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Communication Studies Chair Eric Pierson Featured in Full-Length Documentary

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The Department of Communications Studies Chair Eric Pierson, PhD, will be featured at the San Diego Black Film Festival for his role in “Infiltrating Hollywood: The Rise and Fall of the Spook Who Sat by the Door.”

"Infiltrating Hollywood: The Rise and Fall of the Spook Who Sat by the Door" is a 50-minute documentary on the controversial and repressed 1973 film "The Spook Who Sat By the Door." Through interviews — with author Sam Greenlee, Berlie Dixon, widow of director Ivan Dixon, Academy Award winning editor Michael Kahn, actors David Lemieux, Janet League-Katzin, J.A. Preston, Paul Butler, Melvin Van Peebles, academics, Ed Guerrero, Todd Boyd and Eric Pierson — as well as archival footage and production documents, "Infiltrating Hollywood" tells the story of "The Spook Who Sat by the Door" from its inception as a novel to its release and repression.

Check out the trailer here.

To read more about Dr. Pierson's class on independent film industry, held each year at the Sundance Film Festival, please see the feature story here.

ContactEric Pierson, Ph.D. | epierson@sandiego.edu | (619) 260-7437