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.

Dee Rees, director of Pariah (Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
Dee Rees, director of Pariah (Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

Talk about your identity as a filmmaker.

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.