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Oscar Micheaux was born in 1884 and died in 1951 He was a successful filmmaker and a novelist He organized a film corporation in 1918 where he made more than 35 films The organization was called the Micheaux Film Corporation It was known because it was the longest and made the most films for a film organization Oscar made his last film in 1948 called The Betrayal It was about a black homesteader from South Dakota whom fell in love with a white woman Since 1919 Oscar Micheaux has produced written and edited more forty-five films He was known for his bold determination to develop a new era in black films Growing up Oscar worked as a shoeshine boy and a Pullman porter When he was in his twenties he invested all of his savings into a piece of farmland in a white community in South Dakota In nine years time he had wrote his first semi-autobiography It received fame because he had went from door to door trying to sell his book The Lincoln film club offered to film his book called the homesteader in 1918 Oscar founded his own film company when the Lincoln film club didnt want to put it on Oscars desired scale rating He started the Micheaux book and film company and tried to convince people to buy his shares He did this by going from door to door again selling his company shares His book The Homesteader was the first ever movie that written and produced by an African American His film The Homesteader did cause controversy because of the interracial romance in his film But he never backed down from causing controversy Even with the controversy he caused Oscar Micheaux is considered to be the one of the best black filmmaker and authors Oscar Micheaux wrote produced and directed 44 full length films between 1919 and 1948 He made a fortune from his movies and books He
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