You may have never heard of Clarence Avant, but this enigmatic manager, producer and record executive has touched the lives of a wide array of people you have heard of: Bill Withers, Hank Aaron, Barack Obama. In his new Netflix documentary ‘The Black Godfather,’ Hudlin lines up all those people and many more to reveal the behind-the-scenes story of Avant, now 88 years old. Hudlin explains how he got all of them to sit for interviews for a doc that will soon drop on Netflix, possibly because Avant’s daughter is married to Ted Sarandos. Hudlin also talks about his own career--which kicked off in 1990 with ‘House Party,’ a Sundance hit that started as a short film at Harvard.
Reginald Hudlin on his Clarence Avant documentary ‘The Black Godfather’
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Despite the hefty tax breaks, several big studios are now saying they’ll have to bail on production in Georgia if the state’s new, restrictive abortion law goes into effect.