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Kim Kardashian on Justice Reform on ‘Unreasonable Talk Day’ – The Hollywood Reporter

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Social impact agency Propper Daley hosted its second “A Day of Unreasonable Talk” summit on Thursday, with a star-studded lineup including Kim Kardashian, Uzo Aduba, Chrissy Teigen, BJ Novak and director and producer Scott Budnick.

The invitation-only event – produced in collaboration with cultural change agency Invisible Hand, featuring The Hollywood Reporter as a Media Partner – took place at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills and featured a full day of programming designed to unite television writers, producers and executives with agents of cultural change. The day’s multiple conversations focused on intellectual humility, mental health, social and economic divide, criminal justice, reproductive rights, climate change, responsible technology and more, with discussions intended to influence future screenplays and maintain narrative authenticity.

Kardashian and Budnick sat down with host Baratunde Thurston for a “How to Fuck in an America Divided” panel, where the two discussed their longstanding advocacy for prison reform after discovering how badly the system is flawed, especially for people of color.

Budnick, who had a successful career as producer of many Todd Phillips films, left the industry for five years to lead the nonprofit The Anti-Recidivism Coalition, which works to end recidivism. mass incarceration in California.

“I took a 90% pay cut, I left my position of power, I couldn’t recruit anyone, I couldn’t hire anyone, and those were the best five years,” Budnick said. . “What I’ve realized in my five years leading this non-profit organization is that it’s about telling stories – all the men and women, boys and girls with who I worked with were meant to tell their stories and humanize them.”

“I think storytelling is so important because people always ask, ‘How can you help? What can you do?’” Kardashian added. you on one case? Work on politics. And I said to them, ‘If you don’t put a face on that rap sheet and you don’t understand’ — people just want safety in the community, they want unless you hear their story, unless you have heard where they are from and where they are now, you won’t feel safe if you just read a bit of paper, so the storytelling aspect is so important for politics to get through.

Kardashian said to balance all of her activism work with her businesses and law school: “I pretty much have a rule that I’m going to do 10 cases at a time and I can’t really go beyond that. .” Budnick also noted that he has 300 CRA people, “everyone who used to be incarcerated, who are now union cameramen, union hair and make-up artists, union wardrobe. It’s been a game-changer,” in particular on his films like just mercy which also deal with on-screen criminal justice reform.

About Budnick’s current film projects, through his One Community co-financing company, he said THR he is looking for “stories that can impact people’s lives but are entertaining; entertainment first. Feed no one his vegetables, no one his medicine. We bring you into a great commercial movie, TV show, docuseries with real movie stars, it’s going to be captivating and entertaining and you don’t know what’s going to happen but you’re going to learn something. You’re going to want to have an impact by the end, and we’re going to give you the path to have an impact at the end,” he said, quoting get out and Black Panther as a source of inspiration.

The summit’s morning lineup also saw Aduba perform a dramatic reading of Jonathan Haidt’s essay After Babel and writer-director Billy Ray – who is currently working with Adam McKay on a feature film about the January 6 uprising – on a panel titled ‘Radicalization: ‘How Could This Get Out of Order?’ »

“We have learned over the past six years that democracy is a decision; it is not an absolute like gravity or sunrise in the morning. Democracy happens when 330 million Americans decide it has to happen and it has to be nurtured and it has to be protected and it has to be watered,” Ray told the audience. “If we don’t, we just won’t have any.”

In the afternoon, Novak took part in a discussion on “Road Trips to Deeper Understanding”, where, inspired by the trip he took for his film Revengehe encouraged Hollywood to “return people to where their roots are so they can hold things accountable and that’s not just Surroundings and shows about privileged people winning all the Emmys.

Zazie Beetz moderated a conversation titled “Apocalypse Never: Our Climate Future and BIPOC Solutions”, and in a side conversation with THR she revealed her hopes for the on-screen climate stories.

“If you’re making a movie in 2022, there’s no world where your story wouldn’t really include a conversation about climate, whether it’s how people choose to eat on your show or to transport itself or crises that might be happening in the background,” she said. “I don’t necessarily think it’s about making the climate the focus of every story, but about making the climate kind of the landscape of a story – just like how, if you do a romantic comedy in New York, New York is going to play a character in the story. Teigen was among the final speakers, leading a lecture on the reproductive rights entitled “I made this choice”.

Propper Daley President Greg Propper, who hosted the first “Day of Unreasonable Talk” since 2019 after missing the past two years due to the pandemic, said the focus this year was on “the issue of intellectual humility and the joy of being wrong, and helping us all develop that muscle of curiosity and asking questions.

And when it came to booking talent and high-profile conversations, the organization sought to “elevate itself out of the cable news debate and conversations and just try to have a conversation more nuanced on the issues. I think most people want that, it’s just hard to find,” Propper added. “I think people care, it’s just a matter of whether we can lure them out of their writers rooms and out of their productions for a day to join us long enough to hear it.”