Ernest Dickerson

Close Up

Mar 23 2022 • 45 mins

If you’ve seen Do the Right Thing, Malcom X, or Juice – the cult classic from 1992 that catapulted rapper Tupac Shakur into movie stardom – then you know Ernest Dickerson’s work. Dickerson is a cinematographer-turned-director who’s known best for his many collaborations with Spike Lee, and his roster of gripping thrillers. Host Kelley Carter talks with Dickerson about his love of the horror genre (he’s loved it since the age of four !!), the ways horror films of the 50s and 60s influenced his work, and the process of making Juice and his new thriller DMZ. Then, Vanity Fair’s Anthony Breznican and The Curvy Film Critic Carla Renata join Kelley to talk about the rapper-to-actor transition, the power of the underdog at the Oscars, and their bets for Sunday’s Oscars show.