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Pamela Anne Thomas Honored by Cambridge Who’s Who

Pamela Thomas, producer of several award winning films, has also established various film festivals, lectures, symposia, workshops and presentations focusing on the history of Black American film and celebrating filmmakers of color.

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CINCINNATI, OH, March 4, 2011, Pamela Thomas, Founder and Executive Director of Black Folks Make Movies, Inc., has been recognized by Cambridge Who's Who for demonstrating dedication, leadership and excellence in African American Cinema.

Ms. Thomas is a renowned filmmaker, producer, writer and lecturer. She is also the founder and executive director of Black Folks Make Movies, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to the education, appreciation and cultural celebration of early African American cinema from its beginnings in 1910 to the present. She is considered an expert, especially in the work and history of Oscar Micheaux, considered the “Dean of early Black American cinema.

Following study in film and media at the University of Cincinnati, a move to Boston, MA, a Fellowship in film from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology through their Community Fellows Program and 10 years of research, study and production, she completed the award winning documentary (in conjunction with Bestor Cram of Northern Light Productions), “MIDNIGHT RAMBLE: Oscar Micheaux and the Story of Race Movies.” Produced for the PBS history series, “American Experience,” MIDNIGHT RAMBLE was initially broadcast in 1994 and is still considered the definitive, 'go to' work on race movies and Oscar Micheaux.

From here, Ms. Thomas established various film festivals, lectures and presentations focusing on the history of Black American film and celebrating filmmakers of color, including RAW STOCK-Celebrating Cinema, originally based out of Mills College, Oakland, CA.

Finally, she is in the midst of organizing a major retrospective on Black American Cinema from its inception in 1910 to the present. Celebrating over 100 years of Black American filmmaking, FADE2BLACK: A Retrospective, Black American Cinema 1910 - Present, picks up that initial thread cast in 1910 by Peter P. Jones, William Foster, Oscar Micheaux and others, and travels that road through to the brilliant tapestry of Black American cinema we have today. From Oscar Micheaux to Spike Lee, Julie Dash, Tyler Perry, and others with as many stops as possible along the way.

A major traveling, education-based film festival, activities, presentations and screenings will be scheduled at various colleges and universities across the country - dates TBA. Through this retrospective (dedicated to Emmy & Peabody Award winning PBS producer, A. Beth DuVal Deare), we trace the impact Black American film has had nationally & globally. For more details, visit the F2B page on this website until further notice.

With Cincinnati, Ohio, as her base, Ms. Thomas is a member of the Southern Ohio Filmmakers Association, a cancer survivor and supporter of The Wellness Community and the ASPCA. She is also working on several other projects including a new documentary, CONNECTIONs on the fact that we're all connected using the premise of racism as the initial interview question ultimately leading to the knowledge that we are all connected; a book of essays for release in conjunction with F2B, on the impact and influence of Black American cinema on the American and World stage; as well as a one act play on Micheaux told through the eyes of his second wife sometime actress & unsung production partner, Alice B. Russell.