Ernest R. Dickerson

Ernest R. Dickerson

Known For: Directing · Birthday: 1951-06-25 · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Newark, New Jersey, USA

51 Movies · 43 TV shows

Also Known As: Ernest Roscoe Dickerson · Ernest Dickerson

Biography

Ernest Roscoe Dickerson, A. S. C. (born June 25, 1951) also known as Ernest R. Dickerson, Roscoe, and Ernest Dickerson, is an American director, cinematographer, and screenwriter of film, television, and music videos.As a cinematographer, he is known for his frequent collaborations with Spike Lee ever since they were classmates at the Tisch School of the Arts and worked together on Lee's 1983 master's degree thesis student film, Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads, which ultimately won a Student Academy Award. As a director, he is known for action and horror films such as Juice, Demon Knight, Bulletproof, Bones and Never Die Alone. He has also directed several episodes of acclaimed television series, including Once Upon a Time, The Wire, Dexter, The Walking Dead, and Godfather of Harlem.

Early Life

Dickerson was born in Newark, New Jersey. He studied architecture at Howard University, but also took a film class with Haile Gerima as he already was interested in movies. He later relocated to New York City to attend New York University's film program at the Tisch School of the Arts, where he met fellow student Spike Lee. His first feature film as director of photography was also Lee's first film, Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1983), filmed while both of them were still students. Lee kept Dickerson in mind and he returned to work on a few more films as Spike Lee's cinematographer.

Movies & TV shows

2020.

2 Movies
Tales of the Uncanny

Tales of the Uncanny

2020
Severin Films chief David Gregory and House Of Psychotic Women author Kier-La Janisse query a global roster of more than 60 horror writers, directors and scholars that include Eli Roth, Joe Dante, Mar...
The Horror Crowd

The Horror Crowd

2020
The Hollywood horror community is being spotlighted in a documentary.

2019.

1 Movie
Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror

Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror

2019
The untold history of Black Americans in Hollywood through their connection to the horror genre, delving into a century of genre films that by turns utilized, caricatured, exploited, sidelined, and fi...

2018.

5 TV shows
TV
Black Hollywood: 'They've Gotta Have Us'

Black Hollywood: 'They've Gotta Have Us'

2018
There is a unique portrait of how art and activism for black people in film are invisible from race and cinema.
TV
Seven Seconds

Seven Seconds

5.43
2018
A teenage African American boy is critically injured by a cop in Jersey City.
TV
Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G.

Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G.

6
2018
There are two major police investigations into the deaths of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. Detective Greg Kading chronicled them.
TV
The Purge

The Purge

6.92
2018
Set in a future America ruled by a political party, the series follows several seemingly unrelated characters living in a small city. Tying them all together is the work of a mysterious man who is wel...
TV
Eli Roth's History of Horror

Eli Roth's History of Horror

2018
There is a detailed look at the pop cultural significance of horror films.

2017.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The Deuce

The Deuce

6.75
2017
The story of the legalization and subsequent rise of the porn industry in New York’s Times Square from the early ’70s through the mid ’80s, exploring the rough-and-tumble world that existed there unti...
Double Play

Double Play

2017
Double Play is about anolder man named Ostrik who returns to Curaçao and his childhood after many years abroad. Ostrik reminisces about 1973 and the events surrounding a game his father played which h...

2015.

3 TV shows
TV
Blindspot

Blindspot

6.59
2015
A huge international plot explodes when a beautiful Jane Doe is found naked in Times Square, covered in tattoos with no recollection of who she is or how she got there, and she is completely covered i...
TV
Bosch

Bosch

5.71
2015
The stories of relentless LAPD homicide Detective Harry Bosch who pursues justice at all costs are based on Michael Connelly's best-selling novels. A man who is haunted by his past struggles to remain...
TV
The Man in the High Castle

The Man in the High Castle

6.1
2015
If the Allied Powers had lost World War II, Japan and Germany would rule the United States. Philip K was based on that. Dick's novel won an award.

