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    NINA HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT’S NEW INDEPENDENT FEATURE FILM #DIGITALLIVESMATTER SET FOR DIGITAL RELEASE SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2016 LIMITED THEATRICAL RELEASE TO FOLLOW

    Distribution underscores Nina Holiday Entertainment’s Pledge to Provide Content About and For the African Diaspora On Multi-Platforms


    NINA HOLIDAY


    ATLANTA – August 8, 2016 – Nina Holiday Entertainment, a leading full-service production company, has announced that the digital release of its newest feature-length film, #DigitalLivesMatter, a Fridayisque” comedy that hilariously connects social media and Hollywood, is set for Saturday, September 3, 2016 with pre-order available August 19th. The film will have its global premiere on digitalivesmatter.com, a web-based streaming service.

    #DigitalLivesMatter stars well known social media influencers and up and coming stars DC Young Fly in his first starring role (Almost Christmas) and Emmanuel Hudson (Ride Along) as friends in search of the hacker who stole DC’s three million followers. The films supporting cast includes Navv Greene, Ernestine Johnson and B. Simone. The combined social media reach of the cast is over 12 million followers. Uniquely, the film was created around their established brands and characters.

    #DigitalLivesMatter marks the directorial debut of Nina Holiday Entertainment’s co-founder, award-winning actress turned producer and now director Terri J. Vaughn (“The Steve Harvey Show,” “Meet the Browns,” Girlfriends’ Getaway). Vaughn also serves as the film’s producer along with Nina Holiday co-founder/screenwriter/author Cas Sigers-Beedles (Girlfriends’ Getaway, “Where's The Love”) and Rikki Hughes (“Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam”). Ratchet People Meet’s Anwar Patterson and Bobby Patterson are co-producers on the feature. The film project is a collaborative effort between Nina Holiday Entertainment, Magic Lemonade and Archive Entertainment, a social media management company.

    “After knocking on doors for years and having some success with getting our content released, it was time to expand our distribution outlets to reach an audience that is eager to see content that speaks to them,” said Vaughn. “I’m no longer asking to be heard, I am showing that our stories have value by taking advantage of the popularity of digital film releases and its success in reaching a broad target audience.”

    “Why guess what viewers want to see, when the answers are already there,” said Sigers-Beedles. “The cast of the film have dedicated fans and appeal to an audience eager to support and see them on the screen. We are dedicated to sharing stories that resonate in our community and we want to take advantage of the opportunity to support new talent and give the people what they want.”

    DC Young Fly is on top of the world with over three million followers and his fame is growing with every one of his posts. However, when he crosses the wrong computer geek, all hell breaks loose and DC wakes up to find that all of his followers are gone! This catastrophe couldn’t happen on a worse day; DC has a career-changing audition and he actually needs at least a million followers to get in the door. DC has one day to find the followers, get them back and make it to his audition. Immediately, he enlists the help of his best friend Theo (Emmanuel Hudson) the neighborhood tech genius to help him get his followers back. Throughout the day DC receives DM’s from a mysterious Simon who sends him on a variety of comical tasks doing favors for his followers. With ever-hilarious occurrences, DC realizes his social media influence and that his followers are real people with real feelings. By the end of the day, DC learns that Digital Lives Matter!

    #DigitalLivesMatter was entirely produced in Atlanta - the Hollywood of the South. All members of the film’s cast, crew, production team as well as investors are Atlanta-based. The production marks the 12th feature film release from dynamo female production duo Vaughn and Sigers-Beedles under their Nina Holiday Entertainment shingle.

    To pre-order #DigitalLivesMatter and for more information, please visit digitallivesmatter.com.

    About Nina Holiday Entertainment
    Nina Holiday Entertainment, established in 2005 by Terri J. Vaughn and Cas Sigers-Beedles, is a full service production company subsidiary servicing the motion picture, broadcast, advertisement and corporate communications industry. Based in Atlanta, Nina Holiday Entertainment creates content that represent an array of images and storytelling that highlight African-American experiences. Clients include, ASPiRE, BET Networks, Centric, UP (formerly GMC), Sony Music, Island Def Jam Recordings Music Group, The Coca Cola Company, Sony Music, Tree Sound Studio, Swirl Films, Bobbcat Films and TV One.


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    IFP Announces Film Week Expansion Featuring TV, Web, & Digital Content

    Over 50% Featuring Diverse Directors, Creators & Showrunners


    IFP


    July 21, 2016 (New York, NY) – Today, IFP announced their expansion to support television, digital, web, VR and app-based series at its upcoming IFP Film Week. Series showrunners and creators will take part in the IFP Project Forum, the only International Co-Production Market in the U.S. featuring stories for all platforms. As announced, after 37 years in Manhattan, IFP Film Week is moving across the river to Brooklyn. The event will set up shop in DUMBO anchored around its headquarters, the Made in NY Media Center By IFP; Film Week will run from September 17th through September 22nd, 2016.

    In recent years, IFP and Filmmaker Magazine have played a vital role in launching the careers of many of today’s rising stars active in the television, new media and web series space, prompting the decision to expand to platforms outside of film. These rising stars include series creators Katja Blichfeld & Ben Sinclair (High Maintenance), Deston Daniel Cretton (Upcoming Minors with Ryan Coogler), Lena Dunham (Girls), The Duplass Brothers (Togetherness) Moria Demos & Laura Riccardi (Making of a Murderer), Ava DuVernay (Queen Sugar), Robert Eggers (Upcoming Rasputin), Ingrid Jungermann (F to the 7th) Todd Rohal (MOPZ), Amy Seimetz (The Girlfriend Experience), directors Nicole Kassell (The Americans), Seith Mann (The Breaks), Stacie Passon (Transparent) and Dee Rees (Bessie) as well as those forging their own storytelling paths such as Laura Poitras (The Intercept).

    In addition to expanding across multiple platforms, IFP is proud that over 50% of the participating projects in this year’s Film Week are inclusive of range of races, genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities and physical abilities in key creative positions, fostering future projects that break out of the norm. These diverse projects span across all areas of film week.

    “IFP Film Week is delving into such exciting new territories this year,” says IFP Executive Director Joana Vicente. “In this changing technological landscape, it’s imperative to give voices to those who think outside the box and look to not only film and television, but also web, digital, and VR platforms to get their stories out there. We’re also thrilled that these voices will belong to more and more women, people of color, and members of the LGBT community.”

    Under the curatorial leadership of Deputy Director/Head of Programming Amy Dotson & Senior Director of Programming Milton Tabbot, forty-five projects have been selected. The slate includes narrative and non-fiction series (limited, mini and full-season series) in all formats, from VR and Snapchat-based series to comedy, drama and genre pilots. Over half of the selected projects have already shot their pilots independently; in addition, many feature veteran creatives from the film, television and web space presenting new series pitches.

    Highlighted projects include:

    According To My Mother, a comedic series from actor Daniel K. Isaac (Billions)

    Awkward Celebrity Encounters, an animated web-comedy from Caveh Zahedi (The Show About the Show)

    Big Fun, a French/American thriller series from producer of France’s Hero Corp

    House of Psychotic Women, from the producer of The Greasy Strangler

    The Illegal, from the team behind award winning Canadian mini-series Book of Negros and the executive producer of OWN’s Greenleaf

    Love & Stuff, a limited, non-fiction series from director Judith Helfand (Blue Vinyl)

    The Order, a dramatic thriller from director Jim Mickle (Cold In July)

    Sex Ed, a drama from producers of Teen Mom & Serial: Season 2

    Untitled Flint Police Project, a non-fiction series from the team behind T-Rex.

    Newcomers include Shugs & Fats (2015 Gotham Award Breakthrough Series), The Come Up (2016 Series Fest Winner), and Namaste, Bitches.

    A number of activities will take place at IFP Film Week aimed at helping connect content creators with industry leaders in television, and new media that can help them complete their latest works and connect with audiences.

    Series showrunners and creators will take part in the IFP Project Forum, the only International Co-Production Market featuring stories for all platforms. Specifically, over 3,500 meetings are set up to support the future of storytelling by connecting content creators with financiers, executives, influencers and decision-makers in film, television, and new media.

    All projects will also participate in Screen Forward Pitches, an all-day, exclusive live pitching session with top television, new media and digital execs in hopes of moving their projects – and careers – forward.

    20 projects will also be showcased publicly at the outdoor Screen Forward Showcase, an open to the public project featuring highlights of the new program.

    Reflecting this year’s inclusion of web and television projects, IFP Film Week is sponsored by HBO and Amazon Studios this year; HBO will support all documentary and non-fiction interests of the week, while Amazon Studios is committed to supporting our producers across all platforms and genres.

    SPONSORSHIP
    The IFP and IFP Film Week are generously supported by a group of loyal corporate, foundation and government benefactors. The 2016 Sponsors are Premier Sponsors HBO and Amazon Studios; Gold Sponsors A&E Indie Films and SAGIndie; and Silver Sponsors National Film & Video Foundation of South Africa, Shutterstock, Sofia Independent Film Festival and Telefilm Canada. IFP Film Week is also supported by grants from the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts and the Time Warner Foundation.

    ABOUT IFP
    The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) champions the future of storytelling by connecting artists with essential resources at all stages of development and distribution. The organization fosters a vibrant and sustainable independent storytelling community through its year-round programs, which include Independent Film Week, Filmmaker Magazine, the Gotham Independent Film Awards and the Made in NY Media Center by IFP, a new incubator space developed with the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. IFP represents a growing network of 10,000 storytellers around the world, and plays a key role in developing 350 new feature and documentary works each year. During its 38-year history, IFP has supported over 12,000 projects and offered resources to more than 20,000 filmmakers. More info at www.ifp.org


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    OLYMPIC PRIDE, AMERICAN PREJUDICE


    OLYMPIC PRIDE, AMERICAN PREJUDICE


    OLYMPIC PRIDE, AMERICAN PREJUDICE is a feature length documentary exploring the trials and triumphs of 18 African American Olympians in 1936. Set against the strained and turbulent atmosphere of a racially divided America, which was torn between boycotting Hitler’s Olympics or participating in the Third Reich’s grandest affair, the film follows 16 men and two women before, during and after their heroic turn at the Summer Olympic Games in Berlin. They represented a country that considered them second class citizens and competed in a country that rolled out the red carpet in spite of an undercurrent of Aryan superiority and anti-Semitism. They carried the weight of a race on their shoulders and did the unexpected with grace and dignity.

