All Movies Matter: Representation in Entertainment (DRA2143.02)

Shawtane Bowen

In this class, we will examine racial and minority representation (gender, sexual orientation, age, etc.) in the media and entertainment. From Al Jolson in “The Jazz Singer”, Mickey Rooney in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, and Matt Damon in “The Great Wall” to Zoe Saldana in “Nina”, Zoe Saldana in “Avatar”, or Zoe Saldana in “Guardians of the Galaxy”, this class explores how people of diverse backgrounds are portrayed in mainstream Hollywood and asks the question, what is appropriate, what is right, and does it matter? In addition to analyzing established works, we will also create our own pieces in an effort to determine best practices for improving representation in TV and Film.

Prerequisites: None.
Credits: 2
M 4:10pm - 6:00pm; M 6:30pm - 7:50pm (second seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 18
This course is categorized as 2000, All courses, Drama, Monday and/or Thursday Afternoons, Second Seven Week, Shawtane Bowen, Two Credit, Updates.