Week Eight ( Adaptation vs. Appropriation & Audience Responsibility)
As we come to a close for the last week of class, I want to thank you all for being here. Please be sure to send me your thoughts. Maybe you have found some great articles over the course of taking this course that would be helpful? I love feedback and I love hearing from people who have experienced this class in this way. So THANK YOU!
And back to class...
Now we start to get into some of the bigger, moral dilemmas artists face. Who's story is it and who has the right to tell it? That may not seem like a question that is even necessary to worry about it... it's just Hollywood and films, right? What about audience responsibility? Do we have any? Why should we care? What's our place in this world when it comes to consumerism and what we support?
It's a much bigger question that your generation (and mine and anyone else alive) has got to start addressing- not just glossing over. So please read a couple articles and hear what our friend Darius has to say about the issue, and other wonderful writers/theorists/journalists.
D4 Why We Don’t Need Another Quentin Tarantino (TW: there's an image of Quentin Tarantino with a gun to his head... it's just kind of off-putting and very brief)
The Real "Green Book": Preserving Stories of Jim Crow Era Travel
Ghost in a Shell and the Complexity of Cultural Appropriation
What Do We Do with the Art of Monstrous Men?
**Long article. Can be a little liberal tough sometimes and uses some language that may be offensive, but a great perspective.
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Film of the Week:
If we were taking the class together we would watch the 2018 film The Rider. This incredible story was directed by Chinese filmmaker Chloe Zhao. She met the family (who the story is not only about, but they are the actual cast) while creating another film in South Dakota. The film's theme of the place of toxic masculinity within humans in mixed-race USA is beautifully portrayed. Check it out!
Films to Watch that follow these themes:
The Motorcycle Diaries
Beasts of the Southern Wild
The Virgin Suicides
High Fidelity (Series reboot on Hulu)
The Color Purple
The Wizard of Oz