Oscar Micheaux was a filmmaker and pioneer of the early 1900s, who as an African American male wrote, directed, produced and distributed over 44 feature films in his lifetime. Micheaux defied racial and economic barriers, while also operating outside of the conventional Hollywood system of commercial financing.
The Producers Guild of America called him “The most prolific Black – if not most prolific independent – filmmaker in American cinema.”
In 1919, Micheaux became the first African American to produce and screen a feature-length film that was shown in "white" theaters.
The Micheaux Mission
Independence, Community, & Innovation...
In the spirit of Micheaux, we aim to champion the filmmaker who has been able to create thought-provoking and entertaining content, with little to no resources.
Micheaux Film Festival at a Glance
Highlights from last year's festival, showcasing: screening, filmmaker Q&A, and post-screening networking mixer...
Last year, we showcased the works of award-winning directors, writers, producers, and actors whose work has gone on to be recognized by Disney/Lucas Films, NBCUniversal, the Emmy Awards (Daytime/Primetime), and Film Independent. The festival brought out more than 200 guests to the world-renowned Regal Cinemas LA Live: A Barco Innovation Center, one of the most technologically advanced theaters in the nation.
Film screenings will take place at our current host theater Regal Cinemas L.A. Live: A Barco Innovation Center
Networking mixers will take place down the street from LA Live, at The Queensberry.
The industry Master Classes and the Awards Show will take place in the LA Meeting Room of the Courtyard Marriott at L.A. Live.
This year we also introduce the Oscar Micheaux Trailblazer of Excellence Award and the Michael Ajakwe Pioneer of Influence Award, to honor members of the film community who have written, directed, produced and distributed their work outside of the traditional Hollywood system, while simultaneously opening the door for others.
Award-winning filmmaker and actor, Noel Braham, grew up in Atlanta, Georgia where he attended Georgia State University, majoring in Speech Communication and Film/Video production. His desire to create worlds of comedy, science fiction, and drama led him to his first project, The Side Chick, which was screened and awarded at several international web festivals - winning for best comedy, actor, and cast. His sophomore project, The Millennial won a prestigious Telly Award for short form media.
His most recent endeavor includes his role as founder and co-director of the Micheaux Film Festival. His team was able to install a successful event which attracted over 200 attendees and was held at Regal Cinemas LA Live: A Barco Innovation Center, one of the most technologically advanced theaters in the country.
You can find more of his work: Star Wars Exile on StarWars.com where it won best VFX and choreography in the Disney/Lucas Fan Film Awards. Noel currently serves as a judge for the Daytime Emmy awards as an active member of the National Television Academy. In addition to judging, Noel and his company were nominated for two Daytime Emmy awards for Outstanding Special Class – Directing: Noel Braham and Outstanding Special Class: Short Format Programming for their work on his third project, Watchtower. In addition to the Emmy nominations, Watchtower was screened at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival Short Corner in the South of France.
Courtney L. Branch
Upon graduating with a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Georgia State University, Courtney spent several years in New York, where she jumpstarted her television career with a fellowship with CBS This Morning. After working between the Atlanta and New York markets and being recognized for two Emmy nominations, Courtney relocated to Los Angeles, where she landed an Associate Producer position on Daytime's #1 talk show, Dr. Phil, produced at Paramount Studios. As a casting producer, she has worked for Lifetime, Food Network, Fox and BET. She is currently back with CBS, marking her seventh year with the network.
Outside of television production, Courtney serves as Co-Chair for the Micheaux Film Festival, which debuted in Downtown Los Angeles in December 2018 to a crowd of over 200 people. Courtney is an active member of the Television Academy and served as a judge for the 2019 Daytime Emmy Awards and as a voter for the 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards.