Rashid Johnson Begins Shooting Native Son in Chicago

Rashid Johnson (SAIC 2003–04) began shooting his debut directorial film in Chicago this month. The film, which is based on Richard Wright’s 1940s novel Native Son, tells the story of a Black man in his 20s living in abject poverty on Chicago’s South Side. Johnson explains that he and screenwriter Suzan-Lori Parks, “have been conscious of the times we live in today, and how the novel’s characters may play out in a contemporary world.” Though most of the details are being kept under wraps by the production company Bow & Arrow, you can read more about the project on the Art Newspaper.