Colors (1988) - Rocket (Don Cheadle), a Crips gang member is on the run after committing a drive-by shooting. Danny (Sean Penn) and Bob (Robert Duvall) are police officers trying to solve the murder. The story focuses on east Los Angeles gangs the Crips and the Bloods. Grand L. Bush, Glenn Plummer and Damon Wayans play gangsters. Action, 127 min., VHS, dir: Dennis Hopper.
Come Back, Africa (1959) - Semi-documentary about repressive life in apartheid South Africa. Miriam Makeba makes a brief appearance as singer in the slums of Sophiatown outside Johannesburg. The film won the Italian Film Critics Award at Venice Film Festival in 1960. Drama, 90 min., VHS, DVD, dir: Lionel Rogosin.
Come Back, Charleston Blue (1972) - Police detectives Grave Digger Jones (Godfrey Cambridge) and Coffin Ed Johnson (Raymond St. Jacques) stick their noses into a war between the Mafia and a black narcotics pusher for control of the Harlem drug trade. Musical score composed and conducted by Donny Hathaway, and supervised by Quincy Jones. The film is an adaptation of The Heat's On, by Chester Hines. Drama, 115 min., 16mm, dir: Mark Warren.
Coming of the Saturnites, The (1986) - After a top-secret government laboratory is destroyed, a scientist finds herself in custody and under suspicion for the damage in the lab. When she claims an alien visitation was the reason for destroying the lab, the authorities do not believe her. Horror, 27 min., Beta, dir: S. Torriano Berry.
Coming to America (1988) - An African prince decides to leave his coutry in order to find the princess of his choice in Queens, New York. Comedy, 116 min., DVD, dir: John Landis.
Committees of One (1981) - Through both narrative and re-enactments, this documentary tells the stories of important figures of the black community in Minnesota as well as the history of blacks in the state. Documentary, 33 min., 16mm, dir: Walter Goins.
Confederate Honey (1940) - Nett Cutler (Elmer Fudd) romances Crimson O'Hairoil in this send-up of Gone With the Wind. Part of Merrie Melodies series. Comedy, 8 min., DVD, dir: Friz Freleng.
Confusions of a Nutzy Spy (1943) - On Cartoon Collection III. Children, 7 min., VHS, dir: Norman McCabe.
Congressman Robert Smalls: A Patriot's Journey from Slavery to Capitol Hill (2005) - This documentary chronicles the life and career of Robert Smalls. A former slave who helped the Union cause during the Civil War, Smalls became a Congressman who fought for public education in South Carolina and the integration of Philadelphia's public transportation system, among other things, before leaving office in 1887. Documentary, 56 min., DVD, dir: Adrena Ifill.
Connection, The (1985) - After meeting in a club, a young man and woman end up in a debate about sci-fi, which leads to a shocking reveal. Horror, 7 min., DVD, dir: S. Torriano Berry.
Conrack (1974) - The film tells the true story of a white school teacher's experiences teaching and living among black children on one of the Sea Islands off the coast of South Carolina. Adapted from the novel, The Water is Wide. Drama, 103 min., 16mm, dir: Martin Ritt.
Conscious (n.d.) - A narrated scene of a "ghetto" with the narrator posing questions about why people maintain a "ghetto" mentality. Drama, 5 min., DVD, dir: Slane Ramon.
Conversations with Roy DeCarava (1983) - Narrated by Alex Haley, Carroll Parrott Blue's documentary provides an overview of the artistic contributions of Roy DeCarava, a photographer who captured the Jazz Age. It features many of DeCarava's popular works. Documentary, 28 min., VHS, dir: Carroll Parrott Blue.
Conversations: Alfre Woodard (2003) - Alfre Woodard is interviewed in front of a live audience in this episode of a series produced by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. Interview, 120 min., DVD, dir: n/a.
Conversations: Andre Braugher (2002) - Andre Braugher is interviewed in front of a live audience in this episode of a series produced by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. Interview, 120 min., VHS, dir: Kwesi Thomas.
Conversations: Blair Underwood (2008) - Blair Underwood is interviewed in front of a live audience in this episode of a series produced by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. Interview, 116 min., DVD, dir: n/a.
Conversations: CCH Pounder (2009) - CCH Pounder is interviewed in front of a live audience in this episode of a series produced by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. Interview, 94 min., DVD, dir: n/a.
Conversations: Derek Luke (2006) - Derek Luke is interviewed in front of a live audience in this episode of a series produced by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. He talks about his breakout role in Denzel Washington's Antwone Fisher (2002) and his subsequent success in both the independent and Hollywood mainstream film industries. Interview, 99 min., DVD, dir: n/a.
Conversations: Djimon Hounsou (2004) - Djimon Hounsou is interviewed in front of a live audience in this episode of a series produced by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. Interview, 101 min., DVD, dir: n/a.
