Behind the Screen: The New Black.October 8, 2014
As a filmmaker, I am consistently moved by the ability of film to change hearts, sway minds, inspire action, and drive change. I’ve felt this even more acutely over the last year, as I’ve led the community outreach and audience engagement campaign for my documentary The New Black. The film is an examination of African Americans’ diverse reactions to the issue of marriage equality—and more broadly, the movement for LGBT rights—through the prism of the community’s institutional pillar, the Black church. During the 3 years it took me to make The New Black—as I documented the intimate, personal stories of African American clergy, families, and activists on both sides of the fight for gay marriage—I knew the film would help shed light on the complex interplay among faith, racial justice, and LGBT inclusion. But I could not have imagined that illuminating those issues would inspire conversations that would lead to small but substantive progress in churches and communities around the country and beyond.
The New Black
The New Black is a documentary that tells the story of how the African-American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. Continue Reading