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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.

8 (various release dates) - Eight short films by eight famous film directors on themes related to the set-backs and challenges faced by our planet. Includes Abderrahmane Sissako's Tiya's Dream. Includes: Tiya's Dream / Abderrahmane Sissako -- The Letter / Gael Garcia Bernal -- How Can it Be / Mira Nair -- Mansion on the Hill / Gus van Sant -- The Story of Panshin Beka / Jan Kounen -- SIDA / Gaspar Noe -- The Water Diary / Jane Campion -- Person to Person / Wim Wenders. Includes booklet. Drama, 100 min., DVD, dir: multiple directors.

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.

Ella Fitzgerald: Live in '57 & '63 (1963) features two different performances. The first show was taped in Belgium and is the earliest known full concert program by Fitzgerald. The second film is of a studio session taped in Sweden in 1963. Music , 56 min., DVD, dir: unidentified.

Ella Fitzgerald: Something to Live For (1999) - A documentary featuring a combination of biographical narration, interviews, and live concert footage. Documentary, music, history, 88 min., DVD, dir: Charlotte Zwerin.

Elsewhere (2001) - Director Nikolaus Geyrhalter takes a journey to rarely visited regions of twelve different countries including Niger and Namibia, seeking places untouched by Y2K hysteria. Documentary, 240 min., DVD, dir: Nikolaus Geyrhalter.

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.

Empire: The Complete First Season (2015) - Lucious Lyon has built and run a successful record label. When he is diagnosed with a terminal disease, however, he feels that he must choose a successor from one of his three sons. Meanwhile, his ex-wife has just been released from jail. She was a co-founder of the label and wants to reclaim her rights of ownership. Drama Series, 528 min., DVD, dir: Lee Danies and Danny Strong.

Empty House Falls, An (2004) - A very emotional documentary that follows the life of Marta Palma and her family during the Columbian Civil War. The film features interviews, black and white photographs, and footage of the aftermath of a guerilla massacre. Documentary, 52 min., DVD, dir: Marta Rodriguez.

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.

Ending Welfare as We Know It (1999) - Film following six mothers on welfare for a year as they struggle to comply with work requirements, find reliable childcare and transportation, confront emotional and domestic struggles, and make ends meet. The film focuses on Wisconsin, Florida, and New Jersey, but has a nationwide scope. Documentary, 86 min., VHS, dir: Roger Weisber.

Enemy Mine (1985) - A soldier from (Dennis Quaid) earth crash lands on a dangerous world only to find one of the few hospitable areas is already inhabited by a member of the reptilian alien race he's been battling (Louis Gossett, Jr.). The two face the decision of annihilating one another as sworn enemies or overcoming their differences to survive. Sci-fi, drama, 108 min., DVD, dir: Wolfgang Peterson.

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.

Escape Artists (1982) - "This dramatic video tape deals with efforts of two Black women, one married and one single, as they attempt to come to grips with their disillusioned lives. Produced as part of “The Directing Workshop for Women” at the American Film Institute in Hollywood, CA. "From the Jessie Maple Collection (COL 2). Drama, 34 min., VHS, dir: Jessie Maple.

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.

Été américain, Un (1968) - This documentary portrays the solidarity of young Californian left-wing militants with the Black Panther cause. Footage of their militant activities, during discussions and protests in Oakland, where they were following the trial of Black Panther leader Huey Newton, throws light on the reasons for their active support for the Afro-American revolutionary movement known as the Black Panther Party. The young American film-maker who, as part of his film project about Californian hippies, conducts a series of interviews exemplifies the type of commitment they chose. The documentary also features clips from speeches given by Black Panther party militants, an interview with Black Panther Party information secretary Kathleen Cleaver, concerts and a Black Panther military parade. Documentary, 55 min., DVD, dir: Henry Chapier.

Été à la Goulette, Un (A Summer in La Goulette) (1996) - Summer, 1967. La Goulette, the touristic beach of Tunisia, is home for three nice seventeen-year-old girls: Gigi, Sicilian and Catholic; Meriem, Tunisian and Arab; and Tina, French and Jewish. They would like to have their first sexual experience during that summer. Their fathers are old friends and their friendship will be in crisis because of the girls, while Hadj, an old rich Arab, would like to marry Meriem. From the Josef Gugler African and Middle Eastern Film Collection (COL 12). Comedy, drama, 89 min., DVD, dir: Ferid Boughedir.

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.

European Union and African, Caribbean & Pacific Cinemas (n.d.) - Extracts from 35 films. From the Josef Gugler African and Middle Eastern Film Collection (COL 12). Compilation, duration unknown, DVD, dir: [multiple].

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.

Everybody Hates Chris: The Complete Series (2006-2009) - Chris Rock narrates in the sitcom of a family in New York. Chris is the oldest and his parents rely on him to be the other adult figure to his siblings. All the while, Chris has just turned 13 and is trying to be cool in school. Comedy , 1819 min., DVD, dir: [multiple].

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

Everyone's Child (1996) - Two teenagers struggle with superstition and ignorance as they attempt to make ends meet after the death of their parents from AIDS. Left destitute after their uncle gives their cattle and plow in payment of their father's debts, Tamari and Itai turn to desperate measure in an attempt to care for their younger siblings. Produced in Zimbabwe. From the Josef Gugler African and Middle Eastern Film Collection (COL 12). Drama, 90 min., VHS, dir: Tsitsi Dangarembga.

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.

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.

Extracomunitari e Lavoro (Non-EU Citizens and the Work) (2008). Documentary?, min., DVD, dir: unknown.

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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