As we continue to fight for racial justice in America, it’s imperative that Black narratives and storytelling are amplified and celebrated to increase positive representation in mainstream media.
This week, The American Film Institute and Universal Pictures announced that they’re extending their partnership to participate in a week-long digital series event called “Black Stories Matter,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“For decades, Universal has supported thought-provoking stories and powerful perspectives that have served to enlighten, enrich and entertain,” said Donna Langley, chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group/AFI trustee, in a statement. “Through this partnership with AFI, we are proud to further shine a light on these distinctly important works that continue to so poignantly amplify today’s conversation.”
The two companies recently collaborated to honor Spike Lee’s classic film, “Do The Right Thing,” and now plan to spotlight Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman,” Jordan Peele’s “Get Out,” Malcolm D. Lee’s “Girls Trip,” Jeff Nichols’ “Loving” and F. Gary Gray’s “Straight Outta Compton” for the digital event.
The film titles are being offered for free digital rentals through Aug. 30 on Amazon, Apple, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Dish, FandangoNOW, Redbox, Verizon, and Vudu, as well as other streaming services.
The significance behind this partnership is to emphasize the importance of sharing Black stories, especially during a time when the demand for more Black storytelling is at an all-time high.
“The mission of AFI and the AFI Movie Club has always been to educate and inspire audiences – and to drive culture forward,” said AFI president and CEO Bob Gazzale in a press statement. “We are thrilled to expand our partnership with Universal and to further the conversation about stories that are culturally and nationally significant.”
According to Variety, the AFI Movie Club content will include new interviews with composer Terence Blanchard, director Malcolm D. Lee, cinematographer/ AFI alum Matthew Libatique, actors Ruth Negga and Ron Stallworth, and writer, Tracy Oliver.
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