Thursday, January 24, 2008

Coming attraction: ‘The Black List’

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 He interviewed Elvis Mitchell and Timothy Greenfield-Sanders together at Sundance.

Below is a clip from the film.


SJ said...

Here's the clip he's talking about.

Undercover Black Man said...

^ Fabulous, SJ! Thank you!

DeAngelo Starnes said...

I can't wait to see the documentary.

Dave, you keep upping your game, bruh.

Anonymous said...

It was a great doc.

Russell Simmons is not in the film. Sean Combs is.

I blogged about it on

Anonymous said...

I forgot that in the Q&A after the screening, someone offered the comment, "After watching this film, for the first time ever, I'm proud to have black people in America."

I think Elvis responded with, "Next question please"

Undercover Black Man said...

^ Thanks for that, Reviewer X.

"... or the first time ever, I'm proud to have black people in America."

Simply wonderful!

Comb & Razor said...

Slash is a Black American?

i mean, does he identify as such?


(reviewer x's story made my day, though!)

Anonymous said...

Slash is the first one interviewed, probably because they wanted to make a statement on what black is.

Slash said something along the lines of look, it's pretty common I'm half-black. People would come up to him all the time an talk to him about it. Spot the black man. The small number of us here in Utah at Sundance do it!

Seriously thought, Slash said he had no problem being in G&R till Axl wrote that song with the racist and homophobic stuff in it, then had to raise the red flag and saw he wasn't comfortable with it.