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Rattlesnakes - Movie

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Actor/Producer Jimmy Jean-Louis Scores Big At 2019 PAFF With Rattlesnakes!

    
      As with every year, the Pan African Film Festival always deliver good films and of course, there are the one or two that standout more than the others. One of the exceptions this year was “Rattlesnakes,” starring Jimmy Jean-Louis who also produced it. The screenplay was written and directed by Julius Amedume and is an adaptation of the original acclaimed British stage play by play write Graham Farrow of the same name.

     The film is a nail biting, suspense thriller focused on Jean-Louis’ character Robert McQueen whose day takes a turn for the worst when he is kidnapped and held hostage by three angry husbands who are hell bent on getting revenge after accusing him of sleeping with their wives. The project went on to win the PAFF Audience Award Narrative Feature and saw a limited theater release.
    
Actor/Producer Jimmy Jean-Louis
 
      Jean-Louis was just grateful that they were able to finish the movie. They shot in December of 2018 in Santa Barber and wildfires caught up to them. They had to abruptly scramble out while leaving their equipment inside a house. During the following two or three day down time several crew members left. Luckily, they were able to retrieve their gear and pick up shooting again.

     Another sticking point was the rattlesnakes. They rented them for an allotted 8 hours only and had to have three just in case one wouldn’t act right. They also required wranglers for each snake. Plus shooting at night, the snakes were kind of sleepy but in the grand scheme of things, they performed like they were supposed to. Writer/director Amedume says it took him 16 months to write the script after conferring with Farrow and the producers. 


Angry Husbands ready to do McQueen in
     In terms of casting, crew and other logistics, Jean-Louis reiterates that this project was a cooperative collaboration of friends who knew each other from working together. The entire movie was shot in 12 days with 10 hour days. Both cast and crew showed up each day hitting the ground running. In short, they were all in it to win it.

    
A beat up hostage Robert McQueen (Jean-Lewis)
Jean-Louis was born in Haiti and spent the first years of his life in the slums thereof until he moved to Paris to be with his mom at age 12. He basically led an off-on homeless street life until he broke into theater and worked 3 years in the stage musical “La Belle Epoque,” in Spain. He them embarked on a successful modeling career in France, Spain, Italy, South Africa and the England.

Packed theater for the screening

     In 1998, Jean-Louis relocated to Los Angeles to pursue acting and soon began booking TV and movie roles. He may best be know for his role on NBC’s “Heroes,” as the charismatic Rene aka The Haitian. He co-starred with Oscar winning actress Mo’Nique in the classic film “Phat Girls.” His most impressive role to date was playing the true life Haitian Revolution leader Toussaint Louverture were he won Best Actor at the Pan African Film Festival and a nomination for Best Actor at the Africa Movie Academy Awards.
     Jean-Louis is fluent in English, French, Italian, Creole, and has worked in many parts of the world including France, England, Indonesia, Cuba, Nigeria, Brazil and Mexico to name some.

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Blue Note Records: Beyond The Notes - Movie

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An Intimate Chat With Sophie Huber, Director of The Documentary Film “Blue Note Records.”


     One of the more significant films of this year’s Pan African Film Festival was titled “Blue Note Records Beyond The Notes.” It explores the unique vision behind the iconic jazz record label. Through rare archival footage, current recording sessions and conversations with Blue Note artists, the film reveals a powerful mission and illuminates the vital connections between jazz and hip hop.

Theolonious Monk












 
John Coltrane
 
Jimmy Smith

     One of the most important record labels in the history of jazz — and, by extension, that of American music — Blue Note Records has been home to such groundbreaking artists as Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Bud Powell and Art Blakey, as well as present-day luminaries like Robert Glasper, Ambrose Akinmusire and Norah Jones. Founded in New York in 1939 by German Jewish refugees Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, the history of Blue Note Records goes beyond the landmark recordings, encompassing the pursuit of musical freedom, the conflict between art and commerce and the idea of music as a transformative and revolutionary force.

