July 17, 2020
How can we improve representation in film and television?
The world is undergoing a big change and it’s for the better. Representation matters. When you see people doing a job, you can suddenly imagine yourself doing it. Your future can change and more opportunities are welcomed.
But for far too long, we haven’t seen equal representation in Hollywood, and that’s ended a lot of people’s dreams.
That needs to change, too.
That’s why a group of more than 100 Black filmmakers, including Park Pictures’ Savanah Leaf and Prettybird’s Calmatic, has teamed up to launch Change the Lens, a new initiative calling for 15% Black representation at all levels of production.
Change the Lens is backed by the Black Filmmakers Collective, a group that includes Park Pictures director Leaf and Alli Maxwell, executive producer at Florence. The initiative asks creative companies to commit to increasing the diversity of their department heads and crew.
In Leaf’s words, “The talent already exists and is rapidly expanding; there is no valid reason not to make and live up to the pledge.”