Stream it: William Greaves

Oct 05, 2020

Black-and-white archive image of filmmaker William Greaves with a group of Black men shooting a film on a street full of storefronts

Over 50-plus years, William Greaves (1926–2014) was a one-man filmmaking machine, working as an actor, producer, writer, director, cinematographer, and editor. His impressive list of credits includes over 75 films, from essential documentaries like Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice, The Voice of La Raza, and That's Black Entertainment to the legendary cult films Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One and Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take 2 1/2, to the Richard Pryor comedy Bustin' Loose.

Artist Su Friedrich, a participant in the Cinetracts '20 project, has been pivotal in the creation of a new website with information on Greaves' illustrious career. The site includes an extensive bio page with links to interviews, over 100 articles about the late artist's work, deep dives into 18 of his films, and info on where you buy or stream a number of them.

Take some time today to look around; tomorrow we'll have an interview with Friedrich about her contribution to Cinetracts.



Image: Greaves on location in Harlem with the crew of Black Journal, courtesy of

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