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Chatting With Wendell B. Harris, Jr. On "Chameleon Street," Black Cinema, Tyler Perry & More

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act October 18, 2011 at 11:52AM

We've written about Wendell B. Harris Jr and his under-appreciated feature film debut Chameleon Street countless times on S&A. I've read and watched several interviews with the man, so much that I could probably recite his struggles with that film from memory.
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We've written about Wendell B. Harris Jr and his under-appreciated feature film debut Chameleon Street countless times on S&A. I've read and watched several interviews with the man, so much that I could probably recite his struggles with that film from memory.

I actually interviewed Wendell for the very first time in 2009, via the S&A livecast (embedded below) - maybe one of the most interesting and memorable interviews I've done since I started doing this; this was around the time when there was some renewed interest in Chameleon Street.

And despite all of that, I still find myself engaged whenever I come across any new interviews with Wendell; and I continue (and will continue) to share them here (certainly not all of them). Another motivation... I insist on ensuring that everyone who reads S&A is aware of Mr Harris and his work :)

Earlier today, I stumbled upon the below 30-minute Skype Q&A with the writer/director/actor after a screening of Chameleon Street in Austin, TX, which took place on August 24th of this year.

He talks about, not only his film, but the state of cinema - specifically what we call "black cinema" - Tyler Perry's reign, the future of film, and more.

Watch below (and, by the way, if you haven't heard my hour-long conversation with Wendell, you can listen to it via the player underneath the video clip; by the way, Chameleon Street is on DVD right now):


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