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Films by Title: "E"

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Early Worm Gets the Bird (1940) - A mother blackbird warns her little birds to not get up too early to look for worms because the fox will get them. One small blackbird does not heed the warning and is almost eaten by the fox after waking up early to find worms. Children, 9 min., 16mm, dir: Tex Avery.

Eatin' on the Cuff (1942) - On On Cartoon Collection III. Children, 7 min., VHS, dir: Robert Clampett.

Eddie Murphy: Delirious (1983) - Murphy appears in person at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., on his 18-cities tour. His stand-up comedy act contains impersonations, vignettes and adult-oriented material. Comedy, 70 min., VHS, dir: Bruce Gowers.

Eddie Murphy: Raw (1987) - A controversial comedian, Eddie Murphy entertains his audience with unique impersonations and language often as raw as the title. Comedy, 93 min., VHS, dir: Robert Townsend.

Edge of Each Other's Battles, The: The Vision of Audre Lorde (2002) - Director Jennifer Abod issues a portrait of influential feminist and African-American poet Audre Lorde aimed at putting Lorde’s social vision into practice today. Filmed largely at a four-day conference in Boston in 1990, the 60-minute documentary is intended as a tribute to Lorde’s lasting poetic, political and social impact. Documentary, 59 min., VHS, dir: Jennifer Abod.

Education of Sonny Carson, The (1974) - Campus has recruited directly from the community in his documentary style look at young Blacks with dreams of escaping their ghetto situation. Professional actor Rony Clanton plays Sonny Carson whose life, in reality, has been reshaped by the lessons he learned trying to stay alive in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant area. Drama, 105 min., DVD, dir: Michael Campus.

Egalite for All: Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution (2009) - Covers the Haitian Revolution of 1791-1804 and the role of former slave Toussaint Louverture. Documentary, 60 min., DVD, dir: Noland Walker.

Election Day (1929) - Farina and his little sister, Pleurisy, can't leave their farmyard until election votes are counted, but their mother wants them to deliver laundry. Finally they get downtown, but are caught in a battle between the police and a crooked group of gangster-politicians trying to loot the ballot boxes. During the shoot-out, Farina and Pleurisy foil the crooks by finding the "missing" ballots in their laundry wagon and turning them in. But Mom spanks them anyway for not delivering the laundry. Comedy, 20 min., 16mm, dir: Anthony Mack.

Ella Fitzgerald: Forever Ella (2000) - A&E Network's Biography series honors one of the greatest vocalists in American history in this double-length documentary. Hosted by singer Nancy Wilson and featuring comments from Quincy Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, Rosemary Clooney, Al Jarreau and Shirley Horn, the film chronicles the life and music of a woman who reshaped jazz and popular music. Documentary, 100 min., VHS, dir: n/a.

Elza (2011) - The first college graduate of her family, a young woman named Elza takes off to Guadeloupe to see the father she barely knows. Drama, 78 min., DVD, dir: Mariette Monpierre.

Embalmer, The (1996) - A deranged mortician who killed his family attempts to bring them back to life by using the body parts of others. He targets a group of teens who stumbled upon his plan. Horror, 85 min., DVD, dir: S. Torriano Berry.

Emerald Part 1 & 2 (2009) - While visiting an antique shop, a pair of sisters are sold an emerald at a pittance. The question is why? Drama, 138 min., DVD, dir: Ikechukwu Onyeka.

Emotional Pain Part 1 & 2 (2003) - Trouble ensues after a wife invites her younger sister to help keep her house. Maureen is usually absent from her family because of business trips. Titi, her younger sister, keeps the home but Greg, Maureen's husband, gets her pregnant. Greg insists on an abortion but Titi refuses. Drama, 82 min., DVD, dir: Chico Ejiro.

Emperor Jones, The (1933) - Brutus Jones (Paul Robeson), a Pullman porter, manages to usurp the throne of the ruler of a Caribbean island. His lust for power leads to disastrous consequences. Frank Wilson is Jeff; Fredi Washington, Undine; Ruby Elzy, Dolly. Drama, 72 min., 16mm, DVD, 3/4", dir: Dudley Murphy.

Encounter at Intergalactic Café (1996) - Three anthropologists are on hand to record an explosive performance by acclaimed artist and professor Thomas Allen Harris, who gives a mythopoetic rendition of first encounters between African, European and Native-American peoples in the Tijuana/San Diego area. The film shows Harris evoking African spirit possession and Indigenous American sacred clown traditions. Documentary, 17 min., VHS, dir: Thomas Allen Harris.

