Forest Whitaker On Social Media, The Future Of Film & His New Venture, Juntobox Films

By Megan O'Neill 

Over the weekend, Shira Lazar of What’s Trending sat down with Forest Whitaker in the SXSW Samsung Blogger Lounge to talk about—the collaborative film studio that makes filmmaking social that just named Whitaker as their co-chair.  In the interview, Whitaker talks not only about Juntobox Films, but also about the future of filmmaking, social media and more.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Juntobox Films—the platform basically allows creators to upload film project ideas, rally support, network with peers and collect followers and make their way up through various levels of the development process.  The exciting part is that as projects rise to the top of the Juntobox ladder they become eligible for development and in 2012 Juntobox will actually be greenlighting five user films!

In addition to talking about Juntobox, Whitaker weighed in on social media and the online space.  He tells Lazar that he thinks the online space is “empowering because we need people to feel like their voices can be heard and this is a place where people can connect and people can talk and their identity comes out and I think that’s a powerful thing.  For me, the net space is like a portal for evolvement of humanity.”

Whitaker also stresses the importance of building online conversation when it comes to building communities online.  He says, “You want people to find something that they can invest in and that they can converse about and that they can move out to others—things that they care about.”

Check out the full interview below and let us know what you think.  What do you think about the idea behind Juntobox Films and about Whitaker’s thoughts on social media and the web?

Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.