2014.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
State of Affairs

State of Affairs

6.4
2014
Each day the President is faced with dozens of life and death decisions, and to prioritize the biggest international crises facing the country, one top CIA analyst - Charleston Tucker - assembles the ...
That Guy Dick Miller

That Guy Dick Miller

2014
Documentary about veteran character actor Dick Miller, whose career in and outside of Hollywood has spanned almost 200 films across six decades, featuring a diverse range of interviews with directors,...

2013.

3 TV shows
TV
Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow

5.83
2013
Ichabod Crane is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries to uncover a mystery that dates back to the founding fathers.
TV
Under the Dome

Under the Dome

6
2013
The town has been sealed off from the rest of the world. While military forces, the government and the media attempt to break it down, a small group of people inside try to figure out what the dome is...
TV
Low Winter Sun

Low Winter Sun

4.75
2013
Seemingly the perfect crime, the murder of a cop by a fellow Detroit detective awakens forces that will forever alter the detective's life, and pull him into the heart of the Detroit Underworld.

2012.

1 TV show
TV
Revolution

Revolution

5.76
2012
The world was thrust back into the dark ages when electricity stopped working. 15 years later, a young woman's life is dramatically changed when a local militia arrives and kills her father, who myste...

2011.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time

6.63
2011
Every story book character is trapped between two worlds, victims of a powerful curse, in a town in Maine. Since she was abandoned as a baby, Emma Swan has been supporting herself as a bail bonds coll...
TV
The Cape

The Cape

6
2011
Vince Faraday, an honest cop on a corrupt police force, is framed for a series of murders and presumed dead in "The Cape", a drama series. His wife and son were left behind as he was forced into hidin...
Last Man Standing

Last Man Standing

2011
When her husband is kidnapped, a quiet life as a wife and mother shows no trace of her past work as a military special-ops expert. She must use her skills to save her spouse.

2010.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
Treme

Treme

2
2010
The name of the show is derived from New Orleans. The residents of New Orleans, including musicians, chefs, and other New Orleanians, struggle to rebuild their lives, their homes, and their unique cul...
TV
The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead

6.56
2010
A sheriff's deputy awakens from a coma to find a world overrun by zombies. He is going to find his family.
One Night in Vegas

One Night in Vegas

2010
On the evening of Sept. 7, 1996, Mike Tyson, the WBC heavyweight champion, attempted to take Bruce Seldon’s WBA title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. At this point in his career, Tyson’s fights had bec...

2009.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Do the Right Thing: 20 Years Later

Do the Right Thing: 20 Years Later

2009
In this documentary directed by Spike Lee, he interviews the cast and crew of his 1989 film DO THE RIGHT THING. It also includes footage from a twentieth-anniversary screening of the film.
TV
Stargate Universe

Stargate Universe

5.81
2009
There is a multinational exploration team traveling on an Ancient spaceship that is many billions of light years away from the Milky Way. They are trying to figure out a way to return to Earth, while ...

2008.

2 TV shows
TV
In Plain Sight

In Plain Sight

5.27
2008
Mary Shannon is a deputy United States marshal attached to the Albuquerque, New Mexico office of the Federal Witness Security Program. Shannon needs to balance her professional life of protecting witn...
TV
Fear Itself

Fear Itself

2008
A television series broken down into thirteen separate sixty-minute films from premiere horror writers and directors.

2007.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
TV
Tell Me You Love Me

Tell Me You Love Me

6
2007
This riveting and provocative drama series explores issues of intimacy within the lives of three couples and the therapist they share.
The Visions of Stanley Kubrick

The Visions of Stanley Kubrick

8
2007
The Shining has a look at its visual design.
TV
Burn Notice

Burn Notice

6.37
2007
A formerly blacklisted spy uses his skills and training to help other people.
View from the Overlook: Crafting 'The Shining'

View from the Overlook: Crafting 'The Shining'

2007
An overview of the making of The Shining can be found here.

2006.

