Black and White


1h 38m 1999

Brief Synopsis

When high school hipster Charlie and her friends start hanging out with Harlem's aspiring rap artist Rich Bower and his group, the American Cream Team, each faction starts to ponder the other's true motivation. Fascinated by this collision of cultures, documentary filmmaker (and former rich girl her

Film Details

MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Drama
Release Date
1999
Distribution Company
Screen Gems
Location
New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 38m

Synopsis

When high school hipster Charlie and her friends start hanging out with Harlem's aspiring rap artist Rich Bower and his group, the American Cream Team, each faction starts to ponder the other's true motivation. Fascinated by this collision of cultures, documentary filmmaker (and former rich girl herself) Sam Donager attempts to capture the phenomenon on camera with the help of her gay husband Terry. Meanwhile, NYPD detective Mark Clear wants revenge on his heartless ex-girlfriend Greta, who dumped him for Dean, a black star basketball player and a friend of Rich Bower. Before long, everyone wants something from someone else. As the chain of casual acquaintance comes full circle, worlds collide -- black and white, wealthy and wanting, uptown and downtown, innocent and malevolent until it becomes clear that nobody is really who he or she seems to be.

Crew

John Alagna

Other

Paul Thomas Anderson

Other

Tanya Arnaud

Song Performer

William Arnot

Steadicam Operator

Antonio L Arroyo

Sound Mixer

Johann Sebastian Bach

Song

Chip Banks

Song Performer

Thor Benitez

Adr

Matt Beville

Adr Mixer

Daniel Bigel

Producer

Mark Burg

Executive Producer

Naomi Campbell

Other

Stephanie Corsalini

Casting

Inspector Deck

Other

Louis Digiaimo

Casting

Joe Dohner

Foley Recordist

Robert Fernandez

Rerecording

David Ferrara

Other

David Ferrara

Director Of Photography

Jennifer Finkelstein

Wardrobe Supervisor

Jill Footlick

Line Producer

Aretha Franklin

Song

Mike Fredo

Song Performer

Darren Goldberg

Assistant Director

Oli Grant

Music

Oli Grant

Music Supervisor

Oli Grant

Associate Producer

Alisa Grifo

Art Director

Isaac Hayes

Song

Sandy Hayes

Steadicam Operator

Drew Jiritano

Special Effects Coordinator

Bobby Johanson

Adr

Kirk Jones

Other

Myron Kerstein

Editor

Master Killer

Other

Oren Koules

Executive Producer

Michael Lerman

Assistant Director

Eric Liney

Assistant Director

Vince Maggio

Assistant Director

Michael Mailer

Producer

Method Man

Other

Method Man

Song Performer

Jonathan A Manzo

Production Manager

Livia Monte

Production Coordinator

Maureen Osborne

Set Decorator

Edward Pressman

Executive Producer

Exile Ramirez

Production Supervisor

Brett Ratner

Other

Redman

Song Performer

Jacki Roach

Costume Designer

Anne Ross

Production Designer

Jennifer Roth

Line Producer

Ron Rotholz

Co-Executive Producer

Ron Rotholz

Producer

Jill Rubin

Production Manager

Nicole Schneider

Wardrobe Supervisor

Mark Schulte

Adr Supervisor

Jonathan Shepard

Location Manager

Seth I Shire

Post-Production Supervisor

Dmitri Shostakovich

Music

Nuria Sitja

Makeup Artist

Chris Spheeris

Song

Fredro Starr

Other

Kimberly Stephens

Song Performer

James Toback

Screenplay

Maureen Tuohy

Assistant Director

Mike Tyson

Other

Brian Vancho

Foley Artist

Luther Vandross

Song

Alinur Velidedeoglu

Associate Producer

Antonio Vivaldi

Music

Peter Waggoner

Rerecording

Johnny Watson

Song Performer

George Wayne

Other

Byron Wilson

Sound Editor

Film Details

MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Drama
Release Date
1999
Distribution Company
Screen Gems
Location
New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 38m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States on Video September 26, 2000

Released in United States September 1999

Released in United States Spring April 5, 2000

Film was improvised by more than fifty personalities from James Toback's story ideas and was shot with no script.

Palm Pictures reportedly sold the film to Screen Gems for $10 million.

Began shooting October 13, 1998.

Completed shooting November 10, 1998.

Some footage captured digitally with Sony DCR-PC1.

Soundtrack is available on Loud Records.

Released in United States Spring April 5, 2000

Released in United States September 1999 (Shown at Telluride Film Festival September 3-6, 1999.)

Released in United States on Video September 26, 2000