Sundance Film Festival is ushering in new African American talent and widening the playing field with the expectation to renovate Hollywood.
The #OscarsSoWhite trending topic has been the focus of social and newsworthy discussions lately, shedding light on the lack of diversity in Hollywood that leads to limited storylines, roles, filmmakers, and distribution for African Americans and minorities.
Though the Academy recently revealed a new rule to double the number of minority and female members in the voting committee by 2020 will go in to effect soon, the annual Sundance Film Festival has already started to spearhead the need for diverse storytelling. The annual ten day Park City, Utah event is the mecca for cinema, talent, producers, and directors from various walks of life in the filmmaking to be exposed to quality work while networking with the most powerful decision makers in the business.
Also, The Sundance Institute opens the gateway for young filmmakers who have contrasting backgrounds to their love of film. The Blackhouse is a profound avenue where black filmmakers are able to join forces to create. It has pushed the successful careers of many young, black directors including Ryan Coogler, who directed “Creed” and “Fruitvale,” and Ava DuVernay, the director of “Selma.”
This year, the Blackhouse’s tenth anniversary celebration which will be a huge moment for the industry. The elaborate programming includes a constructive forum with the cast of Nate Parker’s film, “The Birth of a Nation” and John Legend’s WGN TV series “Underground.” The itinerary doesn’t stop there as various panels on filmmaking aim to offer insight on how to create change moving forward, as well as its’ original soul brunch and glamorous parties.
For those filmmakers unable to make it out to Sundance, you can Live Stream Blackhouse here.
Sundance is doing an impeccable job widening the scoop for black culture by presenting forthcoming filmmakers and stars thus giving us a chance to cure #OscarsSoWhite for good in the near future.