Distribution or Production? Where Does Black Cinema Need The Most Help?

From Shadow and Act Tue Jan 29 2013, 17:55:28

Every year, it seems like we get 2 or 3 indie "black films" that we all get giggly over, and another maybe 4 or 5 from the studios, and, as we've seen with each, we so unfairly scrutinize them, expecting every film and filmmaker to carry the burden of "blackness" on their backs. Over the years, I've heard a myriad of reasons for the dearth of "quality" films about black people, and more often than not, the lack of distribution is the reason given by people I've talked to, articles I've read, panels I've attended, interviews I've watched, etc... There seems to be this belief that there are lots of worthwhile "black films"...

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