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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Black Film Kickstarter Campaigns and Hollywood's Depiction of Racism on Today's "Cinema in Noir"


Would you donate money toward a Kickstarter campaign for a black film? That's what we asked on today's "Cinema in Noir.With the success of the Veronica Mars movie Kickstarter campaign, we examine the impact that Kickstarter has and what it could do for black film adaptions that are long overdue ("The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" anyone?).

We also discuss the level of responsibility a Hollywood film has in its depiction of racism. It seems the new Jackie Robinson movie, 42 (the #1 movie in theaters now), has gotten folks saying that it glazed over certain racial aspects of the athlete's story. Coming off the heels of the much talked about Django Unchained last year, which some say was too overt in its portrayal of racism, it seems like there's always going to be some talk about how to do it, how often to do it and which directors get a pass? That said, we talk about the pressure of making a black film that deals with racism and how we can  approach it moving forward.

Lastly, we talk about the latest film headlines: David Alan Grier and Anika Noni Rose cast in the Hallmark movie adaption of the Coretta Scott King Award-winning book, The Watsons Go to Birmingham and news of an updated film version of the recent Tony Award-winning musical, Porgy and Bess (directed by Spike Lee?).

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