Friday, December 09, 2005


FROM Families Switch Places in 'Black.White'
Friday December 9 9:02 AM ET

A black family learns what it's like to be white while a white family becomes black in the six-part documentary series "Black.White," scheduled for broadcast on the FX cable network in March.

Makeup temporarily transforms the two families for the series developed by filmmaker R.J. Cutler and actor-rapper Ice Cube.

"The loud message of the show is that we are a divided nation," said Cutler, who won an Emmy for outstanding reality program for "American High." "But we can come together if we're willing to talk about our differences and work to see the world through the eyes of other people."

For the run of the show, the Sparks family of Atlanta and the Wurgel family of Santa Monica share a home in the San Fernando Valley.

But with makeup, Brian and Renee Sparks and their son, Nick, are transformed from black to white. Bruno and Carmen Wurgel and their daughter, Rose, become black.

The race-changing makeup, administered by Oscar-nominated artist Keith VanderLaan, took three to five hours per family member.

"We're doing something that has never been done before that advances in makeup technology allow," said Cutler, who produced the Oscar-nominated documentary "The War Room."

The show's creators say the switch changes the families' core values in ways they could not have imagined.

"'Black.White' will force people to challenge themselves and really examine where we stand in terms of race in this country," Ice Cube said.


At 6:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can hardly wait.

At 3:56 PM, Blogger thefayth said...

Hey there, yeah when Black. White. comes out there should be tons to talk on. I think it has a great shot at provoking an open dialogue between blacks and whites..I have to wait until the first show airs before I can give everyone the DL on how I saw it go down...but just you wait, it was one hell of an experience to be part of!


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