Finding Humor in the Filming of “BlacKkKlansman”


By Sophia Basile 

“BlacKkKlansman” is based on a memoir by Ron Stallworth, a Colorado detective who infiltrated the KKK in the 70’s.
You’re probably now saying to yourself, “what’s funny about that?”


Film editor Barry Brown sees humor as an important layer to a story. He’s  been working with director Spike Lee for years and they agree that finding the lighter side adds dimension to a story.
“Humor is a part of life,” Brown said, “and not to have that at all in a drama to me just flattens a story out and actually lessens the reality of it.”
Brown received an Oscar nomination for his work in BlacKkKlansman. He says the secret to his success is in trusting his instincts.“I don’t really attack a film very intellectually. I’m a very intuitive editor. It feels as if I fall through a cut really.”

BlacKkKlansman looks to connect the actions of White Supremacists from the past to the racial tensions of today. Brown’s approach to accomplishing that was to have an open mind, and a little humility.

“I never have a vision ever of what a film is going to turn out to be, especially as an editor. I usually go in thinking I can’t cut it,” Brown said.

Modest words from the former Columbia University professor who is enjoying his second nomination for an Academy Award.