Bythewood discusses the impact of his artistic collaboration with artist Lisa Whittington, the color palette of the series, and the influence of Emmet Till.
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LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, December 15, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center announced the latest BHERCBlack Carpet Speaker Series for 2021. BHERC members, friends and the general public are invited to participate in a free insider chat on ZOOM featuring Reggie Rock Bythewood and the lead artist in the series’ title streak Lisa Whittington for an intimate and insider discussion on her latest project, AppleTV Outstanding Series, swagger. Register online today at www.bherc.TV.
“Swagger” is a new series from Apple TV Plus inspired by the experiences of great retiree Kevin Durant who explores the world of basketball for young people, players, their families and coaches who distinguish between dreams, ambition , opportunism and corruption. Off the court, the series reveals what it’s like to grow up in America. Bythewood and Whittington will include in their discussion the meaning and impact of their artistic collaboration, how they came up with a color palette for the series, and the influence of civil rights icon Emmet Till.
The new series is led by an ensemble of stars including O’Shea Jackson Jr., Isaiah Hill, Oscar nominee Shinelle Azoroh, QuvenzhanÃ© Wallis, Caleel Harris, James Bingham, Solomon Irama, Ozie Nzeribe, Tessa Ferrer, Tristan Mack Wilds and Jason Rivera. âSwaggerâ was created by Reggie Rock Bythewood, who writes, directs and is also showrunner and executive producer alongside Kevin Durant, Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo, Rich Kleiman and Samantha Corbin Miller. The series is produced for Apple by Thirty-Five Ventures, Imagine Television Studios, CBS Studios and Undisputed Cinema.
Reggie Rock Bythewood attended the Million Man March on October 16, 1995. This sparked his first produced script, “Get On The Bus,” directed by Spike Lee. Bythewood grew up in the Bronx, NY He attended the High School of Performing Arts. He received a BFA in theater from Marymount Manhattan College. Reggie starred in the soap opera “Another World” alongside Morgan Freeman and Joe Morton as a teenager. After playing a role in John Sayles’ film “Brother from Another Planet”, he was inspired to write and direct. He moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in television and screenwriting when he became an early member of Disney’s prestigious Writer’s Fellowship Program. He joined NBC as a writer on the hit comedy series “A Different World”. In addition, he wrote and produced the drama series “New York Undercover”. “Get On The Bus” was funded by 15 black men, including screenwriter Bythewood, and was released in October 1996.
Bythewood made his feature film directorial debut in the acclaimed independent film “Dancing in September,” which examined race-related challenges within the television industry. Acquired by HBO, the film became an HBO Original
Movie. Bythewood also wrote and directed “Biker Boyz”, Laila Ali’s documentary “Daddy’s Girl”, ESPN 30-for-30 documentary “One Night in Vegas”. In addition, he co-wrote the Fox Searchlight movie âNotoriousâ and wrote and directed âGun Hill,â the original two-hour film that won him the NAACP Image Award for Best Director. In addition, he produced “Beyond the Lights”, directed by his wife Gina Prince-Bythewood, is the co-creator and executive producer of the Fox special events series “Shots Fired”. Currently, Bythewood is the creator and executive producer of âSwagger,â which will air on Apple TV +. Bythewood is also co-chairman of production company Undisputed Cinema.
Lisa Whittington, Ed.D, is an artist and storyteller. Reggie Rock Bythewood commissioned her to create the moving title art for “Swagger”. Reggie also uses his illustrations of Emmett Till as a color palette and narrative inspiration to develop the 10-part series. Lisa is originally from New York, where she learned to take a provocative approach to art. She is dedicated to the artistic narration of black stories and history and to educating people about African Americans. She gave a TED talk titled “What Does Art Want With You?” In the hopes of inspiring artists and designers to find more meaning in what they create. In 2017, his work by Emmett Till successfully broadcast a protest that shut down the Whitney Museum. In 2019, several pieces of his work, including “Under A Soprano Sky” and “I Am a Man A Man I Am”, were the muse and star of a play called “The Unbound Trilogy. In 2020, her autobiographical work “A Harlem Story” was recreated on a Brooklyn wall to inspire other artists to tell their stories. Lisa Whittington also wrote a play called “Black in the Box,” which a theater virtually produced at Baltimore during the pandemic.
The BHERC Black Carpet Series is a free series providing a platform for black filmmakers to discuss their careers, influences, latest works, and ideas about filmmaking. Additionally, the series provides access to a wide range of audiences and communities, including colleges and universities. Past discussions have included a timely and rich conversation between groundbreaking female directors, Gina Prince-Bythewood and Kasi Lemmons, about the urgency of telling black women’s stories and disrupting the status quo.
BHERC strives to highlight the critical roles black people have played and continue to play in film and television. To this end, BHERC annually celebrates and promotes Black history and culture through a series of annual film festivals. In addition, the festivals showcase the wealth and power of young filmmakers who work for positive, diverse, quality films over the millennium.
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