There's a new 'Black Wave' in cinema that got us really excited, guys! These movies show different sides of the Black experience and often deal with sensitive subjects. By now you know we're big fans of 'Pariah' (directed by Dee Rees), as we've been supporting the film way before it blew up.
And there are many more gems coming out or making the festival rounds: for example, 'Yelling To the Sky' (directed by Victoria Mahoney), about a "mixed race" girl's challenges in a "Black" neighborhood (character played by AP friend Zoe Kravitz, who performed at the AP Fest a couple of years ago with her band Elevator Fight).
Rashaad Ernesto Green's poignant 'Gun Hill Road' tackles gender identity. Ava Duvernay's love story 'Middle Of Nowhere' follows a woman after the incarceration of her husband. "You always see these stories [about] the incarcerated man... but what happens to [his wife]? I wanted to follow her", says the filmmaker.
Many of the directors of this new wave were mentored by Spike Lee, through his position as the artistic director of Tisch School of the Arts (NYU).
We would love to discuss this with you guys. Are you as excited as we are? What are your favorite new movies/directors? - L C-D