Interview with Filmmaker Ivory Leonard IV (THE BLACK EXPERIENCE IN AMERICA: PAST)

THE BLACK EXPERIENCE IN AMERICA: PAST was the winner of BEST SOUND & MUSIC at the November 2020 Feedback Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

Social change.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?

Four years.

3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?

Well needed.

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

Overcoming anger from the research.

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

Gratitude. The film was intended to create discomfort through factual information. I’m grateful that the vision maintained its integrity.

6. How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

In response to Trayvon Martin, I wanted to bring awareness to the structures that are in place. Change happens through awareness, which births a new perspective.

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?


8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

It’s a well resourceful platform for upcoming and established filmmakers. I’ve had successes through it.

9. What song have you listened to the most times in your life?

Chris Brown- Run it.

10. What is next for you? A new film?

I just established my own business, Sankofa1619, LLC.,,

(IG: @sankofa1619). I’m currently working on Sankofa1619: Children’s Book series. My first Children’s book, “Who can I be?”, is currently up for pre-order, with a release date January 11th, 2021 on Amazon. At the moment, a few other developments are underway, but my primary focus are my books.

By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival

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