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T.N.T. Jackson (1975) -A young karate expert searches for her brother's killer in Hong Kong. Drama, 72 min., DVD, dir: Cirio Santiago.
Taafe Fanga (1997) -A group of woman in an African village finds a mystical mask. Using the mask, they reverse gender roles, women act like men, and men act like women. Comedy, 95 min., DVD, dir: Adam Drabo.
Take a Giant Step (1959) - A young black man raised in a white neighborhood feels ill at ease and becomes delinquent. Drama, 100 min., DVD, dir: Philip Leacock.
Take a Hard Ride (1975) - Take a Hard Ride is a 1975 Western directed by Antonio Margheriti. It stars Lee Van Cleef, Jim Brown, and Fred Williamson. Pike, a stone faced cowboy, meets up with Tyree, a dishonest gambler. Together with a mute Indian scout, Kashtok, the trio attempts to transport $86,000 across hundreds of miles of Western wasteland to deliver it to the widow of Pike's former employer. Drama, 103 min., DVD, dir: Antonio Margheriti.
Take Your Bags (1998) - A commentary on slavery, ancestors, and African influences on European art. Billops appears in front of the camera with the young Keita Omowali Erksine, who listens quietly as she tells her stories. The film, commissioned by the 1998 National Black Arts Festival, has been invited to participate in the 1999 Sundance Film Festival. Drama, 11 min., VHS, dir: Camille Billops.
Tale of a Dog (1944) - The gang overhears Buckwheat (Billie Thomas) and Big Shot talking about giving "small pox" to the gang. Not realizing "small pox" is a dog, they alert the neighborhood and health authorities and start a panic of outlandish rumours in the city. Comedy, 8 min., 16mm, dir: Cyril Endfield.
Tales From the Hood (1995) - Mr. Simms (Clarence Williams III), the director of an inner-city funeral home, tells four moralistic horror tales to three youths who have come to pick up a drug shipment. Horror, 98 min., DVD, dir: Rusty Cundieff.
Tales from the Quadead Zone (1987) - Actress Shirley Latanya Jones returns from the director's first film (Black Devil Doll from Hell) to be in front of Turner's camcorder, and reads two spooky tales to the ghost of her dead son, Bobby. The second story features a zombie clown from Hell. When we finally return to Shirley, she kills her hot-headed boyfriend, and there's a bloody finale as the cops arrive. Horror, 62 min., DVD, dir: Chester Novell Turner.
Tales of Manhattan (1942) - This film is a string of stories linked together by a coat stuffed with money and its effect on the lives of those who come into its possession. The coat finally falls into the hands of Southern black farm folk (Paul Robeson and Ethel Waters) who have to decide what to do with the money. Eddie Anderson is the preacher who has his own ideas. Drama, 118 min., VHS, dir: Julien Duvivier.
Talk, Don't Fight! with Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1984) - A friend from school (Fernando) comes to Fat Albert and the gang with a problem. Fernando's older brother is in a gang and wants him to join as well. Fat Albert and the others convince Fernando not to join. Although Fernando does not join, his older brother learns the affects of gang violence the hard way. Children, 15 min., 16mm, dir: Marsh Lamore.
Talk to Me (2007) - The story of Washington D.C. radio personality Ralph "Petey" Greene, an ex-con who became a popular talk show host and community activist in the 1960s. Drama, 118 min., DVD, dir: Kasi Lemmons.
Talking with Thoreau (1975) - Documentary, 29 min., 16mm, dir: Richard Slote.
Tall, Tan and Terrific (1946) - Handsome Harry (Monte Hawley), owner of the Golden Slipper nightclub, is in love with Miss Tall, Tan and Terrific (Francine Everett) who works there. Harry fights with one of the gamblers at this club and when the gambler later dies, the murder weapon is traced to Harry who is jailed and faces the electric chair. Detective work on the part of Mantan Moreland clears Harry who is reunited with Miss Tall, Tan and Terrific who'd left town to avoid testifying against Harry. Music by Golden Slipper All Girl Band. Musical, 40 min., VHS, dir: Bud Pollard.
Tamales in January (Latino Poets Speakout) (2005) - Documentary, 3 min., VHS, dir: Renata Gangemi and Ruben Gonzalez.
