Piccolo Is Black.

After decades of Black Americans consuming insulting misrepresentations of their culture, they find a familiar home in Japanese culture and in anime characters like Piccolo.

  • Ryan Joiner
  • Landon Watford
  • Ryan Joiner
  • Landon Watford
  • Ryan Joiner
  • Landon Watford
  • Hollis Rosenkranz
    Director of Photography
  • Pierre Olivier Ledain
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  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 59 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 14, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Florida State University
Director Biography - Ryan Joiner, Landon Watford

Ryan Joiner
Ryan Joiner is a young woman known for many things; book buying (but not reading), passionate speeches about any and all Batman theory, and being the most chaotic, yet charming person in the room. She is an aspiring director, producer, and actress studying at The Florida State University’s College of Motion Picture Arts. Her goal in life is to create stories and media, for the underrepresented, that cause people to change the way they see themselves.

Landon Watford
Chess fanatic, classic film lover, and George Carlin enthusiast, Landon Watford is convinced he’s an old man trapped in a young boy’s body. He is an aspiring writer and director, proudly studying at Florida State University’s College of Motion Picture Arts, dreaming of one day writing and directing unapologetically original and painfully hilarious films for the big screen.

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Director Statement

To the Black kid, the geek, or the budding anthropologist,

We present to you a story born out of curiosity and love.

We’re using this film to celebrate both culture and storytelling, universal languages that connect people oceans away.

We hope that Black geeks know that we see you and you’re valid. We hope this inspires people to be proud of who they are, no matter how niche or unusual. Above all else, we hope that this film empowers you to choose your own heroes, and one day, create them.

Piccolo is Black, and in the words of Eunice Ibama, “if you don't agree, cry about it.”

With Love,
Ryan Joiner and Landon Watford