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USD’s Pierson Appears in Documentary Film

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Inside USD -- Dr. Eric Pierson, USD’s Communication Studies department chair, had the chance to participate in a filmmaking project will be screened at the 2011 San Diego Black Film Festival on Jan. 28. The film-about-a-film, entitled “Infiltrating Hollywood: The Rise and Fall of The Spook Who Sat by the Door,” analyzes the “blaxploitation” film genre of the 1970s through a series of interviews with film scholars, media professionals and other experts.


The blaxploitation genre, instantiated by films like “Shaft” (1971), “The Spook Who Sat by the Door” (1973), and “Mandingo” (1975), was “designed to cater to black, inner-city audiences — primarily young audiences,” Pierson explains. “They presented a different type of hero than black audiences had been accustomed to, particularly coming out of the 1960s.” (Full Story)

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