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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
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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. 

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