Tamango (1958) - This adaptation of Prosper Merimee's "Tamango" is concerned with the happenings aboard a slave ship plying the waters from Africa to Cuba. Dorothy Dandridge is Aiche, the island beauty who is torn between loyalty to her people in the hold and the passionate sea captain (Curt Jurgens). Released in the U.S. in 1959. Drama, 98 min., VHS, dir: John Berry.
Tang (1994) - Science Fiction, 26 min., VHS, dir: Kevin Rodney Sullivan, Segment in Cosmic Slop.
Tarzan, the Ape Man (1932) - In this first of the Johnny Weismuller Tarzan series, Tarzan saves Jane, her father and her fiance from hostile natives as the trio look for elephant's graveyard. Action, 99 min., VHS, dir: W. S. Van Dyke.
Tarzan's Peril (1951) - A Tarzan adventure with Dorothy Dandridge in the lead as an African princess, who is kidnapped by a bellicose tribal leader but rescued by Tarzan (Lex Barker). Action, 75 min., 16mm, dir: Byron Haskin.
Tasuma: The Fighter (2003) - Comedy, 90 min., DVD, dir: Daniel Kollo Sanou.
Taste of Dirt, The (2002) - Two seven-year-old African-American girls, Lisa and Joanna, experience problems of class and race on the school playground. Drama, 12 min., VHS, dir: Yvonne Welbon.
Tattoo Connection, The (1978) - When a diamond is stolen in Hong Kong, the company insuring the diamond sends a former CIA agent to Hong Kong to retrieve it. Meanwhile, one of the thieves begins to have a change of heart because his girlfriend wants him to leave his criminal organization. Action, 90 min., DVD, dir: Tso Nam Lee.
Teenagers: How to Get and Keep a Job (1985) - Documentary, 20 min., 16mm, dir: Stephen Wallen.
Ten Minutes to Live (1932) - Adapted from the three short stories of "Harlem After Midnight," a mystery-musical built around a threatening note which gives the heroine only ten minutes to live. Much nightclub business as the mystery unravels with sone and dance numbers and a stand up comedy routine. Billie Heywood is the nightclub M.C. Drama, 65 min., VHS, dir: Oscar Micheaux.
Terra em Transe (1967) -Eldorado, a fictitious country in Latin America, is sparkling with the internal struggle for political power. In the eye of this social convulsion, the jaded journalist Paulo Martins opposes two equally corrupt political candidates: a pseudopopulist and a conservative. In this context, Paulo is torn between the madness of the elite and the blind submission of the masses. But, in this complex tropical reality, nothing really is what it seems to be. Drama, 106 min., DVD, dir: Glauber Rocha.
Territories (1984) - Isaac Julien's film about race, class and structure in Britain. Documentary, 25 min., VHS, dir: Isaac Julien.
Tete Dans Les Nuages, La (1994) -In his film 'La tête dans les nuages' ('Head in the Clouds') Jean-Marie Teno criticizes the ills of the modern world and the regression of African societies. Documentary, 35 min., DVD, dir: Jean-Marie Teno.
Teza (2008) - The Ethiopian intellectual Anberber returns to his native country during the repressive totalitarian regime of Haile Mariam Mengistu and the recognition of his own displacement and powerlessness at the dissolution of his people's humanity and social values. Drama, 140 min., DVD, dir: Haile Gerima.
TGV Express (1997) -A motley assortment of passengers are on a bus (nicknamed TGV) from Dakar in Senegal to Conakry, Guinea. There are troops in the streets, and warnings of a rebellion on the Guinea border, but the bus carries on. Along the way, it picks up a deposed government minister making a rapid exit, and two clueless French tourists. Comedy, 90 min., DVD, dir: Moussa Toure.
Thank You M'am (1976) - A brief encounter between an older black woman and a black youth touches and visibly changes them. After a failed attempt to grab the woman's purse, the boy is taken to her home, where she washes his face and has him pay the consequences of his action. Based on a story by Langston Hughes. Drama, 14 min., 16mm, dir: Andrew Sugarman.
