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UCLA Presents Free Screening of 'Juice' and Conversation with Ernest Dickerson (April 7)

  • By Jai Tiggett
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  • March 24, 2014 1:23 PM
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Next month at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, filmmaker Ernest Dickerson will visit for a screening and discussion of his 1992 classic crime drama Juice.

Interview: Award-Winning Cinematographer, Writer & Director Ernest Dickerson, Reintroduced

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 15, 2014 4:22 PM
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The success and signature appeal of Spike Lee's early films have Ernest Dickerson's cinematography to thank as much as Spike's own cinematic flourishes. Dickerson's eye helped make a Spike Lee joint, a Spike Lee joint.For the distant observer, theirs seemed like a kind of symbiotic pairing that some of us believed would continue through much of their careers. What some of us didn't already realize was that directing was in Dickerson's future all along, supplanting any notions that he was a cinematographer first, and directing was something of a diversion, or a happy accident.It was neither. He always intended to become a director in his own right. Consider that he'd written the screenplay for Juice, what would become his directorial debut in 1992, some 8 years prior, before he'd begun to cement his reputation as a talented DP, who went on to shoot a number of films that aren't just black cinema classics, but cinema classics: John Sayles' The Brother From Another Planet, Krush Groove, and of course his collaborations with Spike Lee, including the seminal 1989 incendiary drama Do The Right Thing.It was the same year (1992) that his last director/DP collaboration with Lee (Malcolm X) was released, that Dickerson saw his directorial debut, 8 years in the making (the hip-hop film noir, Juice), also open in theaters - a film that, while not what would qualify as a blockbuster hit, did well enough (relative to budget) and went on to achieve cult appeal.And it was then that Dickerson's career as a director was launched.

Thoughts On Ernest Dickerson-Directed Pilot Episode Of 'Low Winter Sun' (w/ Lennie James)?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 12, 2013 3:23 PM
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Behind The Scenes Of AMC's Upcoming Series 'Low Winter Sun' (Lennie James, Ernest Dickerson)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 25, 2013 10:30 AM
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Exclusive: Ernest Dickerson Shopping Adaptation Of Octavia Butler's 'Clay's Ark' (Script Is Done)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 23, 2013 2:19 PM
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It's been almost 7 years since Hugo and Nebula award winner, Octavia Butler, died from a stroke at just 58 years old (she died February 24th, 2006). And just about every discussion we've had on this site about black authors whose novels are begging to be adapted to film, Ms Butler's name is frequently at the top of many of your lists.

Erika Alexander Joins Lennie James In Ernest Dickerson-Directed AMC Pilot 'Low Winter Sun'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 11, 2012 11:54 AM
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While we wait, hoping that the graphic novel she created with her husband is adapted for the screen, Erika Alexander will join Lennie James and Mark Strong in an AMC drama pilot titled Low Winter Sun.