Right now for my documentary history class, I'm trying to find a topic. I thought I had settled on the fiction themes used as crossover techniques in the documentary films of Spike Lee. I had originally wanted to write a paper on black women directors of documentary film. It's hard to even find black female directors of fiction films. And there are no mainstream household names among black female directors. That's not to say there aren't any black female directors, there obviously are, but their names are left out of discussions of great filmmakers of any race.
I HATE THIS!!!
I want to make great DOCUMENTARY films on the African-American experience, I just wish there were more successful black filmmakers I could look to as mentors. I don't want to make films no one sees or knows about. I want Oscar winners and Emmy winners and theater distribution. And I want this book. I just found out about St. Clair Bourne and when I look him up? Died in 2007. WHYYYYYYYYYYY???? I'm going to ask my documentary history professor but at this point my film might be about the dearth of well-known black non-fiction filmmakers. These are the people I want to learn about and from!!! So frustrating. But at least 20 years from now another black woman won't have to write this same post because I'll be written about.