Film historian Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman argues that Hollywood is beginning a new “golden age for black horror films.” HORROR NOIRE, a documentary based on Coleman’s same-titled book, features interviews with leading figures of Black horror cinema, including Jordan Peele (GET OUT), Tony Todd (CANDYMAN), and Tina Mabry (MISSISSIPPI DAMNED).
The film also explores the history of the genre, shedding new light on how African American characters and creators were used — and misused — across a century of cinema. HORROR NOIRE is the very first documentary produced by AMC Networks’ new horror video streaming service, Shudder.
Twenty-something director Xavier Burgin is an Emmy nominated filmmaker, Sundance Lab Fellow, HBO Finalist, and a director on the Emmy nominated series, Giants, produced by Issa Rae Presents.
Presented in conjunction with the 400 Years of Inequality Commemoration, part of a national observance of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans to be sold into bondage in North America in 1619 at Jamestown, with support provided by the Diversity Transformation Fund through UAlbany’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.