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Filmmaker Matthew A. Cherry Talks Hair Love, Diverse Animation

Filmmaker Matthew A. Cherry Talks Hair Love, Diverse Animation

Nathan and Anton talk with Matthew Cherry about his upcoming animated short Hair Love.

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On this disentangling episode of the Popzara Podcast our own Nathan Evans is joined by fellow follicle fanatic Anton A. Hill as they talk with footballer-turned-filmmaker Matthew A. Cherry about his wildly anticipated upcoming animated short Hair Love, which follows an “African American father trying to do his daughters hair for the first time.

The project was a Kickstarter sensation – for all the right reasons – far exceeding its original goal of $75,000 to a sensational $284,058. There’s nothing else quite like it on the horizon, and who better to talk about the intricacies of female black hair than two middle-aged white guys?

While the short won’t be available until next year, listen in as the guys chat about the importance of showcasing real diversity in both concepts and production, the crowd-sourcing phenomenon helping fiance indie projects like Hair Love, the success of black filmmakers like Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) and Jordan Peele (Get Out), amazing character work from illustrator Vashti Harrison, and how just about anyone with an iPhone and big dreams can make it.

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