Feb
14

Outlining is Key

Cheers to finishing my research in December! Now that I concluded that huge portion of my thesis, I put much thought into the format of the project. Initially, my research covered 12 films, but as I outlined I realized this was too ambitious for a 100-page limit. This meant I needed to eliminate some films.

Feb
07

Surviving the Transition to Talkies

Oscar Micheaux was the only black director to survive the transition from silent to sound cinema. The primary reason Micheaux triumphed when other black filmmakers did not was his acceptance of financial support from two New York men. Below is a summary of this transition:

Jan
11

Preview of the Silent Films: Within Our Gates

Below are some of my thoughts on one of my favorite Micheaux films, ‘Within Our Gates.’ Enjoy! Oscar Micheaux’s second silent picture, ‘Within Our Gates,’ was presumed lost for decades until a single print was discovered under its Spanish release title, La Negra. In its original English form, the title directly referred to an epigraph…
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Jan
11

Important Questions

My sincerest apologies for the delay in posts! I dedicated this post to important questions I’ve thought of throughout the research process.

Jan
11

Oscar Micheaux Timeline

In order to contextualize my thesis, I decided a timeline detailing major events of Oscar Micheaux’s life was necessary. Enjoy!