Sam Pollard

Sam Pollard

Known For: Directing · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Harlem, New York, USA

35 Movies · 3 TV shows

Also Known As: Samuel D. Pollard · Samuel Pollard

Biography

Samuel D. Pollard is an American film director, editor, producer, and screenwriter. His films have garnered numerous awards such as Peabodys, Emmys, and an Academy Award nomination. In 2020, the International Documentary Association gave him a career achievement award. Spike Lee, whose films Pollard has edited and produced, described him as being "a master filmmaker." Henry Louis Gates Jr. characterizes his work in this way: “When I think about his documentaries, they add up to a corpus — a way of telling African-American history in its various dimensions.”

Movies & TV shows

2021.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
A Crime on the Bayou

A Crime on the Bayou

2021
The most powerful white supremacist in 1960s Louisiana was challenged by a black teenager with the help of a young Jewish attorney. Systemic racism and its match in courtroom battles, including the U....
Black Art: In the Absence of Light

Black Art: In the Absence of Light

2021
An introduction to the work of some of the foremost Black visual artists working today, inspired by the late David Driskell's landmark 1976 exhibition, "Two Centuries of Black American Art."
TV
Tiger

Tiger

2021
The two-part documentary Tiger is a revealing look at the rise, fall, and epic comeback of global icon Tiger Woods. The series depicts an intimate picture of the golfer, whose dedication and obsession...

2020.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
Shared Legacies: The African-American Jewish Civil Rights Alliance

Shared Legacies: The African-American Jewish Civil Rights Alliance

2020
The relationship between Black and Jewish Americans began long before the Civil Rights era. In Shared Legacies, there are interviews with civil rights leaders. There is a lot of footage of John Lewis....
D. Wade: Life Unexpected

D. Wade: Life Unexpected

2020
A look at the highs and lows of the NBA superstar's life and career is provided in D Wade's upcoming documentary.
MLK/FBI

MLK/FBI

2020
Based on newly declassified files, the film explores the US government’s surveillance and harassment of Martin Luther King, Jr.
TV
Atlanta's Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children

Atlanta's Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children

2020
This docuseries explores the period between 1979 and 1981 when at least 30 African-American children and young adults disappeared or were murdered in Atlanta, Georgia.

2018.

4 Movies
Wrestle

Wrestle

2018
Jamario, Jaquan, Jailen, and Teague are teammates on the J.O. Johnson High School wrestling team in Huntsville, Alabama. Led by their passionate coach, they are trying to qualify for the State Champio...
Maynard

Maynard

2018
Director Sam Pollard constructs a portrait of charismatic trailblazer Maynard Jackson, who became Atlanta’s first black mayor in 1973. The son of pastors raised in the segregated South, Jackson entere...
Mr. SOUL!

Mr. SOUL!

2018
On the heels of the Civil Rights Movement, one fearless black pioneer reconceived a Harlem Renaissance for a new era, which ushered giants and rising stars of black American culture onto the national ...
Acorn and the Firestorm

Acorn and the Firestorm

2018
For 40 years, the community-organizing group ACORN advocated for America's poorest communities, while its detractors accused it of promoting the worst of liberal policies. ACORN was riding high on the...

2017.

2 Movies
Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me

Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me

2017
The legendary, multi-talented song-and-dance man is the subject of a lot of interviews.
The Talk: Race in America

The Talk: Race in America

2017
Documentary about the increasingly necessary conversation taking place in homes and communities across the country between parents of color and their children, especially sons, about how to behave if ...

2016.

1 Movie
Two Trains Runnin'

Two Trains Runnin'

2016
The Civil Rights movement in Mississippi in the 1960s led to the search for several young white men who have been missing for decades.

2015.

1 Movie
August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand

August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand

2015
Wilson's theatrical archives, rarely seen interviews and new dramatic readings bring to life his seminal 10-play cycle about a century of African-American life. Wilson won two Pulitzer Prizes.

2013.

