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Reexamining the Movie Industry

Experts discuss the pandemic’s impact on movie attendance and where the industry is headed.


Film producer, director and writer Greg Carter


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In this late-stage of the pandemic, some people may feel safe going to the movies, while others may not.

Houstonian and film producer, Greg Carter says, "The pandemic has accelerated what has to happen eventually. It has forced theaters to think of attending movies as more of an entertaining event and to do more than just provide popcorn."

The pandemic has also changed the way movies are being made. With movie set shutdowns, a strict budget now reflects COVID protocols and procedures, where the decision is to scale back on equipment but not on safety.

In this episode, film industry experts from Variety magazine and the University of Houston School of Communication give their takes on whether or not the movie-going experience needs to evolve.

With Harris County's COVID thread level currently at “red,” we also get a medical update on the latest safety guidelines and the best N95 masks to wear, as reviewed by the CDC.

Guest host Brenda Valdivia fills in for Ernie Manouse in this episode.


Dr. Catherine Troisi

  • Infectious disease epidemiologist and faculty member at UTHealth School of Public Health

Greg Carter

  • Film producer, director, and writer
  • University of Houston visiting professor

Brent Lang

  • Executive Editor of Film & Media for Variety Magazine


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