Exclusive Video: Chris Rock, Producer Nelson George and Sarah Jones talk GOOD HAIR

     February 25, 2009

Written by Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub

Another of the many movies that premiered at this year’s Sundance Film festival was the Chris Rock documentary “Good Hair”. The film is a look at the complicated world of hair in the African American community and the amount of time and money people spend getting it just right.

The film was actually inspired by one of his daughters when she said she didn’t like her hair. Once he committed to doing the project, Chris spent almost two-years going around the world filming with some of the people from “The Chris Rock Show”. He traveled to Beverly Hills, Harlem, Dallas, India, and the home of the Bronner Brothers Hair Show – Atlanta. Along the way he interviewed celebrities like Nia Long, Megan Goode, Lauren London, Sally Richardson, Sarah Jones, Reverend Al Sharpton and poet Maya Angelou.The documentary was not only funny, but very insightful.

As of now I don’t know what the plans are for distribution, but with HBO Films having financed the movie, worst case would be “Good Hair” eventually playing on HBO.

Anyway, while at this year’s Sundance, I gotto speak with Chris Rock, Producer Nelson George and Sarah Jones. All the interviews are below so take a look. And you can see some clips from “Good Hair” by clicking here.

Producer Nelson George

  • When did he first get involved with this project
  • We talk about how you have to be passionate to make a documentary
  • Nelson talks about the different hair dressers who are focused on in the movie
  • Filming the hair battle
  • What was the most challenging part of the shoot and what did he learn while filming
  • We talk about how a lot of hair comes from India and how it’s finally being spotlighted in the media
  • Chris Rock enters

Chris Rock

  • Where did this project from
  • What did he learn while making this
  • He talks about what kind of documentary Good Hair is
  • When did he first discover that India was responsible for so much of the American hair industry
  • Have the characters at the hair show become even more flamboyant
  • HBO films talk – how easy was it to get financing
  • Chris talks about how easy it is to get financing for comedies and things he is known for, but it’s still a challenge when he wants to do a project like this
  • What else does he have coming up

Sarah Jones

  • When did Chris first ask her to be involved in the project
  • We talk about how I was ignorant of a lot of what this movie deals with. I ask if she had a lot of friends who thought like I did
  • Relaxer talk
  • We talk about the hair industry and the Atlanta hair show
  • India hair talk and extensions
  • More Atlanta hair show talk
  • Since she has traveled the world, I ask what are some of her favorite places
  • What else does she have coming up
  • Broadway/Lincoln Center talk

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