Conversations: Eriq La Salle (2003) - Eriq La Salle is interviewed in front of a live audience in this episode of a series produced by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. Interview, 120 min., DVD, dir: Timothy Blake.
Conversations: Forest Whitaker (2007) - Forest Whitaker is interviewed in front of a live audience in this episode of a series produced by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. One of the primary topics of conversation is about his multi-award winning role in The Last King of Scotland. Interview, 92 min., DVD, dir: n/a.
Conversations: James Reynolds (2008) - James Reynolds is interviewed in front of a live audience in this episode of a series produced by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. Interview, 112 min., DVD, dir: n/a.
Conversations: Jenifer Lewis (2009) - Jenifer Lewis is interviewed in front of a live audience in this episode of a series produced by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. Interview, 110 min., DVD, dir: n/a.
Conversations: Jesse L. Martin (2006) - Jesse L. Martin is interviewed in front of a live audience in this episode of a series produced by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. Among the topics discussed are his family, his breakthrough with Rent, and his numerous television roles. Interview, 115 min., DVD, dir: n/a.
Conversations: Lisa Gay Hamilton (2002) - Lisa Gay Hamilton is interviewed in front of a live audience in this episode of a series produced by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. Interview, 133 min., VHS, dir: Timothy Blake.
Conversations: Lorraine Toussaint (2012) - Lorraine Toussaint is interviewed in front of a live audience in this episode of a series produced by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. Interview, 119 min., DVD, dir: n/a.
Conversations: Melvin & Mario Van Peebles (2004) - Melvin & Mario Van Peebles are interviewed in front of a live audience in this episode of a series produced by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. Interview, 69 min., DVD, dir: n/a.
Conversations: Phylicia Rashad (2011) - Phylicia Rashad interviewed in front of a live audience in this episode of a series produced by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. Interview, 93 min., DVD, dir: n/a.
Conversations: Robert Guillaume (2011) - Robert Guillaume interviewed in front of a live audience in this episode of a series produced by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. Interview, 68 min., DVD, dir: n/a.
S. Epatha Merkerson (2002) - S. Epatha Merkerson is interviewed in front of a live audience in this episode of a series produced by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. Merkerson talks about her beginnings in off Broadway productions to her experiences on Law and Order. Interview, 113 min., DVD, dir: n/a.
Conversations: Sophie Okonedo (2005) - Sophie Okonedo is interviewed in front of a live audience in this episode of a series produced by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. Interview, 60 min., DVD, dir: n/a.
Conversations: Terrence Howard (2005) - A self-taught musician and bio-engineering major, Terrence Dashon Howard talks about his career and his passionate method for acting. He shares stories and advice from contemporaries, such as Denzel Washington, Jeffrey Wright, and Morgan Freeman, in this episode of a series produced by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. Interview, 115 min., DVD, dir: n/a.
Conversations: Viola Davis (2011) - Viola Davis is interviewed in front of a live audience in this episode of a series produced by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. Interview, 110 min., DVD, dir: n/a.
Cooley High (1975) - This film is an unflinching look at ghetto life and dreams. The transition from teenager to young adult is a trying, sometimes brutal experience which some survive and some do not. Glynn Turman is Preacher; Lawrnece Hilton-Jacobs is Cochise. Comedy, 107 min., 16mm, DVD, dir: Michael Schultz.
Coonskin (1975) - With animation and live action, Bakshi again attempts to satirically convey violence and frustration in urban America. Cartoon characters: Brother Bear, Brother Fox, Old man Bone, Brother rabbit. Voices by Barry White, Charles Gordone, Scatman Crothers, and Philip Michael Thomas. Drama, 100 min., VHS, dir: Ralph Bakshi.
Cop and a Half (1993) - A streetwise youngster (Norman D. Golden II) teams up with a hard-edged detective (Burt Reynolds) to catch murderers. Ruby Dee is Rachel; Ralph Wilcox plays Det. McPhail; and Ossie Davis is uncredited in a cameo appearance as a detective in the squad room. Comedy, 97 min., DVD, dir: Henry Winkler.
Coping with Babylon (2005) - Reveals the contemporary Rastafarian worldview as interpreted by some of the most prominent followers of His Imperial Majesty, Haile Selassie I. The film features interviews with Rastafari-inspired recording artists Mutabaruka, Lucian. Documentary, 80 min., DVD, dir: Oliver Hill.
Cora Unashamed (2000) - Based on the short story by Langston Hughes, Cora Unashamed addresses issues of domestic service in the 1930s. Cora is a housemaid who, like many other African American women, worked for white families for long hours at low wages. Drama, 95 min., VHS, dir: Deborah M. Pratt.
