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Ernest Roscoe Dickerson
Born June 25, 1951 (1951-06-25) (age 58)
Newark, New Jersey
Other name(s) Ernest R. Dickerson, Ernest Dickerson
Occupation Director and cinematographer
Years active 1983-present

Ernest Roscoe Dickerson A.S.C. (usually credited as Ernest R. Dickerson or Ernest Dickerson, born June 25, 1951) is an American film and television director and cinematographer. He is known for his frequent collaborations with Spike Lee.



Born in Newark, New Jersey Ernest Dickerson attended Howard University and New York University Graduate School of Film. He began his career as cinematographer on music videos for Bruce Springsteen, Anita Baker, and Miles Davis. His first feature film as Director of Photography was also Spike Lee's first film, Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1983) and he went on to film John Sayles' The Brother from Another Planet (1984) and John Jopson's One Night with Blue Note (1985). He continued his collaboration with Spike Lee on five more films, including She's Gotta Have It (1986) and Do the Right Thing (1989). Their last collaboration was on Malcolm X in 1992, the same year Dickerson made his directing debut with Juice. He recently worked as a 2nd unit director on Lee's Miracle at St Anna.



The Wire

Dickerson has worked as a director on The Wire since the show's second season.[1] He directed episode 2.11 "Bad Dreams."[2][3] Reviewers drew comparisons between Spike Lee's films and The Wire even before Dickerson joined the crew.[4] "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.[5 ] Following this success he returned to direct two third season episodes[6] including episode 3.04 "Hamsterdam"[7][8] and the season finale episode 3.12 "Mission Accomplished."[9][10] In 2006 he contributed a further two episodes to the show's fourth season[11] including episode 4.10 "Misgivings"[12][13] and his second season finale episode 4.13 "Final Grades"[14][15] The fourth season received a second AFI Award and Dickerson attended the ceremony to collect the award.[16 ] Show runner 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."[17 ]

Selected filmography




  1. ^ "Season 2 crew". HBO. 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-14.  
  2. ^ a b "Bad Dreams". David Simon, George P. Pelecanos. The Wire. HBO. 2003-08-17. No. 11, season 2.
  3. ^ a b "Episode guide - episode 24 Bad Dreams". HBO. 2004. Retrieved 2006-08-24.  
  4. ^ Jeff Shannon. "The Wire Complete First Season on DVD".  
  5. ^ "AFI TV programs of the year - official selections (2003)". American Film Institute. 2003. Retrieved 2007-10-17.  
  6. ^ "Season 3 crew". HBO. 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-14.  
  7. ^ a b "Hamsterdam". David Simon, George P. Pelecanos. The Wire. HBO. 2004-10-10. No. 4, season 3.
  8. ^ a b "Episode guide - episode 29 Hamsterdam". HBO. 2004. Retrieved 2006-08-24.  
  9. ^ a b "Mission Accomplished". David Simon, Ed Burns. The Wire. HBO. 2004-12-19. No. 12, season 3.
  10. ^ a b "Episode guide - episode 37 Mission Accomplished". HBO. 2004. Retrieved 2006-08-24.  
  11. ^ "Season 4 crew". HBO. 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-14.  
  12. ^ a b "Misgivings". Ed Burns, Eric Overmyer, Writ. Ed Burns, Eric Overmyer. The Wire. HBO. 2004-11-19. No. 10, season 4.
  13. ^ a b "Episode guide - episode 47 Misgivings". HBO. 2006. Retrieved 2007-03-29.  
  14. ^ a b "Final Grades". Ernest Dickerson, Writ. David Simon (story and teleplay), Ed Burns (story). The Wire. HBO. 2004-12-10. No. 13, season 4.
  15. ^ a b "The Wire episode guide - episode 50 Final Grades". HBO. 2006. Retrieved 2007-10-17.  
  16. ^ "AFI Awards 2006 salutes film and television (2006)". American Film Institute. 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-17.  
  17. ^ Jim King (2003). "3rd Exclusive David Simon interview". The Wire at AOL. Retrieved 2007-11-05.   Page 5

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