BLACK CHEROKEE | about the film
For over a decade and on a near-daily basis, Otis Houston Jr., a self-taught artist from Harlem, has performed before a captive audience of car-bound commuters passing through a natural bottleneck on Manhattan’s FDR Drive. BLACK CHEROKEE is a documentary short that explores this unique artist’s work at a time of great productivity and significant challenge as he’s charged with caring for his beloved father who had recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. A meditation on family, inspiration, sanity and success, the film pays homage to a New York City icon and opens a lyrical window onto Houston’s deep sense of duty, his raw charisma, and the dynamic beauty of his art.
To download a press kit that includes a directors’ statement, film summaries and synopses, filmmaker bios and credits, production stills, press clips and more, click here.
Also, be sure to check out this recent press about Otis and the film:
- THE NEW YORK TIMES, October 16, 2012:“After 15 Years, a Roadside Performer Is Getting the Spotlight,”
By Corey Kilgannon
- PERISCOPE, December 12, 2012:“Roadside Theater: Telling The Tale Of Otis Houston, Jr.,”
By Peter Madsen
- THE OREGONIAN, April 16, 2013:“Ashland’s film festival: like Sundance, only warmer,”
By Shawn Levy