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Oscar Devereaux Micheaux January 2 1884 – March 25 1951 was an AfricanAmerican author film director and independent producer of more than 44 films Although the shortlived Lincoln Motion Picture Company was the first movie company owned and controlled by black filmmakers Micheaux is regarded as the first major AfricanAmerican feature filmmaker a prominent producer of race film and has been described as the most successful AfricanAmerican filmmaker of the first half of the 20th century He produced both silent films and sound films when the industry changed to incorporate speaking actorsMicheaux was born near Metropolis Illinois and grew up in Great Bend Kansas one of eleven children of former slaves As a young boy he shined shoes and worked as a porter on the railway As a young man he very successfully homesteaded a farm in an allwhite area of South Dakota where he began writing stories Micheaux overcame many of the racist attitudes and restrictions on AfricanAmerican publishers and authors by forming his own publishing company to sell his books doortodoorThe advent of the motion picture industry intrigued him as a vehicle to tell his stories He formed his own movie production company and in 1919 became the first AfricanAmerican to make a film He wrote directed and produced the silent motion picture The Homesteader starring pioneering AfricanAmerican actress Evelyn Preer based on his novel of the same name He used autobiographical elements in The Exile his first feature film with sound in which the central character leaves Chicago to buy and operate a ranch in South Dakota In 1924 his film Body and Soul introduced the moviegoing public to Paul RobesonGiven the times his accomplishments in publishing and film are extraordinary including being the first African American to produce a film to be shown in white movie theaters In his motion pictures he moved away from the Negro stereotypes being portrayed in film at the time In his film Within Our Gates Micheaux attacked
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