Ralph Ellison: An American Journey (2001)

Ralph Ellison: An American Journey
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating N/A
Runtime 1hr 25mins.
Genres Documentary
Keywords bio
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Barry Stone Director of Photography (dramatic scenes) 120780 6000001
Avon Kirkland Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Laurie Coyle Associate Producer n/a 171 3000003
Yanna Kroyt-Brandt Co-Producer (dramatic scenes) 170 3000002
Henry Adebonojo Cinematographer n/a 402 6000002
Robert Shepard Cinematographer n/a 402 6000003
Richard Beggs Sound n/a 120816 14000001
Marcus Shelby Music n/a 120781 8000001
Ken Schneider Editor n/a 172 7000001
Avon Kirkland Producer n/a 3 3000001
Elise Robertson Director (dramatic scenes) 2 2000002
Cornel West Actor Himself 1 1000004
Jacques C Smith Actor Invisible Man 1 1000003
Paul Benjamin Actor Grandfather 1 1000002
Thulani Davis Actor Himself 1 1000005
Stanley Crouch Actor Himself--Writer 1 1000006
Avon Kirkland Director n/a 2 2000001
André Braugher Narrator n/a 120790 1000008
Amiri Baraka Actor Himself 1 1000007
John Amos Actor Doctor Bledsoe 1 1000001
Born in Oklahoma in 1914, Ralph Ellison traveled to Harlem in the 1930s and became a writer of short stories and criticism. Influenced by novelist Richard Wright and others of that tumultuous era, he found his life changed by the publication of "Invisible Man" in 1952 and his winning of the National Book Award. Through clips from the first-ever scenes adapted from "Invisibe Man" and interviews with a range of luminary black intellectuals such as Cornel West and Thulani Davis, this documentary reopens a debate about the changing role of the black artist and, more specifically, about Ellison as a focus of criticism in the 1960s and as an icon of American literature.