Casting ‘Regeneration’: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at a Race Film

Stella Mayo – the ‘Sensational Colored Screen Beauty’ – won the lead as Violet Daniels in Regeneration, only after director Richard Norman had struggled for months to find a lead actress who would (a), ‘photograph well’ and (b), meet the salary requirements of Norman Studios, stricken by a sharp decrease in the market for race … Continue reading Casting ‘Regeneration’: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at a Race Film

Imaging the Past with Educational Films

The Indiana University Libraries have recently posted 197 newly digitized films from their educational film collections. Among these are several films by and about African Americans, including 1985's award-winning The Masters of Disaster, documenting the successes of a chess team of black sixth-graders; the 1976 musical drama In the Rapture, performed at the Church of … Continue reading Imaging the Past with Educational Films