Herbie Hancock









Wayne Shorter
 
Freddie Hubard
      Through rare archival footage, current recording sessions and conversations with jazz icons Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and today’s groundbreaking Blue Note musicians, BLUE NOTE RECORDS: BEYOND THE NOTES reveals a powerful mission and illuminates the vital connections between jazz and hip hop.
L-R Blue Note artist Derrick Hodger, film director Sophie Huber and artist Keith Qmillion Lewis

     The film’s producer/Director is Sophie Huber. In making a documentary about a subject as large and challenging as one about a record company that practically wrote the jazz history of the United States, it is a daunting task to say the least. One of the main complaints that die hard jazz fans will have is that some of Blue Note’s biggest stars had to be left out. For this interviewer it was the originator of the modern Hammond B3 jazz organ style Jimmy Smith. With limited time and a subject that has hundreds of elements to it, you can’t get everybody in. When asked about that Huber agrees saying, “Especially if you have a story that covers 80 years and over a thousand records. So you have to stay with the absolute classics and some you have to miss out on. What I wanted to do with the film is put it in a manageable lengths so people who do not know anything about jazz get an idea of what it was and what it still is.”
        As with most people who criticize; they aren’t doing squat to pick up a camera to make a documentary themselves. Huber adds, “Especially if you do something that people know of like Blue Note. You always get criticism of why you didn’t do this or that. That’s the way it is. You can’t change that.” Huber obviously is a huge jazz fan. She says, “I grew up with jazz. I’m from Switzerland where they have amazing jazz festivals. My dad had the records at home so I had at least a rough idea of what it was.”

Clifford Brown











Art Blakley
 
Horace Silver
      Huber did put together an informative film that not only chronicled the story of the history of the iconic jazz label Blue Note Records, her founders and the musicians who paved the path of jazz in an entertaining manner that makes the film both enjoyable and a joy to watch. 
 

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In Broad Daylight - TV Movie

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TV One To Feature Summer Movies: Love, Lies & Murder; Starting Tonight With “In Broad Daylight”

Starring Chyna Layne and Curtis Hamilton

   
    Beginning tonight, Sunday, July 14, 2019 at 8 P.M. ET/7C; Encore at 10 P.M. ET/9C, TV One will run a series of crime thrillers for the next three Sundays in July. All three movies are based on true life occurrences. Leading off the series tonight is “In Broad Daylight,” a true story of Jordan Boudreaux, who gets abducted by her obsessed and estranged boyfriend Steve. Jordan’s family rallies the community while her closest cousin, Malik, makes it his personal mission to find and bring her home safely. The family, community and police band together to find Jordan before it’s too late.

Click here to see trailer;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_B5au_63io&feature=youtu.be

Photos by Robin L. Marchall Courtesy of TV One
 

    
Chyna Layne and Curtis Hamilton
The movie stars Chyna Layne as Jordan Boudreaux and Curtis Hamilton as Steve Peters. Both actors were asked what effect does doing a crime story have on them personally in real life? Hamilton answers first saying, “For sure, I mean, when something is truly being done, you first empathize with those people and how tragic it is. So you start to relate to that part and what you would have done. That kind of helps you mold the kind of character you’re going to make. It’s tough. These kinds of stories are so unfamiliar for me. I don’t know anyone who has been through this kind of stuff, especially domestic violence, personally to that level. That’s where us as actors we have to use our craft, our research and different things to kind of humanize them and make them relatable to everybody else.”

Steve (Hamilton) abducts Jordan (Layne)



     Layne chimes in adding, “In Broad Daylight is based on true events. So for us walking into this and knowing that, there are some people who have gone through this and they are going to be watching this story and identifying with it personally. There is a sense of obligation that we have and must take it seriously. We don’t want to make a spectacle of anyone’s life or anyone’s situation so what we want to do is bring truth and honesty to it. And hope that their survival and fight inspires other people. We do this taking real good care of our characters in the story and making sure there is a sense of dignity to their lives.”