    The documentary tells a more detailed account of an important moment in world history -one that had not previously been told in its entirety. OLYMPIC PRIDE, AMERICAN PREJUDICE will have its world premiere at the 2016 LA Film Festival on SAT 06/04/16, screening in documentary competition.

    RELATED HIGHLIGHTS:

    Variety named Director Deborah Riley Draper as one of the ‘10 documakers to watch’. http://variety.com/gallery/10-documakers-to-watch/#!3/deborah-riley-draper/

    This is an Olympic year! XXXI Olympiad (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) will kick off in August 2016.
    The film captures profound archival footage, gathered in the US and in Europe.
    Deborah Riley Draper, Blair Underwood and additional special guests are expected to attend the screenings at LA Film Festival.

    SOCIAL MEDIA:

    http://www.1936olympicsmovie.com/
    facebook.com/1936OlympicsMovie
    @Olympics36


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    IFP ANNOUNCES TEN PROJECTS


    2016 Lab Leaders include VR Filmmaker and United Nations Senior Advisor Gabo Arora, Borderline Media’s Jennifer MacArthur and “The Outs” Producer Amanda Warman


    Brooklyn, NY (April 19, 2016) – The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) announced today the projects selected for the second annual Screen Forward Lab, IFP’s yearlong fellowship for content creators with story-driven serialized projects. The program kicks off today, running April 18-22 at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP located in DUMBO, Brooklyn.

    Inspired by the successful long-running IFP Filmmaker Labs that focus on helping directors complete, market and introduce audiences to cutting edge first-features, the Screen Forward Lab will support innovative content creators with $10,000 worth of services and support over the course of a year. The Lab is open to innovative media creators with story-driven, serialized projects created on all platforms and formats including web series, VR, or app based work (Instagram, Vine, Snapchat, etc.). All projects must have at minimum representative sample visual content (a completed episode, demo, excerpt) already in place, and cannot have already launched their project publicly.

    “We are excited to present the second edition of the IFP Lab for web based creative content. “ says Joana Vicente, Executive Director at IFP and the Made in New York Media Center by IFP. “There’s a meshing of the worlds of film, digital and tech that’s been occurring for a long time. IFP remains a place for independent film, but it’s evolving to becoming a place where digital and tech, old school and new school, web series and indie film all coalesce.”

    Under the leadership of Amy Dotson, Head of Programming, and Holly Kang, IFP Screen Forward Labs Producer, the Labs will provide participants with the knowledge, resources and mentor support necessary for developing strong pitches, securing financing, creating marketing strategies and finding unique avenues for the distribution of their work. Individualized attention for each project will also be paid to building sustainable audiences, as well as long-term strategy for career sustainability.

    This year, 80% of the creators/writers/directors are women and/or diverse voices. 30% feature predominantly African-American and Latino casts.

    The Screen Forward Lab week will culminate with all projects presenting and pitching to investors, online distributors, network executives and tech companies at IFP Film Week 2016. And post-Labs, all content creator teams will receive a free, six-month residency at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP as well as ongoing individualized access to classes, workshops and support from industry and creative mentors.

    About IFP Screen Forward Lab Mentors & Workshop Leaders

    The Labs provide multiple levels of mentorship throughout the process, to be overseen by 2016 Lab leaders Gabo Arora, VR filmmaker & United Nations Senior Advisor, Jennifer MacArthur, Borderline Media, and Amanda Warman, Series Producer “The Outs” and VICE. Additional mentors and workshop include leaders and strategists from Above Average, Kickstarter, Starz, Vice, Vimeo, Vox Media, You Tube, etc.

    About IFP Screen Forward Lab Projects

    The ten selected projects represent a mix of genres ranging from comedy, drama, horror, sci-fi thriller to experimental. Formats include live action, animation and cross-platform storytelling.

    2016 Screen Forward Lab Fellows are:

    The Animated Mind of Oliver Sacks: A Project in Three Parts (Animated Documentary & Virtual Reality) A series of short documentaries that illuminates ten years of extraordinary conversations with author/neurologist Oliver Sacks, M.D. Dempsey Rice (Creator/Director/Producer), Kate Edgar (Executive Producer), Joanne Nerenberg (Co-Producer)

    Breeding Grounds (Dark Comedy) A darkly comedic series set in an economically diverse suburb and focused on collection of mothers of different races, classes, ages and cultures colliding with each other as they attempt to raise their kids. Susan Skoog (Creator/Director), Ben Wolf (Cinematographer)

    The Come Up (Comedy) Three old friends explore the dicey terrain of open relationships. Ben Snyder (Creator/Director/Writer), Ari Issler (Creator/Director/Writer), Matt Thurm (Producer)

    The God Phone (Sci-fi Horror Thriller) A down-and-out infomercial pitchman accidentally discovers the ultimate As-Seen-on-TV device. Shot all on 35mm Panavision film. Dean Colin Marcial (Creator/Director/Editor/Writer), Brett Potter (Producer), Grant Curatola (Producer)

    In Reality (Romantic Comedy) Ann, an average brunette with a wild imagination, takes you on a journey through her fantastic mind as she investigates an experience of unrequited love. Ann Lupo (Creator/Director/Editor/Producer/Writer), Holly Meehl (Producer), Aaron Pryka (Producer/Writer)

    Jealous Dad (Comedy) When actor Mark Shea's 7-year-old son unwittingly books a national commercial at one of Mark's auditions, Mark's jealousy gets the better of him and he resorts to desperate measures. Matt Evans (Creator/Director/Writer), William Scurry (Creator/Director/Editor)

    Kissing Walls (LGBTQ Comedy) A comedy that explores work, sex, and friendship between queer 20-somethings living in Chicago. Zak Payne (Creator/Director), Nathaniel Tenenbaum, (Lead Actor)

    Newtopia (Sci-fi Drama) Olivia ventures through a virtual reality searching for a missing boy. Taylor Cohan (Creator/Director/Producer/Writer), Matt Clegg (Producer, DP), Max Allman (Producer)

    Stream No Evil (Horror) A horror miniseries, shot all on iPhone, about a millennial who is stalked by a creature only visible through his iPhone. Scott Schuler (Creator/Director), Katherine Paige (Producer), Caroline Broughton (Writer)

    The Times (Drama) When a marginalized youth steals a gun from a police officer, it sets off a series of events that quickly spirals out of control. Matthew Charof (Director), Sebastian Rea (Creator/Director/Editor/Producer/Writer), Courtney Baxter (Producer); Paula Weinstein (Executive Producer)

    About IFP
    The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) champions the future of storytelling by connecting artists with essential resources at all stages of development and distribution. The organization fosters a vibrant and sustainable independent storytelling community through its year-round programs, which include Independent Film Week, Filmmaker Magazine, the Gotham Independent Film Awards and the Made in NY Media Center by IFP, a tech and media incubator space developed with the New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.

    IFP represents a growing network of storytellers around the world, and plays a key role in developing 350 new feature and documentary works each year. During its 37-year history, IFP has supported over 10,000 projects and offered resources to more than 20,000 filmmakers, including Debra Granik, Miranda July, Michael Moore, Dee Rees, and Benh Zeitlin. More info at www.ifp.org.


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    ANNUAL REELABILITIES FILM FESTIVAL


    OPENING NIGHT OF MANHATTAN’S 8th ANNUAL REELABILITIES FILM FESTIVAL + EXCITING SLATE OF SPECIAL EVENTS & GUESTS

    Festival Kicks Off on March 10th with Red Carpet Opening Night Screening of MARGARITA, WITH A STRAW, and Filmmaker Conversation and Reception

    Free Events Include Family-Friendly Films, performances, workshops, and a “Beyond Hollywood” Panel Discussion Featuring Seinfeld’s Danny Woodburn and Filmmakers with Disabilities discussing diversity in the film industry


    New York, NY – March 3, 2016 – JCC Manhattan’s 8th Annual ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival announced its lineup of special events to accompany its slate of award-winning feature and short films. Dedicated to presenting films made by and about people with disabilities, this year’s festival will take place in over 40 accessible venues across New York including JCC Manhattan, Lincoln Center, Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of the Moving Image, marking the largest edition of the festival to date. A nationwide tour of the festival will follow the New York festival which runs March 10-16. Beyond the first rate film lineup, all screenings are followed by engaging conversations with filmmakers and other guests, as well as accompanied by dance, music, theater, author talks, and art exhibits that enhance the inclusive mission and message of the festival.

    The Red Carpet Opening night on Thursday, March 10, will feature performance by Robert Ariza and other cast members from Broadway’s latest Def West Theatre’s vocalists from Broadway’s latest all deaf cast revival of the hit musical: Spring Awakening. This show was groundbreaking for Broadway and paved the way for inclusion and accessibility in professional theater. This will be followed by the NY premiere of the award-winning feature Margarita, With a Straw, followed by a conversation with director Shonali Bose and an opening night reception. Based on a true story, the film is a funky, stereotype-busting coming-of-age tale about a Punjabi teenage girl with cerebral palsy who comes to New York to pursue her dreams of writing and is opened to the world of possibilities that the city has to offer.

    For tickets and additional information, please visit: http://newyork.reelabilities.org/ong2016/

    On Friday, March 11, JCC Manhattan will host “REELationships” – a Friday Night Dinner featuring riveting conversations about life, love and relationships centered around screenings of acclaimed short films including: Good Beer, Jesse, The Mobile Stripper, Perfect, Take Me, Bumblebees and Birthday. To register for the event, please visit: http://newyork.reelabilities.org/films-and-events/#34

    Saturday, March 12, features “ReelAbilities R&R” – an afternoon of free films and activities including Soliloquy: film and dance by Heidi Latsky Dance, Family-Friendly Short Films, ActionPlay Theater Workshop for teens and young adults on the Autism spectrum, Screenprinting workshop by Gowanus Print Lab, and more. The evening will be highlighted by a free screening of director Michael Gitlin’s That Which is Possible, a feature documentaryexploring the artists working at the Living Museum, an art-space on the grounds of the Creedmoor psychiatric facility in Queens.

