, at - doors open 7:30pm
Echo Park Film Center (1200 N Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90026)
A curated online database, and agency initiatives for low budget films to have access to actors of color is what I think solves part of the problem. Also if more storytellers: writers, producers, and directors of color emerge and have their films financed- I believe just looking at the examples of Ava Duvernay and Ryan Coogler- you will also see more roles for people of color. And even those examples exclude Asian, Indian, and Latino success stories - so you know- there's a ton of room for growth!
Here's an example of a success story: The film "Attack the Block" was made for 8 million pounds
and was an indie film (sounds like a lot but it's actually low budget
for a sci fi feature!). They wanted to discover local talent and held
auditions. John Boyega, a young actor from a local theatre,
came to audition and landed the lead role. Today he is featured as the
first Black Stormtrooper in Star Wars. He's one of my
favorite young actors (though I felt his part was underwritten in that film). I believe he's the second coming of Denzel!
He would never be in Star Wars if it wasn't for the film "Attack the Block" discovering and taking a chance on him.
There's a lot of things I feel great about with my upcoming feature film. I love the cast, there's great performances. I wish I lived in a world where more performers of color had more roles and exposure so I can find them next time. I'm sorry if that sounds shitty. I did try. I was trying a lot difficult things with hardly any money or support- this kind of change requires a concerted effort from the entertainment community as a whole. Here's to that being the case for my next feature. Here's to - quite simply - more roles for people of color. And ya know, not just like, the maid, or crack addict number 2.
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