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Corazon screening at the Bondfire Radio Independent Film Night

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July 29th, 2016 Brooklyn, New York

Corazón will be screened as part of the Bondfire Radio Independent Film Night in Bushwick, Brooklyn.  Myself and other featured filmmakers will be at the screening and will take part in a panel discussion followed by an afterparty!

Via Bondfire Radio:

Bondfire Radio is joining forces with The Luminal Theater to bring you an exclusive Pop Up night of independent short films, a panel, and after party. A fundraiser with flair!

-Short Film Screening

-Panel facilitated by Curtis John of The Luminal Theater.

-After Party sounds by iLLSpokkin (Freestyle Mondays) & Macedonia (Both Sides of The Surface)

Complete with concession stand!

To purchase tickets:
https://summerofbondfireearlybirdtix.splashthat.com/

The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival

It’s that time again!  My short film Corazón screened at this wonderful Brooklyn based film festival last summer.  This year, The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival’s kicking things off with the Brooklyn Premiere of Spike Lee’s new documentary 2 Fists Up.  Tickets can be purchased here.  The festival runs from June 4th-12th.

Corazon headed to The Outflix Film Festival in Memphis TN!

Memphis TN, here’s your chance to catch my latest short film on the big screen!  “Corazon” is headed to the south to screen at The Outflix Film Festival Monday 2/29/16.  The festival begins at 6:30 at Malco Studio on the Square.  My film is a late entry so it is not listed on their website but it will be screened :-).  If you’re in town, do check out the film along with the other film selections for the evening.

 

Corazón featured in Tomorrow Looks Bright

My latest short film Corazón has been featured in a wonderful newsletter called Tomorrow Looks Bright http://www.tomorrowlooksbright.com/.  Via the TLB website:

Tomorrow Looks Bright is a weekly newsletter that curates high quality impactful projects and products from around the internet with the intent to showcase the bountiful creative energy of Black women creators. The idea of designer, Kristy Tillman, Tomorrow Looks Bright Weekly provides the combinatorial link to learn about all of the amazing things Black women are doing and creating that remains scattered across the web. The core ethos behind this project is to galvanize our collective (and those who wish to advance us) around a common creative force to provide support and awareness to sustain our ventures.

Corazón, along with short films Black Girl in Suburbia and In Pursuit are featured in the latest newsletter #17 which can be viewed herehttp://us11.campaign-archive2.com/?u=ac41ea43294acc5e7daf818e2&id=646ee73ccf

Be sure to sign up for the TLB newsletter here.

Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation set to score big with a $17.5 million deal!

THIS IS HUGE and the details are still being finalized but THIS IS HUGE.  I’ve been keeping up with the back story of this film which is basically that actor, writer and now director Nate Parker decided that he wouldn’t take another acting role until he could play Nat Turner.  He decided to create the role he wanted, the way he wanted.  He spent years working on a script and invested $100,000 of his own money to get the project going.  Although he initially couldn’t get the support or funding he needed for the film and was even told by distributors that people overseas did NOT want to see black faces on their screen (I can’t remember where I read this but when I do I’ll update with a link) he pressed on.  He began scouting locations and hiring production crews.   Eventually, he got a few additional investors and finally got enough money to complete the project.  The film debuted at Sundance this week and received so much praise that Fox Searchlight put up $17.5 million to acquire the rights.  Although nothing has been finalized, this is a huge deal!  With the current climate around the film industry, this is proof that WE don’t need their award shows, acclaim or even their money.  When WE have stories that we want to tell our way, WE should come together and do just that.  They end up paying us for the final product anyway.  HA!

Read the full story here: http://www.ew.com/article/2016/01/26/sundance-birth-of-a-nation-fox-searchlight

Tika Sumpter to play First Lady Michelle Obama in new film

YES TO ALL OF THIS!

I love Tika Sumpter and the thought of this film is giving me all the feels!  I am excited to see her portray the FLOTUS in this new film debuting at Sundance entitled Southside with You.  The film also stars Parker Sawyer as the POTUS and centers around the first date between the two back in the summer of 1989 (ah, the good ole days).  You can see a clip from the movie below and head over to XONecole to read more about the film and see what Tika had to say about her role.

Image: IM GLOBAL

Over 14,000 views!

Thank you to everyone who actually made the time to come out to a festival screening last year, promote the film or watch it online.  My short film Corazón now has over 14,000 views and counting!   If you haven’t seen it yet, you can do so now here and here and here and on the Roku box!

Corazón now on the Roku box!

That’s right, in addition to viewing it online via The Demo Real Youtube channel, my short film Corazón can now be viewed on the Roku Box via the Brooklyn on Demand Channel.  When you get to the channel, find the new “Free Titles” tab, then go to “New Indies” then “Drama” and you will see the film there.  I’m delighted and honored to have the film on another digital platform that will allow it to reach a new audience.  Spread the word, and if you haven’t seen the film, check it out and let me know what you think!