THE BLACK CINEMA CHALLENGE
I started writing about The Black Cinema Challenge last summer. The challenge is inspired by an article in The Paris Review that quotes (I'm paraphrasing) Spike Lee questioning the validity of a Black Film Festival when, according to him, black Americans don't support mainstream black cinema. Clearly flawed logic on his part. Here are the rules:
- •A black film is a film...
- •Written by a black person
- •Has a majority/main cast of black actors and actresses
- •Is directed by a black person(s)
- •This is very difficult (black screen writers and directors aren't as well know. I had to Google every single film). In order for a film to qualify for the Black Cinema Challenge it must meet any of the 2 out of the 3 points.
- •No matter your prejudice (I hate Tyler Perry films - but he qualifies), you have to see the film in theater.
- •Seeing the film in theater really matters because that's was part of Spike's argument. Black people don't spend enough discretionary funds on black made art.
- •Note: I was finally motivated to share this project because of the buzz around the DuVernay Test. Let's make it a real measure of assessment in how we talk about contemporary films.
- •Last summer, when I started this challenge, only three films came out in theaters that qualified as a black film.