|Kris Bowers (‘Dear White People’ composer): The show is ‘speaking to a lot of people’s truths’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO] May 25th 2017, 21:00, by Chris Beachum
“It’s just speaking to a lot of people’s truths,” divulges composer Kris Bowers during our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above) when asked about the success of “Dear White People.” Created by Justin Simien, this Netflix original centers on a diverse group of students navigating various forms of racial discrimination at a predominantly white college. Simien adapted the show from his 2014 film of the same title, and the cast includes Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell, DeRon Horton, Antoinette Robertson, John Patrick Amedori, Ashley Blaine Featherson, and Marque Richardson.
“I think right now, we’re dealing with a point in time where people are feeling like they’re not heard or understood, and their identities are being questioned,” adds Bowers. “I think that’s something that is true for a lot of people, so that’s what ‘Dear White People’ speaks to, and that’s resonating with a lot of people in our generation.”
Bowers won a Daytime Emmy earlier this year for Best Music Direction and Composition for the animated program “The Snowy Day.” He is known primarily for scoring documentaries, including “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You,” “Kobe Bryant’s Muse,” and “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me.” Check out our full interview above for more about his work on “Dear White People.”
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