3 Movies · 4 TV shows
TV
Heroes

Heroes

5.95
2006
People discover that they have powers. Their lives are interwoven because of a terrible event.
TV
Dexter

Dexter

6.21
2006
Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter pattern analyst for the Miami Metro Police, leads a secret life as a serial killer, hunting down criminals who have slipped through the cracks of the justice system.
The V Word

The V Word

1
2006
Two curious teenage boys break into an old mortuary looking for thrills, only to be followed by a former teacher who is looking to increase the ranks of the undead.
TV
Eureka

Eureka

6.32
2006
There is a secret hidden in the sleepy Pacific Northwest town of Eureka. For years, the government has relocated the world's geniuses and their families to this rustic town where innovation and chaos ...
TV
The Evidence

The Evidence

2006
Inspectors Sean Cole and Cayman Bishop are in the San Francisco Police Department. How does the puzzle fit together?
Hitchcocked!

Hitchcocked!

2006
A tribute to the work of Alfred Hitchcock, featuring contemporary filmmakers, writers, performers, and cultural critics.
For One Night

For One Night

2006
There were two proms in the town, one for whites and one for blacks. It would mean more money for decorations if the proms were combined with the same DJ. After a white student was let off for the sam...

2005.

2 Movies · 6 TV shows
TV
Weeds

Weeds

6.02
2005
A mom is selling weed to support her family after her husband's death.
TV
Criminal Minds

Criminal Minds

5.96
2005
An elite team of FBI profilers watch over the country's most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. David is a founding member of the BAU.
TV
Invasion

Invasion

6
2005
The Florida Park Ranger and his family deal with strange occurrences in the aftermath of hurricanes. Who can you trust in the town?
TV
Masters of Horror

Masters of Horror

2005
Masters of Horror is an informal social group of international film writers and directors specializing in horror movies and an American television series created by director Mick Garris for the Showti...
TV
Medium

Medium

6
2005
Allison Dubois works in the District Attorney's office and uses her intuition to solve crimes. She gets clues to the location of missing people through her dreams.
Ben-Hur: The Epic That Changed Cinema

Ben-Hur: The Epic That Changed Cinema

2005
George Lucas was influenced by the film "Ben-Hur".
TV
Miracle's Boys

Miracle's Boys

2005
Miracle's Boys is a six-part miniseries based on the novel of the same name by Jacqueline Woodson, shown on The N in February 2005. The series was directed by Neema Barnette, LeVar Burton, Ernest R. D...
By Any Means Necessary: The Making of Malcolm X

By Any Means Necessary: The Making of Malcolm X

2005
A short documentary about the making of Spike Lee's biopic, 'Malcolm X'.

2004.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
The 4400

The 4400

5.51
2004
4400 is about the return of people who were presumed dead or missing. Even though they have not aged physically, some of them seem to have deeper alterations. A government agency is formed after a mur...
TV
The L Word

The L Word

6.6
2004
Lesbian friends are in Los Angeles.
Never Die Alone

Never Die Alone

6
2004
A drug lord starts a turf war.

2003.

1 Movie
Good Fences

Good Fences

2003
Set in the 1970s, Tom Spader is an attorney who is determined to end what he has dubbed "the colored man's losing streak." When his winning of a high-profile case thrusts him into the limelight, he de...

2002.

3 Movies · 2 TV shows
TV
The Wire

The Wire

6.84
2002
There is a universe in which the national war on drugs is permanent and there are no distinctions between good and evil.
TV
CSI: Miami

CSI: Miami

5.96
2002
CSI: Miami follows Crime Scene Investigators working for the Miami-Dade Police Department as they use physical evidence, similar to their Las Vegas counterparts, to solve gruesome murders. The Miami C...
Monday Night Mayhem

Monday Night Mayhem

2002
The early years of a television sports powerhouse are chronicled as ABC becomes a player in the NFL coverage by putting their full resources into a major showcase. Executive Roone Arledge (John Heard)...
Our America

Our America

2002
The true story of two African-American teen radio reporters and their documentary investigation of a notorious child murder.
Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie

Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie

6
2002
Mother's good boy Benny Silman from Brooklyn becomes an economics student at Arizona State University for the sun and sexy girls- and the proximity of gambling paradise Las Vegas. Benny aces his studi...

