Today is National Screenwriter’s Day. January 5, of every year, is a day to celebrate screenwriters. For us over at Black TV Film Crew, we want to convey our love and appreciation for screenwriters who tell the stories we want to see. Screenwriters push through so much of their insecurities, doubts and fears to give us projects that we absolutely love. Here are our top five reasons why we love screenwriters.
1. They Have Commitment
We love screenwriters for making the commitment to tell their story which undoubtedly is part of our community story. The character’s created have allowed us, as viewers, to reconnect with our past, motivate us toward our future and simply permitted us to see ourselves on screen. Spike Lee’s commitment to telling the stories he has wanted to tell has been a life changing experience for many of those watching.
2. They Are Detail Oriented
Watching a television show, film or even web series where a screenwriter has taken the time to paint in the fine details to a character is a blessing all in itself. The characters in Girlfriends created by Mara Brock Akil are such a blessing. Many Black women saw themselves in those characters and still route for them to this day. Why is that? Because the details allowed us to connect and again, see ourselves.
3. They Speak For Us
As people watched George Floyd die on their cell phone screens, many were affected. Many were disturbed. But, for the person who is a WOKE screenwriter, their work got a bit heavier on that day. See, for them, many decided to take the pain in Floyd’s death and weave it into the stories they’re telling on screen. Aaron Rahsaan Thomas, who developed SWAT, sprinkles the community truths in SWAT in such a way, he’s speaking for us and to the whole world.
4. They Teach Us Our History
Everyone needs to read the autobiography of Malcom X. But even for those who won’t, Spike Lee’s tribute to the controversial leader formerly known as Malcolm Little was a history lesson. The Malcolm X movie gave us glimpses of Detroit Red in a way that made us want to understand. And, though we know many screenplays are fictionalized, screenwriters stoke our interest in historical figures which make us investigate, read and learn our history.
5. They Mark Our Time For Us
You may remember what you did and what you wore the day Black Panther movie came out. You may remember how you felt when you watched the film. What emotion did you feel? For all the cinematic brilliance that was Black Panther, the storyline, the dialogue, the contribution of the screenwriters anchored each of our experiences. We have Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole to thank for making Black Panther so memorable.
Enter Our Screenwriter Contest
To further celebrate screenwriters, we are running a contest where we promote a screenwriter’s work on our site and on our Instagram during the month of January. Email us the press release on your latest project, your bio, and links (if applicable.) Our team is selecting the top three screenwriters. Good luck.
And remember, if there is a movie, tv show or web series that you love, thank a screenwriter.