February 2024

Malcolm X: One Man’s Legacy, to the Letter

Whether exploring an African-American woman's sexuality (She's Gotta Have It) or negotiating the intricacies of interracial romance in urban America (Jungle Fever), Spike Lee has always taken the controversial issue and made it a personal statement. Whether successful or not, those statements, or "joints," as Lee calls them, are always deeply grounded in the immediacy of the moviegoing experience. That sense of immediacy is guaranteed by Lee's collaborator and cinematographer, Ernest Dickerson, ASC. Lee and Dickerson have collaborated again on a "joint" intended to recreate the life of a man who, according to Lee, "rose up from the dregs of society, spent time in jail, reeducated himself and, through spiritual enlightenment, rose to the...more

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February 2024

The Special-Effects Cinematographer

“Contrary to the general impression, the studio special-effects cinematographer must be decidedly more than merely an engaging young person with a pleasant smile and a knack of doing strange things with a motion-picture camera.”...more

Contact Jodie Foster
January 2024

We Are Not Alone: Contact

Director Robert Zemeckis and cinematographer Don Burgess, ASC propose an answer to one of humanity's most profound queries....more

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