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Jordan Peele Wants Scripts From Young Black Horror Filmmakers
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Get Out director Jordan Peele wants scripts from aspiring young black horror filmmakers.
Speaking with Digital Spy, Peele talked about how Hollywood still believes that films where black people are in lead roles do not do well (considering that Get Out, which was made with $5 million, has since earned more than $100 million, Hollywood obviously does not know what it is talking about), which results in black talent not being nurtured.
"But I think even more, the reason we don't see more films about the African American experience is because we haven't nurtured black talent, we haven't encouraged young black filmmakers to dream big," Peele said. "When you have that, that's when you have this systemic problem where artists aren't getting their platforms, aren't given their platforms."
He then proceeds to encourage young black horror filmmakers to reach out to him.
"For young black horror filmmakers, if you have a script, reach out and I'll try to help it get made," Peele said. "Monkeypaw Productions is my production company and we're really trying to promote untapped voices in genre."
Peele has received plenty of commercial and critical success from his directorial film debut. Recently, it was announced that he would be the recipient of this year's CinemaCon Director of the Year Award, which is given to a director each year during the annual CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards.
"With the phenomenon known as Get Out, Jordan Peele has instantaneously become a force to reckon with as a gifted and enormously talented director and filmmaker," Mitch Neuhauser, CinemaCon Managing Director, said in a statement. "He has audiences and critics around the globe enamored and spellbound, dare I say hypnotized, with his wildly inventive directorial debut, and we are ecstatic to be honoring him as this year's 'Director of the Year.'"
The awards ceremony will take place on March 30.