Snowfall - Damson Idris and John Singleton Interview


Get ready for another explosive season of Snowfall - kicking into gear at 10pm on Thursday July 19th on FX. 

Snowfall is a drama set against the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles and its ultimate radical impact on the culture as we know it. The story follows numerous characters on a violent collision course, including Franklin Saint, ( Damson Idris) a young street entrepreneur on a quest for power; Gustavo "El Oso" Zapata, a Mexican wrestler caught up in a power struggle within a crime family; Teddy McDonald, a CIA operative running from a dark past who begins an off-book operation to fund the Nicaraguan Contras; and Lucia Villanueva, the self-possessed daughter of a Mexican crime lord.

In Snowfall, everyone is working toward his or her ultimate goal of money, power, and influence in 1984 Los Angeles. Franklin is starting to experience the perils of success, while Teddy finds his off-book drug-funded operation may be vulnerable from unexpected sources, and the drug-running couple Gustavo and Lucia discover the potency of crack and try to exploit it. 


John Singleton is the co-creator, executive producer, director and writer of Snowfall. Singleton exploded onto the scene with his first film, Boyz N the Hood, earning him an Oscar® nomination for Best Original Screenplay and Best Director, becoming the first African-American (and the youngest filmmaker) ever to do so. His other directing credits include 2 Fast 2 Furious, Four Brothers, Baby Boy, Higher Learning, Poetic Justice and the remake of the 70’s classic Shaft. He was nominated for a 2016 Emmy® Award for his directorial work on the mega hit event series for FX, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. 

Damson Idris is a television, theatre and film actor from London. In Snowfall he plays 'Franklin Saint,’ a young street entrepreneur on a quest for power. Idris will next be seen starring in the independent film Farming directed by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and co-starring Kate Beckinsale and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

Snowfall continues its riveting story about the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic and its ultimate radical impact on the culture as we know it. Season two follows our ensemble of characters as they intersect and overlap within the mosaic of Los Angeles as we enter 1984, all of them working toward their ultimate goals of money, power and influence

.I spoke with Damson and John via satellite form Los Angeles to discuss this groundbreaking series.