Review: Elvis Mitchell’s ‘Is That Black Enough for You?!?’ is a detailed look at Black cinema by a Black filmmaker. Elvis Mitchell’s short film career began with the short films he co-directed and edited for The Black Film Company along with Chris Williams. Elvis Mitchell has been directing short films for years now and has a list of completed short films under his belt.
Elvis Mitchell is an American who is best known as the director of The Black Film Company which was a short film collective and production company based in Los Angeles. The Black Film Company was a film making collective of Black American filmmakers like Elvis Mitchell, Steve McQueen, and Chris Williams. Their first film, L.A. Boy, won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1969 and was later nominated for an Academy Award.
Mitchell’s work with L.A. Boy has since been released on VHS and has won several awards and was a finalist to the International Critics’ prize in 2000 at the Sundance Film Festival. Mitchell’s other short films have received numerous honors including seven NATIONAL ACADEMY AWARDS including Best Short Film. The New York Times called Mitchell one of seven emerging filmmakers who “may challenge the hegemony of the mainstream.”
In the late nineteen seventies, Mitchell was a student at the UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television and was in graduate-theater studies. At the time, he was also learning to edit. He studied film theory and history in college courses at UCLA such as film theory. He had attended college classes on the short documentary film and went on to shoot a short film about the history of jazz music. Mitchell credits his interest in music to his mother. She would often sing to him which was another source of inspiration to his work as a filmmaker.
During this time, the short film world was a wild and dangerous place; Mitchell’s life changed when he began producing and directing short films. His first short, The Black World (