Explores the involvement of black filmmakers in filmmaking from its earliest days through the 1920s. Focuses on the movies that were made and production companies that produced them. Includes three original short films that were shown in movie houses prior to feature presentations: "St. Louis Blues" starring Bessie Smith (15 min.), "Boogie Woogie Dream" starring Lena Horne (13 min.), and "Hi-De-Ho" starring Cab Calloway (10 min.).