Steve holds Jordan hostage


     Will this particular film effect how both actors select who to date in real life? Layne explains, “I’m in a relationship with someone who is very, very loving, protective and kind and so I’m lucky to have found that. We all kind of have relationships where they might not necessarily be healthy and then we learn from them. Luckily I’ve experienced my fair share and was able to get to a relationship that is very healthy.”


   Regarding this role having impact on his future dating choices, Hamilton agrees that, “Probably subconsciously it does. I’ve done two films that touch on domestic violence but it’s one of those things that you can never know who you’re going to get in bed with. As we all do, you put on that face whenever we meet somebody to present the best version of who they might want you to be. But at the end of the day, you don’t know how it’s going to be two or three months down the line how a relationship may turn. It hasn’t really affected me in that way. But I would hope that your morals and your values and what your spiritual edification may be, you put that into the bowl of what you want in a relationship. That way it will help you pick the right person.


     Layne reminds us watch her on season two of Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It.”

Hamilton & Layne at the Century City, LA offices of TV One interviewing with Rych McCain


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Pan African Film Festival 2019

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The  2019 Pan African Film & Arts Festival

Roared Through LA Again

     It is the largest Black Afrikan Film and Arts Festival in the United States. Every year it delivers the breakthroughs needed for film makers, artisans and the movie fans alike. There are always surprises and promises of big things to come from writers, producers, directors and actors regarding their exciting projects that passed the selection process cut and made it to the big silver screen.


    
PAFF Exec Director Ayuko Babu
The PAFFwas organized by Co-Founders actor Danny Glover, actressJa’Net DuBois and Executive Director Ayuko Babu and held its first event in 1992. The festival held a myriad of activities including Opening Night at The Directors Guild of America where the film “Amazing Grace” premiered via a celeb red carpet and afterparty.

Aretha Franklin Amazing Grace
       Spotlight Screenings were sprinkled throughout the life of the fest along with the regular screenings that had Q&A sessions afterward with the filmmakers, cast and crew. The PAFF Institute presented various Panels and workshops moderated and hosted by industry pros and experts which featured celeb guests.

Film Industry Lectures

     There was a Student Fest featuring select screenings, a Saturday Morning Children’s Festival, a PAFF Spoken Word session that featured top spoken word artists, the PAFF LOL Comedy Night at famed comic and radio host J. Anthony Brown’s J-Spot Comedy Club, Senior Connections with screening for seniors and of course the concluding PAFF 

Afrikan Market Place
     Filmmakers’ Awards Brunch. The festival also included an Afrikan Market Place throughout the Crenshaw Mall where people could purchase Afrikan clothing, jewelry, paintings, artifacts and products of all kinds including books, CD’s, videos and various useful services.



      Film makers in the process of finishing their projects should seriously include entering their film for consideration to the 2020 PAFF. Check their website at www.paff.org

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The Bobby DeBarge Story

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TV ONE WRAPS FOUR-CITY SCREENING TOUR
OF HIGHLY ANTICIPATED
FILM THE BOBBY DEBARGE STORY
WITH STAR-STUDDED LOS ANGELES PREMIERE


Original Drama Stars Roshon Fegan, Big Boi, Tyra Ferrell, Lloyd, Adrian Marcel and Blue Kimble, and Premieres on
Saturday, June 29 AT 8 P.M. ET/7C, Encore AT 10 P.M./9C

Roshon Fegan
  
   (Los Angeles, CA) - June 28, 2019 - TV One screened its highly anticipated original biopic THE BOBBY DEBARGE STORY in Los Angeles on Wednesday, completing a four-city screening tour that included stops in Atlanta, Miami and Washington, D.C. Held at the Harmony Gold Theater, the film debuted to a standing room only crowd featuring some of Hollywood's hottest entertainers. Cast members attending included the film's lead 
star Roshon Fegan (Bobby DeBarge),

