|Residence||Dobbs Ferry, New York|
|Alma mater||State University of New York at Purchase (1980)|
Charles Lane (born December 26, 1953) is an African-American actor and filmmaker.
While attending Purchase College as a film student, he made a short titled A Place in Time based on the famous Kitty Genovese incident. This short gained him a certain amount of attention, including a Student Academy Award win.
Lane then directed and starred in feature films True Identity, a vehicle for British comedian Lenny Henry funded by the Walt Disney Company. He wrote, directed and starred in 1989's Sidewalk Stories, a black-and-white feature about a homeless street artist who becomes the guardian of a small girl after her father is murdered. The nearly silent film was an homage to Charlie Chaplin's The Kid and was a critical favorite. It won several festival awards, including the Prix du Publique at the Cannes Film Festival, where its 12-minute ovation set a new record. He also received three nominations at the Film Independent Spirit Awards: Best Director, Best First Feature and Best Male Lead On its 25th anniversary in 2014, Sidewalk Stories was digitally remastered and rescreened at the Cannes Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival.
He has worked with James Earl Jones, Lenny Henry, and Frank Langella and offered one of the first film roles to The Sopranos actress Edie Falco. Lane often casts various friends and family in his films, including brother Gerald, friend George, and daughter Nicole Alysia.
|1977||A Place in Time||The Artist||Short film|
also writer and director
|1989||Sidewalk Stories||Artist||also writer, director and editor|
|1991||True Identity||Duane||also director|
|2009||The Mind||Stan the Landlord|
|2014||Mr. Nice||Episode 4: cinematographer|
|2015||Yellow Tape||writer and director|
|1993||American Playhouse: Hallelujah||director|
Awards and nominations
|1976||Student Academy Awards||A Place in Time||Won|
|1989||Cannes Film Festival Prix du Public||Sidewalk Stories||Won|
|1990||Independent Spirit Award for Best Director||Sidewalk Stories||Nominated|
|Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature||Sidewalk Stories||Nominated|
|Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead||Sidewalk Stories||Nominated|
|Würzburg International Film Weekend Audience Favorite||Sidewalk Stories||Won|
- "Sidewalk Stories "Local Element: Works from Westchester"". Jacob Burns Film Center. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
- Amorosi, A.D. (June 25, 2014). "Filmmaker Charles Lane's star shines again with 'Sidewalk Stories' anniversary". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved April 6, 2015.
- Ross, Michael E. (November 18, 1989). "The Serious Ends of Comedy". The New York Times.
- Black, Ed (23 August 1991). "Is 'True Identity' a movie or a sitcom?". The Pittsburgh Press. Retrieved 27 December 2010.
- "Twenty-Nine Years of Nominees & Winners" (PDF). Film Independent Spirit Awards. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 August 2014. Retrieved 6 April 2015.