THE OSCAR PROJECT
It's a first for The Oscar Project, an interview with an author who writes about movies. Today's guest is Mia Mask, a professor at Vassar College where she teaches African American cinema, Documentary History, and seminars on topics including horror film and auteurs like Spike Lee, Charles Burnett and Ava DuVernay. She also teaches feminist film theory, African national cinemas, and other genre courses. Her commentary can be heard on NPR and her first book Divas on Screen: Black Women in American Film was published in 2009. Today she joins me to talk about her new book Black Rodeo: A History of the African American Western.
Listen to hear about Mia's work with Criterion, including getting to speak with actor Sidney Poitier, what three of her favorite westerns are, and much more.
Books mentioned in this episode include:
Check out Wikipedia for more information about the Lobo Comics mentioned in the interview.
And check out this article from Collider featuring "10 Actors Who Were Pioneers of the Western Genre."
A Brief Intro to Black Westerns with Mia Mask