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‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ is one of only three Black films since 2018 to have a production budget exceeding $100 million. Christian Thompson/Disneyland Resort via Getty Images

Resounding success of ‘Black Panther’ franchise says little about the dubious state of Black film

After the first ‘Black Panther’ shattered box office expectations, some critics wondered if it marked the dawn of a new era of big-budget Black films.
Entertainer and author Janelle Monáe performs during the 2019 Grammys flanked by android-like backup dancers. Kevin Winter/Getty Images

What is Afrofuturism? An English professor explains

Even though Afrofuturist works are set in fictional worlds, they provide a blueprint for social, political and economic systems free from exploitation and oppression.
Jean-Marc Vallée attends a press conference to promote the film ‘Demolition’ at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2015. His unfinished work was an ode to human complexity. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Québec filmmaker and producer Jean-Marc Vallée told stories of human complexity

If Vallée’s films are so moving, it is because for him, cinema and television are an act of communication. He said he hoped his stories would “give back a little.”
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Oscars 2021: 5 experts on the wins, the words, the wearable art and a big year for women

This year, with shrinking audiences and pandemic restrictions, there was a bitter irony in the fact women won more Oscars, across new and highly visible categories, than ever before.
Spend money on morale, and focus on story, by far the most important element to filmmaking. Canadian comedy icon Kevin McDonald stars in Michael Stasko’s ‘Boys vs. Girls.’ (Jesse Hebert)

4 ways independent filmmakers can make the most of small budgets for big results

Renting locations, hotel rooms, offices and cast trailers can eat the lion’s share of a budget. We rented an off-season summer camp and won best feature film at the Chicago Comedy Film Festival 2020.

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