One of the most prestigious festivals honoring black cinema returned to Miami Beach on Wednesday to promote cultural diversity and recognize the contributions of black directors, writers and actors to the film industry.
The festival also includes a 30-minute documentary on the making of “Boyz n the Hood,” the 1991 box office hit by director John Singleton, who was nominated for a best director Academy Award at the age of 24. He will discuss “what the vibe was of the black filmmaking community” at the time.
“It was the first film that visualized what was going on in hip hop culture,” Singleton said.
“Nobody like me had the opportunity to make that film. I didn’t water down what I had to say with the picture. I was very focused in how I wanted the picture to feel and that’s what makes it so enduring.”
Singleton went on to direct Janet Jackson and former rapper Tupac Shakur in the 1993 film “Poetic Justice.” He also directed the films “Higher Learning” and “Hustle & Flow,” among dozens of others. He is currently in post-production of “Abduction,” a thriller starring Taylor Lautner as a teenager who finds out that his parents aren’t really his when he sees his baby picture on a missing person’s website. The film is set to be released Sept. 23.
Via: Victoria Advocate