Boots Riley’s State of Cinema Address Is as Radical as You’d Expect — Watch

IndieWire | 4/18/2019 | Staff
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The San Francisco International Film Festival is ongoing, and Boots Riley has marked its halfway point by giving an hour-long State of Cinema Address. After beginning in rhymed verse — “I got love for the underdog,” he repeated several times throughout the five-minute portion of his speech — the “Sorry to Bother You” writer-director used the medium’s beginnings to talk about its future.

“When film started to be created, Thomas Edison didn’t think it was a thing,” Riley said. “He didn’t think it would be very popular at all, because to him what was more important was sound recording. That was so much different from anything else: People had seen pictures, they’d seen paintings, they’d seen themselves in the mirror. It wasn’t as amazing to him as sound because people hadn’t heard themselves before; hearing yourself was like hearing your soul captured.”

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It did catch on and become a thing, of course, but Riley believes it needs to keep going. “Film hasn’t yet reached its fullest potential because we weren’t yet ready for what we can do with it now,” he said. “We and artists weren’t yet at a place where they’re able...
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