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Source:  Capital Public Radio

The streaming horror platform Shudder, a part of AMC Networks, recently released its first original documentary, “Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror.”

Based on the book of the same name by Robin R. Means Coleman, the film examines the historical portrayal of black people (and caricatures) in horror.  It opens with the beginnings of American cinema itself in films like “The Birth of a Nation” and “Night of the Living Dead,” follows its story through the rise of the blaxploitation era, and continues through the present day.

With interviews by African-American directors, actors and writers, “Horror Noire” offers a behind-the-scenes look at how difficult it can be not just to make films that break stereotypes, but to get them in front of audiences.

“Horror Noire” director Xavier Burgin is a graduate of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.  He’s directed episodes of the Emmy-nominated Web series “Giants” and won multiple awards for his screenplays and short films.

Burgin spoke to critic Carolyn Hinds about his history with horror, the entwined threads of race and fear, and what he didn’t learn in film school.

Read the interview at Capital Public Radio. 

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