Bold, Black, and Boisterous are the three themes that this current generation of filmmakers are championing in their work. Ready to tell the stories that not only define the next generation of Black cinema, but lead the charge to create opportunities for up-and-coming creatives — these directors are storytellers who are rewriting the playbook as the new purveyors of the culture.
Following in the vein of Barry Jenkins, Dee Rees, Jordan Peele, and Nia DaCosta, this year’s selection of dope creators behind the lens have laid new ground while building on the cinematic traditions and art forms from our cherished past. Multifaceted in skill and execution, diverse in the adventures imagined for audiences to enjoy, and full of desire to add humanity and nuance to Hollywood, these Black directors are ones to keep on your radar this Black History month and for years to come. Featuring Calmatic, Janicza Bravo, Samantha Bailey, and Stefon Bristol.
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