Posted December 22, 2015: BlackFilm interviews Jeffrey Morris about making strides in sci-fi and diversity in film making.
“2015 has been an amazing year for Black filmmakers. F. Gary Gray proved with ‘Straight Outta Compton’ that there are studios can take Black films outside the states and make a profits, especially when you look at the $200M haul that Compton has grossed. After the critical success of his first film, “Fruitvale Station,” Ryan Coogler showed that his follow up, “Creed,” was no sophomore slump. Then, there’s Ava DuVernay. For someone who didn’t have a film released this year, she’s was constantly mentioned throughout the year on her other activities. If it’s not having a Barbie doll or directing an Apple commercial with Mary J. Blige and Taraji P. Henson, she’s continues to build her legacy.
When I go in with the quality of the content I’m finding that the doors are opening because of the material. Whereas back in the nineties when I was pitching out here, I felt that there was a real resistance to the idea of a black filmmaker who wanted to do science fiction. ~ Jeffrey Morris
Black filmmakers are continuing to make strides in areas where they haven’t been a factor in. Most recently, Blackfilm.com spoke with filmmaker Jeffrey Morris on his directorial debut, the short film Oceanus: Act One, which premiered this year and where he hopes to turn into a feature.”
Read the full article by Wilson Morales here: Filmmaker Jeffrey Morris Talks About Sci-fi Short Film ‘Oceanus’
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