Tag Archives: Black Film

Films and Releases

Often I see people complaining about a movie not having enough black people or saying a film has enough black people in.

There are ways to overcome this, make your own. I have written blogs before outlining this. I’m no film buff but I’d be happy to try and facilitate the making of a film my project management experience and knowledge would be put to the text, though I use project management organise myself rather than being a project manager.

Enough waffle, I am aware a film can be expensive to make though you do not need to look to Hollywood to make one just make it simple with a great story line.

The Nate Parker film, I’ll watch it but I’m aware that black people have been at it again, mental masturbating and laying down excuses. If we as a people were motivated then more of our projects worldwide would get started and more of our films would be backed.

If you want to see a film which had yourself and reflects you watch Nollywood and if you have a big idea contact some Nollywood producers.

Further Information

Nollywood Youtube Channel

Nollywood World’s Second Largest Movie Industry

Nollywood Movies



Films And Distribution Online

Recently, I have been watching some films online, via a rental service. This was a documentary to do with black people and our history. This was a rental hire online where the film was available for rent.

The films are not usually advertised (not to say they are not available) for rental on the persons website who is promoting the visual content. Providing an option of renting the film online would be an option for those who do not want to commit to purchasing a copy of the film.

If you are making a film you may consider, making your film available for rental and purchase streaming. The early adopters may watch the film, provide comments, blogs and videos reviewing the final product which would allow (if good) for you to make some income, before the film is made available to DVD for further sales.

There are different services which can facilitate you in digitally distributing your film, below is a list of some distributors but not exhaustive:

YouTube – Monetize and self advertise.
Createspace – Rental and Purchase from downloads, gain royalties.
Distrify – More for filmsharing and creating a community.
Indiereign – 70% + Paypal fee (3%) A market place where you can put your video content for sale or rent.
Pivotshare – 70% of the final fee Will assist you in selling your video content.
Reelhouse – 94% you can distribute your content to your audience.
VHX – 90% can distribute the film directly to your audience.
Vimeo on Demand – 83 – 96 % can cover your delivery and distribution costs.
Fetch APP – 100% but you would need to be part of a plan which ranges from $5 – $500 Per month. This can be downloaded videos which can be integrated with WordPress, Shopify, and others.
Gum Road – Can provide you with a platform to sell your content on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Soundcloud or a Newsletter.
Intelivideo – 90% cut with the monthly charge of $4.99, £24.99 and $99.00.

This list above shows that you are able to use a online provider to distribute your work digitally and you can on most of them set up a rental and a purchase scheme for a percentage of the sales fee or for a monthly sign up.

There are other sites, and ways in which you are able to distribute the film this could be through selling the content from your website

Making your content available online for rent and as another option to buying the stream or physical DVD can be the difference between no sale and a smaller scale.

Black Film in our image

Firstly, this does not usually tie into what I blog about on here. For years there has been much discussion about why Hollywood does not portray black people in a particular way and how can we become more prominent in the films made by Hollywood.

My answer to this is we should consider building and developing our own film industry and studios. Black Americans have the resources to be able to make our own films and the resources to distribute the films too. There is a history of black people owning studios and making our own films during segregation, since we were not able to view the same films as white people. It meant we had to go to separate film showings and if it was in the same cinema we had to go through separate entrances usually at the side.

In the introduction of integration it was a like a fickle event the other offer seemed better so everyone decided to take up the mainstreams offer of entertainment in terms of film, business and entertainment. As people went to the mainstream and integrated their services, the white owned establishments did not integrate their services it was more the black people moved towards using the white owned services and products. In this time the thriving black owned businesses and the economy created was beginning to deteriorate.

The history stated above demonstrates we like to try to go to the mainstream and ask them to accommodate us rather than us creating our own films. There are black film makers out there who are interested in telling a more accurate story with various platforms to do this. Film making is not necessarily a platform best served in Hollywood and this is true to black films who are funded by whites who have no interest in black peoples welfare just their own.

The way in which we would be able to create our films may be to:

  • Work with independent black studios

  • Work with African studios

  • create your own studio, as a partnership or consortium

These are a couple of ways our own films are created, granted there will not be the special effects or the cameras not being HD quality in some case, as well as there not being A-list actors, but there are actors out there who would be willing to represent (more accurately) black history.

If we were to create our own films then we could erase the white saviour and the story can be told how we wanted to. The main challenge would be finance, whilst there is finance in Hollywood, independent films find it difficult to get funding. Here is a list of funding possibilities:

  • Working with other filmmakers (Sharing costs)

  • Being funded by a Black Investor

  • Crowd funding

  • Working with an African/Caribbean studios

These options are feasible and important to making the ability to make our own films a possibility, the crowd funding is a definite one, as documentaries such as Hidden Colors was funded by this means it would mean hard work convincing black people to fund the films but it would be worth it. Being funded by a black investor also feasible as there are black millionaires though it would need to be a person who has black interests first and foremost rather than just a profit. There are different studios on the doorstep of the Americans and they can fund or allow use of the studios for black filmmakers, though the environment differs to that of America. African studios are most feasible to make films since its a huge continent/country, though like the Caribbean the environment is different to the Caribbean, it may be more feasible to secure finance or access to equipment to make the film. Partnership working could be feasible if the right partner is found with the attributes and aims being mutual.

In the event that black people do begin to make a film in the accurate meaning, then this will have wider ranging results. The positives will be providing people with a greater esteem about our history, positive images about ourselves, being able to emphasis the importance of racial pride and group economics.

Despite this there are some challenges which would include the ability to market the film and reach the audience. The considerations would be as follows:

  • Showings in cinemas

  • Straight to DVD

  • Pay Stream sites

These challenges could be overcome by showing the films in black owned cinemas, or to have agreements with organisations and businesses which show black films to the community, via special released DVD before the general release. The Film could be made to go straight to DVD and pay stream sites (which show black films), this would mean revenue could be created straight away in order to make another film without the greater reliance on external funding (via investors or crowd funding).

There are many different ways in which films could be created, if your a film maker and you like the ideas or have different ideas based on this, go ahead. I am interested to see if black people can stop complaining without seeking a solution before hand.

Some Useful sources (General):

Black Matriachy (www.shawnsjames.blogspot.co.uk)

Integration and the Underdevelopment of Black Businesses (www.amren.com)

Intergration and the decline of black business (www.charlestoncitypaper.com)

Useful film making sources:

Camera Assistant Tips (www.theblackandblue.com)

DIY Independent Film making Tips (www.indiewire.com)

Independent Filmmaking tips (www.indietips.com/)

Film Marketing tips – Short films (www.hitfilm.com/)

Film Making Tips from Spike Lee (www.filmschoolrejects.com)

Funding information Sources:

Ten tips for funding a film (www.raindance.org)

Funding your movie: A Guide to the basics of film finanace (www.nofilmschool.com)

Financing independent film (www.lightsfilmschool.com)

Funding tips for African American Film Makers (www.blogs.indiewire.com)