Chadwick Boseman: Portrait of an Artist invites viewers to learn about the polished craft of the Black Panther star in a conversation with those who have worked closely alongside him.
Check out the trailer below.
The title derives from a quote by Boseman, who once said, "People call me an actor. I wouldn't necessarily call myself an actor—I would call myself an artist."
In the film, fellow artists discuss the intense commitment that went into his work. Viola Davis, who starred alongside Boseman in the Academy Award-nominated Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, says in the clip, "You know you have to step up when you're in his presence. He's looking at your work and he's really hyper-focused on the craft, on the process. That's Chad." Phylicia Rashad, who taught Boseman acting at Howard University, adds, "He was not going to limit his experience of growth and learning because of cultural difference."
The special follows on the heels of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, the final film to feature the esteemed actor. For his performance as Levee Green, Boseman recently received a posthumous Oscar nomination for Best Actor, and he has already been awarded numerous prizes for the role, including a Golden Globe and an NAACP Image Award.
In addition to Davis and Rashad, the special will include commentary from Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, Glynn Turman, Taylour Paige, George C. Wolfe, Branford Marsalis, Danai Gurira, Andile Nebulane, Aakomon “AJ” Jones, Tate Taylor, Brian Helgeland, Reginald Hudlin and Woodie King Jr.
Chadwick Boseman: Portrait of an Artist will be released globally on Netflix on April 17 for a limited 30-day release. We will be sure to stream while we have the chance.
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