    Actor Danny Woodburn, best known for his role on Seinfeld, will be part of the “Beyond Hollywood: Authenticity and Opportunity” panel discussion on Sunday, March 13. Inclusion in Hollywood was the theme of this year’s Academy Awards program, yet the conversation excluded America’s largest and most underrepresented minority: people with disabilities. This constructive conversation will feature filmmakers and actors with disabilities discussing their own career paths and the tensions between authentic and artistic license, and accuracy and appropriation. Woodburn will be joined by a variety of filmmakers including: Emmy award winner Jason DaSilva, Rich Hinz, Maleni Chaitoo and more. The event is co-presented by SAG-AFTRA, NYC Mayor’s Office for Media and Entertainment, Inclusion in the Arts, and NY Women in Film and Television. To register for free, please visit: http://newyork.reelabilities.org/films-and-events/#3

    The festival closes on Wednesday, March 16, with a special premiere screening of In Harmony. Directed by Denis Dercourt, the feature narrative film follows Marc, an equestrian stuntman recovering from a traumatic injury and his relationship with Florence, the insurance company worker in charge of his case. The screening will be followed by a conversation with Bernard Sachsé, the inspiration for the film and the author of the book on which the film was based. A conversation will be followed by a closing night reception. For tickets and more information, please visit: http://newyork.reelabilities.org/films-and-events/#20

    As part of the mission of ReelAbilities to use film to create social change, all films are followed by conversation in all locations by filmmakers, experts and protagonists. Among the dozens of guests, the festival includes Actress Regina Saldivar who is the producer of the feature documentary Do You Dream in Color, and renowned screenwriter Thomas Ropelewski who Directed 2E: Twice Exceptional.

    For the complete schedule of all film screenings and special events, please visit: http://newyork.reelabilities.org/

    About JCC Manhattan’s ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival
    Initiated in 2007 by JCC Manhattan, ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival is the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different abilities. The 7-day festival is renowned for its wide-ranging international film selection, riveting conversations, and performing arts, presented annually at over 35 venues across the NYC metropolitan area.

    In 2014, in collaboration with the Cincinnati-based Living Arrangements for the Developmentally Disabled (LADD, Inc.), ReelAbilities NY expanded into a national program, presenting its excellent program in dozens of cities throughout the United States.

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    PIVOT TO PREMIERE ‘WHEN ELEPHANTS FIGHT’ DOCUMENTARY NARRATED AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD WINNER ROBIN WRIGHT

    Film Spotlights the War in the Democratic Republic of Congo over Minerals that Power our Everyday Handheld Devices


    Los Angeles, CA – March 1, 2016 – Participant Media today announced that its television network, Pivot, has acquired rights to the documentary “When Elephants Fight,” narrated and executive produced by Golden Globe award winner Robin Wright (“House of Cards”). This eye-opening film spotlights the illicit mineral trade in the Democratic Republic of Congo and shows how global tech corporations’ complicity has affected the continued conflict in the region. The award-winning documentary makes its U.S. television premiere on Pivot, March 16 at 7 p.m. ET.

    “We are proud that this film shines a light on the illegal and illicit mining practices in the Congo,” states Ms. Wright. “We couldn’t be happier that the film and the #StandWithCongo campaign is reaching a broad and socially conscious and active audience at Pivot."

    The Democratic Republic of Congo is home to some of the world’s richest seams of copper, coltan and other minerals increasingly sought after by global electronics manufacturers for use in smartphones and computers. However, like other resource rich countries in Africa, rather than improving life for the poorest Congolese, billions of trade dollars are redirected to tax havens and to local militias. The illegal mineral trade has fueled a war that has taken nearly 6 million lives since 1996.

    The film is an extension of the #StandwithCongo campaign which mobilizes students and consumer activists to pressure policy makers, stakeholders, and investors for greater transparency and accountability in the mining sector of the Democratic Republic of Congo. To take action, viewers can follow #StandwithCongo on social media and text CONGO to 77177. The campaign is led by actor Robin Wright, activist JD Stier of Stier Forward, and director Mike Ramsdell.

    “When Elephants Fight” is directed by Ramsdell and executive produced by Wright. Janson Media of Tappan, New York handles worldwide distribution.

    About Participant Media
    Participant Media (http://www.participantmedia.com/) is a leading media company dedicated to entertainment that inspires and compels social change. Founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll, Participant combines the power of a good story well told with opportunities for viewers to get involved. Participant’s more than 70 films, including Spotlight, Contagion, Lincoln, The Help, He Named Me Malala, The Look of Silence, CITIZENFOUR, Food, Inc., and An Inconvenient Truth, have collectively earned 50 Academy Award® nominations and 11 wins. Participant has also launched more than a dozen original series, including “Please Like Me,” Emmy® Award-winning “Hit Record On TV with Joseph Gordon-Levitt,” and “Fortitude,” for its television network, Pivot (http://www.pivot.tv/).. Participant's digital hub, TakePart (http://www.TakePart.com), serves millions of socially conscious consumers each month with daily articles, videos and opportunities to take action. Follow Participant Media on Twitter at @Participant and on Facebook.

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    THEY WILL HAVE TO KILL US FIRST:
    MALIAN MUSIC IN EXILE


    Directed by: Johanna Schwartz Opening Theatrically on March 4 in New York (Village East Cinema) and April 1 in Los Angeles (Laemmle Santa Monica Theater) with Additional Markets to Follow OFFICIAL SELECTION: SXSW FILM FESTIVAL 2015


    they will have to kill us first


    This March, timed to Music Freedom Day 2016, BBC Worldwide North America will release Johanna Schwartz’s timely and powerful feature documentary They Will Have To Kill Us First: Malian Music in Exile.

    Music is the beating heart of Malian culture, but when Islamic jihadists took control of northern Mali in 2012, they enforced one of the harshest interpretations of sharia law by banning all forms of music. Radio stations were destroyed, instruments burned, and Mali’s musicians faced torture, even death. Overnight, the country’s revered musicians were forced into hiding or exile, where most remain -- even now. But rather than laying down their instruments, these courageous artists fought back, standing up for their freedoms and using music as a weapon against the ongoing violence that has ravaged their homeland.

    They Will Have To Kill Us First isdirector Schwartz’s debut feature, and follows Songhoy Blues andmusicians Kharia Arby, Fadimata “Disco” Walet Oumar,and Moussa Sidi as they each deal with the unfathomable situation in different ways. Telling the story of the uprising of Touareg separatists, revealing footage of the jihadists, and capturing life at refugee camps where both money and hope are scarce, Schwartz and her indefatigable, mainly female, crew chart the perilous journeys to war-ravaged cities, as some of Mali’s most talented musicians set up and perform at the first public concert in Timbuktu since the music ban.

    Co-written by Schwartz and Andy Morgan, renowned journalist and former manager of Grammy® Award winning band Tinariwen, They Will Have To Kill Us First is produced by Sarah Mosses of Together Films and executive produced by Andre Singer (The Act of Killing) alongside Stephen Hendel, Victoria Steventon, OKAY Africa and Knitting Factory Entertainment.

    They Will Have To Kill Us First: Malian Music in Exile, features an original score by Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), and a commissioned soundtrack featuring Songhoy Blues, Kharia Arby, Fadimata “Disco” Walet Oumar, Moussa Sidi and many more to be released on March 4 timed to the film’s release and Music Freedom Day 2016.

    Running Time: 105 Minutes / Documentary / In English, French, Songhay, Bambara and Tamashek (With English subtitles)

    WEBSITE: http://www.theywillhavetokillusfirst.com
    FACEBOOK: facebook.com/music4mali
    TWITTER: @music_in_exile
    INSTAGRAM: @theywillhavetokillusfirst


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    “The Black Panthers:Vanguard of the Revolution”

    Please join us for a free public screening of a new documentary film


    Monday, February 1
    10:30 a.m.
    Mt. Pleasant Regional Public Library
    1133 Mathis Ferry Road
    Mt. Pleasant

    Coffee and conversation following the film

     The Black Panthers:Vanguard of the Revolution


    “Stanley Nelson’s excellent new documentary. . . like any good work of history, sticks close to the facts, plotting complex events into a packed, fast-moving timeline and leaving to the viewers the work of drawing lessons and analogies for our own time.” - A.O. Scott, The New York Times

    The Black Panthers: Vanguard of The Revolution is the first feature-length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails. Master documentarian Stanley Nelson goes straight to the source, weaving a treasure trove of rare archival footage with the voices of the people who were there: police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters and detractors, and Black Panthers who remained loyal to the party and those who left it. Featuring Kathleen Cleaver, Jamal Joseph, and dozens of others, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of The Revolution is an essential history and a vibrant chronicle of this pivotal movement that gave rise to a new revolutionary culture in America.

    The Black Panthers premieres on the PBS series Independent Lens on Tuesday, February 16 at 10 pm ET (check local listings).

    About Indie Lens Pop-Up
    Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on the PBS series Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders and organizations to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics to family and relationships. Make friends, share stories, and join the conversation. Can't attend in-person? Find Independent Lens on Facebook for information on our online Pop-Up events.

    About Independent Lens Independent Lens is an Emmy® Award-winning weekly series airing on PBS Monday nights at 10:00 PM. The acclaimed series features documentaries united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement, and unflinching visions of independent filmmakers. Presented by Independent Television Service, the series is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people, with additional funding from PBS and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. For more visit pbs.org/independentlens.

