How many threads connect us to the movies? Joining the podcast is Kevin Goetz, author and film researcher/audience tester with his firm Screen Engine/ASI. Kevin speaks to Larry about his latest work Audience-ology: How Moviegoers Shape the Films We Love, and how the audience matters and shapes film. Kevin de-constructs the subtitle of his book, discusses the difference between writing a book and film making (even when the movie comes from the book). Kevin shares his journey as a young actor to his role in entertainment today. Larry posits the question “does a mega star influence a movie or does the character they play steer the actor”.
Returning to the podcast with commentary is Reverend Gayle Fisher Stewart, the author of the new book Black and Episcopalian: The Struggle for Inclusion. Gayle discusses how the narratives of history tend to devaluate other races or genders, how the African American heritage has been whitewashed and minimized. She speaks about how the seeds of Black History Month started as Negro History Week and has evolved in spite of whitewashing. Now Black History Month tasks people to recognize the achievements of people of color and recognize the sins of the pas. It also challenges us all to remember and not allow those injustices to be repeated today in a world that is so fractured.