Hair Love, an Oscar®-winning animated short film from Matthew A. Cherry, tells the heartfelt story of an African American father learning to do his daughter’s hair for the first time.

About Hair Love – From Matthew’s official site:

Hair Love, is a 7 minute animated short film that centers around the relationship between an African-American father, Stephen, his daughter, Zuri and her hair. Despite having long locks, Stephen has been used to his wife doing his daughter’s hair, so when she is unavailable right before a big event, Stephen will have to figure it out on his own. This sounds simple enough, but we soon come to find that Zuri’s hair has a mind of its own. 

This story was born out of seeing a lack of representation in mainstream animated projects, and also wanting to promote hair love amongst young men and women of color. It is our hope that this project will inspire.

Hair Love Broke Records

The project is a collaboration with Sony Pictures Animation that was launched as a Kickstarter campaign in 2017 with a fundraising goal of $75,000. Strong support led to the campaign amassing nearly $300,000, making it the most highly-funded short film campaign in Kickstarter history.

Black TV Film Crew was an early supporter of Hair Love

We’re very emotional about this project as we supported the initial Kickstarter campaign, shared video, promoted it on Facebook and did an exclusive interview with Matthew to help build momentum. We couldn’t be more proud of this accomplishment. The picture book “Hair Love” was released by Kokila Books/Penguin Random House on May 14, 2019, and became a New York Times Bestseller.

If you get a chance also look for Matthew’s film The Last Fall with Lance Gross.

Directors: Matthew A. Cherry (Executive Producer, “BlacKkKlansman”) Everett Downing Jr. (Animator, “Up”) Bruce W. Smith (Creator, “The Proud Family,” Animator, “The Princess and the Frog”)

Producers: Karen Rupert Toliver, Stacey Newton, Monica A. Young, Matthew A. Cherry, David Steward II, Carl Reed.

Executive Producers: Peter Ramsey (“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,”) Frank Abney (Animator, “Toy Story 4.”)

Features: Issa Rae (“Insecure”) as Zuri’s mother.

Co-Executive Producers: Jordan Peele, Andrew Hawkins, Harrison Barnes, Yara and Keri Shahidi. Associate Producers: N’Dambi Gillespie, Gabrielle Union-Wade, Dwayne Wade Jr., Gabourey Sidibe, Stephanie Fredric, and Claude Kelly. Music Composers: Paul Mounsey, Daniel D. Crawford. Additional Composer: Taylor Graves.

Production Partners: Lion Forge Animation, Chasing Miles, Matthew A. Cherry Entertainment.

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