The official Netflix trailer Pollock in black and white the limited series opens with Colin Kaepernick declaring that he always wanted to be a quarterback. “But what you start is not necessarily what you become,” says the activist and former NFL QB.
Kaepernick and Oscar nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay met in 2017 and decided to team up on Pollock in black and white. “In high school I faced many different challenges ranging from sports to my family and other aspects of my personal life that many viewers can relate to. But I also encountered obstacles as a black child growing up in a white family in a white community, ”Kaepernick said. “After meeting Ava DuVernay in 2017, I knew she was the right person to work with. I shared my idea of creating a series based on my high school years and she said, ‘Ok, let’s go.’ And we started working together to bring these stories to life in the most impactful and compelling way possible. “
“It was extremely important to me that this was not another autobiographical series about a famous person as a child. No disrespect for these shows, but it’s done – and well done. I was interested in taking that storytelling trope a bit further, ”said DuVernay of their approach to the limited series. “It was about challenging the process of figuring out how we could expand the core of a young person’s journey to power into a story that could be widely and personally appealing to others. The goal was to take the core of the idea and make sense of it for viewers, whether they’re watching in Detroit or Dubai, Shreveport or Senegal. This is how the idea of weaving the cultural and historical context with the story of the young person came to my mind.
The series stars Jaden Michael as young Colin, Nick Offerman as Rick Kaepernick, and Mary-Louise Parker as Teresa Kaepernick. Colin Kaepernick appears as himself and relates.
DuVernay, Kaepernick and Michael Starrbury are the executive producers, under the direction of DuVernay, Sheldon Candis, Robert Townsend, Angel Kristi Williams and Kenny Leon.
The six-part series will premiere on October 29, 2021.
The plot, courtesy of Neflix:
From co-creators Ava DuVernay and Colin Kaepernick comes Pollock in black and white, a daring new drama limited series that tells the story of Kaepernick’s coming of age, tackling obstacles of race, class and culture as a black foster child to a white family .
Pollock in black and white stars Jaden Michael as Young Colin before reaching the highest levels of American football as an NFL quarterback and becoming a cultural icon and activist; Nick Offerman and Mary-Louise Parker as his well-meaning parents Rick and Teresa; and Colin Kaepernick himself, who emerges as the current narrator of his own story, guiding viewers through a robust and colorful array of historical and contemporary contextual moments. You don’t know Kaepernick until you know Colin.