Los Angeles, CA - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Announces the launch of a new series of virtual panels for members and the public, as part of it Academy Aperture 2025 Equity and inclusion initiative, called "ACADEMY DIALOGUES: IT STARTS WITH US," with conversations about race, ethnicity, gender, history opportunity and the art of filmmaking. This discussion focus on the industry-wide systemic changes that are needed to afford greater opportunities for women and people from underrepresented ethnic/racial communities and to create a new narrative for recovery.
"With our ACADEMY DIALOGUES SERIES, the ACADEMY is creating a space four our members - and the public' to talk about inclusion in a way that is timely, relevant and allows for a meaningful exchange on how to bring systemic change to Hollywood" said LORENZA MUÑOZ, EVP, Member Relations and Awards. "These conversations may be uncomfortable for some, but necessary to broaden the stories that are getting told, and increase opportunities to those who have been excluded."
"THE POWER OF NARRATIVE"
"ACADEMY DIALOGUES; "NATIVE SON"
On the second one, "NATIVE SON" the ACADEMY will present a conversation with Oscar®-nominated director LEE DANIELS ("Precious": Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire") and Oscar®-winning writer TARELL ALVIN McCRANEY ("Moonlight") about their personal and professional journey navigating the film industry as Black gay men. EMIL WILBEKIN, media executive and founder of Native Son, a networking group for professional Black gay men, will moderate the discussion that will be available in You Tube on AUGUST 27.
"ACADEMY DIALOGUES: " OWNING OUR STORIES"
As part of the "ACADEMY DIALOGUES It Starts with Us " series The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents a conversation with writers MISAN SAGAY ("Belle") and LIGIAH VILLALOBOS ("Under the Same Moon") and filmmakers ELIE-MÁIJÁ TAILFEATHERS ("The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open") and LULU WANG ( "The Farewell") on the role that gate keeping at the studios and production companies has played in preventing authentic stories from being told. BIRD RUNNINGWATER, Director of the indigenous Program at the Sundance Institute will moderate the discussion.
WHO IS WHO:
BIRD RUNNINGWTER moderator
MISAN SAGAY (writer of "Belle")
ELIE-MÁIJÁ TAILFEATHERS Writer-director and actor ("The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open)
LIGIAH VILLALOBOS, writer ("Under the same Moon")
LULU WANG director ("The Farewell")
THE NEW "ACADEMY DIALOGUES" CONVERSATIONS
"DOCUMENTARY THROUGH OUR OWN LENSE
Following with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Academy Aperture 2025 initiative, "ACADEMY DIALOGUES: It STARTS WITH US, "DOCUMENTARY THROUGH OUR OWN LENSES" focuses on the systemic hanges that need to occur for marginalized communities to be able to tell stories through their won lens. Although the field of talented documentries is among the most diverse in the entertainment industry, opportunities to tell their stories continue to be a challenge for people from underrrepresented communities. Who gets to tell those stories?
Panelists include filmmaker LISA CORTÉS ("All in: The Fight for Democracy") JAMES LeBRECHT ("Crip Camp") BAO NGUYEN ("Be Water") and DAWN PORTER ("John Lewis: Good Trouble") The panel will be moderated by Academy governor and Oscar® winner ROGER ROSS WILLIAMS ("The Apollo")
The next "ACADEMY DIALOGUES" and their panelist will be announced in Cultural World Bilingual