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Gateway hosts screening of documentary on black film makers

Published on Feb 20, 2019

In honor of Black History Month, Gateway Community & Technical College will host Pamela Thomas, filmmaker, producer, and founder of Black Folks Make Movies, screening her documentary on black film makers, as well as a 29-second short film believed to be the oldest movie, to date, made by a black film maker. 

Gateway students, faculty, staff, as well as the community are invited to join this screening on Feb. 27 at 11 a.m., at Gateway’s Urban Metro Campus, Technology, Innovation and Enterprise Gallery.

African Americans have a rich, deep history in cinema. From filmmaking's inception to the present, they have created, established and nurtured their own unique story through film. The most prolific and life-changing period was 1910 through 1950 - a 40 year time frame that saw the rise and influence of race movies, films made primarily by, for, and about the Black Community from 1910-1950. These films focused on Black American issues, culture, and life – the Foundation of Black American Cinema.

This event celebrates this history and heritage through a screening of Thomas’ award winning PBS documentary, MIDNIGHT RAMBLE: Oscar Micheaux and the Story of Race Movies. Following the screening will be a discussion on the impact of Black American Cinema on American history.

Gateway is committed to creating a campus environment that values the exploration, appreciation, and celebration of diversity while promoting inclusiveness, multiculturalism, and global awareness. 

The college defines diversity as recognizing, appreciating, valuing, and utilizing the unique talents and contributions of all individuals, regardless of differences such as race/ethnicity, religion, gender identity, nationality, physical/mental ability, socio-economic status, education, age, and sexual orientation.