My man Elvis Mitchell has a project screening at the Sundance Film Festival this week. It’s a collaboration with his friend, the photographer and filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. It’s called “The Black List.”
The concept is conversation-as-portraiture. Elvis talked to 20 prominent black Americans, including Toni Morrison, Colin Powell, Russell Simmons and Vernon Jordan. (Complete list is here.) Then Elvis and his questions were edited out, leaving only the subjects... filmed against a simple backdrop.
It’s living, breathing oral history.
HBO has picked up “The Black List,” and plans a theatrical release later in 2008.
Hat-tip to Terry Glover, who blogged about “The Black List” for EbonyJet.com. He interviewed Elvis Mitchell and Timothy Greenfield-Sanders together at Sundance.
Below is a clip from the film.