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Savages, Servants, and Specialty Acts
90 min.
FREE WORKSHOP w/LIMITED SEATING- RSVP by Adding to Cart Savages, Servants and Specialty Acts (2020 - Work-In-Progress Premiere) Slavery never ended. It is time we break the chains! While the physical enslavement of Africans may have been abolished in the United States in 1865, the mental enslavement of Blacks worldwide continues. Savages, Servants and Specialty Acts, demonstrates how Black Identity is largely dictated by The White Imagination. Using rare film clips and archival footage, Film historian Charles Woods demonstrates how we were indoctrinated into a belief system of White Supremacy and Black Inferiority through the use of the motion picture and perpetuates itself in all mass media. From the Tarzan movies of the 1930s to Black Panther and Queen & Slim, the subversive tricks still exist—even when Black filmmakers are in control.
Michael J. Dennis

Michael J. Dennis
Michael J. Dennis (Director/ Editor) a.k.a. “Mike D.” has over 20 years of experience as a filmmaker. He holds a B.F.A. in Film Production from New York University and a M.F.A. in Film Directing from the American Film Institute. In 1999, he founded Reelblack, an independent film company dedicated to creating and promoting “Good movies ‘bout Black folks.”. Mike’s credits include the biographical portraits Who Is Chris Rock (1989), Philly Boy: A Movie About M.C. Breeze (2002), Jazzyfatnastees In Process (2002), Kindred The Family Soul (2006), Ursula Rucker: Poet (2008) and Ladies and Gentlemen, Jordan Rock (2011). He has directed and edited over 450 segments for Reelblack TV, a half hour film and music interview show that is broadcast monthly on PhillyCAM. A three-time grant recipient of Mind TV’s Philadelphia Stories, his work has screened on CNN, BET, WYBE-TV and Aspire TV. Awards include Film of the Year, for Philly Boy (2002), Best Documentary NC Black Film Festival for Jazzyfatnastees in Process (2003), Emerging Filmmaker Award NC Black Film Festival (2004), CNN IReport Grand Jury Prize for The 13th Amendment (2008), PhillyCAM Impact Award (2013), Citation from Philadelphia City Council (2013).