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Reel Review features engaging conversations about film and television with interesting folks and USC experts from across disciplines (public policy, governance, theatre, and cinema) to look at visual storytelling, media literacy, diversity, and the public good.

Hosted by Erroll Southers, Reel Review reminds us that film and TV are powerful and passionate mediums that not only entertain, but reflect and comment on our society. Culture, policy, and politics affect our everyday lives, ideas about how we live, and how we live together. It also influences what we watch, as well as what we take away from those programs.

We want to be smarter about the images and stories we see, and how we can be better together.

Feb 4, 2021

Today we’ll be doing something a bit different. We’re looking at two memoirs made into films in 2020:

Between the World and Me, from HBO, based on the book of the same name written by Ta’Nehasi Coates. The film is directed by Kamilah Forbes, and the screenplay adaptation is by David Teague.

Hillbilly Elegy is based on a book of the same name by JD Vance, published in 2016. Ron Howard directed the Netflix film, adapted for screen by Vanessa Taylor.

Host Aubrey Hicks is joined by Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro, William Resh, and Jonathan Schwartz.