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Director Frank Abney Debuts First Animated Film on Netflix Two Years After Teaser Goes Viral

Former Pixar animator and director Frank E. Abney III made history last month after debuting his very first short animated film, “Canvas,” on Netflix’s global streaming platform. With #Canvas , I wanted to take something we all experience (loss) and create something hopeful. We’re constantly dragged down- we KNOW that feeling all too well. But hopefully after watching the short film, you leave with a full heart 😊. Check it out, on @netflix @NetflixFilm — Frank Abney (@iFrankAbney) December 18, 2020 The film — which features carefully animated Black characters — tells a story of how a family is able to overcome grief, drawing inspiration from people Abney surrounds himself with. Abney first pitched the film to a studio he was working with back in 2014 but had to wait to get back the rights for the film after he parted ways with the company. His film idea immediately went viral two years ago after teasing a trailer of the animation on social media and has...

Dec 23, 2020

Regina King Makes History as First Black Woman Director to Premiere at Venice Film Festival

Black women in Hollywood continue to pave the way for the next generation of creatives to defy the odds and break barriers in spaces that lack diversity. Famed actress Regina King made her directorial debut this week at the Venice Film Festival with her new film, “One Night in Miami.” Thus, making it the first film to be directed by a Black woman also hand-selected to premiere in the entire history of the 88-year-old festival, according to Yahoo . Meanwhile, @ReginaKing holds it down as the first Black woman to direct a film premiered at the Venice film festival. The film #OneNightInMiami is the first film she's directed. Go ahead Queen! #blackexcellence #BlackLivesMatter — The Black Collective (@BCollectiveNYC) September 9, 2020 Variety reports King has said that her debut could either “open doors or close doors for more Black female directors,” shedding light on the existing double standards for Black women in Hollywood. “Unfortunately, across the world,...

Sep 9, 2020