Cinema DNA: Get Out and the Black Perspective

Jordan Peele's Get Out explores familiar horror tropes while presenting the genre through a rarely seen point of view, that of a black American. Join us as we discuss the films that inspired Get Out and how they take form through this new lens.

September 22, 2019


Jordan Peele's Get Out is a racially-charged horror story about a black photographer meeting his white girlfriend's family and uncovering an eerie plot.  A nominee for four Academy Awards including a win for Best Original Screenplay in 2018, Get Out is regarded as a daring, aggressively different film. Through the non-didactic vehicle of the genre film, Get Out shines a light on issues of systemic racism, micro-aggression, and liberal ignorance. We will explore the history of horror film, especially the social thrillers that inspired it.


Sunday, September 22, 2019

This Cinema DNA focuses on the mechanics of the horror film as well as how horror can be used to illustrate social issues. Combining lecture and clips from such films such as Stepford Wives (1975), Halloween (1978), Night of the Living Dead (1968), and The Shining (1980), we will discuss Peele's inspirations for Get Out, both stylistically and thematically.

Class Specifics:
September 22, 2019
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
SIFF Film Center
$20 | $15 SIFF Members
SIFF Cinema passes, vouchers, and other discounts not accepted.

About the Instructor:
A former Broadway assistant director, Nicole Pouchet is a published novelist and a screenwriter for Zombie Orpheus Entertainment's fantasy TV series, "Strowlers." Her horror short, Retch, has a worldwide distribution deal. She is a Board Member for the Northwest Screenwriters Guild and a guest lecturer for the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. Nicole graduated from Duke University with a focus in Film & Video.