This image released by FX shows Malcolm Mays as Kevin, from left, Damson Idris as Franklin Saint and Isaiah John as Leon on FX’s new series “Snowfall.” The first season premiered Wednesday, July 5, 2017. (Mark Davis/FX via AP)
ATLANTA (AP) _ Filmmaker John Singleton remembered taking a ride through a section of a south Los Angeles neighborhood seeing security bars on every window and huge metal gates surrounding each home.
The recent drive instantly reminded Singleton about when residents in the area first took cautioned measures to guard their house to prevent home invasions during the 1980s crack cocaine epidemic.
“People made it almost like they were imprisoning themselves in their homes,” the Los Angeles native recalled. “In the early 80s, people started breaking into people’s houses. Crack really took hold back then. … But this
For John Singleton, relief is not being part of the YouTube generation — or rather, not having to forge a career in the thick of it.
“I don’t think I could ever have accomplished what I have if I started now,” says Singleton, 49. “How do you break through the clutter, man? What everyone wants is to get their voice heard and by as many people as possible. But how do you quantify that in this world? I don’t know, I don’t know. It’s not for me.”
That’s not to say Singleton is inflexible to the shifts hitting Hollywood. The prolific producer-director, whose work often examines social issues, is having a late evening lunch at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown L.A. during a break from production on his latest project: a television series called “Snowfall.” It’s his second show this year.