The film is composed of numerous online video diaries in which people weigh in on series of scandals involving famous African American men. Most of the vlogs were made between 2009 and 2011, the early days of the Obama era, a period many hoped would signal improvement in race relations, but instead emboldened American’s racist underbelly and racial discord.This was enabled and aggravated by social media platforms, which were growing in popularity, and where rants, lies, emotion, and conspiracy theories spread wildly, on equal footing, if not at an advantage, to reason and fact.
The film pays close attention to the language ordinary people use as they describe, judge, prescribe behaviors for, and variously attack or defend famous black men, all while defining the places and positions they think black men in America can and should occupy.
Now he’s out in public is a mediation on the fraught nature contemporary publicness, an area where torrents of competing voices produce echo chambers where bigoted and sensible expressions are often leveled, amplifying and deepen social divisions. Originally presented as a multi-channel gallery installation in 2012, Now he’s out in public and everyone can see was made into a film in 2017