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Reginald Hudlin is a pioneer of the modern black film movement, having written, directed and/or produced features including House Party (1990), Boomerang (1992), Bebe’s Kids (1992), and this fall’s Marshall. Hudlin was an executive producer and writer of the TV series Black Panther, and executive producer of The Boondocks. He was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar as one of the producers of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained in 2012. In 2016, Hudlin was one of the producers of the 88th Annual Academy Awards. He also served as Black Entertainment Television’s first president of entertainment, from 2005 to 2009.

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Making Art or Making History: Telling True Stories, sponsored by PBS

Life is stranger than fiction – and often more entertaining! Whether scripted or unscripted, documentary or dramatization, finding an unsung story and sharing it with the public is a thrilling experience. While producers are often described as the traffic cop at the intersection of art and commerce, this session will examine the producer’s role at the intersection of storytelling and journalism – bringing true stories to a mass audience. This session will explore issues of rights acquisition, developing a creative team and a consistent, collaborative point-of-view, and the tension between the essential facts of the story and the appeal of creative license and artistic interpretation.