At a moment when Hollywood is listening more than ever to suggestions on how to make this industry more inclusive, a group of indie producers of color have written an open letter with some worthwhile suggestions meant to guide change.
Let’s Be Honest: An Open Letter from Over 125 Black and Brown Independent Producers and Allies…
This letter is from Black and Brown independent producers in alliance with advocates for change. As one extended community, we require your active engagement to tackle systemic racism in our industry, in America and around the world. While messages condemning racism and advocating for solidarity on social media may inspire hope, Hollywood must put its money and practices where its mouth is. A direct line can be drawn from the stories and voices that Hollywood silences, to the discrimination and biases that are pervasive in the entertainment industry and larger society. This moment in history presents an opportunity for you to be an incredible partner for change.
Our aim is that this letter produces strategic commitments from Hollywood players to reshape our industry into one whose words are supported by action.
[Read the full article and letter on Deadline.com.]
CARES Act Stimulus checks, EIDL and PPP programs have completely left out most small businesses, sole proprietors and independent contractors who are creatives. As a non-profit, on April 2, 2020 Urban Mediamakers started support for working creatives and indie contractors in #GA by providing grants through the UM Creatives Relief Fund. May 1 is fast approaching and bills are still coming with no revenue coming in to many households.
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The U.S. is working on a stimulus package that provides help to corporations, state/local governments, hospitals and some small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. But we know there are millions of independent creatives and contractors who will be left out of this bailout.
As a 501(c)3, non-profit, charitable organization, Urban Mediamakers will support working creatives and independent contractors in Georgia by providing unrestricted fast cash grants through the Creatives Relief Fund to support independent creatives. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and selected weekly. These one-time grants range from $50-$2,500 based on the creative’s needs.
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Patrick Hypes, executive managing editor for DEADLINE recently provided a list of film/TV productions that have been halted because of the coronavirus. Hypes writes, “The coronavirus has hit the movie industry hard, with dozens of films around the world halting production or seeing their starts delayed as the outbreak continues to spread. Have a look at our list of impacted feature films. “
Read Hypes full article.
An outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has spread throughout China and to 31 other countries and territories, including the United States. Fourteen cases have been diagnosed in the United States, in addition to 39 cases among repatriated persons from high-risk settings, for a current total of 53 cases within the United States. The U.S. government and public health partners are implementing aggressive measures to slow and contain transmission of COVID-19 in the United States.
What can you do to stay health?
- Wash your hands often.
- Cough into your elbow.
- Don’t touch your face.
- Keep safe distance from people – 6 feet.
- Stay home if you can .
A new report found that in the industry, writers, directors, and executives are still over 80 percent white and male—and that stat is borne out on the Academy Awards stage.
Cerise Castle, journalist for Los Angeles Magazine, writes, “It’s the time of year when the zeitgeist inevitably turns to the Oscars, a notoriously white award show that consistently overlooks the accomplishments of women and people of color, both in front of and behind the camera. Although some think that Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite could be the first foreign-language film to take home the award for Best Picture, there was a stunning lack of diversity amongst this year’s acting nominees; British actress Cynthia Erivo was the only nonwhite actor nominated for a performance. For almost a century, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science has maintained a death grip on its status as the gatekeeper to Hollywood acclaim. “
Read the full article.