NBCUniversal has joined forces with Target and Will Packer to spotlight Black filmmakers by way of the Scene In Color Film Series. Three short films, with topics that dwell at the “intersection of justice and joy,” were selected for the initiative following an “intensive search” for BIPOC talent, EBONY has learned.
Through the summer, viewers will be able to watch the films on NBCU cable channels Bravo, SYFY, and USA and digital properties Peacock, the NBC One App, Rotten Tomatoes, and Fandango Movieclips.
“Inclusivity is core to the Target brand, and partnering with NBCU to share the stories of the Scene in Color Film Series broadly and boldly helps create a more equitable and representative creative landscape,” said Maurice Cooper, Senior Vice President of Marketing of Target in a press release obtained by EBONY. “We need the voices of these emerging creators now more than ever, and are proud to invest in their continued mentorship, development, and ingenuity.”
In addition to showcasing the work of the selected filmmakers, NBCU will also provide the creatives with blind script deals, mentorship opportunities, resources needed to produce more content in the future, and the chance to develop TV pilot scripts alongside NBCU creative executives.
The featured films include:
- Hiplet: Because We Can, by Chicago filmmaker Addison Wright. The work highlights “Black ballerinas who are blending hip-hop with classical pointe.”
- To the Girl that Looks Like Me, a visual poem by activist and filmmaker Ewurakua Dawson-Amoah, sends the message that there is “space” for Black women in the media industry.
- Twice As Good by Brooklyn filmmaker Kristian King “tells the story of an over-achiever readying to chart her own path.”
To learn more about the Scene In Color Film Series, click here.