Listen: Hollywood, Professor, Africa discussed on Black Agenda Radio
"There's a lot of discussion about black filmmaking and is the quality of black filmmaking at the level at which audiences dances with like our audiences deserve and there's always questions about the resources that blacks have in order to make movies because as you can see with hollywood there's unlimited resources to some extent when you talk about one hundred million dollars budgets and with independent filmmaking which is more likely where we find most black directors there's far fewer resources and so they have have to be a lot more creative with limited scope and limited resources so i think that's one place where if there were more institutions that serves black filmmaking and black cultural production then we would probably see a rise in those aesthetic qualities where there would be more resources to pool into products and there's a little bit less resources now because there's less of that unified front yeah that opens up a rather basic question if there are more platforms. What forms does that mean more money to fill those platforms right. That's a very interesting question. One scholar a margin fission who's a professor professor at northwestern wrote a book called open tv where he talks about that very question whether these alternative networks up production beyond corporate media how they can and open up new platforms for filmmakers but also the struggles for economics and other aspects of that how to resolve those two competing adding interest with art and commerce opening up more voices is useful if you think about each array for example how she was on youtube making videos does and then later she became a show runner and now acting and bigger pictures and so it does provide a platform where more people maybe with the resources could see this talent where before it would be hard to find talent outside of the traditional spaces even just l._a. As the primary space for hollywood now we can kind of expand that with online and with other hubs like atlanta to say that people can do culture production outside of those traditional spaces and the i._d. Deal is an unapologetically black platform but is that viable in today's scenario. I would hope that that is viable because we have an apologetically white platforms. You can say that hollywood is definitely a white industry and so we do have those platforms and to say that a platform is unapologetically black doesn't mean that it can't hire people who are not black or it can include people who are not like the narratives but i think it's important for blacks have institutions that are black owned and operated institutions and that those students are protected from you can say from hate crimes from things like arson where we recently in the news a lot of churches that are black <unk> had been burnt down or targeted and even museums so just it's important to have those institutions and also to make sure that they're protected against any kind of violence. I think it's fair had to say that you are an intellectual your a professor at a university. What state do black intellectuals have in this mass appeal film industry. I think bag intellectual could serve as advisers key advisors. There's some intellectuals who are maybe documentary. Filmmaker makers are filmmakers in their own right but i think more so their role could be as consultants or advisors and certain projects. There's people who work. I know with henry. Louis gates project can how they have a lot of historical evidence that they're working with and so bringing on academics even to talk about like the socio cultural moments right now people who are experts on the study of race and blackness could also help make some abe's films have a little bit more substance when it comes to issues regarding race or even the esquerre like black panther one criticism that a lot of people had of the movie was that maybe the context of africa was not as well embedded as it could have been or maybe there's a little bit of a disjuncture between what would a modern africa look like according to african intellectuals so i think there could be a lot more collaboration across this land between the people in film production and also the people who are academics and ken a multibillion dollar behemoth liked hollywood ever be an ally to black people. Has it ever been historically hollywood has been much of an ally to blacks.."