“No, I have not seen anything. For me, this is a very big conversation. When I think of my contemporary filmmakers, most of the work they’re making doesn’t address this or even feature any non-white actors. Film is inherently white and male. When I was working on costumes, I would be the only person on the set who was a person of color. I’m talking about a set of anywhere from 50 to 200 people. It starts behind the scenes as well. The question of diversity is a question of who is putting the work together. It’s a much larger conversation, and it’s about making changes behind as well as in front of the camera. Who’s doing the casting? Who’s the producer? This isn’t an attack on white directors; I’m not into that, but… You go to a festival like SXSW, Sundance, or Tribeca, and you find most of the filmmakers are white.
I even see it in myself, trying to be more inclusive in my work. I’ve been on the set where I’m the only person who is black. It’s incredibly challenging. It’s important for me to look around the room and see it the way I see the world, which is in multiple shades.”