At The Root on Four Emerging Black Filmmakers

One of the best assignments I’ve had in 2016 so far was from the The Root.  It was a series of profiles of emerging African American filmmakers. I don’t know if it was in response to #oscarsowhite, but it functioned in a big way to light a candle rather than curse the (sic) darkness.  The films ranged from exceptional to downright awesome.  There was cutting edge creative thinking going on and fantastic short films.  I did five of them are four have run so far.  Here are the links to the stories; links to the films themselves are embedded in the interviews.

Ryan Isreal Porter on Hott Damned

Scott Evans on TroubleMan

Kaylon Hunt on The Brink

Eric Dean Seaton on Legend of the Mantamaji



About jmartin437

I've worked in and around the world of high end cheese for 27 years. I've been everything from a department manager who hired and fired and trained staffs to a weekend warrior who shows up ties on an apron the middle of a rush and talks to customers and cleans up the place. I enjoy it all, and I especially like my current situation conducting informal seminars about cheese at area bars and in class at the 92nd St. Y. The current schedule is always up at In addition I conduct private events that are perfect to lead off birthday parties for foodies and sommeliers and also they make great entertainment for corporate team building events and associates meetings at law firms. In addition, I've been a freelance journalist for 27 years. Currently my profiles of leading musicians and filmmakers appear in the Wall Street Journal and I also wrote about sports for the Root, and for five loooong years, which included the entirety of the Isiah Thomas Knicks era, I wrote about the NBA for the New York Sun. I enjoyed writing about basketball so much that I now do it here at rotations for free.
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