We found this passage from President Barack Obama's memoir "Dreams From My Father" fascinating. The sitting president of the United States critically analyzing the black cinematic image? We think that's a first. We think that is pretty awesome.
The commercial success of “Think Like A Man” has been a conversation starter recently. Many people have contrasted the huge box office numbers of the film to the more modest numbers posted by my film, "Restless City." I am convinced that the time of independent films is upon us, and with distributors as savvy as AFFRM, we will soon see a distinct change in the face of Black film.
Yes, this is an angry poem
yes, this is a tired poem
tired of sitting in classes and feeling like a wall-
I've said it before, and I'll write it again here, "There's never been a better time to be a black filmmaker."
Yes, I write this statement after a year that saw less than ten theatrical releases about black people, directed by black people. I know, it seems crazy. And still, I stand by the notion that this is an excellent era to make black film.
On January 24, 2012, AFFRM held its second annual AFFRM @ Sundance dinner dialogue, made possible by BET Networks. We invited filmmakers, film artists and film advocates to join a frank discussion about the state of black independent cinema. The evening yielded bright ideas, shared experiences and new personal connections with the goal of furthering and fostering black film in 2012. Onward!