After beginning his career as a theater director, Michael Schultz turned to film and television in an age when African-American directors were far from the norm. From his breakthrough COOLEY HIGH to a series of successful collaborations with Richard Pryor and television assignments on everything from L.A. LAW to CHUCK, Schultz has proven himself to be a director as prolific as he is talented.
Larry Karaszewski Presents! Double Feature: COOLEY HIGH, 1975, MGM Repertory, 107 min. Dir. Michael Schultz. This warm and funny coming-of-age film follows a group of black teenagers growing up on Chicago’s Near North Side in the 1960s. Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Garrett Morris, and Cynthia Davis star.
THE LAST DRAGON, 1985, Sony Repertory, 109 min. Dir. Michael Schultz. Martial arts-obsessed teenager Leroy Green (Taimak) takes on the "Shogun of Harlem" and an evil arcade owner while romancing Vanity in this 1980s pop-culture classic. Discussion between films with director Michael Schultz.
Added by AmericanCinematheque on June 17, 2010