Regina King Is the First Black Female Director to Have a Film Selected at the Venice Film Festival

9/9/2020 12:40:00 AM

Regina King Is the First Black Female Director to Have a Film Selected at the Venice Film Festival

Regina King Is the First Black Female Director to Have a Film Selected at the Venice Film Festival

With her directorial debut, One Night in Miami, Regina King makes history as the first Black woman director to have a film selected by the Venice Film Festival.

It's the first time in the event's 88-year history.first clip from the film debuted Tuesday.Regina King has said the response to her feature directorial debut can either “open doors or close doors for more Black female directors,” throwing into sharp relief the double standards in place for creators of color.Tracee Ellis Ross has had a busy year, and she just added one more gig to her plate that many people are getting excited about.

By Sep 8 2020, 5:37 pm EDT Frazer Harrison Getty Images Regina King makes history as the first Black woman director to have a film selected for the Venice Film Festival in the annual event's 88-year history.King makes her directorial debut with One Night in Miami , which premiered at the festival on Monday.Due to Jim Crow-era segregation laws, the boxer can’t stay on the island, but instead spends the night celebrating with his friends at the Hampton House Motel in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood.It offers a fictional account of the time four icons—Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and football player Jim Brown—gathered one evening in 1964.S.Regina King just made her directorial debut and is already making history from behind the lens.“Then George Floyd and Breonna [Taylor] happened and just all the other people who have been killed and the calling the cops on Black people, and we decided we had to get this done right now,” King said in August.The Watchmen star premiered One Night in Miami at the Venice Film Festival yesterday, becoming the first Black female director to have a film selected for the annual event.m.

The milestone is noteworthy but also sobering, considering the elite cinematic event has gone on for 87 years prior without selecting a feature helmed by a Black woman.’” Here's what I said to the Guardian about Regina King being the first African American woman director to play at the Venice Film Festival.There’s so much talent out there — so many talented directors — so if ‘One Night in Miami’ gets it done here, you’ll get to see a lot more of us."I am so grateful for our film to be a part of the festival but I really, really want it to perform well," King said in a virtual press conference Monday, per."There's so much talent out there—so many talented directors—so if 'One Night in Miami' gets it done here, you'll get to see a lot more of us." One Night in Miami is adapted from the eponymous play by Kemp Powers that reimagines the meeting of four Black titans in 1964: Muhammad Ali, then known as Cassius Clay; Malcolm X; soul singer Sam Cooke; and NFL star Jim Brown.minister and political figure Malcolm X; 22-year-old Muhammad Ali when he was still Cassius Clay; “A Change is Gonna Come” singer Sam Cooke; and NFL player Jim Brown.Related Story King understands the pressure and double standards riding on her achievement.com.

She noted that the response to the film could"open doors or close doors for more Black female directors." She added,"Unfortunately, across the world, that's how things seem to work.King said she had intended for the film to come out earlier this year, but the pandemic and subsequent Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd added a new level of urgency to the film’s release.One woman gets a shot and if she does not succeed, it shuts thing down for years until someone else gets a shot." Her long overdue triumph is reflective in the lack of representation for female directors of color.According to the latest study from the , less than 1 percent of top films between 2007 and 2019 were directed by women of color, while more than 82 percent were directed by white men.’ I feel like fate always had it planned out this way, but maybe we’re lucky and we’re going to have the opportunity to be a piece of art out there that moves the needle in a conversation about transformative change.

Along with One Night in Miami , some of 2020's releases may give us hope to change that ratio, with features including Gina Prince-Bythewood's The Old Guard.

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