Michael Schultz

Black Film Pioneer: Conversations with Michael Schultz

September 13–October 4, 2015

Part of Changing the Picture, sponsored by Time Warner Inc.

Before the Black Film New Wave hit Hollywood in the early 1990s, Michael Schultz had already directed eleven movies, many with his trademark use of wall-to-wall music, occasionally ribald humor, and a laid-back style, to tell comedic and dramatic stories of African-American life. Schultz directed the feature film debuts of Denzel Washington, Blair Underwood, and Samuel L. Jackson, and has been directing television for more than 40 years, from The Rockford Files to Arrow. This series will feature film clips and in-depth discussions of his outstanding body of cinematic work including his collaborations with Richard Pryor, his use of music, and his unique penchant for discovering great actors. The series kicks off with a 40th anniversary screening of his debut feature, the now classic Cooley High.

Organized by Warrington Hudlin, President, Black Filmmaker Foundation (BFF)