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History Film Forum

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Panel - Hollywood Shuffle? Black History on Film
Sunday, March 12th, 2017
4:00 p.m. - Warner Bros. Theater

Two years after #OscarsSoWhite began trending, the History Film Forum and The Undefeated examine the state of Black history on the screen. The African American Film Critics Association called 2016 the best year ever for black people in cinema, with films like Loving, Hidden Figures, and The Free State of Jones, along with powerful documentaries like OJ: Made in America, I am not your Negro, and 13th.  We saw projects featuring African Americans in front of and behind the camera and black stories at the forefront. Despite the long standing dearth of diverse stories of the past making it to movie audiences, does this year indicate a lasting shift where we might consistently see new stories of the past on the screen?


Moderator: Kelley L. Carter, ESPN The Undefeated

Fath Davis Ruffins, Curator, National Museum of American History

Sam Pollard, Filmmaker

Caty Borum Chattoo, Director of the Center for Media & Social Impact (CMSI)

April Reign, Managing Editor of Broadway Black

Nicholas Wiggins, Senior Consultant, Values Partnerships