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    Google Initiative on Gender and Race Leads New Highlights at Miami Dade College's 33rd Miami International Film Festival

    Festival Also Unveils Dynamic Slate of Women Filmmakers Already Confirmed for Annual Festival, March 4 - 13, 2016


     33rd Miami International Film Festival



    Miami, FL - A unique partnership with Google on a new seminar series addressing gender and racial gaps in the film industry, particularly in technical cinematographic roles, is among new highlights unveiled today by Miami Dade College's Miami International Film Festival, as Festival organizers count down to the 33rd edition of the acclaimed annual event March 4 - 13, 2016. The Festival is the only major film festival produced and presented worldwide by a college or university.

    "Google has changed the world of technology and information in swift and radical ways," noted the Festival’s executive director & director of programming Jaie Laplante. "Who better to lead a new charge at changing long-standing gender and racial inequalities in opportunities in the world of film and technology? We are incredibly honored that Google has chosen Miami International Film Festival as a forum to discuss solutions and inspire new filmmakers wanting to scale the heights of their chosen profession."

    The Google Seminar Series on Gender & Racial Gaps In Film & Tech will take place in The Idea Center at Miami Dade College and other locations over four days, March 5 - 8, within the overall Festival program. Among the highlights of the series will be veteran cinematographer Kirsten Johnson's screening and discussion of her feature memoir, Cameraperson, set to world premiere at Sundance Film Festival later this month. Johnson's film covers her extensive career working on such films as Citizenfour and The Invisible War.

    “Our research shows that when it comes to encouraging women and underrepresented minorities to pursue careers in computer science and other technical fields, positive role models matter, which makes the work of the film industry so powerful,” said Julie Ann Crommett, Google CS Education in Media Program Manager. “We’re thrilled to support the Seminar Series on Gender & Racial Gaps In Film & Tech at The Idea Center at Miami Dade College to shed light on this important issue and inspire more creators to showcase positive portrayals of women and underrepresented minorities in tech.”

    The Festival also unveiled 21 additional new feature films for the 2016 program, highlighting some of the year's most superb accomplishments. All films in today's announcement have the special distinction of having been directed by women. The films include:

    JOHN S. & JAMES L. KNIGHT COMPETITION

    - Francesca Archibugi's An Italian Name (Il nome del figlio), starring Alessandro Gassman and Valeria Golino. Archibugi returns to Miami after having closed the Festival in 1989 with her film Mignon Has Left.

    - Liz Garbus' Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper (also eligible for Knight Documentary Achievement Award). The celebrated CNN journalist interviews his famous mother, now 91, about her eventful life, romances and tragedies.

    - Dawn Porter's Trapped (also eligible for Knight Documentary Achievement Award), a look at legislative moves at the state level attempting to turn back hard-fought women's rights from only 40 years ago.

    KNIGHT DOCUMENTARY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

    - WORLD PREMIERE of Shaina Koren's The Rebound, a Miami-made film about the Miami Heat Wheels basketball team.

    - American filmmakers and Oscar nominees Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You, a candid look at the legendary barrier-breaking TV producer of the 1970s.

    Tocando La Luz (Touch the Light)Jennifer Redfearn’s (USA), which follows three interwoven stories of blind residents in Havana, Cuba.

    - Weiner, by American filmmakers Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg, a look at the entertainment spectacle of American politics through the media frenzy surrounding Anthony Weiner's 2013 comeback campaign.

    - Marcia Tambutti Allende's Beyond My Grandfather Allende (Allende, mi abuelo Allende), a Chilean/Mexican coproduction that won the first-ever Documentary Award presented at 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

    LEXUS IBERO-AMERICAN FEATURE FILM COMPETITION

    - WORLD PREMIERE of Brazilian screenwriter Vera Egito's Restless Love (Amores Urbanos), her feature film directorial debut, set in São Paulo.

    - NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE of Cuban filmmaker Jessica Rodriguez's Dark Glasses (Espejuelos oscuros), partially presented as a work-in-progress at the 2015 Festival in the Emerging Cuban Independent Film/Video Artist program presented by The Related Group.

    - NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE of Colombian filmmaker Angela Maria Osorio Rojas (co-directed with her partner Santiago Lozano Alvarez)'s Siembra (also competing for the Jordan Alexander Ressler Screenwriting Award), a tale of an uprooted coastal fisherman learning to build a new life in the urban center of Cali.

    - Daniela Goggi's Abzurdah, a drama about a young high school student driven to anorexia over her affair with an older man, a box office smash hit in its native Argentina.

    - Ana Katz’s Mi amiga del parque, also from Argentina, a psychological drama workshopped in the Festival’s Encuentros program in 2015, and making its international debut at Sundance Film Festival 2016.

    JORDAN ALEXANDER RESSLER SCREENWRITING AWARD

    - Israel filmmaker Yaelle Kayam's debut film Mountain, about the wife of an Orthodox scholar living next to Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, who discovers her own mountain of unexpressed sexual desire deep within.

    CINEMA 360

    - US PREMIERE of German filmmaker Theresa von Eltz's 4 Kings (4 Könige), a touching drama of four emotionally troubled youths learning to trust each other at a recovery facility.

    - French filmmaker Catherine Corsini's Summertime (La belle saison), starring Cécile de France as a Parisian at the forefront of the women's liberation movement in the early 1970s.

    - French filmmaker Maïwann’s My King (Mon roi), which won a Best Actress award at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival for Emmanuelle Bercot.

    - Indian filmmaker Leena Yadav's Parched, a luminous drama about three women from rural India liberating themselves from demeaning patriarchal traditions.

    VISIONS

    - WORLD PREMIERE of Miami filmmaker Monica Peña's experimental sophomore feature film, Hearts of Palm (also competing in Knight Competition), featuring music by lead actor Brad Lovett.

    LEE BRIAN SCHRAGER'S CULINARY CINEMA

    - Japanese filmmaker Naomi Kawase's Sweet Bean (An), a beautiful story of an elderly dorayaki maker passing on the wisdom of her culinary craft.

    - Megan Riakos' Crushed, a murder-mystery thriller set on a vineyard in rural Australia.

    These titles join the previously announced women directors from Spain in the 2016 Official Selection: Paula Ortiz’s The Bride (La novia); Gracia Querejeta’s Happy 140 (Felices 140); Juana Macías’ We Are Pregnant (Embarazados); and Veronica Escuer & Cristina Jolonch's Snacks, Bites of a Revolution (Snacks: Bocados de una revolución).

    More announcements will follow as the Festival prepares to unveil its complete program. In addition to the sponsors acknowledged above, the Festival also thanks Telefilm Canada, Frederick Wildman & Sons, German Films, the Consulate General of Canada in Miami and the Consulate General of Germany in Miami for program-specific support.

    The Jordan Alexander Ressler Screenwriting Award recognizes and supports first-time produced screenwriters. It was created by the South Florida family of Jordan Alexander Ressler, an aspiring screenwriter and Cornell University film studies graduate who, during his brief entertainment career, held production positions with the Tony award-winning Broadway hits 700 Sundays with Billy Crystal and Jersey Boys.

    The 33rd annual Miami International Film Festival will take place March 4-13, 2016. Advance ticket packages, plus tickets for the Opening Night Film and Party, are already on sale at www.miamifilmfestival.com or by calling 1-844-565-6433 (MIFF). For membership opportunities or more information, please email membership@miamifilmfestival.com or call 305-237-FILM (3456).

    About Miami Dade College’s Miami International Film Festival
    Celebrating its 33rd anniversary March 4 – 13, 2016, Miami Dade College’s Miami International Film Festival is considered the preeminent film festival for showcasing Ibero-American cinema in the U.S., and a major launch pad for all international and documentary cinema. The annual Festival, produced and presented by Miami Dade College, attracts more than 60,000 audience members and more than 400 filmmakers, producers, talent and industry professionals. It is the only major festival housed within a college or university. In the last five years, the Festival has screened films from more than 60 countries, including 300 World, International, North American, U.S. and East Coast Premieres. The Festival’s special focus on Ibero-American cinema has made the Festival a natural gateway for the discovery of new talent from this diverse territory. The Festival also offers unparalleled educational opportunities to film students and the community at large. Additionally, every October, the Festival hosts a four-day fall event titled GEMS, showcasing the season’s finest new cinematic works. Major sponsors of the 2016 Festival include Knight Foundation, Lexus, The Related Group and Miami-Dade County. For more information, visit www.miamifilmfestival.com or call 305-237-FILM (3456).

    About Culture at Miami Dade College
    The Cultural Affairs Department of Miami Dade College (MDC) is composed of the Miami Book Fair, Miami International Film Festival, Tower Theater, Koubek Center, Freedom Tower, MDC Live Arts and MDC Galleries and Museum of Art + Design. MDC is committed to providing its community with the opportunity to come in contact with innovative thinkers, creators and tradition bearers from around the world. With each presentation, MDC offers a bridge between cultures and ideas, creating new opportunities for the increasingly diverse population of Miami to come together through shared live arts experiences. For more information, visit www.mdc.edu/arts

    About Google
    Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful, and our approach to computer science in media is an extension of that mission. We are committed to increasing CS opportunities for all -- regardless of gender, ethnicity, geography, or socio-economic level -- and aim to inspire young people everywhere not just to use technology, but to create it. For more information, visit g.co/csedu

    About John S. & James L. Knight Foundation
    The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit www.KnightFoundation.org.

    About Lexus
    Lexus launched in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since that time, Lexus has expanded its line-up to meet the needs of global luxury customers. Lexus is now going beyond its reputation for high quality vehicles with the integration of innovative technology, emotional exterior and interior designs, and engaging driving dynamics and performance. With six models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers seven F SPORT models and two F performance models. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 236 dealers who are committed to exemplary customer service.

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    ROOFTOP FILMS ANNOUNCES THE 2015 ROOFTOP FILMMAKERS FUND GRANT RECIPIENTS AHEAD OF ITS 20th ANNIVERSARY


     2015 ROOFTOP FILMMAKERS FUND
    Actress Royalty Hightower in Anna Rose Holmer’s The Fits


    NEW YORK, NY (December 10, 2015) - Rooftop Films has awarded thirteen cash and service grants to alumni filmmakers, including The Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund Garbo NYC Feature Film Grants, which were awarded to directors Kitty Green and Sebastian Silva. Green will receive a monetary grant of $15,000 to help finish her new film, Casting JonBenet, and Silva will receive a $10,000 grant to support his film, Demon Me.