Encounters (1995):

  • Episode 1: The President and the Prosecutor - After Nelson Mandela has been freed from prison, he met with the South African prosecutors who put him there. Biographical information of the former president is also presented in this documentary.
  • Episode 2 - The second episode of this series examines the mysterious murder of Zazi Kuzwayo on May of 1987. Jumille, a herbal healer and property owner, was accused and jailed for the crime, but the murder remains officially unsolved.
  • Episode 3: Apartheid's Foot Soldier - The early anti-apartheid movement is presented in this installment of Encounters. Highlighted is the activism of Neil Aggett who in 1963 became the first white South African to die while incarcerated.
  • Episode 4: The Mysterious Disappearance of Boiki Majestic Tlhapi - Many activists captured in police raids were taken to the "Guest House" and never seen again. This episode of Encounters presents the story of two fathers reconciling the fates of their sons - one was a white police officer and the other a black activist.
  • Documentary, 28 min. each, VHS, dir: Ingrid Gavshon.

End of Poverty?, The (2008) - Documentary explores why poverty still exists when there's so much wealth in the world. Documentary, 104 min., DVD, dir: Philippe Diaz.

Endgame: AIDS in Black America (2012) - Nearly half of the one million people living with HIV in the United States. Renata Simone (The Age of AIDS) explores this preventable health crises and the effect the disease has had on the black community. Documentary, 60 min., DVD, dir: Renata Simone.

Entre les murs (The Class) (2008) - Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood. `Drama, 130 min., DVD, dir: Laurent Cantet.

The Equalizer (2014) - Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and has dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when he meets a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can't stand idly by. McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. Drama, 132 min., Blu-Ray, dir: Antoine Fuqua

Erroll Garner: No One Can Hear You Read (2012) -In a triumphant career that lasted forty years Erroll Garner pushed the playability of the piano to its limits, developed an international reputation, and made an indelible mark on the jazz world. Atticus Brady's new film uses an astonishing array of archival materials interwoven with interviews with friends, family, and fellow musicians, and features commentary from Woody Allen, Ahmad Jamal, Steve Allen, Dick Hyman, biographer Jim Doran, and Garner’s sister Ruth Garner Moore, and daughter, Kim Garner. Documentary, 53 min., DVD, dir: Atticus Brady.

Espiritu de mi mama, El (1999) - Sonia, a latin american woman of West African descent works as a house worker in Los Angeles and is troubled by the relationship she had with an American soldier. In her dreams, her mother charges her with a spiritual quest which sends Sonia back to the northern coast of Honduras to discover herself. Drama, 60 min., DVD, dir: Alí Allié.

Et Si Latif Avait Raison! (And If Latif Was Right!) (2006) - A look at the way the democracy functions in Senegal. Looks at the changes that came about after the regime change in the year 2000. Documentary, 95 min., DVD, dir: Joseph Gai Ramaka.

Ethnic Notions (1986) - The film documents 100 years of racist media caricatures: "Mammy," "Sambo," "Picaninny," "Coon," "Jim Crow," and "Uncle Tom," are all depicted in a historical survey covering the pre-civil war origins of many popular caricatures to manifestations in the 1980s. The Aunt Jemima image of the 1980s challenges any assumption that racist stereotypes have disappeared. Documentary, 56 min., VHS, dir: Marlon Riggs.

Eulogy of Butterbean, The (1995) - Butterbean walks into a bar and proceeds to get very drunk. He returns home after the bar closes to look at slides of his former wife/girlfriend who is recently deceased. He continues drinking and commits suicide. Drama, 10 min., DVD, dir: Brian Atkins.

Euphrates Awakening (1992) - This short film depicts black and white video images which are narrated dramatically with a poem. Drama, 2 min., DVD, Betacam SP, dir: S. Torriano Berry.

Euphrates Sun: An Experiment in Subtext (1996) - A man and a woman meet in a bar and have a conversation. They speak in a dramatically poetic and indirect manner. Film ends with the words "Condoms - you don't get none without one." on the screen. Drama, 5 min., Betacam SP, dir: S. Torriano Berry.

Evelyn Williams (1995) - Williams recounts her ancestry from slavery to future landowners in the Kentucy Hills. She remembers racism, segregation, a lynching and watching a Klu Klux Klan march as a child. The focal point of the documentary is Williams who with the support of a Kentucky Conservation Team, fights for enviornmental rights against oil drilling on her land. Documentary, 27 min., VHS, dir: Anne Lewis.

Eve's Bayou (1997) - Told through the eyes of Louis' (Samuel L. Jackson) youngest daughter Eve (Jurnee Smollett), the film concerns various events happening within a Louisiana family, one of which is Louis' infidelities towards his wife Roz (Lynn Whitfield). Debbie Morgan plays Mozelle Batiste; Meagan Good is Cisely Batiste; Jake Smollett, Poe Batiste; Ethel Ayler as Gran Mere; Vondie Curtis-Hall plays Julian Grayraven; Lisa Nicole Carson portrays Matty Mereaux; Diahann Carroll is Elzora and Branford Marsalis is Harry. Drama, 108 min., 35mm, DVD, dir: Kasi Lemmons.

Everyday Black Man (2010) - When Claire meets Malik she is instantly swept off her feet, even though her father Moses has his misgivings. When Malik's true colors shine through Moses must protect both Claire and their community from danger. Best Narrative, Winner Pan African Film Festival. Drama, 111 min., DVD, dir: Carmen Madden

Execution of Wanda Jean, The (2002) - The life and death of Wanda Jean, the first black woman to be put to death in America in 50 years. Documentary, 88 min., DVD, dir: Liz Garbus.

