Social impact agency Propper Daley hosted its second “A Day of Irrational Conversation” summit on Thursday, with a star-studded cast including Kim Kardashian, Uzo Aduba, Chrissy Teigen, BJ Novak and director and producer Scott Budnick.
Invite-only event – produced in partnership with culture-changing agency Invisible Hand, with The Hollywood Reporter as a media partner – took place at The Wallis Annenberg Performing Arts Center in Beverly Hills, and showcased a full-day program designed to unite writers, producers and executives television with culture changers. Many of the day’s conversations cover intellectual humility, mental health, social and economic division, criminal justice, reproductive rights, climate change, responsible technology and more further, with discussions aimed at influencing future on-screen plot and helping to maintain the authenticity of the story.
Kardashian and Budnick sat down with host Baratunde Thurston for a “How to Succeed in a Divided America” panel, where the two discussed campaigning for longtime prison reform. after discovering how broken this system was, especially for people of color.
Budnick, who enjoyed a successful career as a producer on many of Todd Phillips’ films, left the industry for five years to run the nonprofit The Anti-Recidivism Coalition, which aims to end incarceration. keep mass in California.
“I took a 90 percent pay cut, left my position of power, couldn’t hire anyone, couldn’t hire anyone, and it was the best five years,” Budnick said. “What I’ve realized in my five years running that nonprofit is that it’s all about storytelling – all the men and women, the boys and the girls I’ve worked with, are about telling their stories. them and humanize.”
“I think storytelling is important because people are always asking, ‘How can you help? What can you do? ‘, added Kardashian. “Someone once said to me, ‘Why are you working on a case? Work on policy. ‘ And I said to them, ‘If you don’t put a face to this rap and you don’t understand’ – people just want to be safe in the community, they want to feel that way. Unless you’ve heard their stories, unless you’ve heard where they came from and where they are right now, you won’t feel safe just reading a piece of paper. So the storytelling aspect is very important to get the policy to be able to push through. ”
In order to balance all of her activism with her businesses and law classes, Kardashian said, “I’m pretty disciplined in that I’m going to handle 10 cases at once, and I do. the insurmountability of that.” Budnick also notes how he has 300 people from the ARC, “all of whom were previously incarcerated, now union photographers, union hair and makeup, union closet . It’s a game changer,” especially on his movies like Just Mercy also tackles the issue of criminal justice reform on screen.
Regarding Budnick’s current filmmaking plans, through his co-finance company One Community, he said CHEAP he’s looking for “stories that can impact people’s lives but still be entertaining; entertainment first. No one gave them vegetables, no one gave them medicine. We’ll put you in a big commercial, TV show, documentary with real movie stars, it’s going to be exciting and fun and you don’t know what’s going to happen but you’ll learn something. You’re going to want to make an impact at the end of it and we’ll give you the path to make an impact at the end of it,” he said, citing Get out and Black Panther as inspiration.
The conference’s morning program also saw Aduba reciting Jonathan Haidt’s essay in a dramatic way. After Babel and screenwriter and director Billy Ray – who is currently working with Adam McKay on a feature film about the January 6 uprising – in a panel titled “Radical: ‘How Bad This Is. ?’”
“We’ve been learning for the past six years that democracy is a decision; it’s not absolute gravity or sunrise in the morning. Democracy happens when 330 million Americans decide that it has to happen and it has to be nurtured and it has to be protected and it has to be watered,” Ray told the audience. “If we didn’t do it, we simply wouldn’t have.”
In the afternoon, Novak participated in a discussion on “Travels for Deeper Understanding”, inspired by the travel he did for his film. Retributionhe encourages Hollywood to “send people back to wherever they’re roots so they can report on everything and it’s not just Retinue and show who has the privilege of winning all the Emmys. “
Zazie Beetz moderated a chat titled “Never End of the World: Our Climate Future and BIPOC Solutions” and in a side chat CHEAP she reveals her hopes for on-screen climate stories.
“If you’re editing in 2022, there’s no world where your story doesn’t really include a conversation about climate, whether it’s about how people choose to eat on your show or choose to mobility or possible crises. foundation,” she said. “I don’t necessarily think it’s about making climate the focal point of every story, but rather making climate the setting of a story – the same way, if you were making a rom-com in New York City, New York City will play a character in the story. ” Teigen was one of the final speakers, leading a talk on reproductive rights called ‘I Made That Choice’.
Propper Daley President Greg Propper, which is hosting the first “Day of Irrational Dialogue” since 2019 after missing the past two years due to the pandemic, said that this year’s focus was “a matter of modesty of the people.” wisdom and joy when it comes to being wrong, and helps us all build muscles of curiosity and questioning. ”
And when it comes to talent bookings and wide-ranging conversations, the organization sought to “go beyond the debates and conversations on cable news and just try to have a conversation.” more nuanced on issues. I think most people want that, it’s just hard to find,” added Propper. “I really think people care, it’s just a question, can we get them out of their writing room and out of their work for a day to join us long enough to do you hear it?”