At the time of writing this, Black Film Archive is fully self-funded. If you want to help sustain the Archive, you can donate money on PayPal and/or purchase a paid to the Black Film Archive Substack. You can also spread the word about the site.
Why stop the archive at the year 1979?
After the commercial failure of The Wiz (1978), major Hollywood studios used it as a reason to stop investing in Black cinema. The 80s ushered in an era of Black independent filmmaking that makes 1979 feel like a natural stopping point.
How often will the site be updated?
At the beginning of every month, Maya will update the site with comings and goings. But as Maya discovers films throughout the month, she will add them here. You can contact her to add missing films.
Is this really every film?
In short, no. Some streamers have made it harder to manually comb through their database. Maya is also slowly adding additional films, including those for rent. Please contact her if something is missing.
Can I submit a film to the site?
If it fits the criteria, please feel free to do so.