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Ernest R. Dickerson is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter, Director of Photography and Cinematography American born on 25 june 1951 at Newark (USA)

Ernest R. Dickerson

Ernest R. Dickerson
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Nationality USA
Birth 25 june 1951 (72 years) at Newark (USA)

Ernest Roscoe Dickerson A.S.C. (usually credited as Ernest R. Dickerson or Ernest Dickerson, born June 25, 1951) is an American director and cinematographer. As a cinematographer, he is known for his frequent collaborations with Spike Lee. As a director, he is known for his urban films including Juice, Tales from the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight, Bones and Never Die Alone. He has also directed several episodes of acclaimed shows such as The Wire, Dexter and The Walking Dead.


Born in Newark, New Jersey, Dickerson first attended Howard University where he studied architecture, but also took a film class with Haile Gerima as he already was interested in movies. He later relocated to New York to attend New York University's film program at the Tisch School of the Arts, where he would meet fellow student Spike Lee.

His first feature film as Director of Photography was also Spike Lee's first film, Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1983), filmed while both of them were still students.

After graduating Dickerson began his career as cinematographer on music videos for Bruce Springsteen, Anita Baker, and Miles Davis and went on to film John Sayles' Brother from Another Planet (1984), his first professional film as a director of photography.

While working on the first two seasons of George Romero’s television series Tales from the Darkside, was a cameraman on John Jopson concert film One Night with Blue Note (1985) and was later contacted by Spike Lee who had found the budget to shoot his movie She's Gotta Have It (1986). He continued his collaboration with Spike Lee on five more films, including Do the Right Thing (1989). Their last collaboration was on Malcolm X in 1992, the same year Dickerson made his directing debut with crime drama Juice. He also worked as a 2nd unit director on Lee's Miracle at St Anna.

For television, Dickerson has directed several episodes of acclaimed shows such as Dexter, The Walking Dead and Treme. A long time horror movie fan, he has also worked with Mick Garris on both Masters of Horror and Fear Itself and directed Tales from the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight and Bones

The Wire
Dickerson joined the crew of HBO drama The Wire as a director for the series second season in 2003. He directed the episode "Bad Dreams". Reviewers drew comparisons between Spike Lee's films and The Wire even before Dickerson joined the crew. "Bad Dreams" was submitted to the American Film Institute for consideration in their TV programs of the year award and the show subsequently won the award. Following this success Dickerson returned as a director for the third season in 2004. He directed the episode "Hamsterdam" and the season finale "Mission Accomplished". In 2006 he contributed a further two episodes to the show's fourth season: "Misgivings" and the season finale "Final Grades". The fourth season received a second AFI Award and Dickerson attended the ceremony to collect the award. Showrunner David Simon has said that Dickerson is the show's directorial work horse and that he knows the show as well as the producers; Simon has praised Dickerson's directing saying that he "delivers each time".

Dickerson returned as a director for the series fifth and final season in 2008 and helmed the episode "Unconfirmed Reports". He would later work with David Simon again, directing several episodes of the New-Orleans based drama Treme including the season 2 finale "Do Watcha Wanna" who won a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series.

Best films

Malcolm X (1992)
(Director of Photography)
Do the Right Thing (1989)
(Director of Photography)
Bulletproof (1996)

Usually with

Spike Lee
Spike Lee
(8 films)
Bill Lee
Bill Lee
(5 films)
Bill Nunn
Bill Nunn
(6 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Ernest R. Dickerson (34 films)

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That Guy Dick Miller, 1h31
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Films about television, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry
Actors Dick Miller, Allan Arkush, Belinda Balaski, Roger Corman, Meiert Avis, Joe Dante
Roles Himself
Rating73% 3.6737453.6737453.6737453.6737453.673745
The documentary surveys the life and acting career of Dick Miller, who has performed in over 170 roles in various films and television shows as a character actor. It features several interviews, as well as footage from many of Miller's performances.
Visions of Light, 1h32
Origin USA
Genres Documentary, Historical
Themes Films about films, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the visual arts, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentaire sur une personnalité
Actors Ernest R. Dickerson, Michael Chapman, Vittorio Storaro, Sven Nykvist, Caleb Deschanel, Néstor Almendros
Roles Self
Rating76% 3.8417453.8417453.8417453.8417453.841745
The film is the equivalent of a walk through a cinema museum. The doc interviews many modern-day directors of photography and they illustrate via examples their best work and the scenes from films that influenced them to pursue their art.
Juice (1992)
, 1h35
Directed by Ernest R. Dickerson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Dance films, Films about music and musicians, Transport films, Hip hop films, Road movies, Chase films, Gangster films
Actors Omar Epps, Tupac Shakur, Jermaine 'Huggy' Hopkins, Khalil Kain, Samuel L. Jackson, Cindy Herron
Rating70% 3.50093.50093.50093.50093.5009
Bishop (Tupac Shakur), Q (Omar Epps), Raheem (Khalil Kain), and Steel (Jermaine 'Huggy' Hopkins) are four African-American friends growing up together in Harlem. They regularly skip school, instead spending their days hanging out at Steel's apartment, at a neighborhood arcade, and also a record store where they steal LPs for Q's DJ interests. Generally, they are harassed daily by the police or a Puerto Rican gang led by Radames (Vincent Laresca).
She's Gotta Have It, 1h24
Directed by Spike Lee
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Tracy Camilla Johns, Spike Lee, Joie Lee, Bill Lee, Sharon Epatha Merkerson, Erik Dellums
Roles Dog 8
Rating67% 3.397743.397743.397743.397743.39774
Nola Darling (Tracy Camilla Johns) is a young, attractive, sexually independent Brooklynite who juggles three suitors: the polite and well-meaning Jamie Overstreet (Tommy Redmond Hicks); the self-obsessed model Greer Childs (John Canada Terrell); and the immature, motor-mouthed Mars Blackmon (Spike Lee). Nola is attracted to the best in each of them, but refuses to commit to any of them, cherishing her personal freedom instead, while each man wants her for himself.


