Black History Cinema

Local actors and filmmakers remember African Americans who blazed the trail for them. This comes in the wake of famous black actor, Ossie Davis, who passed away Friday.

At 87 years of age, Ossie Davis was a face you would remember even if his name escaped you, but for a select few of Tallahassee's filmmakers, he was an icon.

“I think for a lot of filmmakers and actors, we really pay respect to him blazing the trail for us," shared filmmaker Kenneth Jones.

Jones is a teacher at Florida A&M University, but his real art is film. He remembers the first time he met Davis and his wife.

“Meeting Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee back when I acted on the main stage at FSU was just phenomenal," added Jones.

Like Davis, Jones has taken his art from the stage to the big screen. He's currently working on the production Psychedelic Shack, and he's part of a presentation by the Tallahassee Film Society called Black Cinema 2005. The society feels black cinema played an important role in history.

"It's just another important aspect of cinema. It wasn't just done by white folks," said John Fraser, the secretary of Tallahassee's Film Society.

Ossie Davis was featured in many films including "Malcolm X,” "Jungle Fever" and "Do the Right Thing." He is survived by his wife, three children and seven grandchildren.

Davis was found dead in a Miami hotel room Friday. He was on scene shooting an upcoming film.