That Man Bolt (1973) - When you need a real man of steel, martial arts expert Jefferson Bolt is the high-priced pick for the job. His latest client, a mysterious British man with a cool million in cash, has an offer Bolt can't refuse: transport his money from Hong Kong to Mexico City or be sent to prison on phony charges. From high-stakes danger in glitzy Las Vegas to high-speed chases through gritty Los Angeles, Bolt strikes back again and again with an explosive battle culminating in a fiery finish. Action, 104 min., DVD, dir: Henry Levin.
That's Black Entertainment: The Missing Link of American Cinema History (1989) - In the 1930s and 1940s, an underground film industry sprang up in the black community. Rare and historic movie footage from many forgotten films has been compiled in this tribute to treasures of black cinema. Documentary, 60 min., VHS, dir: William Greaves.
That's My Face (2001) - A queer mythopoetic journey through the African Diaspora Documentary, 56 min., DVD, dir: Thomas Allen Harris.
Their Eyes Were Watching God (1991) - Drama, 12 min., DVD, dir: Doreen Mitchum.
Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005) -A drama set in the 1920s, where free-spirited Janie Crawford's search for happiness leads her through several different marriages, challenging the morals of her small town. Based on the novel by Zora Neale Hurston. Drama, 113 min., DVD, dir: Darnell Martin.
There's No Place Like Home (n.d.) - Children, 15 min., DVD, dir: James E. Balls.
They Call Me... Don't Call Me... (2006) - Documentary, DVD, dir: John Sealey.
They Call Me Mister Tibbs! (1970) -San Francisco Police Lieutenant Virgil Tibbs is called in to investigate when a liberal street preacher and political candidate is accused of murdering a prostitute. Tibbs is also battling domestic woes, including a frustrated wife and a rebellious adolescent son. Action, 108 min., DVD, dir: Gordon Douglas.
Things Never Said (2013) - An aspiring poet in a troubled marriage sparks with a new man who helps her find her artistic voice. Drama, 111 min., DVD, dir: Charles Murray.
Third World Cop (1999) - Capone (Paul Campbell), an undercover policeman in Kingston, Jamaica, discovers that his best friend, Ratty (Mark Danvers), is the right-hand man of a local crime boss, Oney (Carl Bradshaw). Rita (Audrey Reid), Capone's ex-girlfriend who now lives with Ratty, tests Capone's loyalty to his friend and his duties as a cop. Drama, 98 min., DVD, dir: Chris Browne.
Thirst (1997) - Drama, 10 min., DVD, dir: Parine Jaddo.
This is My Beloved: A Photo Essay on Man's Inhumanity to man (2003) - Music Video, 3 min., VHS, DVD, Beta, dir: S. Torriano Berry.
Thirty-Five Shots of Rum (2008) -The relationship between a father and daughter is complicated by the arrival of a handsome young man. Drama, 100 min., DVD, dir: Claire Denis.
This is the Life (2007) -A feature-length documentary that chronicles "The Good Life" emcees, the alternative music movement they developed, and their worldwide influence on the art form. Documentary, 97 min., DVD, dir: Ava DuVernay.
This Side of the River: Self-Determination and Survival in the Oldest Black Town in America (2006) - This documentary is a chronological survey of Princeville, NC, the oldest, black-chartered city in the United States. It documents the development of the city from the 1850s to the present and provides numerous first-hand accounts from the residents. It also talks about the effort to rebuild their city and preserve their heritage after a devastating flood in 1999. Documentary, 52 min., DVD, dir: Ryan Rowe & Drew Grimes.
Thomasine & Bushrod (1974) - A different style western set in the Southwest circa 1912. A young black couple go on a crime spree and are aided by poor blacks, Indians, and whites of the area. Western, 95 min., VHS, DVD, dir: Gordon Parks, Jr.
Those Beautiful Dames (1934) -Toys in a shop window come to life and visit a poverty-stricken little girl as she sleeps. She awakens to find that her shack has been refurbished and that the toys are about to throw her a party. Children, 7 min., VHS, dir: I. Freleng.
Three the Hard Way (1974) - Jim Brown, Fred Williamson, and Jim Kelly defeat fascist/racist whites planning genocide against black people in three of the largest cities in the United States. Action, 93 min., VHS, dir: Gordon Parks, Jr.
