As awareness grows of the need for greater inclusion behind the camera, more and more organizations have been assembling their own databases of BIPOC professionals eligible to be staffed on film and television production crews.
Now, several of those groups – Array, The Black TV & Film Collective, Brown Girls Doc Mafia, Cinereach, the Department of Motion Pictures, Hue You Know and Stay Gold Features – have come together to launch a centralized website that compiles the various directories into one convenient location. Producers who visit Diversify.film can now access those organizations’ staffing databases, as well as those of Asian American Documentary Network, Black in Film, Black Film Space, Film in Colour, Latinx Directors and NALIP. Organizations that would like to add their directories to Diversify.film can reach out to the initiative through its website.
In addition, for productions that want to publicize their job openings among BIPOC-led organizations, Diversify.film provides a single form for filling out a job notice that can be sent to the selected partner databases of their choice with one click.
EXCLUSIVE: Wavelength Productions, the company founded and led by producer Jenifer Westphal, unveiled a rebrand on Tuesday. The newly named Wavelength will now operate as two divisions: Wavelength Films, the documentary and narrative film production arm, and Wavelength Studios, its nascent commercials division.
The company, which counts as producing credits the documentaries Where’s My Roy Cohn?, Knock Down the House and Morgan Neville’s Won’t You Be My Neighbor? as well as the Sundance Film Festival-winning pics Cusp, Feels Good Man and Farewell Amor, will continue to focus on developing, producing and financing content with a special focus on early-career filmmakers and marginalized voices.
In addition to the rebrand, Wavelength Films said it has promoted associate producer Taylor Wildenhaus to production manager.
Let’s Be Honest: An Open Letter from Over 125 Black and Brown Independent Producers and Allies…
This letter is from Black and Brown independent producers in alliance with advocates for change. As one extended community, we require your active engagement to tackle systemic racism in our industry, in America and around the world. While messages condemning racism and advocating for solidarity on social media may inspire hope, Hollywood must put its money and practices where its mouth is. A direct line can be drawn from the stories and voices that Hollywood silences, to the discrimination and biases that are pervasive in the entertainment industry and larger society. This moment in history presents an opportunity for you to be an incredible partner for change.
Our aim is that this letter produces strategic commitments from Hollywood players to reshape our industry into one whose words are supported by action. Toward that end: