Black women film and video makers have been producing shorts, documentaries and films since the early part of this century. Unfortunately, not only has their work been overlooked by distributors, but critical reviews have been few and far between. Conceived to redress that omission, Black Women Film and Video Artists is the first comprehensive history and analysis of this genre. Gathered here are noted scholars and critics, as well as the film/video makers themselves who offer insight into the work of underexplored artists. The discussions range from pioneering to contemporary film makers and include artists such as Madeline Anderson, Monica Freeman, Jacqueline Shearer, Kathleen Collins, Julie Dash, Camille Billops, Zeinabu irene Davis, and Michelle Parkerson, among others. Contributors include: Jacqueline Bobo, Carmen Coustaut, Gloria J. Gibson, C.A. Griffith, Monique Guillory, Carol Munday Lawrence, O. Funmilayo Makarah, Ntongela Maselila, Jacqueline Shearer, P. Jane Splawn.
Presents 11 articles organized into sections on: historical analyses of black women's films including discussions of the directors of the Los Angeles School and the work of Camille Billops; self examinations of their own work by filmmakers such as Carol Munday Lawrence, Jacqueline Shearer, O. Funmilayo Makarah, Carmen Constant, and C. A. Griffith; and interviews with Michelle Parkerson and Ntozake Shange. Also included is a video/filmography of 20th-century works. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.