Kicking off during this year’s Film Comment Selects, Film Comment is launching a monthly series of free talks that will feature critics, filmmakers, and other contributors to the magazine and will provide a forum for discussing ideas—political, aesthetic, and beyond—central to our contemporary film culture. Many of the talks will also be featured as episodes of the popular Film Comment Podcast. For this edition, inspired by the Opening Night selection of the series, Life and Nothing More, Editor-in-Chief Nicolas Rapold will moderate a talk about representations of race in American and international cinema featuring Antonio Méndez Esparza, director of Life and Nothing More, RaMell Ross, director of Hale County This Morning, This Evening, Sundance 2018 Winner U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Creative Vision, and Professor Racquel Gates, author of Double Negative: The Black Image and Popular Culture.

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