Joi McMillon (‘The Underground Railroad’ co-editor) on ensuring that Cora’s ‘perspective is represented’ throughout [Exclusive Video Interview]

Joi McMillon (‘The Underground Railroad’ co-editor) on ensuring that Cora’s ‘perspective is represented’ throughout [Exclusive Video Interview]
Academy Award nominee Joi McMillon edited five installments of Barry Jenkins‘ 10-episode limited series “The Underground Railroad,” which is based on Colson Whitehead‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. In our exclusive video interview, McMillon discusses the importance of ensuring that Cora’s (Thuso Mbedu) “perspective is [thoroughly] represented,” the depiction of violence on this show, and finally, two of her upcoming projects. Watch the full video webchat above.

Of the five episodes McMillon edited, the premiere, titled “Georgia,” and the finale, titled “Mabel,” were the first two she worked on. The former opens with a unique montage, which strings together various scenes and images that are spread throughout the entire season and concludes with a close-up of Cora’s face. McMillon explains that she and Jenkins wanted to ensure that what they saw in Cora’s/Mbedu’s eyes would help “connect the audience to her [Cora’s] story.” When viewers first meet Cora,
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