2001.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
Bones

Bones

6
2001
Jimmy Bones came back to wreak revenge on those who killed him and to clean up his neighborhood after he died.
TV
Crossing Jordan

Crossing Jordan

5.95
2001
Crossing Jordan is an American television crime/drama series that starsJill Hennessy as Jordan Cavanaugh, M.D., a crime-solving forensic pathologist employed in the Massachusetts Office of the Chief M...
TV
Night Visions

Night Visions

2001
Night Visions is an hour-long, American television horror anthology series, with each episode comprising two half-hour stories dealing with themes of the supernatural or simply the dark side of human ...

1999.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Third Watch

Third Watch

1999
The exploits of a group of men and women who serve the City of New York as police officers, firemen, and paramedics, all working the same fictional 55th precinct during the 3pm to 11pm shift as the 'T...
Strange Justice

Strange Justice

1999
Clarence Thomas was appointed to the Supreme Court by the George Bush administration, and the sexual harassment suit was filed by the woman who accused him. The film doesn't try to assess blame and gi...

1998.

3 Movies
Futuresport

Futuresport

1998
In the not too distant future, a new deadly sport is the only way to stop a war that will kill millions. Fix (Snipes) is the creator of the sport, but the spotlight has always been on Ramzey (Cain), t...
Blind Faith

Blind Faith

1998
In 1957, an African-American criminal lawyer was practicing. The nephew is accused of killing a white boy. Charles S is his own person. The drama of racial and social tensions was costared by several ...
Ambushed

Ambushed

1998
The leader of a lodge with Klux Klans is dead. Eric Natter was taken into police custody for his protection. He was taken to a safe-house by four cops. Jerry Robinson is accused of murdering three peo...

1996.

1 Movie
Bulletproof

Bulletproof

1
1996
An undercover police officer named Rock Keats befriends a drug dealer and car thief named Archie Moses in order to catch a drug lord named Frank Coltan. Jack Carter is a cop and he is working with the...

1995.

1 Movie
Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight

Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight

5.28
1995
A man is being hunted.

1994.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
ER

ER

5.68
1994
Critical issues faced by the dedicated physicians and staff of the overburdened emergency room were explored in the inner workings of an urban teaching hospital.
Surviving the Game

Surviving the Game

1994
A homeless man is hired as a survival guide for a group of wealthy businessmen on a hunting trip in the mountains, unaware that they are killers who hunt humans for sport, and that he is their new tar...

1992.

3 Movies
Malcolm X

Malcolm X

6
1992
A tribute to the controversial black activist and leader of the struggle for black liberation. He hit bottom during his imprisonment in the '50s, he became a Black Muslim and then a leader in the Nati...
Cousin Bobby

Cousin Bobby

1992
Robert Castle is the idealistic pastor of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Harlem, and also the cousin of filmmaker Jonathan Demme. Demme's affectionate portrait of his cousin traces Castle's story, beg...
Juice

Juice

6
1992
Four Harlem friends, Bishop, Q, Steel and Raheem, decide to go big when they knock off a convenience store. The leader has a gun. There are different goals for Q. He would like to DJ on the night of t...

1991.

2 Movies
Jungle Fever

Jungle Fever

4
1991
A married black man is considering having an affair with a white girl. He was concerned that the racial difference would make the relationship worse.
Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll

Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll

1991
A filmed record of Eric Bogosian's acclaimed one-man show.

1990.

