In the first of a two-part WNET Up Next series, Executive Producer Julie Anderson discusses the meaning of “The Talk”, which refers to the conversation African-American families have with their children, particularly boys, on how they should behave if stopped by the police to make sure the child is not perceived as a threat or is carrying a weapon. Over the course of two hours and six main stories, the documentary The Talk – Race in America hopes to create a safe space for a national conversation on the complex issues of race in America.
Anderson traces the history of the project to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), who came to her to create a program that would address this issue. After doing extensive research and putting together a filmmaking team including award-winning director Sam Pollard, the filmmakers set out to tell untold, unheard stories that illustrate the issue, including perspectives from parents, children, law enforcement, and individual communities.
Julie also shares with host Tom Stewart her journey as a filmmaker which began in television sports for ABC, ESPN, and HBO, and evolved into the world of documentary film. At WNET, Julie serves as the Executive Producer of Documentaries and Development. In our following episode, WNET Up Next looks at additional aspects of “The Talk – Race in America” with the film’s director Sam Pollard.
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Recorded at WNET Audio C – February 1, 2017
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