WYPR’s September 6 Midday on Film: A New “Breakout Year” for Black Filmmakers … Again?

[NOTE: The show went well. Here is the podcast.]

Fruitvale Station XXL

Is 2013 a “breakout year for black filmmakers” (African-American, British, and otherwise)? That was the question asked by Michael Cieply in his June 1 article for The New York Times. It certainly seems that way, with films released so far, like Fruitvale Station and  Lee Daniels’ The Butler, and upcoming films like Mother of GeorgeBaggage Claim12 Years a Slave and Black Nativity, among others. Still, we’ve been here before, whether with filmmakers like Oscar Micheaux in the 1920s and 1930s, or with Blaxploitation directors like Melvin Van Peeples and Gordon Parks in the 1970s, or with Spike Lee in the 1980s and 1990s, to say nothing of commercially successful directors like Tyler Perry in the last decade. Are we finally going to start seeing films from black directors that show a truly diverse view of black – and African-American – voices that stay the course and become part of the fabric of mainstream Hollywood?

Join Midday host Dan Rodricks and film critics Linda DeLibero – Director, Film and Media Studies, Johns Hopkins University – and Christopher Llewellyn Reed – Chair, Film/Video, Stevenson University – as we discuss the current year, and years past, and look at black filmmakers over the course of movie history. We’ll be on the air on Friday, September 6, 2013, at 1pm, on WYPR – Baltimore’s NPR News Station – 88.1FM.

Thanks in advance for listening!

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