3 Black Directors Make '20 to Watch' List

Dee Rees, Terence Nance and Barry Jenkins are among the rising young filmmakers, according to the New York Times.

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I’m a black filmmaker. I must be. When I think of characters, or rather, when characters come to me -- as the best ones do, outside of conscious thought -- overwhelmingly they are black. And when I introduce these characters and films into the production framework of this industry, the funding and distribution “restrictions” I’m met with as a result of those characters’ blackness would remind me, if it weren’t clear already, that I am indeed black.

Short snippets of the work of all three directors are also featured in the interactive feature.

Read more at the New York Times.

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Jozen Cummings is the author and creator of the popular relationship blog Until I Get Married, which is currently in development for a television series with Warner Bros. He also hosts a weekly podcast with WNYC about Empire called Empire Afterparty, is a contributor at VerySmartBrothas.com and works at Twitter as an editorial curator. Follow him on Twitter

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