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Join The S&A Live Podcast Today At 4:00pm/ET! (Oscar Predictions, Hollywood’s Kool-Aid + More)

Join The S&A Live Podcast Today At 4:00pm/ET! (Oscar Predictions, Hollywood's Kool-Aid + More)

We have another great live podcast planned today and we’ve bumped the show up an hour so now you should tune in at 4:00pm/ET.  So what’s on tap you ask?  Well, we plan to cover a few topics that we missed in our last podcast and more:

-The Oscars.  We’ll make our list of predictions.

-Idris Elba.  Now that he’s won a Golden Globe, what does it mean — if anything — for his career?

Half Of A Yellow Sun.  In recent weeks, a “buzz” has been created surrounding a petition against the casting of Thandie Newton in the upcoming film adaptation of this popular book.  Well the creator of that petition, Ashley Akunna, will be joining us to give her reasons for developing it.

Hollywood’s Kool-Aid.  Based on this recent post HERE, we’ll discuss whether or not it’s time to stop chasing after Hollywood for “our stories” and focus more attention on the emerging black indie film scene.  Is it easier said than done?

Monique will also share a sneak peek clip of her interview with Stephen Jackson, the director of David Is Dying.

You can go HERE on Blogtalk Radio to listen.  Don’t forget, log into the chat room as well or call in at (347) 215-8777.  See ya at our new time (4:00pm/ET) today!

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I don't think it's wise to challenge black filmmakers making films of the African diaspora when it comes to their casting choices, as reflected in this conversation. It's not good for independent black cinema. Challenging filmmakers who can finance a film from their own pockets, i.e. Tyler Perry, is one thing. Challenging one who is obligated to doing all they can do to get back their investor's money is a whole different topic. Thandie Newton isn't a box office draw but she is a name that Hollywood and the European film community recognize. This can lead to distribution deals. A big CAN because nothing is guaranteed when you consider the "Winnie" situation. Casting an Ibo or someone of the like means casting a complete unknown to the cinema world (unless you get Viola Davis), and a black filmmaker making a black film should seriously think twice before PURPOSELY doing this. The Nigerian actress mentioned is a big name to Nollywood fans but filmmakers are hoping to bank on a much larger audience to pay people back. In other words, she isn't a name really and won't get African-American butts in the seats. If the film is great without a name, it may find a company hustling to get it seen. But it's so dicey. You just never know. The best thing a filmmaker can do is give a good college try to get name talent in their films. It shows he/she is looking out for the money people who are supporting his/her artistic endeavor. That's the least they can do, and casting Thandie Newton shows that the filmmaker is doing his job. And if the filmmaker fails, then at this he/she tried. The only people that should be challenged at this juncture are the audiences of black films. The numbers show that when a black film comes out with unknown black actors the film fails at the box office, UNLESS it is made for 500k and under. Just look at the numbers if you don't believe me. For some reason, the audience for these films stay home. Maybe if audiences challenged themselves to come out for black theatrical releases with unknown talent, the numbers will support a filmmakers decision to go with unknowns ever so often. In the end, we're not in the position to challenge black filmmakers this way YET. Let's have a few more consistent commercial, critical and cultural successes first, get some respect in Hollywood, instill confidence in International audiences with great cinema, gain the power to get our films green-lit more often… THEN pose the challenge. Just the two cents of a black indie film producer/director who is presently in the trenches right now.

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