Cinema DNA: Get Out and the Black Perspective - Virtual Class

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 instructor Nicole Pouchet as we explore the films that inspired Get Out and how they take form through this new lens.

Get Out

June 23, 2020

Virtual Events

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.

Zoom meeting details will be emailed to ticket purchasers shortly before the scheduled event. 

This virtual 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 explore Peele's inspirations for Get Out, both stylistically and thematically.

Class Specifics:
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Presented via Zoom Webinar
Sliding Scale Admission $5 | $15
Please pay what you can; proceeds support both the instructor and SIFF's virtual programming.

About the Instructor:
A former Broadway assistant director, Nicole Pouchet is a novelist and writer/director for Zombie Orpheus Entertainment's award-winning fantasy TV series, "Strowlers." Her horror/social thriller short, Retch, premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival in 2019 and has shown on DirecTV, Amazon, and PBS. Nicole continues to write/direct projects that incorporate social commentary into genre film. She is a Board Member for the Northwest Screenwriters Guild and a guest lecturer for the University of Virginia, SIFF, and Women in Film. Learn more about Nicole at her Website.

About Cinema DNA:
The Cinema DNA class series focuses on the genealogical inspirations of great films. Through engaging with the films that influence great filmmakers, audiences may develop a deeper appreciation for the art, ideas, and social movements that shape the artistic stories we love.