African American Cinema, 1915-1946

Course Dates: 
8 weeks: March 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 2018
Tuesdays, 2-4 p.m.
Chip Kaufmann
Course Catalogs: 
2018 Spring

At the same time that Thomas Edison and D.W. Griffith were creating and expanding the movies in America, there was a thriving alternative cinema made for African Americans. These so called “race movies” not only entertained black audiences but dealt with the many social issues of the day concerning them. We will view several of these very rare films including the controversial movies of pioneer African American filmmaker Oscar Micheaux.

Chip Kaufmann ( is a longtime announcer of classical music at Blue Ridge Public Radio (WCQS). He is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) and lectures on composers for the Asheville Symphony. Chip has been an instructor at College for Seniors since 2008.