Over the past week, the news cycle has been upended once more, as protests across the country in response to the murder of George Floyd have cast a new spotlight on America’s institutionalized racism. Given these dramatic circumstances, it has been difficult to focus on the developments of the film world. In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, hosts Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson are joined by fellow IndieWire writer Tambay Obenson to talk through the way the entertainment industry chose to respond to the protests, as well as the value of showcasing work by black filmmakers. Obenson also touches on a recent Color of Change report about the depiction of police officers on television, and discusses the history of Shadow & Act, the black film site he founded prior to joining the IndieWire team. Go here to read about how to support protestors and Black Lives Matters Groups, and read Obenson’s list of timely black films worth seeking out here. Explore more recent headlines related to Black Lives Matter here.
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