*I?m tempted to tell you that the exceptional new Hidden Figures is the best movie I?ve seen this year. Since 2017 is just out of the gate, that comment might be seen as more than a little glib.
So I?ll go out on a limb and say this: Hidden Figuresis the best movie I WILL see this year.
Usually, period pieces that are based on history don?t hold my attention, largely because we already know how the movie?s going to turn out. (We KNEW the Titanic was iceberg-bound and doomed, right? So who really cares about Leo DiCaprio?s ?I?m the king of the world!? moment?)
With the story behind Hidden Figures, we already know that Neil Armstrong helps America win the space race, and that he walked on the moon eight years later. What most of us didn?t know was that a group of black women ? ?Colored Computers? they were called ? were largely responsible for getting him there. Told from their perspective, THIS period piece kept me, literally, on the edge of my seat through the film?s final act. Continue reading →
*(Hollywood) During this time of gratitude, the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival (LAWTF) thanks those who have contributed to their 2016-17 Kickstarter Campaign.
As they gear up for their 24th Annual Festival, “TAKING FLIGHT” they welcome 18 phenomenal women performers who will share their stories through dance, theatre, song, spoken word and laughter. Some of these performers will come from as far away as London and Israel to be a part of this magical event.
Presently, the festival has 34 backers and it has raised $4370. ?They are $5630 away from their goal of $10,000 and they have until midnight January, 14th to accomplish this.?
It can be done!? It must be done!?Otherwise, they stand to lose all of their contributions from those who have pledged thus far.?
*Damn David, you’re my favorites, but WTF? ?If you’re a magic buff like I am, you no doubt know who David Blaine is. Blaine is the amazing illusionist and endurance artist who never wasted time on stupid card tricks. No, he started off blowing folks’ minds levitating; doing crazy things like walking on water (no offense, Jesus), being buried alive and even hanging upside down for 40 hours. He definitely thinks out of the box, But this time he went too far and almost killed himself. He shot himself in the mouth.
I’ll give you a minute to absorb that.
You a’iight? Due to extreme luck, or whatever you may choose to call it…so is he.
Blaine’s stunt actually went wrong during his Beyond Magic show last November. But it was only broadcast on E4 on Saturday night during a clip showing him spitting frogs out of his mouth into the audience.
(Hollywood, CA) – The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) opens its 23rd?Annual African American Film Marketplace (AAFM) and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase with a Gala Celebration ?A Great Day in Black Hollywood,? Friday, January 13, at the Harmony Gold Preview House, 7655 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90046.?? This popular event honors outstanding professionals in film and will premiere over 66 short films during the 2017 S.E. Manly Film Showcase.
?The 2017 class of honorees are:Preston L. Holmes, Producer/Director, “The Ivan Dixon Award of Achievement;” Lillian Benson, Film Editor, “Lifetime Achievement Award;” Darryl McCane, Filmmaker and Youth Film Instructor, the “President?s Award” and Vanessa Williams, veteran actress, “Community Service Award.”
?BHERC is pleased to award Lillian Benson with the “BHERC Lifetime Achievement Award” for her groundbreaking film work, longevity and continued contributions to the film industry.?
Lillian Benson?(Editor) is a native of New York. Her body of work as a television, video and feature film editor spans almost thirty years.? Ms. Benson is the first African-American female editor selected to be a member of the American Cinema Editors (ACE), the internationally recognized honorary society of film editors, where she serves as a member on the Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the International Documentary Association.? Continue reading →
*Oh boy. ?And to think I was just apologizing to a visitor: “Too bad we can’t take you up to see the Hollywood sign,” as we traveled down the famed street in Los Angeles — with them looking at the handprints in cement in from of the old Mann’s Chinese Theater (now ‘TCL’ sumpthin’); as the children took pictures with the likes of Batman, Mickey & Minnie, Edward Scissorhands, The Joker and the man with the huge yellow snake.
I am so glad I didn’t point for them to actually look?up.?
I can just hear the children now. “Mommy, THAT doesn’t spell Hollywood.”Continue reading →
*The following events are presented in connection with the play Bee-luther-hatchee, which runs at Sierra Madre Playhouse from January 13 through February 18.
Whose Stories? Who Tells Them? Is a series of five panel discussions on Writers and Diversity, presented on five consecutive Thursday nights at 7:00 p.m., starting on January 19. The panels will be held at different venues (see below) and all events in the series will be free to the public.
Diane Siegel, Curator of Special Programs for Sierra Madre Playhouse, states, ?The play Bee-luther-hatchee by Thomas Gibbons is a story of writers and writing, stories that deserve to be told, and the issue of who is best to tell them.? The play provokes discussion on race, identity, and the power of writing. Sierra Madre Playhouse is presenting these panels in the community to provide a broader stage for discussion of issues raised in Gibbons’ play.
Storytellers working across several genres including fiction writing, journalism, social media, drama and poetry will focus on the challenges of creating authentic voices and the danger of cultural appropriation. These issues reach beyond the theater and by holding these panels we hope to provide room for discussion that perhaps can lead to dialogue. We are at a unique time in history and discussion of these themes and the power of writing seems crucial to supporting civil discourse in a time of increasing polarization.? Continue reading →