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The Hollywood Jim CrowThe Racial Politics of the Movie Industry$
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Maryann Erigha

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781479886647

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479886647.001.0001

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Remaking Cinema

Remaking Cinema

(p.162) 6 Remaking Cinema
The Hollywood Jim Crow

Maryann Erigha

NYU Press

This chapter outlines paths for improving cinema to be more racially inclusive. Remaking cinema can involve reforming Hollywood to be more inclusive to racial minorities in positions of influence, for example as directors of tent pole movies and as studio heads. Remaking cinema can also involve changing the way racial minorities make movies. This chapter puts forth the notion of a Black cinema collective, which involves an organized system of film production. A Black cinema collective means developing youth cultures around filmmaking, as well as having institutions to decide a slate of films to be released each year, to finance movies, and to create pathways for distribution. In addition, digital media talents can help put pressure on Hollywood to support movies and directors from racial minority backgrounds or else face mounting competition.

Keywords:   Hollywood, Black, cinema, digital, media, film, racial minorities, collective

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