Independent black cinema might finally be
coming into its own and it’s worth focusing strictly on this moment. As
a longstanding member of the Black Reel Awards, one of several entities
that recognizes the best in black cinema each year, I find myself in
the enviable position of having access to a number of films that rarely
reach theaters in our area.
All Hallows’ Eve might not be for another
week, but judging by the number of “fun-size” candy bags on sale,
pumpkin patch photo shoots on Instagram and Halloween-inspired
television offerings, it appears this quintessential fall holiday is
already upon us.
Sometimes a story, told simply and
effectively, changes the way we as an audience see another part of the
world, the experiences of others and/or ourselves, all reflected in the
moving images before us. What’s more, it can be startling when the
impact, so profound and likely unexpected, cracks our cynical natures
through its very simplicity.
Last week’s fourth season premiere of The Walking Dead was the first offering from new showrunner Scott
Gimple. He and others involved in the series have expressed a desire to
incorporate more character development, leaving some fans worried that
dull human storylines could get in the way of epic zombie scenes (who
could forget the painfully slow second season?). Judging by the first
episode, however, this is not the case.