AMERICAN LIFE Class Filmography




The emphasis in the class was on viewing and discussing 

cinema vs movies

 The recent films that Best represent cinema are:


12 Years a Slave (2013) Winner of  three (3) Academy Awards 


Get on Up (2014)Winner NY Film Critics, Online - Best Use of Music; Winner African American Film Critics Assciation - Best Ensemble


Selma (2014) Winner Academy Award for Best Song

To read the words of COMMON & JOHN LEGEND in accepting the Award visit this LINK:



doc. - documentary

feat. - feature film

ss - short subject


June, 2015

Dear White People (2014), 109 min., feat.

 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL - Speicial Jury Prize - Dramatic


 May, 2015

FBI's War on Black America (1989) 50m., doc.

Standing on My Sisters' Shoulders (2002) 60m., doc.


April, 2015

Panther (1995) 2:04m., feat.


March, 2015

The Central Park Five (2012) 120m., doc.

PEABODY Award Winner (2014)


 February, 2015

Men of Honor (2000) 129m., feat.


January, 2015 

Music is my life, politics my mistress (2007) 110m., doc.

One of the filmmakers MARK ALSTON was present to introduce the film and answer questions from the class.


December, 2014

Black and Tan (1929), 18m., b/w, ss

Chameleon Street (1989),  94m., feat.


November, 2014

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011), 100m, doc.

BaadAsssss Cinema (2002), 56m., doc.


October, 2014

 To sleep with anger (1990), 102m., feat.


September, 2014

Song of Freedom (1936) 72m., feat.

That's Black Entertainment (1985 ) 55m., doc.


 June, 2014 

San Francisco Gang Prevention: Overview (1991) 9m., doc.

Art From Jail  (1989) 55m., doc.

5 Days in July (1986) 27m. ,doc.

Hand in Hand (1980) 8m., doc.

Strivin’ and Survivin’ (1977) 7m., doc.

 ALL films by 

Spencer Moon (This is a Partial Filmography)

 Descriptions and exhibitions here :


May, 2014

The Secret Life of Bees (2008), 114 min., feat.


April, 2014

The Road to Freedom: The Vernon Johns Story (2006), 90 min., feat.


March, 2014

Keep the Faith, Baby! (2002), 107 min. feat.


 February, 2014

America's Dream (2004), 83m., feat.


Janaury, 2014

The Untold West: The Black West (1993), 51m., doc.

Black Indians (2000), 60m., doc.


 December, 2013

Symphony in Black: A Rhapsody on Negro Life (1934), 9m., b/w, ss

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012), 93m., feat.


November, 2013

Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice (1989), 60 min., doc.

Brown Sugar P.2 of 4 (1986), 60 min., doc.


October 2013

Brother John (1971) 1:35 min., feat.


 September 2013

Movies of Color (2000) 55 min., doc.

Blood of Jesus (1941) 56 min., feat.


June 2013

Nightjohn (1996) 92 min., feat.


May 2013

Midnight Ramble (1994) 56 min., doc.

Brown Sugar P.1 of 4 (1986) 53 min., doc.


April 2013

Paul Robeson: Tribute to an artist (1979) 30 min., doc.

Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject (1980)

Jerico (1937), 76 min., feat.

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