Tubi isn’t just a streaming service for fans to enjoy—it has become an outlet for independent Black filmmakers to showcase their art.
Tubi feels like the early days of Datpiff / LiveMixtapes. Some of these acts will eventually make it to the big screen.
I've been sidestepping Tubi because there's only so much streaming content I can watch. But I worked in indie film for a long time and this was such a thoughtful piece that...you win, Phil. You win. :)
We have seven films on Tubi. Some of them were lucky enough to make it on Redbox a few years back. And none of them would be considered "black films" per se, other than they are written, produced by and usually taring me. Although my films use tropes from kung fu films and blaxploitation, but if you're expecting SOUL FOOD or BOYZ N THA HOOD I'm not that guy. Most recently, my film from 1987, the cult classic Treasure of the Ninja was added. The film was resurrected by Vinegar Syndrome who found VHS copies that I sold to video stores 35 years ago, floating around or bootlegged all around the planet. The article is right on. Our films don't suffer from passion or story, or kung fu. They suffer from zero financial backing by anyone except the money we scrape up. So, view our films with that in mind. if you're not looking for Sydney Portier, and just wanna see me whip up on Ninjas, you'll get a kick out of it.
Tubi streams my first movie “Trap Soldiers”. We shot it on a budget of 50k. Tubi has given opportunities to filmmakers like me and I am forever grateful. Thank you Tubi!
Great article! I hope this trend on Tubi continues for black filmmakers. I'm about to release my first feature film, HBSU and the struggle is real. I'm glad you highlighted the financial obstacles for black independent cinema. Funding was my biggest hurdle. I love what the filmmakers are doing in Detroit. That model needs to be duplicated everywhere. I look forward to reading more of your work.
Any chance you could do a thread on Twitter of about 10 or so that are truly worth watching? I know opinions are subjective but I think as long as the story is engaging and the acting is decent it would be worth supporting.
Tubi is a great place to showcase indie films. I have one film on Tubi and about to release another. I started out on major networks but still made more on Tubi as an indie. Distributors are crooks. Way to go TUBI!
#OPENINGDOORS WITH SLASHER, DEPRAVITY+ BLACK FILMS
#TUBI and #WHOELSE?
62 This year, female writer here. #Looking at #playlists--opening doors that lead to #financialstrong is at the price of #overkill #underbelly #blaxploitation--like #WPB and #Miami #libraries.
#WhyProtest, #sue, #callongovt and #create #overkill #underbelly #blaxploitation?
Love this ! Mean Monroe is my favorite Tubi star !
My first feature "Child $upport The Movie" did over 5 million views on YouTube then Tubi added it to their platform. As an indie filmmaker I've learned a lot from Tubi & the other streaming platform. I know what to do next.
How do we get on the front page of Tubi with our film. I notice all of maverick film land there as soon as they’re released.
Great article! I've heard through the grapevine that Tubi was gradually moving away from acquiring content from indie filmmakers. I don't know if this is true or not, but this information is very encouraging for black filmmakers. I really hope this trend continues. I'm gearing up for the release of my film H.B.S.U, and it's nice to know other black filmmakers in Detroit are doing their thing too. The financial struggle is real and I'm glad you highlighted that in your article. I look forward to reading more of your work.