4 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Law & Order

Law & Order

5.83
1990
A murder is followed by a police investigation and prosecution.
Ava & Gabriel: A Love Story

Ava & Gabriel: A Love Story

1990
Set in Curacao in the 1940s, Ava & Gabriel: A Love Story tells of the painter Gabriel Goedbloed, who arrives from Holland to paint a mural of the Virgin Mary in a local church. Gabriel is black, origi...
Mo' Better Blues

Mo' Better Blues

6
1990
His friends want him to play the trumpet, but his mother insists he finish his lessons. The band was formed by Bleek. The story of Bleek's and Shadow's friendly rivalry on stage spills into their prof...
Def by Temptation

Def by Temptation

1990
A cop that specializes in cases involving the supernatural, a minister-in-training, and an aspiring actor are all standing in the way of an evil man who is preying on black men in New York.
Spike Lee & Company: Do It a Cappella

Spike Lee & Company: Do It a Cappella

1990
The topic of a cappella music was the subject of a PBS documentary in 1990. The documentary includes performances by The Mint Juleps, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Rockapella, and The Persuasions. It featu...

1989.

2 Movies
Do the Right Thing

Do the Right Thing

7.4
1989
An Italian man is the owner of the pizzeria. Buggin' Out is upset that the pizzeria's Wall of Fame only features Italian actors. Buggin' Out thinks that there should be actors of color. Buggin' Out be...
Fright House

Fright House

1989
Everyone in town knows the old Vincent place is haunted, but when the local Frat inherits it, we find out if the rumors are true. Two stories about witches getting ready to meet with the Devil, and a ...

1988.

2 Movies
School Daze

School Daze

1988
A group of students at a historically black college are fighting.
The Laser Man

The Laser Man

1988
In this crime drama parody, a naive young scientist helps mobsters build a laser weapon, then has to try to get it back from them.

1987.

2 Movies
Eddie Murphy Raw

Eddie Murphy Raw

1987
Eddie Murphy delights, shocks and entertains with dead-on celebrity impersonations, observations on '80s love, sex and marriage, a remembrance of Mom's hamburgers and much more.
Enemy Territory

Enemy Territory

1987
An insurance salesman is trapped in an apartment building after dark because of a street gang.

1986.

3 Movies
Almacita, Soul of Desolato

Almacita, Soul of Desolato

1986
During a protracted drought, Solem (Marian Rolle) uses her magical powers to protect her village from evil spirits. She also provides food, searching the wilderness for edible plants. During one forag...
Vampires

Vampires

1986
The students at a private girls' school are unaware that the school's doctor is secretly using a machine to extract the energy from the young girls.
She's Gotta Have It

She's Gotta Have It

1986
The story of Nola's sexual relationships with three different men is told by her and her partners. Nola resists being owned by a single partner, even though all three men wanted her to commit to them....

1985.

2 Movies
Stephen King's Golden Tales

Stephen King's Golden Tales

1985
Vampires, strange objects and sinister humor are included in a collection of horror stories. The five tales were strung together as a video feature and were all taken from the Tales from the Darkside ...
Krush Groove

Krush Groove

1985
Run-DMC and The Fat Boys were managed by Russell Walker. Run-D.M.C is on. Russell borrowed a street hustler's hit record because he needed more money to press more copies, but soon regretted his decis...

1984.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Tales from the Darkside

Tales from the Darkside

5.38
1984
George A created Tales from the Darkside. Each episode had a twist. The episodes ranged from horror, science fiction, and fantasy to black comedy and more lighthearted themes.
Desiree

Desiree

1984
Set in Brooklyn, New York this Dutch film is based on a true story that appeared on a New York newspaper in 1980. Desirée lives in the past. A series of flashbacks expose us to her psychologically tro...
The Brother from Another Planet

The Brother from Another Planet

1984
An alien slave crash-lands in New York City while being pursued by two Men in Black bounty hunters. The immigrant experience and his attempt to find a place for himself on Earth are both similar.

1983.

1 Movie
Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads

Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads

1983
After Joe was killed for trying to rip off his investor, Mr. Homer took over managing the barbershop. Lovejoy. Business is slow because modern styles have passed him by and he doesn't want to run a tr...
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