Ice Cube and Emmy Award winning filmmaker R.J. Cutler have teamed to create a
six-part documentary series titled “Black.White,” which will be broadcast
on cable network FX.
Two families, one black and one white, share a home in the San
Fernando Valley for the majority of the show.
The Sparks, who are black and hail from Atlanta, Georgia and
their son Nick are transformed from black to white at the end of the show, while
the Wurgel’s and their daughter rose are transformed from white to black.
“I’m really excited to be a part of a show that explores
race in America," Ice Cube said. “’Black. White.’ will force
people to challenge themselves and really examine where we stand in terms of
race in this country."
Keith VanderLaan, nominated for an Oscar for his makeup work
in the movie “The Passion of the Christ,” was tapped to utilize
the latest in makeup technology, which took approximately three to five hour
per family member.
R.J. Cutler snagged an Emmy for Outstanding Reality Program
for the series "American High" and helped produce "The War Report"
and the FX series "30 Days."
“Race has been the central issue in American society since
the day the nation was conceived," Cutler told USA Today. "I hope
we can engage (the viewer) in a dialogue. I was surprised to learn how hard
it is to see the world through the eyes of people of another race."
premieres in March of 2006.