The African American Steering Committee (AASC) hosted a conversation with Director/Producer Reginald Hudlin following their regular monthly meeting in the Los Angeles Boardroom on July 13.
Although known as the director of features such as House Party and Boomerang, the main topic of discussion was Hudlin’s work as a producer on Quentin Tarantino’s controversial feature Django Unchained.
In the film, a freed slave (Jamie Foxx) sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio) with the help of a German bounty hunter (Christophe Waltz). Django Unchained earned multiple honors including an Academy Award nomination for “Best Picture,” a “Best Supporting Actor” Oscar for Waltz, and a “Best Original Screenplay” Oscar for Tarantino.
Hudlin sat down with Director/AASC Co-Chair Carl Seaton, (One Week, Of Boys and Men) who moderated a conversation that explored the challenges of making the film, the controversy surrounding its subject matter, and the global success of Django Unchained.
In addition to the aforementioned features, Hudlin’s directing filmography includes the feature films The Great White Hype, Serving Sara, and The Ladies Man; as well as episodes of television series such as Bones, Modern Family, The Office, The Bernie Mac Show, and Everybody Hates Chris.
Hudlin has been a member of the DGA since 1991.