This month we're back with a full episode that includes a look at projects that are pushing the boundaries of storytelling and we check in with an Oscar nominee.
To kicks things off we chat with Bayeté Ross Smith, one of the creators behind the TFI New Media Fund grantee Question Bridge. The multimedia project, which seeks to represent and redefine the black male identity in America through a video mediated question and answer exchange, is preparing the next evolution of the project which will include a revamping of their site and an app.
(19:45) Then I head into midtown to check in with director Thomas Allen Harris. Also no stranger to the multimedia platform, he's outdone himself this time with his latest project Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People. The film (a TAA alumni), which Harris has also made into a roadshow, examines how black photographers have used the camera to challenge our culture's definition of "black people." The film and roadshow recently made a stop at the Sundance Film Festival, won a prize at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and brought on John Singelton as its executive producer. You can see the project next at MoMA's Documentary Fortnight next week.
(38:00) It's was an insane 2013 for Zachary Heinzerling. With the release of his debut feature Cutie and the Boxer he was suddenly catapulted from unknown to a hot ticket not only in the doc world but the mainstream as well with the film (a TFI Documentary Fund alum) receiving an Oscar nomination in the Best Documentary category (and did you hear Heinzerling did a music video for Beyoncé?). We stopped by Heinzerling's office for a quick chat leading up to Oscar night on March 2. You can see the film now on Netflix, iTunes and Blu-ray/DVD.
Host: Jason Guerrasio, TFI Web Editor
Along with creating the web content for TFI, Jason also writes regularly about movies and the film industry for numerous publications including Vanity Fair, Indiewire and Film.com. Previously he was the managing editor of Filmmaker Magazine.