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New Book for Young Readers on African American Film Pioneer
11/13/2013 11:07:40 AM


LOS ANGELES, CA - Oscar Micheaux: A Self-Made Man, a new release from The Hollywood Press, brings the story of America's greatest African American filmmakers to life. The book is designed for everyone who loves movies and would like to introduce young audiences to the history of film. The illustrated soft cover book provides insightful glimpses into the lives and work of African American filmmakers, memorable screen icons and less familiar figures.

Written by Jeremy Geltzer, a film professor, entertainment lawyer and author, the book is targeted to middle grade readers, ages 9-13. Oscar Micheaux’s life vividly demonstrates the American Dream. The son of ex-sharecroppers, Micheaux worked odd jobs from Pullman Porter to Dakota homesteader before becoming one of the first black filmmakers. He made films outside Hollywood that were tailored to black audiences using his own stars. Among Micheaux’s discoveries were Paul Robeson and Robert Earl Jones, father of James Earl Jones.

In less than 30 years Micheaux directed over 40 films. While the director has been passed over in many film history books, his story remains inspirational. Micheaux believed in his dream; he struggled to share his message of self-reliance and betterment. Other chapters in the book chronicle the African American community’s hard fought battle for recognition in Hollywood, from Sidney Poitier to Octavia Spencer and other black directors from the silent era to Spike Lee and Lee Daniels.

Oscar Micheaux: A Self-Made Man is available for $6.99 from and $3.99 as an e-book at the Apple e-bookstore. More information is available at and on Twitter @HollywoodBabel.

Source via Black PR Newswire from The Hollywood Press

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Submitted By: Charles Micheaux Submitted: 11/14/2013
This is very good news and brings joy to my heart. Mr. Jeremy Geltzer has done a great thing for the new generation of Black Filmmakers around the globe. Oscar Micheaux is the only Black Filmmaker that has an International audience his films are quite popular in over twenty countries. Charles Micheaux Micheaux Publishing Company

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