The Burton Wire Google Hangout 10/19: Birth of a Nation

UPDATE: To watch The Burton Wire‘s Google Hangout on black film and The Birth of a Nation, click here.

Photo: Compilation by Nsenga K. Burton/Google Images

Photo: Compilation by Nsenga K. Burton/Google Images

Join The Burton Wire‘s Google Hangout on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 1 p.m. EST to discuss the controversial film The Birth of a Nation. The question of whether it is possible to separate the artist (Nate Parker) from his art (The Birth of a Nation) has continuously been raised.

Calls to boycott the film were met with less than stellar box-office receipts. Some say the film is overhyped while others believe it is a masterpiece. We will discuss what the film means in the larger context of independent black film production, Hollywood distribution and what boycotting this film may mean for black audiences going forward.

Discussants:

Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D., founder & editor-in-chief of The Burton Wire; professor (UGA), media critic and film scholar.

Chetachi Egwu, Ph.D., founder of MediaScope; professor (University of Maryland) and media scholar.

Phill Branch, M.F.A., filmmaker and professor (Howard University); writer, director and producer of Searching for Shaniqua.

Watch the Google Hangout here.

Send questions or comments via Twitter @TheBurtonWire.

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