Cornbread, Earl, and Me (1975) - Cornbread (Keith Wilkes) tragically copes with the pressures of the inner-city while relying on his basketball talents to make a better life for himself and his family. His young friend Wilford (Laurence Fishburne), sets the moral tone for the adult world in the city which butchers human beings as well as hogs. Adapted from the novel, Hog Butcher. Musical score by Donald Byrd, performed by the Blackbyrds. Drama, 99 min., 16mm, dir: Joe Manduke.
Corrina, Corrina (1994) - After his wife's death, advertising writer Marty Singer (Ray Liotta) and his young, withdrawn daughter Molly (Tina Majorino) are alone. Marty hires Corrina Washington (Whoopi Goldberg) as the new housekeeper. She's funny, smart, educated and overqualified for the job, but needs the money. Jenifer Lewis plays Corrina's sister. Drama, 115 min., VHS, dir: Jessie Nelson.
Cosmic Slop (1994) - Originally broadcast on HBO, this series is composed of three vignettes:
- Space Traders: Based on the short story by Derrick Bell, the first segment of this African American "Twilight Zone" focuses on Space Traders (aliens in the form of Ronald Reagan). In exchange for the U.S. black population, they will provide unlimited treasures to eliminate the budget deficit and clean the environment. Robert Guillaume plays Professor Gleason Golightly; Michele Lamar Richards is Gail Golightly; Jason Bernard plays TV announcer Bernard Shields; Brock Peters appears as Minister Coombs. dir: Reginald Hudlin.
- The First Commandment: In this second segment of Cosmic Slop, a small community in the Bronx that practices the Santeria religion becomes the economic target for the Catholic Church. The Church dismisses the religion and sells the Santeria sacred statue to a local museum. Daryl Mitchell and Eugene Allen are delivery men; John Witherspoon, Chino "Fats" Williams and Bowlegged Lou play homeless men; Robert Wisdom appears as a police detective and Irma Williams is Oshun. dir: Warrington Hudlin.
- Tang: In this last segment of Cosmic Slop, based on a short story by Chester Himes, Tang (Paula Jai Parker) and her abusive, illiterate husband, T-Bone (Chi McBride) receive a package from a mysterious visitor (Reno Wilson) whose contents make for a surprise finale. dir: Kevin Rodney Sullivan.
Comedy / Science Fiction, 25 min. each, VHS.
Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970) - A comedy about life in Harlem based on the novel by black author Chester Himes. A shady back-to-Africa movement, syndicate money, and a bale of cotton turn Harlem upside down. Godfrey Cambridge is Grave Digger Jones and Raymond St. Jacques plays Coffin Ed Johnson. Action, 97 min., 16mm, VHS, dir: Ossie Davis.
Country Lovers (2007) - Tale about the love between a white farmer’s son and the daughter of a black farm worker. Drama, 60 min., VHS, dir: Manie Van Rensburg.
Countryman (1982) - A fisherman's solitary existence is shattered when an airplane crashes in a nearby swamp. By rescuing two young Americans from the wreakage, the countryman becomes an intermittent player in a potential plot by a power-hungry colonel. The countryman and the Americans are forced to flee into the Jamaican wilderness to elude caputure. Drama, 103 min., DVD, dir: Dickie Jobson.
Cover (2007) - A devoted churchgoing wife and mother discovers that her husband has a secret double life. Her life is further complicated when she is arrested for a murder she didn't commit. Drama, 98 min., DVD, dir: Bill Duke.
Cow Cow Boogie (1942) - Dorothy Dandridge performs "Cow Cow Boogie" dressed as a cowgirl in this musical short. Music Performance, 2 min., VHS, dir: n/a.
Crash (2004) - This multiethnic film explores the lives of diverse characters all living in Los Angeles. When events cause these people to meet, the circumstances of their encounters are explored dramatically and lead to questions about prejudice. Drama, 112 min., DVD, dir: Paul Haggis.
Crazy as Hell (2002) - A psychiatrist (Michael Beach) that is known for his unconvential methods for treating patients is confronted by a patient (Eriq LaSalle) who claims to be Satan. Drama, 114 min., DVD, dir: Eriq La Salle.
Creation, The (1981) - This is an animated story of how God created the sun, moon, river, animals, and man. Drama, 12 min., 16mm, dir: Will Vinton.
Criminal Justice (1990) - A court must decide whether a black man committed a crime or is the victim of revenge by an estranged female friend. Drama, 91 min., VHS, dir: Andy Wolk.
Critical Condition (1986) - During a hospital black-out, Eddie (Richard Pryor) escapes from the mental ward and is mistaken for hospital director, Chambers (Joe Mantegna). Eddie reorganizes the chaotic situation into an efficient unit, while Chambers is held hostage by Eddie's friends back in the mental ward. A junkie (Garrett Morris) is recruited by Eddie to aid in the hospital's volunteer force. Comedy, 99 min., VHS, dir: Michael Apted.
