I’m moderating the “Under-Representation of People of Color in Media” panel at Stareable Fest, and I’d love to incorporate POC voices from the greater Stareable community into this discussion. I’m trying to get a read on our experiences (individual and shared) as creators of color, and incorporate that information into the panel itself. We’ll still have some unique insights from the three panelists, but this way I hope that the panel is more of a dialogue and not just a one-way presentation.
If you are a person of color who would like to participate, please reply to this thread with your answers to any or all of the following questions by Friday at midnight:
- Based on your experiences, what is the biggest challenge that people of color face when trying to get a creative project off the ground? What’s an example of how this has played out in a project that you worked on?
- What’s an experience that’s made you feel singled out as a creator or producer of color (good, bad, or WTF)?
- As a creator of color, what is the industry problem that you most want to see solved, and why?
And of course, feel free to chop it up right here on this thread!
I’ll look forward to your replies. Here’s the panel description:
This panel will focus on actionable ways people of color can get ahead in their filmmaking careers, acknowledging how industry and culture have made this difficult in the past. It will also offer specific feedback on how indie creators can improve and empower representation in their own projects. Speakers will include:
- Carl Foreman Jr., co-creator and co-star of IFC’s Frank & Lamar
- Jon Truei, writer and filmmaker, creator of the web series Gamers Generation
- Sara Rodriguez, Senior Vice President of Global Video and Executive Producer of Digital Content at VICE Media
This will go down on Sunday, July 22, at 9am at Town Stages in Manhattan. Buy tickets here and use discount code James20 at checkout for 20% off!
If you’re in the NYC area and don’t already know where to buy a ticket… I imagine Bri will not approve.