Through a Lens Darkly(2014) – Inspired by Deborah Willis’ book Reflections in Black, Through a Lens Darkly is the first documentary to explore the American family photo album through the eyes of black photographers. The filmmakers discover images that have been suppressed, forgotten and lost. From slavery to the present, these extraordinary images unveil a world confronting the difficult edges of citizenship and what it means to be human. Documentary, 92 min., DVD, dir: Thomas Allen Harris.
Thunderbolt: Magun (2000) - Thunderbolt depicts the experiences of an Ibo (now more commonly known as Igbo) woman named Ngozi who has married a Yoruba man named Yinka despite the conflict between their two tribes. - Drama, 110 min., DVD, dir: Tunde Kelani.
...tick...tick...tick... (1970) - Racial tensions threaten to explode when a black man is elected sheriff of a small, racially divided town in the Deep South. Drama, 100 min., DVD, dir: Ralph Nelson.
Tides of the Ocean: What They Are and How The Sun and Moon Cause Them (1964) - Educational video about the causes of ocean tides. Documentary, 17 min., 16mm, dir: James A. Larsen.
Tilaï (1990) -Set in a pre-colonial African past, Tilai is about an illicit love affair and its consequences. Drama, 81 min., VHS, dir: Idrissa Ouedraogo.
Time for Burning, A (1966) - This documentary depicts a young pastor in Omaha, Nebraska trying to promote racial integration in the congregation of a large Lutheran church in the mid-1960s. It traces the events leading to the resignation of the pastor. Documentary, 56 min., DVD, dir: Bill Jersey.
Time for Justice, A (1994) - The film documents the civil rights movement as told by the foot soldiers - those nameless people who committed acts of heroism and risked their lives for the cause of equality. Narrated by Civil Rights activist and NAACP Chairman, Julian Bond. This film is also the winner of the Best Documentary, Short Subjects Academy Award in 1995. Documentary, 38 min., VHS, dir: Charles E. Guggenheim.
Time to Kill, A (1996) - Carl Lee Hailey (Samuel L. Jackson) takes the law into his own hands after the racially prejudiced legal system fails to punish the two white men who raped and killed his daughter. Carl joins forces with the white lawyer Jake Brigance (Matthew McConaughey) helped by know-it-all lawyer Ellen Roark (Sandra Bullock). Drama, 149 min., VHS, dir: Joel Schumacher.
Tin Pan Alley Cats (1943) -A jazz cartoon involving a "Fats Waller"-like cat who leaves the "Uncle Tomcat Mission" for the local jazz club. Comedy, 7 min., DVD, dir: Robert Clampett.
Tire dié (Toss Me a Dime) (1960) - In this founding film of the New Latin American cinema, the children of the neighborhood known as "Tire Dié" wait for the train to ask for money, shouting "Tire dié!" (toss me a dime!) to the passengers. Documentary, 33 min., DVD, dir: Fernando Birri.
To All My Friends on Shore (1972) - A black father, who skycaps at a Los Angeles air terminal, copes with his son's fatal disease while desperately trying to get his family out of the rat-infested ghetto. Drama, 74 min., 16mm, dir: Gilbert Cates.
To Be Young, Gifted, and Black (1972) - Depicts in play form the life and works of the late black playwright Lorraine Hansberry, author of "A Raisin in the Sun." Portrays her struggles from her first visit to the South, to her life on the streets of Harlem. Drama, 90 min., 16mm, dir: Michael Schultz.
To Build a House (Para construir una casa) (1972) Documentary, 15 min., DVD, dir: Nicolas Guillen Landrian.
To Have and to Hold: Men Who batter Women (1981) - This short documentary examines men who batter their wives as told through a series of interviews. Documentary, 20 min., 16mm, dir: Mark Lipman.
To Have and To Hold (2001) -- Tommy (Idus Moss) and Barbara (Kim Lovette) are planning on getting a divorce until Tommy's father passes away and leaves a substantial inheritance for him and his brother Sean (DL Powell). However, there is a stipulation in the will that says that the unhappy married couple must spend an entire weekend in a remote log cabin without arguing. Drama, 121 min., DVD, dir: Gregory Galloway, Sr.
