By now we have all heard about the numbers that Black Panther did over the weekend, some of us in the film industry are not surprised, but very elated to prove the point about "black films", in particularly about black directors and an all black cast. Black filmmakers have been saying for decades, that if given the opportunity to tell their, (our) stories in film, with the normal film budgets and marketing, that these film would be successful AND profitable. As a black filmmaker, I am amazed at how many not so great feature films I've seen, only to have that same film maker get numerous chances to make another sub-par film that gets widely distributed and advertised. Meanwhile, in the independent low budget circuit, I would see women filmmakers, and black filmmakers, make incredible movies with no budgets, that only a fraction of the public gets to see. I hope Black Panther and the success of the film is indeed, as the lovely Lupita Nyong'o put it, a "Mind-Shift", to the major studio executives and those who need it. The major success of films like Moonlight, Get Out, Mudbound and now Black Panther, should be proof that there are many more stories that black filmmakers have to offer and would love to tell, that can/will be successful and accepted globally.
"we didn't even realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun" - Winnie the Pooh
The best (early) present for my 27th birthday was a long weekend in Paris with these 2. Especially the surprise visit of @maybarmocha all the way from Canada. Love you girls❤️