A film chronicling the #BlackLivesMatter movement is coming to Netflix soon, thanks to the initiative taken by the president of HBO Documentary Films, Sheila Nevins.
The Hollywood Reporter caught up with the exec and she spoke about why she commissioned the documentary on the morning the controversial Oscar nominations were announced.
"[I commissioned the film] the morning of the Oscar nominations. I noticed that all the [documentary] films that were up there, there was almost nothing about America, and my heart broke because I realized that documentary filmmakers are not looking in their own backyard," she said. "And if they are, they're not being recognized for it."
After having this epiphany, Nevins made an immediate boss move and made a phone call that changed everything. "The fact that there was no documentary about Black Lives Matter at a time when this is such a critical American issue... was unbelievable," she said. "I said to my colleague here, 'Call [a director she declined to name in case a deal doesn't transpire]. See how much it would cost to do a big documentary about what's been happening in this country.' You have to do it."
There are no further details on the doc. For now, there is just confirmation that it's under way.
Watch famed director Spike Lee go off about the #BlackLivesMatter movement in the video below:
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