Backtalk with Antoine Fuqua

Director shares his motivation for launching his film program for Brooklyn youth


What tactics will you use to reach kids who don’t seem to have basic skills or motivation?

The biggest thing is that for any kids, you have to put it in front of them. It has to be tangible. Sometimes all they get to see is basketball players and rappers. A lot of these kids lose interest. If I can find what their interests are and what their weaknesses might be, I can help them make films. I’m hoping to get kids from eighth grade going into ninth grade. It will give me a chance to watch them for four years and help them develop and see what they might need help in.

What would you say are the challenges African American directors face?

There are a lot of different challenges. One is getting financing for your vision, for the stories you want to tell. That is difficult for any director, but if you’ve got a film that you want to make dealing with the black experience, you will find it very difficult to find people who have any interest in that. We need more black filmmakers absolutely, but what we need is more people of color with some money who are willing to invest in filmmakers they believe in. The controlling factor always is who is writing the check.

This article originally appeared in the May 2010 issue of Black Enterprise magazine.

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  • Robyn

    First I would like to say a lot of our youth today do not know who you are behind the cameras only the actors (stars) I didn’t know about you I was amazed and proud. It’s sad to know when you returned to the same community some were dead and incarcerated. I love you for that! May God continue to bless your life with every breath you take.

    Signed, sealed and raising a son, Robyn S.

  • Agnes Amoh

    Most of al,l thank God, for your great success in life. Keep up with the excellent work you are doing. I’m hoping that I will get a chance to work with you one day on your upcoming films. I have some great ideas to share with you. Thank you!

  • Agnes Amoh

    Most of all, l thank God, for your great success in life. Keep up with the excellent work you are doing. I’m hoping that I will get a chance to work with you one day on your upcoming films. I have some great ideas to share with you. Thank you!