What’s next for the black cinema in the US?
Posted On August 6, 2021
Black cinema is slowly but surely making a comeback.
But that is still very much a minority of the moviegoing audience, according to the Black Entertainment Television Association.
The organization says the number of black-made films in theaters in the United States fell from more than a dozen a decade ago to just three last year.
The black-making film industry has been the subject of much scrutiny since it was hit hard by the Ferguson, Missouri, police killing of an unarmed black teenager in 2014.
The Justice Department launched a nationwide investigation into whether the officers used excessive force, a charge that eventually led to the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
While the DOJ did not name the officers involved, they have been charged with murder.
Some in the black community have called for the federal government to look at the industry, which has been heavily affected by poverty and racism.
And in 2017, the US Chamber of Commerce announced that it would ban black-based theatrical exhibitors from participating in the 2019 and 2020 Black Entertainment Week, citing their lack of diversity and the exclusion of black directors, actors, producers and cinematographers.
While a nationwide boycott has been launched by Black Entertainment Industries (BGE) and Black Entertainment Alliance, there have been no major protests against the exhibitors.
A new black-driven genre: crime drama, a new direction of the genre The black cinema is being revitalized by the new wave of crime dramas, according a report from the Black Cinema Association.
This time, the black filmmakers are looking for a fresh start, with the help of the new industry of crime documentaries.
“The idea is to take the same story and make it about the people that are the most vulnerable,” said Kevin Meeks, a documentary filmmaker who has written crime-drama films for more than 20 years.
Meeks said he wants to see more of the black characters portrayed in crime dramas.
“I just want to know the story of their life, and not just the stories that are told,” he said.
“If I have a black lead character that is doing something bad and that doesn’t have the courage to speak up, I want to be able to be a part of that story.”
This is a major shift for the genre, which is largely about how people experience crime.
In recent years, crime dramas have become a staple of the mainstream.
They were a favorite of The Sopranos, Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead, with AMC’s The Walking, a show about the lives of a small-town black family, a hit in 2017.
But they have also been hit by some criticism, especially when they focus on characters of color, like the Black Panthers of the 1970s, or a black family trying to reclaim their land in the South.
The latest wave of black crime dramas includes The Black Widow, starring Tilda Swinton as a police officer who takes on a crime boss in the midst of a violent gang war.
Swinton is not the first black actress to star in a crime drama.
She also plays a police detective in the HBO crime drama The Good Wife, and her breakout role in the hit Showtime series The Wire, played by Terence Stamp, was based on a character named Black Widow.
The series also featured a female lead character, played with grace by Natalie Wood.
But with her casting came a backlash from some critics.
“It was an easy choice, to make a white, black woman into a character,” said John Waters, the director of Black Panther, who was black.
“They didn’t want to give up the white character in order to give me that character, and I was upset about that.”
The Black Widow won the 2018 Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series.
The Black Panther is set to premiere in 2019.
This is not a one-off.
The 2018 Black History Month series Black History: The American Experience won the Emmy for Outstaying its Welcome, and is being revived for the 2019 Black History Film Festival.
The show is also being filmed for a possible 2019 reboot.
The 2019 Black Culture Film Festival is a two-day celebration of African American culture, which includes a documentary film, a film festival and a talk by prominent black thinkers.
“The fact that Black History is in the news, and that the Black History films are going out and getting renewed, that means that a lot of the Black films that were made in the ’70s are now going out as well,” said Meeks.
It is hard to predict exactly how much the Black cinema will thrive, especially as it struggles to maintain its audience.
In the meantime, the studios are already in the process of diversifying their offerings.
In May, Disney announced a partnership with Sony Pictures Classics to create an extensive collection of black film titles, including two new series and a new feature film.
The Disney-owned studio is also developing new movies with new producers and stars.
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