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The Final Lesson of Wendell B. Harris's Masterpiece Chameleon Street: You Can't Dismantle Whiteness Without Dismantling Blackness

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The black Beast only lives in the moment… Chameleon Street

Wendell B. Harris, Jr. has made only one film. It’s Chameleon Street. It’s mostly forgotten but it made something of a splash in Sundance 1990, where it claimed the Grand Jury Prize. That success, however, marked, much to Harris’s frustration, his peak. He made an appearance in Steven Soderbergh’s 1998 Out of Sight, and two years later, exited a decade in the film world by way of the very white and bad “road sex comedy” Road Trip.

It’s not an accident that Harris’s masterpiece Chameleon Street has been restored and is being reevaluated in the presence of 2021. This

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