Crooklyn (1994) - Carolyn Carmichael (Alfre Woodard) is a loving, devoted and fiercely independent mother who, along with her musician husband Woody (Delroy Lindo), struggles to raise her family in difficult circumstances. The film covers one special summer in their Brooklyn neighborhood and is loosely based on storywriter Joie Lee's childhood. Comedy, 115 min., VHS, dir: Spike Lee.
Cruel & Unusual (2006) - The documentary looks at the issues faced by transgendered women serving time in men's prisons. Documentary, 70 min., DVD, dir: Janet Baus, Dan Hunt, and Reid Williams.
Cry Freedom (1987) - Based on the books "Biko" and "Asking For Trouble" by Donald Woods, the film depicts the moral awakening of a liberal white newspaper publisher, Woods (Kevin Kline), to the real horrors of apartheid through his friendship with "banned" activist Steve Biko (Denzel Washington). Biko, along with thousands of other black South Africans, was tortured and murdered by the Afrikaans government. Drama, 154 min., VHS, dir: Richard Attenborough.
Cry of Jazz, The (1959) - Examines the relationship between jazz and race. Features Sun Ra and his Arkestra. Documentary, 35 min., DVD, dir: Edward O. Bland.
Cry, the Beloved Country (1951) - British, American, and South African filmmakers and actors collaborated in filming this drama in authentic locations. The film focuses on Stephen Kumalo (Canada Lee), an African minister, who journeys to Johannesburg to find his wayward son. The tragedy of the South African experience unfolds during his search. Sidney Poitier plays a young priest. Drama, 103 min., 16mm, DVD, dir: Zoltan Korda.
Cry, the Beloved Country (1995) - Based on Alan Paton's novel, James Earl Jones and Richard Harris star in this remake of the 1951 film version. Two men are brought together under difficult circumstances in apartheid South Africa. Drama, 106 min., DVD, dir: Darrell James Roodt.
Crying Game, The (1992) - Jody (Forest Whitaker) is a British soldier held hostage by Irish terrorists, one of whom, Fergus (Stephen Rea) treats him humanely. Charged by Jordie to seek out his lover (Jaye Davidson), Fergus is drawn into a London scene of love and betrayal that shocks and mesmerizes him. Drama, 108 min., VHS, dir: Neil Jordan.
Cuba: An African Odyssey (2007) - This documentary provides information about Africa during the Cold War. It covers the historical and political links between Fidel Castro and African nations. Documentary, 116 min., DVD, dir: Jihan El-Tahri.
Cuban Cinema Classics Volume 1 (2003) - Includes Newsreel 49 (1960), dir: Various; For the First Time (1967), dir: Octavio Cortazar; Dolly Back (1986) dir: Juan Carlos Tabio; DVD
Cuban Cinema Classics Volume 2 (2005) - Includes NOW! (1965), dir: Santiago Alvarez; LBJ (1968), dir: Santiago Alvarez; Prayer for Marilyn Monroe (1984), dir: Marisol Trujillo; DVD
Cuban Cinema Classics Volume 8 (ND) - Includes Making of Cigars (1962), dir: Sara Gomez; Old Plaza (1962), dir: Unknown; I Will Go to Santiago (1964), dir: Sara Gomez; To Build a House (1972), dir: Nicolas Guillen Landrian; DVD
Cuban Cinema Classics Volume 10 (ND) - Includes And We Have Flavor (1967), dir: Sara Gomez; An Island for Miguel (1968), dir: Sara Gomez; Treasure Island (1967), dir: Sara Gomez; DVD
Cutting Horse (2002) - This modern-day western considers the role of contemporary environmental problems with the legacy of African American cowboys. Drama, 124 min., DVD, dir: Larry Clark.
Cybornetics (2012) - In a future world of bio-mechanical technology and awe-inspiring scientific advances, humans share every aspects of their lives with their machines. But when a leading scientist (James Rich) and his team build an advanced prototype cyborg named A.R.C. 1 (Justiin A. Davis) for an undisclosed secret military project, the scientists aren't prepared for the consequences. Suddenly, A.R.C. 1 is on his own in a strange and dangerous world, as he embarks on a spectacular quest to discover the startling secrets of his true identity. Action, 118 min., DVD, dir: Dwayne Buckle.
Cycles (1989) - Davis experiments with various cinematic techniques--pixillation, voice overs and silences, special sound effects and music--in this brief narrative about a woman waiting for her period. Miriam Makeba's music compliments the African elements. Drama, 15 min., 16mm, dir: Zeinabu Irene Davis.
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