Exile, The (1931) - A young man, disenchanted with his fiancee, leaves Chicago for the West and settles in South Dakota. There he meets and becomes very attached to a young woman he believes is white, but all works out well for them when he discovers she is of mixed blood. Donald Haywood's band performs. First talkie by black company. Drama, 93 min., VHS, 3/4", dir: Oscar Micheaux.

Exit 13 (1997) - In this thriller, a young man witnesses a murder in the restroom of a roadside restaurant, but when the murderer starts chasing him in order to kill him too, he, in self-defense, murders him. While the young man reports the two murders to the police, it turns out that the murderer is, actually, not murdered. Drama, 12 min., VHS, dir: Booker T. Mattison.

Exposed: Prof. Dick Gregory (The Game They Play) (2011) - Anaylzes Prof. Dick Gregory the powers that be, "and the game they play." Documentary, N/A min., DVD, dir: N/A.

Exposures of a Movement (1996) - The film documents the contributions made by area civil rights photographers. Interviews with photojournalist Alex Rivera, Count Jackson, Charles Jones and Cecil Williams. Documentary, 27 min., VHS, dir: Steve Crump.

Extra Change (1987) - The film explores the consequences of peer pressure and low self-esteem on a 12 year old girl. The film is based on a short story written by Coustaut in 1972. Drama, 28 min., VHS, dir: Carmen Coustaut.

Eyes on the Fries: Young Workers in the Service Economy (2004) - This short documentary examines the boom in low wage, service sector jobs and the impacts it will have on today's youth. Documentary, 21 min., DVD, dir: Casey Peek.

Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years (1986)

  • Awakenings (1954-1956) - Rare reflections open the door to understanding America's struggle for equality. Curtis Jones, Coretta Scott King, and other key witnesses describe the extraordinary role ordinary people played in shaping the civil rights movement. Mose Wright stands up to racial injustice. Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. spark a boycott to desegregate city buses. King and other ministers form the Sothern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to expand the movement for civil and human rights. Documentary, 60 min., DVD, dir: Judith Vecchione.
  • Fighting Back (1957-1962) - Unforgettable images of the battle lines drawn in the South come to life through the eyes of those who were on the frontlines - Central High School senior Ernest Green, Univeristy of Mississippi registrar Robert Ellis, U.S. Attorney General Herbert Brownell. See states' rights loyalists and federal authorities collide in the struggle to integrate Central High School. James Meredith and NAACP lawyers face mob violence integrating the University of Mississippi.Documentary, 60 min., DVD, dir: Judith Vecchione.
  • Ain't Scared of Your Jails (1960-1961) - See young people unite to overcome segregation. Exclusive interviews with student activists, community leaders, and government officials reveal the remarkable human drama behind the lunch counter sit-ins, nationwide boycotts, and formation of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Black and white freedom riders, organized by the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), travel together at great risk to protest bus segregation and challenge the government to protect them from mobs. Strong black support aids in President Kennedy's election. Documentary, 60 min., DVD, dir: Orlando Bagwell.
  • No Easy Walk (1961-1963) - Discover the power of mass demonstrations with the emergence of Martin Luther King, Jr. as the most visible leader of the civil rights movement. Recollections of Southern Christian Leadership Coverence and Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee members help chronicle the anti-segregation campaign in Albany, GA... the violent reaction the the Children's March in Birmingham, AL... the triumphant March on Washington, DC... and President Kennedy's proposal of the Civil Rights Act. Documentary, 60 min., DVD, dir: James A. Devinney and Callie Crossley.
  • Is This America? (1962-1964) - Mississippi becomes a testing ground of constitutional principles as activists focus on the right to vote. Key participants recount the state's resistance to the movement and the equally strong determination of black and white organizers to bring blacks into the political process. NAACP leader Medgar Evers is assassinated and three civil rights workers are murdered. Amidst the horror, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is passed. Documentary, 60 min., DVD, dir: Orlando Bagwell.
  • Bridge to Freedom (1965)) - Eyewitness accounts by the Rev. C.T. Vivian, Stokley Carmichael, and George Wallace illuminate the events of 1965 focusing on a decade of lessons learned and the role of television in the civil rights movement. Martin Luther King, Jr. receives the Nobel Peace Prize. TV images of troopers gassing demonstrators on a Selma bridge fill living rooms. Twenty-five thousade people march from Selma to Montgomery, helping to ensure the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Documentary, 60 min., DVD, dir: James A. Devinney and Callie Crossley.

Ezra (2007) - This film is centered around a 16 year old boy, Ezra, and a week-long questioning during the civil war in Sierra Leone. It studies the complex psychology of Ezra (a child soldier) and how he was brutalized and how he might begin to heal. Drama, 110 min., DVD, dir: Newton I. Aduaka.
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