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  • 'Blindspotting' stars Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal are on a mission of empathy

    In tackling issues like race, class and police brutality, Daveed Diggs ('Hamilton') and Rafael Casal want Oakland-set 'Blindspotting' to inspire audiences to embrace empathy.

  • Daveed Diggs blends comedy, drama, and a portrait of Oakland in the impressive Blindspotting

    If the recent Sorry To Bother You presents a head-trip, music-video vision of trying to get by in Oakland, California, then Blindspotting offers a more grounded tour of the city, addressing some of the same or related problems: racism, gentrification, systemic oppression. Given the proximity of the two movies both at Sundance and in general release this summer, Blindspotting has every opportunity to look more staid, earnest, and traditionalist in its approach to the subject matter. As it turns...

  • Daveed Diggs' 'Blindspotting' is an urgent tale about race, friendship, and gentrification: EW review

    Is Oakland becoming Hollywood North? Hitting theaters just two weeks after Boots Riley’s indie sensation Sorry to Bother You, Carlos López Estrada’s Blindspotting is steeped in the sights and sounds of the Bay Area city grappling uncomfortably with gentrification. The two films represented a bit of a mini-trend when they both premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. And if Estrada’s dark buddy dramedy doesn’t quite have the same virtuoso flair and wild originality as Riley’s...
  • Blindspotting’s Rafael Casal talks Oakland, Hamilton, and his pal Daveed Diggs

    Written by Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal, Blindspotting follows longtime friends Collin and Miles (Diggs and Casal, respectively) through the final three days of Collin’s probation as he tries to put his criminal past behind him, but Miles’ recklessness threatens to land him back in trouble. At the premiere, we spoke with Casal about the film, Hamilton, and collaborating with his close friend, Daveed Diggs.

  • Daveed Diggs’ hip-hop group to perform at Oakland museum’s Park Jam

    Fresh off the release of his feature film "Blindspotting," Daveed Diggs is scheduled to join his experimental hip-hop outfit Clipping for a headlining performance at Oakland Museum of California's inaugural Park Jam outdoor festival on Saturday, July 21. The all-ages event will offer food, drinks, turntable battles, DJ sets and more in the museum's back garden. The trio rounded out by Jonathan Snipes and William Hutson has found a broader audience since Diggs'...

  • How ‘Hamilton’ star Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal got their movie 'Blindspotting' made after 10 years

    The screenwriters' love letter to Oakland is a buddy comedy with a troubled conscience.

  • New Hollywood Podcast: Daveed Diggs & Rafael Casal Talk ‘Blindspotting’, “BBQ Betty” And The Impact Of Gentrification

    There’s a lot to unpack when it comes to the verse-driven stylings of Lionsgate’s film Blindspotting — and the film’s stars and co-writers Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal paid a visit to the New Hollywood Podcast to wax poetic on all the details. Marking the directorial debut of Carlos López Estrada, the film, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year, follows Collin (Diggs), who is making the best of his final days of probation for an arrest that haunts him and his…

  • Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal Go ‘Blindspotting’; Bleecker Street Opens ‘McQueen’ – Specialty B.O. Preview

    Summit Entertainment/Lionsgate is opening Blindspotting with Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal in limited locations this weekend ahead of a wider roll out. Starring Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal, who co-wrote the comedy/drama, the feature came together after a decade of planning. Blindspotting is the highest-profile narrative opening in select locations this weekend. Friday will also see the arrival of several documentaries. Bleecker Street is opening McQueen by Ian Bonhôte…

  • ‘Hamilton’ star Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal of Oakland make one of the year’s best films with ‘Blindspotting’

    “Blindspotting” is one of the year’s great films, and somehow you can tell from the opening moments. We see a montage of various Oakland sights on a split screen: kids jumping rope, the facade of a Whole Foods store, skateboarders, a brawl on a BART train. And accompanying this, on the soundtrack, is the drinking song from the first act of “La Traviata.” What a weird, inspired juxtaposition of sight and sound. Any other filmmaker would have gone with hip-hop, but director Carlos...