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) - The story of this film is based on the novel by Harper Lee and includes the defense of a black man on trial for allegedly raping a white girl in a small Alabama town, while the real culprit is the girl's father. Brock Peters is Tom Robinson, the accused. Drama, 129 min., 16mm, DVD, dir: Robert Mulligan.
To Love & to Cherish Part 1 & 2 (2008) - Jane is a hardworking, independent woman with no time for boyfriends or romance. When her father's friend, Chief Ibeh, buisness comes crashing, her mother talks her into marry his son, Daniel. While preparing to get married, Daniel decides to take a week of rest in abuja, where he meets Nicole. They have a fling and unknown to him, Nicole is actually Janes's younger sister. Now Jane sees her self falling for this man, watch as she battles with her heart, a death in the family, and an unknown baby.
Drama, 152 min., DVD, dir: Ikechukwu Onyeka.
To Sir, With Love (1967) -Idealistic engineer-trainee and his experiences in teaching a group of rambunctious white high school students from the slums of London's East End. Drama, 105 min., DVD, dir: James Clavell.
To Sir, with Love II (1996) - After thirty years teaching in London, Mark Thackeray (Sidney Poitier) retires and returns to Chicago. There he takes up the challenge to teach history to rebellious students in an inner-city school. Drama, 92 min., DVD, dir: Peter Bogdanovich.
To Sleep with Anger (1990) - Harry Mention (Danny Glover) shows up unexpectedly one day at the home in Los Angeles of his old friend Gideon (Paul Butler) and Gideon's wife (Mary Alice). Harry's presence intensifies conflicts already present in the family, e.g. between Baby Brother (Richard Brooks) and Junior (Carl Lumbley) that have to be resolved. Sheryl Lee Ralph plays Linda, Baby Brother's wife; Vonetta McGee is Pat, Junior's wife. Drama, 102 min., VHS, DVD, dir: Charles Burnett.
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995) - Three drag queens--Vida Boheme (Patrick Swayze), Noxeema Jackson (Wesley Snipes), and Chi Chi Rodriguez (John Leguizamo)--start a journey from New York to Hollywood. When their car breaks down they end up adding zest to the life of a small Nebraska town. Comedy, 109 min., VHS, dir: Beeban Kidron.
Together Brothers (1972) - When a uniformed officer who mentors a group of urban teens is found brutally murdered, the "brothers" band together to find the killer. Drama, 94 min., DVD, dir: William A. Graham.
Together In The Weather (1946) - In this George Pal Puppetoon Punchy and Judy live in facing houses of a weather clock. Judy tries various methods to attract the attentions of her male neighbor by appearing only when it is sunny, while Punchy only emerges when it is raining. Children, 7 min., VHS, dir: George Pal.
Tom Turk and Daffy (1944) - Daffy agrees to hide Tom Turk from Porky, until he learns that Porky is planning to serve the turkey for dinner, then turns stool pigeon. Children, 7 min., VHS, dir: Charles M. Jones.
Tomorrow's Children (1934) - A young woman is ordered by a court to undergo sterilization so that her family's "defective genes" won't be passed on to any more children. Her boyfriend and a kindly priest desperately search for a way to stop the forced sterilization before it's too late. Screenplay by Harlem Renaissance writer Wallace Thurman. Drama, 70 min., DVD, dir: Crane Wilbur.
Tongues Untied (1989) - Marlon Riggs captures the dilemma faced by black gay men with dual loyalties and identity conflicts regarding being black and being gay. The film uses poetry, anecdote, historical footage, and dramatic re-enactments to explore such concerns as racism, homophobia, crack and AIDS. Documentary, 55 min., VHS, dir: Marlon Riggs.
Toni Morrison: A Writer in America (1987) - In this autobiographical documentary, Pulitzer Prize winning author Toni Morrison speaks about earning her Master's degree from Cornell University then later joining a writers group in Washington D.C. to enhance her writing skills and support other writers. She displays a passion for writing and considers it not only a profession but a hobby as well. Documentary, 28 min., VHS, dir: Richard O. Moore.
Top of the Heap (1972) - A frustrated Washington, D.C. cop decides to circumvent the ponderous court system and starts meting out his own sick brand of violent punishment. Drama, 90 min., DVD, dir: Christopher St. John.
