Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch: Taraji P. Henson, Viola Davis + Other Emmy Season Drama Actresses Talk Race, Sexism, Aging in Hollywood Watch: Taraji P. Henson, Viola Davis + Other Emmy Season Drama Actresses Talk Race, Sexism, Aging in Hollywood Teaser: Tahir Jetter's Dark Romantic Comedy, 'Occasionally Dating Black Women' Teaser: Tahir Jetter's Dark Romantic Comedy, 'Occasionally Dating Black Women' ‘Straight Outta Compton’ May Be F. Gary Gray's Best. So What’s Your Opening Box Office Prediction? ‘Straight Outta Compton’ May Be F. Gary Gray's Best. So What’s Your Opening Box Office Prediction? Bill Duke Attached to Direct Ensemble Dramedy About a Wealthy, Dysfunctional Black Family Bill Duke Attached to Direct Ensemble Dramedy About a Wealthy, Dysfunctional Black Family 'Jessica Jones' Producers Share Details on How Involved Luke Cage Will Be in the Series 'Jessica Jones' Producers Share Details on How Involved Luke Cage Will Be in the Series Danny Glover's Toussaint L'Ouverture Film That Never Was, But Could Still Be & Other Films on the Haitian Revolutionary Danny Glover's Toussaint L'Ouverture Film That Never Was, But Could Still Be & Other Films on the Haitian Revolutionary HBO Boss Says Issa Rae's Series Casting Now, Slightly Different in Tone from Web Series, Don't Expect Until 2016/2017 HBO Boss Says Issa Rae's Series Casting Now, Slightly Different in Tone from Web Series, Don't Expect Until 2016/2017 Nice! Lupita Nyong’o Will Star in Danai Gurira's Liberia Civil War Drama ''Eclipsed' Nice! Lupita Nyong’o Will Star in Danai Gurira's Liberia Civil War Drama ''Eclipsed' S&A Call for Films That Speak to the #BlackLivesMatter Movement - Cash Award for the Strongest S&A Call for Films That Speak to the #BlackLivesMatter Movement - Cash Award for the Strongest Watch Episode One of Controversial Caribbean-Set TV Series ‘Chee$e’ Watch Episode One of Controversial Caribbean-Set TV Series ‘Chee$e’ John Legend and His Get Lifted Production Company to Executive Produce WGN America's 'Underground' John Legend and His Get Lifted Production Company to Executive Produce WGN America's 'Underground' Nollywood Is a Genre of Nigerian Film & Not the Entire Nigerian Film Industry (Watch Al Jazeera's New Documentary) Nollywood Is a Genre of Nigerian Film & Not the Entire Nigerian Film Industry (Watch Al Jazeera's New Documentary) It Looks Like 'Beasts of No Nation' Will Be THE "Black Film" in Awards Season Contention This Year - With 9 Other Potentials It Looks Like 'Beasts of No Nation' Will Be THE "Black Film" in Awards Season Contention This Year - With 9 Other Potentials Marvel Hopes to Release a New Netflix Series Every 6 Months - Including 'Luke Cage' & 'The Defenders' of Course Marvel Hopes to Release a New Netflix Series Every 6 Months - Including 'Luke Cage' & 'The Defenders' of Course Starz Announces Return Date for Original Series 'Power' + New Key Art + Trailer Starz Announces Return Date for Original Series 'Power' + New Key Art + Trailer Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Third 'Best Man' Movie Gets a Title, an Official 2016 Release Date & A Most Unexpected Wedding Third 'Best Man' Movie Gets a Title, an Official 2016 Release Date & A Most Unexpected Wedding Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

The Hollywood Black Collaborative Hosts Panel on Indie Film Distribution

Shadow and Act By Nijla Mumin | Shadow and Act February 20, 2014 at 6:06PM

The Hollywood Black Collaborative Hosts Panel on Indie Film Distribution
0
L to R: Effie T. Brown (producer, Dear White People), Matthew Cherry (Director, The Last Fall), Sheldon Candis (Director, LUV), Charles Murray (Director, Things Never Said)
L to R: Effie T. Brown (producer, Dear White People), Matthew Cherry (Director, The Last Fall), Sheldon Candis (Director, LUV), Charles Murray (Director, Things Never Said)

Last night, the Hollywood Black Collaborative (HBC) hosted an informative panel discussion on the distribution methods of black independent films. Moderated by SAGIndie National Director Darrien Michelle Gipson, the panel included filmmakers Charles Murray (Things Never Said), Matthew Cherry (The Last Fall), Marta Cunningham (Valentine Road), Sheldon Candis (LUV), and Effie T. Brown, who produced the recent Sundance hit Dear White People.

Panelists discussed the various funding models for their films, highlighting the roles of personal investment and working with investors and influencers. They also shared the importance of staying active and involved when working with a distributor to ensure the best life for one’s film.

Filmmaker Sheldon Candis said the journey to finding distribution pushes filmmakers to ask the question, “Who are you?” in relation to their story, film, and motivations for making it. It ultimately brings their mission into focus. Other topics included television rights and the success of this type of distribution in the African American community, with the example of Cherry’s film The Last Fall, which saw good reception on BET, with Image Entertainment.

The conversation took an interesting turn when an attendee commented on the need for black American films in African countries, where there are audiences who want to see the films. Some expressed that while there is a need for black films in these countries, a better infrastructure has to be in place to capitalize on it.  Several perspectives on ways to strengthen and build relationships between these groups, were offered. Throughout the night, attendees also asked questions, and contributed their thoughts on the different topics.

Founded in 2012 by Darrien Gipson, AFI Fest Director Jacqueline Lyanga and Blackhouse Foundation founder Brickson Diamond, The Hollywood Black Collaborative serves as a unifying force for black people working in different areas of the film industry. Its 2012 inaugural event brought together a range of black filmmakers and film professionals from FOX, Generate, Sundance, Hollywood Black Film Festival, New Wave Entertainment, AMC Independent, Jigsaw Global, and Warner Bros. to build opportunities for increased networking and collaboration. 

This article is related to: Matthew Cherry


Shadow & ActNewsletter