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“Who Gets To Tell Our Stories” – Great Conversation On The Business Of Black Cinema w/ Tanya Steele

"Who Gets To Tell Our Stories" - Great Conversation On The Business Of Black Cinema w/ Tanya Steele

Great WBAI radio conversation with filmmaker and former co-host Tanya Steele, a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, award-winning writer/filmmaker. The recording happened about 3 weeks ago.

Thanks to Cybel (the best DP ever ;)) for making me aware of it.

I finally got around to listening to it, and really loved all that Tanya had to say here about the business of film – specifically what we call black cinema, from Precious to Red Tails. She also reveals some interesting *insider* info regarding not only her own work, but also her experiences with black filmmakers who’ve *made it* like Lee Daniels.

I’ve got to admire her fearlessness here and I suspect some may not be too pleased with some of what she has to say.

I should add a bit of a disclaimer that Tanya just might be a contributor to S&A in coming weeks ;) 

When you listen to the hour-long conversation below, I think you’ll know why (make sure you listen all the way through, because it only gets better as the minutes tick away):

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So thats what a copyright thief looks like eh?


Wonderful interview. What was that beautiful music at the end?


Great interview. And I'm crossing my fingers she contributes to S&A! :-)

yvette ganier

My girl! Our work is done best in your hands. We miss you. We waitin' on you. We love you.


This was extremely enlightening. Appreciated Tanya mentioning to support filmmakers who have yet to get a film produced–goes back to that old idiom "never judge a book by it's cover" Thanks for sharing Tambay!


Woah! I didn't know it was that serious between her & Lee Daniels.


Wow… As someone who's re-finding their screenwriter mojo after a hiatus, that was both encouraging and dispiriting all at once. Look forward to reading Ms Steele's informed commentary on S&A, and hope to see her film(s) showcased on the site and elsewhere too.

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