My how time flies. On the 12th of July, John Singleton's classic film Boyz In The Hood, turns 25 years old. This film brought to light the skills of John Singleton as his introduction to the theatrical audience. It also helped bring to light the new wave of African American Cinema in the United States. The film helped boost the acting careers of just about everyone involved including Cuba Gooding Jr, Ice Cube, and Morris Chestnut. Singleton became the youngest director ever nominated for an Academy Award along with being the first African-American nominated.
The film also helped bring a voice to a group that had been quiet on a large scale. He helped bring the Urban struggles and the racial tensions that still existed. The themes and the rawness of his films no doubt has had an impact on filmmaking and the viewers. He helped inspire another wave of filmmakers who are making films now. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is highlighting Singleton's work during the month of June.
This was highlighted with a Q&A with Singleton. Filmmaker Magazine took the time to transcribe some of the Q&A.
Singleton's openness about the state of African-American film highlights an interesting situation. He talks about how he can make entertaining stories but that there is a time and a place regarding telling a story that had some cultural impact. If there is cultural weight behind it, they can serve both purposes.
Take a look at the transcription of some of the highlights below:
The Oscar's Youtube page has put up a few of the highlights which I have attached below. If you have the time, please do yourself a favor and watch all of these videos. It's an insightful look into the film with the crew and director.