S2E41: “The Juice”

Director Ernest Dickerson is The Juice!

Our friend Ernest Dickerson is both a first rate director of photography and a first rate director. He shot all of Spike Lee‘s early movies – everything from Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop (Spike’s film school dissertation) and “She’s Gotta Have It” to “School Daze” and “Jungle Fever” to “Do The Right Thing” and “Malcolm X“. Then Ernest became a director, starting his directing career with the terrific “Juice“.

Eventually we crossed paths with Ernest – when he agreed to direct the first “Tales From The Crypt” feature film, “Demon Knight“. DK, unlike its sequel “Bordello Of Blood“, has become a horror movie classic, much beloved by a world-wide audience.

We’ll talk about making DK together – and Ernest’s road before then. Working with Spike has produced some great stories. So did working with Tupac Shakur on his first movie (and Ernest’s as director), “Juice”.

Ernest has also made a lot of great TV. He’s directed practically every show on TV and multiple episodes of shows like “The Wire”, “Walking Dead”, “Dexter” and “Bosch”.

As a director and DP, Ernest is the juice. We feel the same way about sitting down with Ernest. It’s all juice.

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