    “Kitty Green’s film Casting JonBenet represents the type of daring and meaningful cinema that Rooftop Films wants to support,” said Rooftop’s Founder and Artistic Director Mark Elijah Rosenberg. Green’s film is a sly and stylized documentary about the infamous murder of child model JonBenet Ramsey, using casting tapes and recreations by people from the community to create an emotional investigation of the case and its ramifications. “Like all our filmmakers, Green is working outside the mainstream, approaching a complex situation with narrative nuance and filmic innovation. We’re confident that all the films we’re supporting, from serious documentaries to outlandish fairy tales, are going to have a substantial impact.”

    Kitty Green’s previous films include Ukraine is Not a Brothel, which won the 2015 AACTA Award for Best Feature Length Documentary, and “The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul,” which won the Jury Award for best non-fiction short documentary at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Sebastian Silva’s work includes The Maid, Nasty Baby, and Crystal Fairy, all of which have won numerous awards around the world.

    “Garbo NYC is proud to support narratives that communicate what needs to be said and which disregard the extent of our collective constraints,” said Anett Gabriel, CEO of Garbo NYC.” “Furthermore, you couldn’t put these projects in better hands.”

    “We’re very excited about all our grantees this year,” said Dan Nuxoll, Program Director of Rooftop Films. “Each year we receive more promising applications from our acclaimed alumni filmmakers, and from an increasingly diverse pool of talent. Rooftop has always been dedicated to creating a venue for a wide range of creative voices and with the support of our audience and our partners we are increasingly capable of helping those films get made in the first place.”

    The Rooftop Films and GarboNYC Feature Film Grants are the largest cash grant awarded as part of the Rooftop Filmmakers Fund this year. Thirteen different grants were awarded to Rooftop Films alumni in 2015, including the inaugural Brigade Festival Publicity Grant, as well as grants supported by our returning partners at Eastern Effects, Edgeworx Studios, Technological Cinevideo Services (TCS), Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV), and The Adrienne Shelley Foundation. To see a full list of the 2015 grantees with award details and film synopses, visit rooftopfilms.com/2015/info/produce.

    COMPLETE LIST OF 2015 ROOFTOP FILMMAKERS FUND GRANTS

    Rooftop Films / GarboNYC $15,000 Feature Film Grant:
    Kitty Green, Casting JonBenet

    Rooftop Films / GarboNYC $10,000 Feature Film Grant:
    Sebastian Silva, Demon Me

    Rooftop Films / Brigade Festival Publicity Grant:
    Anna Rose Holmer, The Fits

    Rooftop Films / Technological Cinevideo Services Camera Grant:
    Khalik Allah, Jamaica

    Rooftop Films / Eastern Effects Equipment Grant:
    Lauren Wolkstein & Chris Radcliff, The Strange Ones

    Rooftop Films / Edgeworx Post-Production Grant:
    Anja Marquardt, Wolf

    Rooftop Films / DCTV Color Correction Feature Film Grant:
    Sarah J. Christman, Swarm Season

    Rooftop Films / DCTV Equipment and Services Short Film Grant:
    Ryan Mauskopf, Sloof's Supershop

    Rooftop Films / DCTV Equipment and Services Short Film Grant:
    Nathan Kensinger, Managed Retreat

    Rooftop Films / Adrienne Shelly Foundation Short Film Grant For Women:
    Jennifer Reeder, All Small Bodies

    In addition to the above grants, Rooftop Films helped negotiate post-production services at Metropolis Films for alumni filmmaker Robert Greene.

    Robert Greene, Kate Plays Christine

    Rooftop Filmmakers' Fund Short Film Grant:

    Christopher K. Walker & Michael Beach Nichols, Beast of Man
    Niki Lindroth von Bahr, Market Place
    Nathan Kensinger, Managed Retreat

    This year’s grantees join the ranks of past Rooftop Filmmakers Fund grantees, an illustrious group that includes Ana Lily Amirpour's soon to be completed The Bad Batch, Gillian Robespierre with her indie hit Obvious Child, Jonas Carpignano’s recent Gotham award-winner Mediterranea, Lucy Walker with her Academy Award-nominated short documentary “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom,” Jeremy Saulnier’s FIPRESCI Critics’ award-winner, Blue Ruin, Keith Miller’s critically acclaimed and Tribeca Film Festival award-winning Five Star, and Benh Zeitlin’s Academy Award-nominated Beasts of the Southern Wild.

    ABOUT THE ROOFTOP FILMMAKERS FUND GRANTS
    Year after year, Rooftop Films extends support to independent filmmakers beyond film exhibition through the Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund Grants. The Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund uses community and partner support to provide grants to filmmakers whose work has screened at Rooftop Films previously. A portion of all ticket sales and film submission fees is set aside and given back to selected filmmakers to help with their future productions, forging a bond between audiences and artists in a unique cycle of exhibition and production. For additional information on other grantees, visit rooftopfilms.com/2015/info/produce.

    The Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund is also sponsored in part by contributions from its fans and community. In order to help Rooftop continue to provide grants for independent filmmakers, please consider making a pledge on Kickstarter: http://kck.st/1O180ql

    ABOUT ROOFTOP FILMS
    Rooftop Films is a non-profit organization whose mission is to engage and inspire the diverse communities of New York City by showcasing the work of emerging filmmakers and musicians. In addition to our Summer Series – which takes place in unique outdoor venues every weekend throughout the summer – Rooftop provides grants to filmmakers, teaches media literacy and filmmaking to young people, rents equipment at low-cost to artists and non-profits, and produces new independent films. At Rooftop Films, we bring the underground outdoors. For more information and updates please visit our website at www.rooftopfilms.com.

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    Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story

    A Film By N.C. Heikin Opening NY @ The IFC Center on December 2nd Opening LA @ Laemmle on December 18th






    Packed with thrilling music, SOUND OF REDEMPTION: THE FRANK MORGAN STORY, is a feature documentary about a gifted alto sax player and Charlie Parker's protégé, Frank Morgan. Morgan fell hard into heroin and got to be almost as good a conman and thief as he was a musician in order to feed his habit.

    The habit cost him 30 years of his life in and out of prison, most of it at San Quentin, where he performed in a big band with fellow junkie jazz musicians that grew famous in the Bay Area. To bring the past into present, director NC Heikin and writer Michael Connelly (THE LINCOLN LAWYER) brought an all-star band together into the "Q" for a concert. This hyper-emotional event forms the backbone of this riveting film.

    Filmmaker NC Heikin began her career at La Mama Experimental Theatre Club in New York and went on to work on and off Broadway as an actress, singer and director. She has written screenplays for Disney and Paramount as well as French TV networks. In 2004, she made her directing debut with her prize-winning short, mañana. Her first documentary, Kimjongilia, about North Korean refugees, premiered at Sundance, won the One World Brussels Best Film 2010, and has been seen all over the world. Heikin’s stage play, LATE, is in casting for a premiere in Paris next season.

    Michael Connelly is the bestselling author of twenty-eight novels and one work of nonfiction. With over sixty million copies of his books sold worldwide and translated into thirty-nine foreign languages, he is one of the most successful writers working today. A former newspaper reporter who worked the crime beat at the Los Angeles Times and the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, Connelly has won numerous awards for his journalism and his fiction. His very first novel, The Black Echo , won the prestigious Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Best First Novel in 1992. In 2002, Clint Eastwood directed and starred in the movie adaptation of Connelly’s 1998 novel, Blood Work.

    In March 2011, the movie adaptation of his #1 bestselling novel, The Lincoln Lawyer, hit theaters worldwide starring Matthew McConaughey as Mickey Haller. His most recent #1 New York Times bestsellers include The Crossing, The Burning Room, The Gods of Guilt, The Black Box, and The Drop. Michael is the executive producer of BOSCH, an Amazon Studios original drama series based on his bestselling character Harry Bosch, starring Titus Welliver. He is also the executive producer of SOUND OF REDEMPTION: The Frank Morgan Story. He spends his time in California and Florida.

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    (BPRW) Prudential partners with the American Black Film Festival and Acclaimed Actress Tasha Smith to bring acting workshop to Newark residents


    (Black PR Wire) -- NEWARK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--This month, Prudential Financial, Inc partnered with the American Black Film Festival (ABFF), The Newark Office of Film and Television (NOFT), and acclaimed actress and director Tasha Smith to assist local aspiring actors in honing their craft by bringing the Tasha Smith Actor’s Workshop (TSAW) to Newark’s Ironbound Film and Television Studios (Ironbound Studios) on Saturday, October 17. In addition to providing aspiring actors the opportunity to learn valuable skills of the trade and enhance their artistic talent, the move aligns with Prudential’s support of NOFT’s goal to establish Newark, NJ as a leading destination for film, TV, digital media and entertainment productions.

    Prudential has underwritten the cost for 200 registrants who each submitted their headshots and bios through an early social media campaign in order to participate in the full day session. The TSAW workshop, which follows Prudential’s sponsorship of the ABFF this summer, is a multi-level seminar that teaches students proven methodology, character development and improvisation exercises. Top performers from the workshop will be invited to a private reception to network with some of the television and film industry’s top decision makers.

    “Both ABFF and Tasha Smith have their roots in New Jersey,” said Lata Reddy, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility and President, The Prudential Foundation. “This partnership allows us to collaborate with premier industry players and elevate the role of the arts in our city. Ironbound Studios is more than just a facility; it houses new creative jobs and creates opportunities for neighboring small businesses.”

    Ironbound Studios is one of a few Stay-and-Shoot™ studios in the United States that offers affordable, fully serviced, managed and furnished residential accommodations to go along with production sound stages.

    The workshop intends to help establish Newark as a prime location for actors and productions. “Newark has a rich history in the arts. Developing the City’s talent ensures this legacy continues to grow.” said Jeff Friday, ABFF chief executive officer who was born and raised in Newark. “At ABFF, our goals in the industry are rooted in social responsibility, supporting aspiring actors, filmmakers and industry executives through the festival’s multifaceted program” said Mr. Friday. “Our partnership with Prudential and The Tasha Smith Actor’s Workshop exemplifies the type of creative impact that can revolutionize both Newark’s workforce and position it as a hub for film production.”