1 Movie
Remote Area Medical

Remote Area Medical

2013
Amid the nation's ongoing debate over health care reform, this bracing new documentary examines the everyday realities of Americans who lack access to affordable medical treatment. In order to documen...

2012.

2 Movies
Venus and Serena

Venus and Serena

2012
Venus and Serena looks into the lives of sisters and tennis legends Serena and Venus Williams. The film tells the story of how these two great stars came to be and how they struggle to stay on top.
Slavery by Another Name

Slavery by Another Name

2012
A documentary that recounts the many ways in which American slavery persisted as a practice many decades after its supposed abolition.

2010.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Gerrymandering

Gerrymandering

2010
Gerrymandering is a 2010 documentary feature film written and directed by Jeff Reichert. The film explores the history and the ethical, moral and racial problems raised by redistricting, i.e., the dra...
TV
If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise

If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise

2010
Five years after Hurricane Katrina, Spike Lee returns to New Orleans to see how the city has changed.

2008.

2 Movies
Marvin Gaye: What's Going On

Marvin Gaye: What's Going On

2008
When Marvin Gaye died in 1984, he left behind one of the great legacies in American music. More than a superb vocalist and subtle composer, he was a visionary who expressed the tenor of his times. Bot...
Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun

Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun

2008
Zora Neale Hurston, path-breaking novelist, pioneering anthropologist and one of the first black women to enter the American literary canon (Their Eyes Were Watching God), established the African Amer...

2006.

1 Movie
Inside Man

Inside Man

4.33
2006
When an armed, masked gang enter a Manhattan bank, lock the doors and take hostages, the detective assigned to effect their release enters negotiations preoccupied with corruption charges he is facing...

2004.

1 Movie
Isn't This a Time! A Tribute Concert for Harold Leventhal

Isn't This a Time! A Tribute Concert for Harold Leventhal

2004
In September of 2004 at the Toronto Film Festival, the Weavers sang together for possibly the last time.

2001.

1 Movie
The Making of Bamboozled

The Making of Bamboozled

2001
A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Spike Lee's satirical take on the American entertainment industry.

2000.

2 Movies
Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks

Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks

2000
An intimate look at the life and career of Gordon Parks, a true Renaissance man who has excelled as a photographer, novelist, journalist, poet, musician and filmmaker.
Bamboozled

Bamboozled

2000
Pierre Delacroix was frustrated when his sitcom idea was rejected. Delacroix can't think of a 21st century show. The network airs it.

1997.

1 Movie
4 Little Girls

4 Little Girls

1997
Four young girls were killed on September 15, 1963, when a bomb destroyed a black church in Alabama. It was a defining moment in the history of the civil-rights movement when it was a crime that shock...

1996.

1 Movie
Girl 6

Girl 6

1996
An actress is a phone sex operator.

1995.

1 Movie
Clockers

Clockers

3
1995
Strike is a drug pusher. Strike's older brother killed the night manager. The person is a detective. Strike and Rodney are to blame because Klein doesn't believe the story and he sets out to find the ...

1994.

1 Movie
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.

1 Movie
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.

1 Movie
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.

1990.

1 Movie
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...

1985.

1 Movie
Private Resort

Private Resort

1985
Jack and Ben are going to spend a lot of time at the Florida resort. When they tried to bed the wife of the jewel thief, their plans were disrupted. If they're ever going to have a chance with the gir...

1983.

1 Movie
Style Wars

Style Wars

1983
The rise and fall of subway graffiti in New York is chronicled in a PBS documentary by Tony Silver and Henry Chalfant.

1981.

1 Movie
Night of the Zombies

Night of the Zombies

1981
There are unbelievable rumors about zombies and investigators are searching for missing soldiers. They set out to investigate the rumors. CIA special-agent Nick Monroe is sent to flush out deserters f...

Unknown Year.

1 Movie
Chinatown Film Project

Chinatown Film Project

Chinatown is an evocative place. In our imaginations, and in our memories, it is present. A strip mall of buffet restaurants is home to a vibrant immigrant community.
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