A long-view interview with filmmaker Billy Woodberry conducted by screenwriter and scholar Josslyn Luckett gives the filmmaker his due and reflects on his prolific career as an independent filmmaker. The unfolding of Billy Woodberry's career—both his own new work and the recent critical revaluations of his classic work, such as the naming of Bless Their Little Hearts (1983) to the National Film Registry in 2013—makes words like “rebellion” or “revival” only marginally useful. Any research into the full range of his film work, including his multiple roles as film actor, film narrator, video installation artist, and film history and production professor at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) since 1989, reveals a Woodberry who might be more properly termed an underground “renaissance” man than a rebel.
Digging and Bluing with Billy Woodberry
Josslyn Luckett has an MFA from NYU, an MDiv from Harvard Divinity School, and is currently completing her PhD in Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research includes and combines cinema studies, jazz studies, and a special focus on the multiracial arts communities of Los Angeles. A former story editor for The Steve Harvey Show, her original screenplay, Love Song (2000), was directed by Julie Dash and produced by MTV.
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Josslyn Luckett; Digging and Bluing with Billy Woodberry. Film Quarterly 1 June 2017; 70 (4): 67–76. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2017.70.4.67
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