Lindsay Guion’s top 5 inspirational Black American film producers
When it comes to the history of Black American film producers, a lot of people fail to realize that some of the brightest minds in the history of visual entertainment belonged to this category. Arguably, according to Founder, CEO, and Global Chairman of GUION PARTNERS, Lindsay Guion, this is caused by a clear underrepresentation of Black Americans who work in this particular industry. Nevertheless, putting together a list of some of the best directors that have ever lived would be impossible without a few individuals from the following group.
Oscar Micheaux was an Oklahoma native who produced 44 movies in the 1900s. Given the outlandish problems related to racism and segregation that the nation faced during that time, his accomplishments are a testament to his dedication, hard work, and resilience. Besides looking into these types of issues in his movies, he also focused on things like public institutions and religious facilities. Many experts criticized him for this because some of his movies depicted the dangerous sides of gender and race-based discrimination. Nevertheless, his approach to filmmaking clearly revamped the way in which the entire industry viewed Black American creators.
Although he is currently one of the most active Black American filmmakers in the world, Spike Lee has been around since the early 80s. His movies helped change the way in which most industry specialists viewed “black” filmmaking as he challenged the stereotypical opinions with unfathomable creativity. Moreover, Spike Lee has been a long-time proponent of Black American excellence and he dedicates a lot of his time, funds, and effort towards giving back to his community.
Melvin Van Peebles
In order to truly understand how hard a person can work, one should look no further than Melvin Van Peebles. His classic film called “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song” from 1971 is a textbook example of how passion and persistence can accumulate success. Namely, he created the entire movie with $500,000 that was raised by various investors. Afterward, he spent every second of every day promoting his project on numerous radio stations, cities, and movie houses for months. The outcome? His project accumulated a mind-boggling sum of $10 million which translates to a 2,000-percent return on the investment.
According to Lindsay Guion, Euzhan Palcy is another household name that everyone who is related to the filmmaking industry will know. She is the first female Black American to ever direct a movie for one of the larger motion picture studios. The movie that she delivered was called “A Dry White Season” and touched on the devastating issue of black oppression in South Africa. She also went on to win the Cesar Award at the French Academy Award which made her the first female Black American earn this accomplishment. Lindsay Guion classifies her work as forward-thinking with some obvious elements of transcendentalists.
Another female that must be mentioned on this list is Ava DuVernay. For those unfamiliar, she is known for winning the best director prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018. So, she is a director that has had the most success over the recent few years when compared to the other individuals on this list. Besides making award-winning films, DuVernay also produces impressive documentaries and has formed a Black-American Film Releasing Movement that promotes black excellence and opportunities for aspiring creators
The list goes on to include Isaac Julien, Ivan Dixon, George and Noble Johnson, and many others. Nevertheless, watching some of the projects from the aforementioned five would be a perfect starting point for those who may not be familiar with the market.