Light in the Darkness

During the early history of Black American cinema from the period of 1910 to 1950. Under Jim Crow laws African-Americans weren’t allowed into the early morning screenings or even afternoon screenings of movies. So, with a spark of ingenuity these young black filmmakers responded by creating Midnight Rambles. Which were segregation era midnight screenings of films for black audiences. The films shown were often from among the over 500 films that were made during this time. And, each film starred black producers, writers, actors, and directors. This sparked the Black independent film movement in America, which laid the foundation for contemporary filmmakers such as Spike Lee and Tyler Perry.