Oscar Micheaux


Christopher Hart

Oscar Micheaux was an African-American film director, writer, and an independent producer who designed the first feature-length movie by a black man by creating more than 44 films. He was born on January 2, 1884, in Metropolis, Illinois, and died March 25, 1957, at age 67 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Oscar had made films independently of the Hollywood film industry from the silent era until 1948. In 1917, Oscar was approached by an African-American film company for movie rights to “The Homesteader,” a series of books he had written. Oscar refused the offer, but liked the idea and his film version, thus launching his career as an independent filmmaker.
Between 1919 and 1948, Oscar wrote, produced, directed, and distributed more than 45 films for African-American audiences.