Torture of Mothers, The (1980) - Woodie King, Jr. deals with police brutality, poverty, narcotics, crime and murder in Harlem, in the summer of 1964 as he chronicles the harassment and eventual indictment and conviction of six black youths for the stabbing murder of a woman. The horrors of the trial and descriptions of social unrest are told from the perspective of the boys' mothers. Drama, 60 min., VHS, dir: Woodie King, Jr..
Touki Bouki [aka The Journey of the Hyena] (1973) -- Mory and Anta are two young lovers that are desperate to find a way to escape Dakar for Europe. They set off on an adventure through a cross-section of Senegalese society on Mory's motorbike. The film has become a landmark of African cinema. Drama, 85 min., VHS, dir: Djibril Diop Mambéty.
Trading Places (1983) - Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) outwits the millionaire Duke brothers (Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche) who bet each other $1.00 that they can, by putting Valentine into their wealthy young broker's (Dan Aykroyd) place, prove (or disprove) that heredity triumphs over environment. Comedy, 118 min., VHS, dir: John Landis.
Train Ride (2005) -Four college seniors get what they deserve after they administer a date rape drug to an unsuspecting freshman in this dramatic thriller. As things spiral out of control, the young men realize they've jeaopardized the last four years of hard work in one stupid move. Drama, 93 min., DVD, dir: Rel Dowdell.
Training Day (2001) - Jake Hoyt (Ethan Hawke), a rookie policeman in Los Angeles, is anxious to join the elite narcotics squad led by veteran Alonzo Harris (Denzel Washington). Soon, however, Hoyt discovers that Harris’ use and abuse of power entangle him into professionally and morally questionable practices. Drama, 122 min., DVD, dir: Antoine Fuqua.
Treasure Island (Isla del tesoro) (1969) -Isla del Tesoro discusses the history of the island as a penal colony prior to the revolution and how it has been transformed into an important site for agricultural production. Documentary, 20 min., DVD, dir: Sara Gomez.
Treemonisha (1982) - Based on Scott Joplin's score, the all black cast of the Houston Opera Theatre performs this opera. Musical, 86 min., VHS, dir: Sidney Smith.
Trespass (1992) - Two Arkansas fire fighters stumble upon a map which leads to hidden gold stashed in an abandoned East St. Louis tenement. But while looking for the money, they watch a drug related murder. Now, they are trapped in an urban nightmare. Ice-T and Ice Cube are pitted against each other in a complicated plot that uses a rap soundtrack, video, and much gratuitous violence. Action, 101 min., DVD, dir: Walter Hill.
Trials of Muhammad Ali, The (2013) - The Kartemquin Films documentary focuses on the period when Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali. His conversion to Islam and refusal to serve in the Vietnam War leave him banned from boxing and facing a five-year prison sentence. Ali’s choice of belief and conscience over fame and fortune resonates far beyond the boxing ring, striking issues of race, faith and identity. Documentary, 93 min., DVD, dir: Bill Siegel.
Triangulations (2005) - A television director becomes entangled in his many affairs. Drama, 7 min., VHS, dir: S. Torriano Berry.
Trip to the Country, A (2000) -A Trip to the Country questions, sometimes ironically, the notion of development associated in Africa with a “tropical modernity” which can be summarized as follows: Everything from Europe is modern, while all things local are archaic and must be discarded. Documentary, 75 min., DVD, dir: Jean-Marie Teno.
Triple Minority (2005) -Clair is a gay, black woman who wants to reconcile her relationship with her religious parents without compromising her identity. Comedy, 15 min., DVD, dir: Amber Sharp.
Trolley Ahoy (1936) -Mr. Bang bets the Skipper ten dollars he can't get the trolley to arrive at the train station on time. Comedy, 8 min., DVD, dir: Tom Palmer.
Trouble Man (1972) -The film stars Robert Hooks as "Mr. T.", a hard-edged private detective who tends to take justice into his own hands. Action, 99 min., DVD, dir: Robert Hooks.
Trouble Man (2000) - On The Best of the Acapulco Black Film Festival (2001). Comedy, 13 min., DVD, dir: Dabo Ché.
Trouble the Water (2008) -A redemptive tale of an aspiring rap artist surviving failed levees and her own troubled past and seizing a chance for a new beginning. Documentary, 96 min., DVD, dir: Tia Lessin and Carl Deal.