    An NAACP Image Award nominee, Smith is a Camden, NJ native, and is well-known for her roles in Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married?” film series and the hit television show “Empire.” For more information about the TSAW program, visit www.tsaw.com.

    Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU), a financial services leader with more than $1 trillion of assets under management as of June 30, 2015, has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Prudential’s diverse and talented employees are committed to helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth through a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds and investment management. In the U.S., Prudential’s iconic Rock symbol has stood for strength, stability, expertise and innovation for more than a century. For more information, please visit www.news.prudential.com.

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    AFRICAN INDEPENDENCE
    Written, Directed, Produced & Hosted by Tukufu Zuberi


    EPIC STORY OF MODERN AFRICA AND ITS IMPACT ON THE WORLD EMERGE IN AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY & COMPANION BOOK ABOUT COMPLEX CONTINENT AND ITS DRAMATIC FIGHT FOR FREEDOM


    AFRICAN INDEPENDENCE



    PHILADELPHIA, PA (August 18, 2015) — With nearly a billion people in over 50 very different nations, Africa is one of the largest continents. It is also one of the least known. Uniquely complex, Africa is the cradle of mankind and home to some of the world’s greatest civilizations. An award-winning feature-length documentary, AFRICAN INDEPENDENCE, invites audiences on an epic journey of the continent and the chain of events that has led to modern Africa. Produced by TZ Production Company, the film is written, directed, produced and hosted by Tukufu Zuberi, renowned academic and television personality (PBS' History Detectives), and will be distributed worldwide beginning September 2015--available digitally via VHX and on Amazon through CreateSpace. The film also coincides with the release of his new companion book on the subject, African Independence: How Africa Shapes the World (Rowman & Littlefield).

    AFRICAN INDEPENDENCE provides much-needed context for understanding connections between events in Africa and the west. Large in scope, this film includes new insights from interviews with African presidents, prime ministers, freedom fighters, and everyday Africans, such as a survivor of the Nairobi terrorist bombings and other ordinary citizens with firsthand accounts of the struggles for freedom. Both the film and book, are part of a series of new projects currently being developed by Professor Zuberi, a distinguished and provocative critical intellectual who is engaging in a new model of academic production that includes teaching, filmmaking, museum curating, and social media.

    “This project echoes my dedication to bring a fresh, critical view of culture and society and allows me to share stories that might not be as well known to the public,” says Zuberi. “The seven-year journey that culminated in AFRICAN INDEPENDENCE is vitally important for me as an individual and as a documentary filmmaker keen on conveying visions and perspectives not typically seen or heard.”

    AFRICAN INDEPENDENCE is a dynamic story of Africa’s relationship with the world and how the continent’s role in human history shapes world events today—as told from the perspective of those who lived it and those who led the fight for change. Although Africa is often portrayed as a remote and impoverished area, remembered for the suffering of its people, it has played an important role in world history that is critical for understanding global events today. Tukufu Zuberi walks audiences and readers through the years of African independence through the present, including colonialism, the impact of the world wars, independence movements, the Cold War, ethnic conflict, terrorism, and the health crisis. Providing context for those events, AFRICAN INDEPENDENCE argues that it is impossible to understand our current world situation, or our future, without considering Africa.

    This richly-detailed story features one-on-one interviews with former colonial subjects, World War II veterans, freedom fighters and founding members of the African liberation movement, including:

    Benin
    • President Nicéphore Soglo of Benin (1991-1996)


    Cape Verde
    • President Pedro Pires of Cape Verde (2001-2011)


    Ghana
    • K.B. Asante, a Ghanaian retired diplomat, writer, and statesman

    • President John Kufuor of Ghana (2001-2009)

    • Samia Nkrumah, a former member of the Ghanaian parliament and daughter of Freedom Fighter and first president of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah

    • Bernice Ann Deh-Kumah, Acting Executive Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Memorial Centre for Pan-African Culture

    Kenya
    • Eloise Mukami Kimathi, Freedom Fighter, and widow to Mau Mau leader Dedan Kimathi

    • Prime Minister Raila Odinga of Kenya (2008-2013)


    South Africa
    • Former Foreign Minister Roelof Frederik “Pik” Botha (1977-1994)

    • President F.W. de Klerk, the last president of the South African apartheid regime (1989-1994)

    • Prince Inkosi Mangosuthu Buthelezi, current leader of South Africa’s Inkatha Party


    Tanzania
    • President Ali Hassan Mwinyi (1985-1995)

    • President Benjamin Mkapa (1995-2005)


    Zambia
    • President Kenneth Kaunda (1964-1991)

    • President Rupiah Banda (2008-2011)


    Combining newsreels, archival sources, and visits to African memorials and monuments, Dr. Zuberi helps viewers understand the human experience in Africa and how Africans were able to change their lives in the recent past. Through the lens of four watershed events—World War II, the end of colonialism, the Cold War, and the era of African Republics, this film offers a unique presentation designed to enlighten and provide audiences with insights from Africans into the emotional journey that is the continent’s past, present, and future. Dr. Zuberi discusses the experience of living under colonial rule, and the modern implications of the master-servant relationship. When Africans were enlisted to fight in World War II by the colonialists, they experienced a taste of the freedom they were denied at home. Having witnessed the equal treatment their European counterparts received, they returned to Africa prepared to fight a new battle: the battle for their own independence. While the fight saw successes, such as the triumph of Ghana in 1957, the movement towards freedom also brought on new challenges — the rise of tyrants, rampant corruption, and the onset of the Cold War set back the movement, resulting in widespread frustration and violent unrest. But no obstacle was too big for these determined fighters and the movement carried on.

    The struggle for African liberation has been long and difficult, with many critical moments, and has altered the relationship between Africa and the world. The fight for economic inclusion in the world market now stands in front of African nations as the new struggle. The relationship between these nations and the world is changing in fundamental ways. Individual republics and leaders are now embracing the concepts of cooperation and unity as weapons for the realization of true independence. For many, the unification of the continent is inevitable and necessary for Africa’s future.

    AFRICAN INDEPENDENCE has been selected and featured at over a dozen film festivals, where it has won numerous accolades--including recipient of Best Director at the San Diego Black Film Festival, Best Director at the People Film Festival, Best Documentary at the San Diego Black Film Festival, Best African Film at the San Francisco Black Film Festival, and the Leigh Whipper Gold Award at the Philadelphia International Film Festival & Market.

    For more information about AFRICAN INDEPENDENCE, viewers may visit www.african-independence.com

    # # # ABOUT FILMMAKER/AUTHOR TUKUFU ZUBERI
    Follow on Twitter and Facebook: @tukufuzuberi, Facebook.com/tukufuzuberi. Tukufu Zuberi, Ph.D., is the Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations and Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He writes and speaks widely about Africa, the African Diaspora, and race, both in the U.S. and internationally. He developed and expanded the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He has also been a visiting professor at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, and the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. Professor Zuberi holds a doctorate from the University of Chicago, is the author or editor of several books, articles, essays and reviews, and has received numerous awards for his academic work. Zuberi appears frequently in mainstream media, and is a popular host on the PBS series History Detectives, and History Detectives Special Investigations, which he co-produced. He has appeared on ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, NPR, PBS and other media.

    About TZ PRODUCTION COMPANY
    TZ Production Company was formed in 2007 to develop and produce entertainment media projects that focus on themes of Africa and African Diaspora culture and civilization, and diversity. Dr. Tukufu Zuberi, Founder and Director of TZ Production Company, brings 20 years in academia and the film industry to the company’s mandate of critical creativity to bring visions of perspectives not typically seen or heard. TZ Production Company’s slate includes documentary films with broad audience appeal. TZ Production Company media projects all seek to promote a critical engagement with the way we think about how to change our world.

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    Discovery Weekend: Uncovering Truths, Finding Ourselves

    October 9-11: a weekend of documentary films and performances at MIST Harlem with each screening followed by a dialogue with the filmmaker


    Discovery Weekend: Uncovering Truths, Finding Ourselves



    NEW YORK - September 21, 2015 - As an alternative Columbus Day weekend event Creatively Speaking Film Series presents Discovery Weekend: Uncovering Truths, Finding Ourselves on Friday, October 9th through Sunday, Ocotober 11th, 2015. The weekend begins with a benefit sponsored by the Metro-Manhattan Chapter Links, Inc. for St. Mary’s Center in Harlem, which provides individualized nursing services within a homelike environment for people living with HIV/AIDS. The Links, Inc. is an international non-profit corporation which consists of nearly 14,000 professional women of color. It is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of extraordinary women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.

    The benefit commences with a cocktail party followed by a preview screening of Wilhemina’s War (2015), a new documentary by June Cross. The film is set in rural South Carolina at the epicenter of the HIV/AIDS epidemic where Wilhemina Dixon struggles to support her loved ones. A formidable one-woman army, Wilhemina combats the stigmatization and gross mistreatment of generations of black women in her community. The screening will be followed by a dialogue with the filmmaker and guest moderator renowned former television journalist Carol Jenkins.

    Saturday’s afternoon program features Thomas Allen Harris’ documentary film, Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People (2014). The film explores the role of photography in shaping the identity of African Americans from slavery to the present, bringing history to life through images that have been suppressed, forgotten or lost. Photography is recognized as a tool to undermine stereotypes and reveal a nuanced view into American culture and its founding principles. Following the screening, the filmmaker will present the Digital Diaspora Family Reunion Roadshow, an interactive presentation that urges attendees to share stories and family photographs (on cellphones or in print).

    The Roadshow is a transmedia project that encourages audiences to discover connections between personal family archives and the film’s historical narrative. On Saturday evening, we present PAN! Our Music Odyssey (2014) directed by Jérôme Guiot and Thierry Teston and produced by Jean-Michel Gibert. The film explores the steel pan, Trinidad's national instrument, from its inception in the early forties through its evolution to the present. A hybrid documentary blending live music, historical fiction and contemporary interviews, PAN! examines the enduring legacy of African musical traditions in the vibrant multicultural landscape of Trinidad and Tobago. The film was the recipient of the award for an Outstanding Documentary Feature at the 2015 Reel World Film Festival in Toronto.

