Black filmmakers past and present continue to inspire and blaze trails. Every Monday, we take a look at a filmmaker who has done or is doing just that!
With all the things happening in our day to day, it can be easy to become discouraged or distracted from our creative goals. As people of color in the film industry, we are constantly confronted with choices to include a reflection of injustices within our works. Whether it’s the messages within our project’s themes, the vibrancy of our characters or the inclusion of our history, we are continuously challenging the stigma of the “Black Movie”. By intertwining today’s social issues and racial controversies, we open a bigger dialogue of where our images in media will take a newer direction.
Award-Winning Film Director Dee Rees has used her recent work of the movie Mudbound as a terrific opportunity to reflect on her mission as an artist:
“I feel like any art always comments on the time in which it’s made…”
Balanced between themes of fearlessness and triumph, Mudbound captures the parallelism of war abroad and home front uncivil justice. An established Black filmmaker, Rees notes that the film strongly mirrors the current American climate of the social and racial tensions that we continue to face. As the characters return from one battlefield to another, they must realize that war carries many perspectives on what it means to fight for freedom. Nevertheless, Rees wants her audience to be inspired in spite of the heaviness of differences that we are all discovering.
BTFC stands with a community of artists who walk a path paved by the wonders, knowledge and dedication of creative visionaries and doers from all backgrounds. No matter what kind of battles we are fighting personally or collectively, our role as artists is to help others see. We take our mission seriously so that we can continue to connect with endless communities, dreamers and generations. Take a moment to imagine the impact your work can make and remember why you must continue forward.
The Black TV & Film Collective a 501c3 organization that operates as a NYC film collective. In our work, we support all artists of color including but not limited to black filmmakers. We are a collaborative platform that represents diversity in film and supports inclusion in Hollywood and TV. Our professional network of New York City filmmakers gives knowledge to those who want to learn how to produce film, how to make a web series, how to budget film projects and more. We host NYC film workshops that welcome a variety of experience levels from first time filmmakers who are either students in film school or to notables within the television and film industry. See how you can make a difference in the world of cinema by becoming a member of our NYC film collective.
About the Author: Jade Mapp is a California Girl who has a strong passion for literature and composition. Her works in creative writing, poetry and editing are strengthened the more she connects to other like-minded people who are dedicated to uplift each other through art and storytelling. She is currently interning at the Black TV & Film Collective.