Truck Turner (1974) - A melodrama set in Los Angeles in which Isaac Hayes plays a skip tracer (a person who hunts down bail jumpers). Cameos by Dick Miller and Stymie Beard. Action, 91 min., DVD, dir: Jonathan Kaplan.
True Identity (1991) - When a jetliner seems about to crash, a businessman, Leland Carver/Frank Luchino (Frank Langella), reveals his secret mobster past to fast-talking actor Miles Pope (Lenny Henry). When the plane lands safely, Miles must assume various identities to elude Luchino's hit men. Charles Lane plays Duane, a special effects artist who creates a new identity for Miles; Anne-Marie Johnson is Kristi, Miles' love interest. Melvin Van Peebles plays a taxi driver; Ruth Brown is Martha, and James Earl Jones plays himself. Comedy, 93 min., VHS, dir: Charles Lane.
True Story of Glory Continues, The (1991) - Soldiers of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, the first black fighting unit of the American Civil War, are portrayed through period drawings, sketches, paintings and photos and additional footage from the motion picture Glory. Documentary, 45 min., VHS, dir: Ben Burtt.
true. (1998) - This short with minimalist funny nonsense phone dialog between five young men spawned both the pop-culture catch phrase "Whazzup?" and the series of Budweiser beer commercials. The film is part of the series Afrocentricity, Vol. 1 including six other short movies. Comedy, 3 min., DVD, dir: Charles Stone III.
Tsoga (2002) - A Soweto school made headlines when 70 percent of its students tested HIV positive. The film focuses on Joyce, an ex-student, who shares her sufferings. The movie is a part of the 25-cassette series Steps for the Future dealing with AIDS in Southern Africa. Documentary, 8 min., VHS, dir: Sechaba Ramotoai.
Tsotsi (2005) - Based on the novel by acclaimed South African writer Athol Fugard, Tsotsi follows the life of a young, black South African living a life of crime until he discovers the infant son of a woman he has just murdered in the back seat of her car. Winner in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 2006 Academy Awards. Drama, 94 min., DVD, dir: Gavin Hood.
Tuesday Morning Ride (1995) -Two elderly black sharecroppers, he a stroke victim, she blind, decide to put on their finest clothing and take a final ride in their car--with no turning back. Drama, 35 min., VHS, dir: Dianne Houston.
Tumbling Down (1998) Drama, 10 min., DVD, dir: Christopher Reese.
Tupac: Resurrection (2003) - The film explores Tupac Shakur's life, music, and death in 1996 by using voice-overs, interviews, and vocal tracks recorded by the late rap artist. It includes rare footage, home movies, private photographs, and excerpts from Shakur's poetry, journals, and letters, as well as Tupac memorabilia provided by his fans. Documentary, 112 min., DVD, dir: Lauren Lazin
Tunnel, The (2010) -When her father vanishes, young Elizabeth believes he has dug a tunnel to the city. Only by facing reality will she discover the truth behind his disappearance. Drama, 25 min., DVD, dir: Jenna Cato Bass.
Turntable (2005) -Spun around dark hero Vincent (Russell G. Jones, who played Tommy in Squeeze), Patton-Spruill's script opens with Vincent's two criminal siblings, Andre and Jerome, selling drugs to four other thugs, a transaction their incarcerated father hooked up from behind bars. But the narcotics are all bogus, so the brothers try to gun down the buyers once they get the payoff. Two die easily; two others survive thanks to bullet-proof vests. After Andre and Jerome run off with the cash, leaving behind a useless stash of impotent white powder, the buyers spend the rest of the film trying to get revenge and their money. And, naturally, they bump off anyone who gets in their way. Drama, 95 min., DVD, dir: Robert Patton-Spruill.
Tuskegee Airmen (1991) -Documentary, 15 min., DVD, dir: Gary Nelson.
Tuskegee Airmen, The (1995) -The Tuskegee Airmen is a 1995 HBO television movie based on the exploits of an actual groundbreaking unit, the first African American combat pilots in the United States Amry Air Corps, that fought in World War II. Drama, 106 min., DVD, dir: Robert Markowitz.