Last Man Standing, 1h21
Directed by Ernest R. Dickerson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Actors Anthony Michael Hall, Catherine Bell, Mekhi Phifer, Dale Dickey, Ella Anderson
Rating51% 2.555022.555022.555022.555022.55502
Abby Collins est une mère de famille dynamique qui se consacre à ses enfants. Mariée à Nick, sympathique vétérinaire, elle coule des jours heureux dans leur maison de la banlieue de Detroit. Tout bascule soudain dans le pire des cauchemars lorsqu'elle constate que son époux a été enlevé. Afin de comprendre qui leur en veut de la sorte, elle va devoir se tourner vers son propre passé, un passé qu'elle a toujours soigneusement évité d'évoquer avec ses proches. Rapidement, elle réalise quelles sont les raisons de cet enlèvement...
For One Night, 1h29
Directed by Ernest R. Dickerson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films about education
Actors Raven-Symoné, Aisha Tyler, Jason Lewis, Sam Jones III, Gary Grubbs, William Ragsdale
Rating64% 3.2008353.2008353.2008353.2008353.200835
Inspired by the true story of an African American teenager who shook up a small town where high school proms had been racially segregated for decades. Amid the protests of the community and with the help of a newspaper reporter who returns to her hometown to cover the story, the two women are able to reverse decades of racist tradition and make history, at least for one night.
Never Die Alone, 1h28
Directed by Ernest R. Dickerson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Crime
Actors David Arquette, DMX, Michael Ealy, Drew Sidora, Antwon Tanner, Reagan Gomez-Preston
Rating55% 2.799112.799112.799112.799112.79911
Hardened criminal and drug dealer King David (DMX) returns to his unidentified East Coast city, where he can find redemption by settling an old score with drug lord Moon (Clifton Powell). He keeps tape-recorded journals about his life and is always talking about a woman named Edna. Upon David's return, he meets up with Jasper (Luenell), a barkeep who expresses a strong dislike towards him. She contacts Moon to inform him of his return and willingness to pay his debt, as well as momentarily passing by Paul (David Arquette), a struggling writer.
Good Fences, 1h59
Directed by Ernest R. Dickerson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Ryan Michelle Bathe, Mo'Nique, Marlyne Barrett, Joy Tanner
Rating56% 2.8070552.8070552.8070552.8070552.807055
Un procureur afro-américain réalise son rêve : devenir un avocat réputé dans un milieu où les blancs sont en majorité. Alors qu'il a quitté sa ville natale pour la ville de Greenwich depuis quelques semaines en compagnie de sa compagne et de ses deux enfants, il ne tarde pas à découvrir l'envers du décor. Le rêve de toute une vie se mue très vite en cauchemar...
Bones (2001)
, 1h36
Directed by Ernest R. Dickerson
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Fantastic, Action, Horror, Slasher
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about music and musicians, Films about drugs, Ghost films, Hip hop films, Musical films, Gangster films
Actors Snoop Dogg, Pam Grier, Khalil Kain, Michael T. Weiss, Bianca Lawson, Clifton Powell
Rating44% 2.2052352.2052352.2052352.2052352.205235
In 1979, Jimmy Bones (Snoop Dogg) is a numbers runner who is respected and loved in his neighborhood as its respected member and protector. When he is betrayed and brutally murdered by corrupt white cop Lupovich (Michael T. Weiss) and drug pusher Eddie Mack (Ricky Harris), Bones' elegant brownstone building becomes his own tomb, and is closed.
Futuresport, 1h27
Directed by Ernest R. Dickerson
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Action, Adventure
Actors Dean Cain, Vanessa Williams, Wesley Snipes, Bill Smitrovich, JR Bourne, Emmanuelle Chriqui
Rating41% 2.0572252.0572252.0572252.0572252.057225
Futuresport est la combinaison du handball, du hockey sur glace et du skateboard mise en place comme une alternative à la guerre des gangs et devenant un vrai phénomène médiatique.
Strange Justice, 1h35
Directed by Ernest R. Dickerson
Origin USA
Actors Delroy Lindo, Mandy Patinkin, Regina Taylor, Paul Winfield, Louis Gossett Jr., Stephen Young
Rating56% 2.8128952.8128952.8128952.8128952.812895
Strange Justice is based on events regarding the sexual harassment accusation brought by Anita Hill (Regina Taylor) during the Senate confirmation hearings of Clarence Thomas (Delroy Lindo) for the Supreme Court during the George H. W. Bush presidential administration.
Blind Faith
Directed by Ernest R. Dickerson
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Charles Dutton, Courtney B. Vance, Lonette McKee, Kadeem Hardison, Alex Karzis, Dan Lett
Rating71% 3.583063.583063.583063.583063.58306
In 1957 Bronx, Charlie Williams (Garland Whitt), the 18-year-old son of a Black NYPD policeman Charles Williams Sr. (Charles S. Dutton) is arrested for the murder of an Irish youth in Van Cortland Park. Charles' younger brother John (Courtney B. Vance), a respected lawyer defends Charlie and soon discovers there is more to the case than what appears on the surface.