    Sunday’s afternoon program begins with The African Ancestry Experience: Connecting Identities through Excellence and Success celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Creatively Speaking (limited seating available to the public). Dr. Gina Paige, co-founder of African Ancestry, will give a presentation on The African Ancestry Experience, an initiative designed to help people better understand their identity through tracing their ancestry. The Continuum Project founders Nikkole Salter and NSangou Njikam will present a special performance that blends African theater, music and dance. Using DNA testing, they aim to empower and heal people of the African Diaspora. At the conclusion of the program, a special ceremony led by Brother NSangou will reveal the ancestral roots of Creatively Speaking founders Kathryn Bowser and Michelle Materre who recently completed their DNA tests.

    The evening program features a screening of Africa Unite! (2008) by Stephanie Black. In commemoration of Bob Marley’s 60th birthday, the film is centered on the Marley’s inaugural family trip to Ethiopia in 2005. In Addis Ababa, three generations of the Marley family take part in a landmark week-long event to inspire young people to unite for the future of Africa. The film weaves behind-the-scenes documentation with excerpts from their 12-hour long concert attended by 350,000 fans. Following the film, attendees are invited to a Reggae Dance Party!

    About Creatively Speaking
    Creatively Speaking Film Series has become known as the leading film series for presenting independently produced media of realistic, universal portrayals of people of color. Shorts, documentaries and narrative films tell universal stories that are rarely presented in the mainstream media. Screenings are followed by lively and thoughtful discussions about the art and craft of filmmaking as well as the social issues presented in the films.

    Program Schedule

    Friday, October 9th
    6pm: Links presents a benefit reception and screening of Wilhemina’s War (62 mins.)
    Tickets available athttp://metromanhattanlinksinc.org/wilhemina

    Saturday, October 10th
    5pm: Through a Lens Darkly (91 mins.) followed by Digital Diaspora Family Reunion Roadshow
    9pm: PAN! Our Music Odyssey (85 mins.) followed by live music
    Tickets available at http://tinyurl.com/ow32363

    Sunday, October 11th
    5pm: Creatively Speaking 20th Anniversary Presentation and Performance (limited seating available to
    the public) with The African Ancestry Experience and The Continuum Project
    7:30pm: Africa Unite! (89 mins.)
    Tickets available at http://tinyurl.com/ow32363

    Trailers
    Wilhemina’s War https://vimeo.com/101657616
    Through A Lens Darkly http://1world1family.me/trailer/
    Africa Unite! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zlW8bPvojU
    African Ancestry https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=5&v=ZLmhh5lqwbE

    Contact
    Rebecca Heidenberg
    646-703-4473
    films@creativelyspeaking.tv
    www.creativelyspeaking.tv

    Members of the press are encouraged to attend the screenings and interview the filmmakers who will be in attendance. Upon request, we can provide screening copies of the films to interested partnership organizations or press m

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    UP PARTNERS WITH THE
    AMERICAN BLACK FILM FESTIVAL
    ON NEW SERIES DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE


    Past Success with Screenplay Competition Leads to
    'UP Flips the Script to Series: Remixing the Development Pipeline'
    as Network Continues to Expand
    Original Series Slate for Multicultural Audiences


    AMERICAN BLACK FILM FESTIVAL



    ATLANTA – May 15, 2015 - UP TV announced today that it is partnering with the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) on a new initiative designed to generate content as part of the network's expansion of original scripted and unscripted series for multicultural audiences.

    Called "UP Flips the Script to Series: Remixing the Development Pipeline," the new initiative replaces the successful five-year run of the "UP Faith & Family Screenplay Competition," which generated five feature-length films for UP.

    "It's a natural transition to shift the focus of our ABFF partnership from screenplays to series development since we have ramped up our production of high-quality, entertaining original scripted series, like our first original scripted series 'Ties That Bind,' and our unscripted hit reality series, 'Bringing Up Bates,'" said Amy Winter, executive vice president/general manager, UP. "Based on the tremendous response and high quality of work that we saw in the screenplay competition, we are extremely confident this new partnership will generate some outstanding series ideas and scripts. We are looking for content that will resonate with our audience and their desire to see highly entertaining series they can feel good about watching whether by themselves or with their whole family."

    Content creators with unique and original series concepts that entertain and uplift are invited to submit ideas encompassing any or all of the following:

    · An original, fresh, distinctive and contemporary theme that appeals to a multicultural audience with family at the heart

    · Stories with heart and humor that offer life lessons and messages to take away. These can include stories with a deeper meaning, or those that showcase challenges to overcome and/or are transformational for viewers or characters

    · Characters/talent with character that are authentic and relatable

    Submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. All submissions made by that time will be reviewed and three submitters will be selected to meet with UP’s General Manager and EVP Amy Winter or Senior Vice President, Original programming Barbara Fisher at ABFF to discuss their projects. Submission details can be found at www.abff.com.

    About UP
    UP is television's trusted entertainment brand dedicated to providing viewers with "feel good TV for you and your family." UP uplifts viewers every day with premiere movies, original reality, dramatic and comedy series filled with compelling stories and characters with character. In keeping with its brand promise, UP’s pro-social initiative, “Uplift Someone,” inspires people to do simple, everyday acts of kindness. UP can be seen in 70 million homes on cable systems and satellite providers across the United States. Based in Atlanta, UP is a division of UP Entertainment, LLC which also operates gMovies, the first faith-friendly streaming movie service and provides sales and operations services to the ASPiRE network.

    Follow UP on the Web at www.UPtv.com, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/UPtv, Twitter on @UPtv and Instagram at UP_TV.

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    3 1/2 MINUTES, TEN BULLETS


    3 1/2 MINUTES, TEN BULLETS



    Directed by Marc Silver

    In 3 1/2 MINUTES, TEN BULLETS, two lives intersected and were forever altered. On Black Friday in 2012, two cars parked next to each other at a Florida gas station. A white middle-aged male and a black teenager exchanged angry words over the volume of the music in the boy’s car. A gun entered the exchange, and one of them was left dead.

    Michael Dunn fired 10 bullets at a car full of unarmed teenagers and then fled. Three of those bullets hit 17-year-old Jordan Davis, who died at the scene. Arrested the next day, Dunn claimed he shot in self-defense. Thus began the long journey of unraveling the truth. 3 1/2 MINUTES, TEN BULLETS follows that journey, reconstructing the night of the murder and revealing how hidden racial prejudice can result in tragedy.

    Directed by Marc Silver (Who is Dayani Cristal?), the documentary intercuts powerful exclusive footage from a riveting trial with intimate, observational scenes of Jordan’s parents, Ron and Lucy. We see firsthand how difficult it is for them to grapple with unimaginable loss while fighting for justice for their son. The film integrates police interrogation footage, prison phone recordings and interviews with the others at the scene that night. The result is a powerful story about the devastating effects of racial bias, and the search for justice within the judicial system.

    Participant Media will release 3 1/2 MINUTES, TEN BULLETS:
    June 19th, 2015 in New York
    June 26th, 2015 in Los Angeles

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    The American Black Film Festival and NJPAC Present

    HOUSE PARTY 25


    at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC)


    Kid N’ Play
    “2 Hype” “Ain’t Gonna Hurt Nobody”

    George Clinton
    “Atomic Dog”“Do Fries Go With That Shake”

    Full Force
    “Ain’t My Type of Hype” “Temporary Love Thing”

    Big Bub from Today
    “Him or Me”

    Chubb Rock
    “Treat Em’ Right” “The Chubbster”

    Hosted By Warrington Hudlin and Bowlegged Lou
    Special Guest: Groove B Chill

    A Portion of the Proceeds to Benefit The Paul Anthony Cancer Champion Foundation www.palivelife.org

    Wednesday, June 10th at 7:30PM
    NJPAC
    Prudential Hall
    1 Center Street
    Newark, NJ
    $39.00 - $99.00

    Tickets available at: or www.NJPAC.org or Box Office 888.GO.NJPAC (888.466.5722)

    (Newark, New Jersey- April 24, 2015) -- The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) and New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) celebrate 25 years of the iconic film, HOUSE PARTY, which debuted in 1990 and was the first movie that introduced rap to mainstream audiences, making Kid N’ Play superstars. On Wednesday, June 10th the House Party comes to stage, at NJPAC, with performances by Kid N’ Play “2 Hype” “Ain’t Gonna Hurt Nobody” George Clinton “Atomic Dog” “Do Fries Go With That Shake” Full Force “Ain’t My Type of Hype” & “Temporary Love Thing” along with special guest emcees House Party’s producer Warrington Hudlin and Bowlegged Lou. Also scheduled to perform is Chubb Rock and Big Bub from the group, Today and a guest appearance by Groove B Chill. Relive some of the best scenes from this groundbreaking film that helped catapult hip-hop’s acceptance within mainstream America. More special guests to be added, so reserve your tickets NOW at NJPAC.org or 888.GO.NJPAC (888.466.5722).





    About Kid N’ Play
    Among the first groups to tame rap's hardcore mentality into a positive, message-oriented music suitable for teens and mass audiences, Kid 'n Play debuted in 1988 with the platinum album 2 Hype, and in 1990 starred in the film, House Party which became a groundbreaking film breaking hip-hop music and the actors into mainstream America.

    Kid (born Christopher Reid; Bronx, NY) and Play (born Christopher Martin; Queens, NY) first met while performing in rival high school groups (the Turnout Brothers and the Super Lovers, respectively) and initially teamed up as Fresh Force. Play's former band mate, Hurby "Luv Bug" Azor, became the duo's manager and producer. Kid N’ Play scored a Top Ten R&B hit "Rollin' with Kid 'n Play," taken from the album, 2 Hype which reached platinum status.