TV or Not TV? with Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1976) - Monroe spends so much time watching TV that he forgets about his friends and his commitments. As a result of this he misses the opportunity to go to a rock concert and must watch it on TV instead. Children, 15 min., 16mm, dir: Hal Sutherland.
Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela (2006) -Confronted with the death of his stepfather, Director Thomas Allen Harris embarks on a journey to understand the man who raised him, Pule Benjamin Leinaeng ("Lee") - an African National Congress foot-soldier who sacrificed his life for the freedom of his country. Documentary, 73 min., DVd, dir: Thomas Allen Harris.
Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela (2006) -Confronted with the death of his stepfather, Director Thomas Allen Harris embarks on a journey to understand the man who raised him, Pule Benjamin Leinaeng ("Lee") - an African National Congress foot-soldier who sacrificed his life for the freedom of his country. Documentary, 73 min., DVD, dir: Thomas Allen Harris.
12 Years a Slave (2013) - In the antebellum United States Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Drama, 134 min., DVD, dir: Steve McQueen.
Twice as Nice (1988) - Drama, 70 min., VHS, dir: Jessie Maples.
Two Dollars and a Dream (1987) - Using on-camera interviews with members of her company, franchise operators, friends and acquaintances, and archival footage, Stanley Nelson documents the life of Madame C.J. Walker, the first woman in America to start from nothing and build a million dollar business. The film explores the remarkable progress of Walker's business (hair and skin care products for black women) under her hand and its subsequent decline toward the end of her daughter A'Lelia's life. Documentary, 56 min., VHS, dir: Stanley Nelson.
Two Nations of Black America (1998) - Correspondent Henry Louis Gates, Jr examines the great class divide within the black community and how to end it. Documentary, 60 min., DVD, dir: Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
20 Feet from Stardom (2013) - Documentary that focuses on back-up signers. Through interviews with veterans and concert footage, the history of these predominately African-American singers is explored through the rock era. Documentary, 91, DVD, dir: Morgan Neville.
20,000 Eyes (1961) -A cops 'n robbers drama by Jack Leewood features Gene Nelson as Dan, an ingenious thief living on the edge at the moment. Dan has just cheated a mobster out of some stock in order to use it as collateral on a loan -- and now he has to save himself by replacing the stock with the money its worth. In order to do that, he figures out a complex scheme to steal some diamonds from a display case in a museum, use them to get an insurance sum, and put the real diamonds back before his fake substitutes are found. He co-opts a few people to help him on this plot, and the action begins. Drama, 61, 16mm, dir: Jack Leewood.
25th Hour (2002) - Monty Brogan (Edward Norton) reevaluates the last 24 hours of freedom that he has before he is condemned to a seven-year jail sentence for drug dealing. Drama, 135 min., DVD, dir: Spike Lee.
Twin Cousins (1999) - On The Best of the Acapulco Black Film Festival (2001). Drama, 28 min., DVD, dir: Rod Gailes.
Two Generations (n.d.) - This British colonial propaganda film is about how white settlers "saved" Africa from famine, starvation, etc. Documentary, 16 min., 16mm, dir: n/a.
Two Gun Man from Harlem (1938) - Musical western in which a phony deacon becomes a two-gun- totin' man. Faithful Mary, a former Father Divine "angel" appears. Western, 60 min., VHS, dir: Richard C. Kahn.
Two Knights of Vaudeville (1916) -After being thrown out of a vaudeville show for getting too carried away by the stage antics, two performers put on their own "vodevill" production which ends in riotous disarray. Comedy, 8 min., 16mm, dir: n/a.
Two Towns of Jasper (2002) - Using two separate filmmaking crews (an all-white team interviewing fifteen white residents and an all-black team interviewing fifteen black residents), this film depicts two strikingly different racial views by the citizens of Jasper, Texas, the location of the racially-motivated murder of James Byrd Jr., an African-American, by three white men in 1998. Documentary, 83 min., VHS, dir: Marco Williams & Whitney Dow.
Ty's Home Made Band (1983) - A mysterious traveling minstrel (Taj Mahal) convinces young Ty that he can create his own band with homemade instruments. Following his advice, Ty sets out to include the whole neighborhood in his "Home-Made Band." Based on the novel by Mildred Drama, 19 min., 16mm, dir: Templeton.
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