Obama by way of Capra; “Will Smith Goes To Washington.” What happened to the dream that was the Obama Administration? Did it shrivel like a raisin in the sun? Or did it implode?
Cal Ward Jr.
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"It is quite baffling that one of the most celebrated sci-fi authors of our time (and not just black authors - of all sci-fi authors), has yet to see a single one of her novels adapted to film, given how adaptation-happy Hollywood is, especially in recent years."
I’m going to expand a little bit on why I’m rooting for this movie to get made. bulleted for your viewing pleasure:
- The author of this book is Octavia Butler. If you don’t know who Octavia Butler is, well, she was a black, queer, writer of sci-fi/speculative fiction, whose work is absolutely singular for the award-winning womanist and afrofuturist renderings. Even after her untimely death, she still remains a titan of the genre. She is my favorite writer.
- The director who is desperately trying to raise money to make this happen is Ernest Dickerson, the cinematographer behind those gorgeously filmed Spike Lee movies (Do The Right Thing, Mo’ Better Blues, and Malcolm X) and a director of some of your favorite TV shows including Dexter, The Wire, The Vampire Diaries, Sleepy Hollow, and The Walking Dead.
- The protagonists are subjects you never see in mainstream movies, an interracial family.
- The challenges presented are morally oblique, which always makes the best sci-fi. There is no one right or wrong answer here; just examination and choices.
- This for me is sci-fi for the future. It’s not about a white guy saving the world or being persecuted by the world. Nor is it about a white girl in a tight space suit firing a laser-gun. It’s about people dealing with some imaginative futuristic challenges. It’s brutal, and hopeful, and frightening.
I hope with every fiber of my being that this gets made.
When you’re white, your dreams go far and a lot of times that is because there are no encumbrances. The world is wide open to them in a way that isn’t open for us. So when their reality is taken care of, it’s like, ‘Okay well we can dream about this. We can do this. We can do that.’ For us, it’s a little different.
It’s like how can you think about traveling to another solar system or alien life if you have a problem getting a job or eating on Earth. African-American dreams are more reality-based, and that’s why I think our films have to do with our daily environment more so than alien or science fiction environments.”