I love Turner Classic Movies. I've been a devoted viewer since 1999. Full disclosure: From 2000 to 2007, I pitched myself repeatedly for TCM employment. Not on-camera employment. I sought work doing research or promotions or copywriting. It's now 2017. As a devoted viewer, I'm wondering why I don't see African Americans represented in TCM commercials. Have you watched the promos for the TCM Film Festival, the TCM Backlot, the TCM Wine Club and FilmStruck? Frankly, I've seen more black people in an Ingmar Bergman movie than I see in those promos.
I'm thrilled that black experts are guests in special programming that spotlights African American filmmakers. However, I would love to see us represented in the other mainstream promos and such. Bring us on a solo guest hosts occasionally. Remember the October 2014 salute to films about or shot in Africa? The guest host for the Salute to Africa every Friday in October 2014 was...Alex Trebek. Caucasian-Canadian Alex Trebek. He's an absolute gentleman and a brilliant TV game show host...but when I watched him present those nights on TCM, I found myself making a Thelma Ritter face.
We African Americans also love and watch TCM. We're in the viewership. That's why a reflection of ourselves in the promos would be a welcomed sight. It's the end of March now. Let's see what April brings.
Movie trivia: Best-selling novelist Susan Isaacs is a longtime friend of mine. Her novels COMPROMISING POSITIONS and SHINING THROUGH were made into movies. In the 80s, she was tapped to write the screenplay for a possible SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS remake. With Faye Dunaway in the Burt Lancaster role.
Here's the demo reel I submitted when I was pitching myself for a behind-the-scenes TCM job.