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The Color Grade is an uncensored podcast about film, and the industry, from a POC and queer perspective. We’ll discuss what it’s like to come to Sundance & the complexities of navigating a majority white film festival in the Wild, Wild West. Join us as we go behind the scenes of the confusing, exciting, enriching queer, POC experience at Sundance 2020! Hosted by Joi Childs. Produced by Domino Sound.

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The Color Grade is an uncensored podcast about film, and the industry, from a POC and queer perspective. We’ll discuss what it’s like to come to Sundance & the complexities of navigating a majority white film festival in the Wild, Wild West. Join us as we go behind the scenes of the confusing, exciting, enriching queer, POC experience at Sundance 2020! Hosted by Joi Childs. Produced by Domino Sound.

    A Color Grade Special: “That Guilt is For a Reason”

    A Color Grade Special: “That Guilt is For a Reason”

    Welcome back to The Color Grade Pod. This week, we bring you a very special mid-season episode where host Joi Childs, and fellow film critics Trey and Kay B, discuss the insane journey we’ve all had since we were recording Sundance, this January 2020. A lot has happened. We’re all tired and just trying to do our best.
    This episode we get into it. Miss Rona, the national civic unrest, and the late ass awakening of white liberal America. How are black creatives holding up during these unprecedented times? We’re tired. White companies, check your staff. Tokenism is over. Hire black people at all levels immediately--you should have at least 50% black workplace. Let this be a moment for TRUE change. Happy Juneteenth! #blackstoriesmatter #blacklivesmatter
     
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    • 48 min
    We need more coming-of-age films about black girls!

    We need more coming-of-age films about black girls!

    Join Joi, and host of Raising Rebels, Noleca Radway, as they review Cuties--Maimouna Doucouré's French-language film about a Senegalese tween growing up in one of Paris’ poorest neighborhoods. It discusses the complex socialization & hypersexualization of young black girls. We talk why it’s uncomfortable watching 11-year-olds twerk, how this movie could have ONLY been directed by a black woman, and the mesmerizing holy water scene. Out now on Netflix!


    We also talk to actress & director Adepero Oduye, who was the breakout star of the 2011 Sundance film, Pariah. We spoke about how the festival has changed in 9 years, making lifelong friends on Main Street, and why Sundance is black film nerd HEAVEN.
     
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    • 30 min
    “How much of your identity can you hold on to?”

    “How much of your identity can you hold on to?”

    Join our host, Joi Childs, and friend of The Color Grade, Carvell Wallace as they discuss Farewell Amor, a deeply moving story of an Angolan immigrant family who reunites in New York City after 17 years apart. Written and directed by Ekwa Msangi, starring Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Zainab Jah, and Jayme Lawson. It received the Sundance Institute Producers Award for Narrative Feature. The film was absolutely FANTASTIC and we can’t for y’all to see it!


    Also, while in line waiting for the shuttle, we meet Aria Aaron, a black woman MBA student from USC who came to Sundance to learn more about the exciting world of film financing! We talk why she loved Zola and Bad Hair, her tryna get that Macro party invite, and needing the ancestors to help get you off the waitlist.
     
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    • 22 min
    Nicole Beharie is a STAR!

    Nicole Beharie is a STAR!

    Join host, Joi Childs, and producer, Noleca Radway, as they review Miss Juneteenth, starring Nicole Beharie (who played wife in the legendary Black Mirror episode Striking Vipers) as a former beauty queen, single mother who is preparing her rebellious tteen daughter to compete in a pageant. Written & Directed by Channing Godfrey Peoples.


    And we speak with Carla Wills, a producer for Democracy Now, a global weekday radio news hour. We talk about accessibility : how there was a lot of Sundance programming about it this year, but how did Sundance expect actual people with disabilities to be able to see them. A lot of the venues have access issues, there’s a lot of work to do. Also, about experiencing a virtual reality film inside of a pool premiering at Sundance this year and the hunt for a last minute swimsuit. 
     
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    • 18 min
    Black Hair is Always Political

    Black Hair is Always Political

    Join host, Joi Childs, and host of upcoming podcast The Cheat Code, Andrea O’Brien, as they discuss Justin Simien’s newest film Bad Hair: an American horror comedy about a haunted weave. Starring Lena Waithe, Kelly Rowland, Vanessa Williams, Blair Underwood and Laverne Cox. Hulu recently bought the worldwide distribution rights of the film for a reported 8 million. 


    Also, we go to an event hosted by PBS’s award-winning documentary series, POV.
    There, we met Arielle Knight, Associate Producer of “Aggie”, a documentary about collector and philanthropist Agnes “Aggie” Gund who sold her beloved $165 million dollars painting from her collection in order to fund criminal-justice reform. “Aggie” premiered at Sundance 2020.
     
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    • 32 min
    Taylor Swift is not a white supremacist, BUT...

    Taylor Swift is not a white supremacist, BUT...

    We attended the premiere of the new Taylor Swift doc at Sundance!


    In this episode, Joi speaks with Noleca & Kenya about Lara Wilson’s new Netflix documentary on the highest-paid celebrity in the world, Miss Americana. It promises to be political, but it falls VERY short. In these times of intense racial tension in America, can you even call yourself political if you don’t mention race? The problem is much bigger than Taylor Swift, but it’s weird to see everyone try so hard to avoid the elephant in the room. 


    And we talk to Matt Sayles, a LA-based fashion, portrait and commercial photographer who was at Sundance, working as a photographer for Netflix. He speaks about a day in his life; shooting the filmmakers of Mucho Mucho Amor (a documentary about the late, beloved Puerto Rican astrologer Walter Mercado), seeing Crip Camp (a documentary produced by the Obamas, about the hippie-run summer camp that sparked the disability rights movement), feeling like the help and why Sundance is more diverse than Hollywood.
     
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    • 25 min

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