Underrepresented Directors Helmed Only 13.5 Percent of the Top 1,300 Films From 2007 to 2019
African American filmmakers are being called to participate by Digidork Creative and Nance Nickels of Shreek Theater. The horror label seeks to redesign and redefine the face of horror while affecting the industry within. Shreek provides up-and-coming filmmakers in the horror genre with global exposure and opportunities. The black-owned company is working to put more African American filmmakers behind the camera as well in the head office.
“I took notice that many of my circle, as well as myself, were horror enthusiasts and yet I had trouble finding any African American filmmakers in the genre. We were few to none.” – Owner Nance Nickels
A study from USC Annenberg’s Inclusion Initiative found that underrepresented directors helmed only 13.5 percent of the top 1,300 films from 2007 to 2019. Hollywood’s well-publicized and long struggle to remain inclusive is well-illustrated. Recent experiences in Hollywood have forced this problem into the spotlight.
It is difficult for African American filmmakers to get funding in Hollywood. Festivals like Sundance, where filmmakers can get their films in front of some of the decision-makers and proper critics, promise inclusion but are often one-sided. Usually, progress happens externally, affecting Hollywood internally. While remaining a cornerstone of the movement, the American Black Film Festival is one of the events staged outside of Hollywood.
Shreek Theater was founded in 2018 by Digidork Creative and Nance Nickels and is based in Los Angeles. Shreek is a black-owned company focusing on global accessibility. The horror label presents both short-form and long-form films on the web and in theaters. Currently, the label is calling for up-and-coming African American filmmakers to exhibit their work specifically in the horror and thriller genre.
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