( ENSPIRE Entertainment ) Filmmaker Richard B. Pierre’s New Film “An Uninvited Guest” Is a Call To Action
ENSPIRE Contributor: Anastasia Hanna
Richard B. Pierre is an award-winning writer, director, and producer known for tackling a range of genres and subject matters. Pierre, a mixed-race Black filmmaker, has been placing his focus on race-based projects. An Uninvited Guest comes on the heels of the successful documentary What Are You? by the serious filmmaker.
The idea for the film came to the talented director after watching the 6 o’clock news report on the murder of a Black man by police. Unfortunately, not an uncommon headline. The video repeated several times on a seemingly endless loop and Pierre realized that he could easily become numb to the horror, yet each time it played it was as fresh and real as if it had happened right in front of him. At that moment, he realized he had to do something other than just get angry, thus An Uninvited Guest was born. The film received funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.
The short film portrays three people wordlessly enjoying dinner together; one of the dinner guests is Black. Outside the mansion, in full view of the guests, a Black man is assaulted by a police officer. The Black dinner guest grows increasingly anxious. His demeanor changes from numb to responsive and the people around him grow uncomfortable. An Uninvited Guest is a startling commentary on police brutality that challenges the viewer to contemplate their role in the endless cycle of violence against the Black community.
The award-winning filmmaker reaches deep, sometimes to a place that’s uncomfortable to make his point. After all, shouldn’t we be uncomfortable? An Uninvited Guest streams on CBC Gem.
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