    About George Clinton
    The early ’90s saw the rise of funk-inspired rap (courtesy of Digital Underground, Dr. Dre, and Warren G.) and funk rock (Primus and Red Hot Chili Peppers) that re-established the status of George Clinton as one of the most important forces in the recent history of black music. Clinton’s music became the soundtrack for the rap movement, as artists from MC Hammer, to LL Cool J to Snoop Doggy Dogg who depended heavily on the infectious groove of Clinton productions as the foundation of their recordings.

    Along with the renewed notoriety and respect, Clinton’s visibility and presence became familiar to a wider audience thanks to appearances in movies “The Night Before”, “House Party”, “PCU”, and “Good Burger,” hosting the HBO original series “Cosmic Slop”, and doing commercials for Apple computers, Nike, and Rio Mp3 players. Clinton also composed the theme songs for popular TV programs “The Tracey Ullman Show” and “The PJs”.

    Clinton has received a Grammy, a Dove (gospel) , an MTV music video award, and has been recognized by BMI, the NAACP Image Awards, and Motown Alumni Association for lifetime achievement. Clinton’s Parliament/Funkadelic was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

    About Full Force
    Full Force is comprises of 3 brothers & 3 cousins, Bowlegged Lou, Paul Anthony & B-Fine are the George brothers and Baby Gerry, Curt-T-T & J-R Shy Shy are the cousins. The actual recording & chart-production history of Full Force began in November 1984, with the release of the Hip Hop classic, "Roxanne Roxanne" by multi-talented rap group UTFO. The Guinness World Book of Records lists the song “Roxanne Roxanne” as having spawned the greatest number of answer and response recordings, which started with Roxanne Shante's song “Roxanne's Revenge” which after proper legal activity was also written by UTFO & Full Force. Full Force went on to produce the next four UTFO Rap albums, including the groundbreaking "Lethal". It went to #2 on the R&B charts, and it featured the Rock group, Anthrax on the title cut.

    Prior to working with UFTO, Full Force co-wrote and were the musicians on Kurtis Blow's classic hit, "Basketball" as well as other Kurtis Blow songs. Kurtis Blow was produced by the talented duo of Robert Ford Jr. & J.B. Moore. Robert & J.B. were early believers in Full Force as they invited Full Force to participate on two earlier albums of Kurtis Blow. Full Force later went on to co-produce their first three albums for Columbia Records with Robert & J.B.

    Shortly thereafter, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam were discovered by Full Force. Full Force wrote, produced and performed on their multi-million selling platinum & gold hits, which include "I Wonder If I Can Take You Home", "All Cried Out", "Head to Toe" and "Lost in Emotion" just to name a few. Lisa Lisa was the very first Latin female to perform Hip Hop, Dance, R&B and Pop all woven into each other courtesy of the Full Force writing and producing team.

    Over the years Full Force has written and produced for some of the biggest names in the music industry. Sadly, they were the last American producers to work with Selena on her multi-million selling album "Dreaming of You", before her un-timely death.

    Full Force also had the honor and distinction of writing, producing and performing on the last two top 5 R&B hit singles by James Brown. According to Billboard Magazine R&B Charts the single "I’m Real" peaked at #2 and the single "Static" reached #5. Both songs are from Mr. Brown’s album entitled "I'm Real" which was solely & entirely produced by Full Force.

    About House Party
    House Party is a 1990 American comedy film released by New Line Cinema, written and directed by Reginald Hudlin, and produced by Warrington Hudlin, the duo often referred to as The Hudlin Brothers. House Party stars Kid ‘N Play of the popular hip hop duo Kid ‘N Play, and also stars Paul Anthony, Bow-Legged Lou, and B-Fine from Full Force, and Robin Harris (who died of a heart attack nine days after House Party was released). The film also starred Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell, A.J. Johnson, Daryl "Chill" Mitchell and Gene "Groove" Allen (of Groove B. Chill), Kelly Jo Minter, John Witherspoon, with a cameo by funk musician George Clinton. The film grossed $26,385,627 in its run at the box office with its widest release being 700 theaters and has since become a cult classic that has garnered critical acclaim. The film is recognized for broadening hip-hop’s acceptance into mainstream America.

    About The American Black Film Festival
    The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) is a four-day event dedicated to showcasing quality films and television content by and about people of African descent. Annually held during the month of June, the ABFF is committed to the belief that Black artists deserve the same opportunities as their mainstream counterparts.

    The ABFF was originally conceived as a destination event. Since its inception in 1997, the festival has been held in Acapulco, Miami, Los Angeles and New York City. Founder Jeff Friday envisioned the ABFF as a vehicle to promote diversity in the film and television industry. Today it is widely recognized as a major conduit for bringing new Black talent to the forefront, both in front of and behind the camera. The festival is considered the nation’s largest gathering of Black film and TV enthusiasts, last year drawing an attendance of approximately 19,000. The 19th annual ABFF will be held in New York City, June 11-14, 2015. HBO® is the festival’s founding sponsor. Go to https://www.ABFF.com for more information.

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    http://www.blackflix.com/

  16. Black History Films ...
    Amazing black history video website. Videos of African Americans that made an impact on history in sports, film, comedy, and more!
    http://www.blackhistoryfilms.com/

  17. Black Horror Movies ...
    Black Horror Movies explores horror movies that have black casts and/or black issues.
    http://www.blackhorrormovies.com/

  18. Black Movies ...
    Focus is sharing our rich Afro American heritage and accomplishments through film.
    http://kenath1.blogspot.com/

  19. Byron Hurt ...
    More than a filmmaker, Byron Hurt is an anti-sexist activist who provides cutting-edge male leadership, expert analysis, keynote addresses, and workshop facilitation in the field of sexual and gender violence prevention and education.
    http://www.bhurt.com/

  20. California Newsreel ...
    Film and video for social change since 1968.
    http://www.newsreel.org/

  21. CDMPTV & FILM >...
    The company that produces what entertains you.
    http://www.lordlandonline.com

  22. Channel Live TV ...
    Channel Live TV is the only independent network devoted exclusively to the world of Hip Hop! Channel Live TV provides the Hip Hop nation it’s own distinct voice.
    http://www.channellivetv.com/

  23. Clarendon Entertainment, Inc. ...
    Clarendon Entertainment is a New York City-based film company that produces, buys and distributes African American-oriented short films, features and documentaries.
    http://www.clarendonent.com

  24. Cult Film Site: Black Artists ...
    Cult film site: black artists online.
    http://sepnet.com/rcramer/black.htm

  25. House of Oosaala Productions ...
    House of Oosaala Productions produces film and media that explore the African and African Diaspora experience, including Etu & Nago, the award-winning documentary by filmmaker Morenike Olabunmi.
    http://www.oosaala.com/

  26. Ijaba Films ...
    Ijaba Films - Thought Provoking Documentary Filmmaking.
    http://www.ijabafilms.com/

  27. Invisible Woman.....Black Cinema At Large ...
    Be forewarned: Everything on this blog is my opinion. Love it? Hate it? Let me know.
    http://invisible-cinema.blogspot.com/2008/10/this-n-that.html

  28. JWS Productions ...
    Over the past 11 years JWS, has produced about 200 music videos, 67 commercials and 50 hours of international programming. For more info please visit our website.
    http://www.jwsproductions.com/

  29. Medgar Evers Film and Culture Series ...
    Working To Unify Afrikans Throughout The Diaspora.
    http://www.mec.cuny.edu/filmandcultureseries/

  30. MediaRights ...
    MediaRights.org is a community Web site that helps media makers, educators, nonprofits, and activists use documentaries to encourage action and inspire dialogue on contemporary social issues.
    http://www.mediarights.org/index.php

  31. Media Theory and Media Studies ...
    At the New School, our media studies graduate program allows students to master the fields of media theory, media management, and media production.
    http://www.newschool.edu/mediastudies/

  32. Midnight Ramble ...
    The Palace: Midnight Ramble,The Negro in Early films, includes images and rare articles on a neglected component of Hollywood history, a must see for all movie fans.
    http://www.moderntimes.com/palace/black/index.html

  33. Organization of Black Screenwriters ...
    Organization, development, black screenwriters, writing contests.
    http://www.obswriter.com

  34. Sankofa ...
    Sankofa is an Akan word that means, "We must go back and reclaim our past so we can move forward; so we understand why and how we came to be who we are today."
    http://www.sankofa.com

  35. The Black Box Office ...
    Gossip-free entertainment news, reviews, original online video, trailers, and community for independent and major studio Black and multicultural talent.
    http://theblackboxoffice.com/

  36. The Black Hollywood Education & Resource Center ...
    The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center is a nonprofit, public benefit organization designed to advocate, educate, research, develop, and preserve the history and future of Blacks in film and television.
    http://www.bherc.org/

  37. The Business of Black Film ...
    Your one-stop source for the latest intelligence and strategic thinking on the business of black film. Through articles, video clips, podcasts and other resources.
    http://www.thebusinessofblackfilm.com

  38. The Internet Movie Script Database ...
    Internet Movie Script Database - Movie scripts free for reading and downloading.
    http://www.imsdb.com

  39. The Souls of Black Girls ...
    The Souls of Black Girls is a provocative news documentary that takes a critical look at media images--how they are instituted, established and controlled.
    http://www.soulsofblackgirls.com/

  40. TotalBlackTv ...
    Upload, Download, Watch Now!
    http://www1.totalblacktv.com/home/

  41. UC Berkeley Media Resource Center ...
    African-American/African Diaspora Studies. Audiocassettes and Videotapes in the Media Resources Center.
    http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC/AfricanAmVid.html

  42. Urban SLAM ClubPremiere >...
    Watch black movies online in DVD-quality wide screen.
    http://www.urbanslam.com/ClubPremiere

  43. We Animate Character.com ...
    Developing and providing multimedia character education films and other products with the ultimate goal is to educate youth in the importance of character and its development.
    http://www.weanimatecharacter.com/

  44. 24k Black Films ...
    24k Black Films website. Independant filmmakers.
    http://www.24kblack.com/

  45. 3 Black Chicks Review ...
    Current films, sneak previews, industry commentary, movie reviews from three African American females.
    http://www.3blackchicks.com


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