The 50th Chicago International Film Festival - Black Perspectives: “Beyond The Lights”

Acclaimed filmmaker Gina Prince-Bythewood has one of the hottest, most talked about movies headed to  screens November 14 because she did not take ‘no’ for an answer.

Prince-Bythewood, who engaged and delighted moviegoers with Love & Basketball and The Secret Life of Bees, was told by studios that they would not touch her Beyond the Lights project unless she had an established star attached to it.

“Relativity was the first studio that said my choice of Gugu Mbatha-Raw was a star—‘We love her,’” Prince-Bythewood told The Film Strip. “We know your work and we trust you,” they told her. “That was a phenomenal feeling after all those ‘no’s, to sit in a meeting and hear that.”

In an exclusive interview, Prince-Bythewood discussed how the movie came to be.

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