  Lloyd (Gregory Williams of Switch), Tyra Ferrell (Etterlene DeBarge), Blue Kimble (Tommy DeBarge), Adrian Marcel (James DeBarge), Marie L. Toussaint (Bunny DeBarge), Laila Odom (Teri DeBarge), Benjamin "Bruno" Rose (El DeBarge), Ethan McDowell (Robert DeBarge) and Rodman Munson(Chico DeBarge). The film's director Russ Parr, Executive Producer, and widow of Bobby DeBarge, Teri DeBarge, Keith Neal of Swirl Films and TV One's Executive in Charge of Production Karen Peterkin were also in attendance.

Cast and Crew LA Premeire
 
Film's Director Russ Parr Q&A
      Talent and VIP's in attendance included A.J. Johnson (TV One's Sins of The Father), DomiNque Perry (TV One's Deadly Dispatch, Insecure), Jasmine Sanders (TV One's The DL Hughley Show), Bobby DeBarge Jr., Darius McCrary (Fox's Star), Kym Whitley (Freeform's Young & Hungry), Obba Babatundé (ABC's For The People), Malinda Williams (TV One's Loved to Death), Darrin Dewitt Henson (BET's The Family Business), Vanessa Bell Calloway (Fox's Rel), Amina Buddafly (MTV's Love & Hip Hop: New York), Taja V. Simpson (Tyler Perry's The Oath), Kris Lofton (HBO's Ballers), Adrian Lockett (Tales From The Hood), members of the DeBarge family and many more.

Teri DeBarge and son Bobby, Jr.




   








 

Tyra Ferrell as Etterlene DeBarge

Ethan McDowell as Robert DeBarge Sr.

    Bobby DeBarge Jr. and cast member Adrian Marcel surprised the audience with a special impromptu performance, one of the many evening highlights. Following the screening, Hip Hollywood's producer and correspondent Vanessa Barnett moderated the Q&A with cast members and creative team revealing special behind-the-scene moments from the film. The evening concluded with an exclusive VIP reception complete with hors d'oeuvres and cocktails.

Cast & Crew LA Premiere

  
Blue Kimble as Tommy DeBarge


  

Laila Odom as Teri DeBarge
Lloyd as Greg Williams

     Continuing the network's tradition of highlighting inspirational music figures, THE BOBBY DEBARGE STORY explores the tumultuous life of the former lead singer of the 70's R&B/Funk Band Switch, also the eldest sibling of the world-famous pop group DeBarge. Despite his success in music, the iconic falsetto found his life in peril as he struggled with fame and fortune while coping with the memories of his dysfunctional childhood.
Tune into THE BOBBY DEBARGE STORY premiering Saturday, June 29 at 8 pm EST / 7C and an encore at 10 pm EST / 9C on TV One.

Adrian Marcel as James DeBarge
      THE BOBBY DEBARGE STORY is produced for TV One by Swirl Films. Leading the production are Executive Producers, Eric Tomosunas and Teri DeBarge. The film is written by Norman Vance, Jr., directed by Russ Parr with casting provided by Leah Daniels Butler (Leah Daniels Butler Casting) and George Pierre (Pierre Casting). For TV One, Karen Peterkin and Jason Ryan are the Executive Producers in Charge of Production, Donyell Kennedy-McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting and Robyn Greene Arrington is Vice President Original Programming and Production. THE BOBBY DEBARGE STORY premieres Saturday, June 29 at 8 pm EST/7C on TV One. Follow the conversation online @tvonetv using the hashtag #THEBOBBYDEBARGESTORY.
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For more information about TV One's upcoming programming, including original movies, visit the network's companion website at www.tvone.tv. TV One viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on TwitterInstagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) using the hashtags #BOBBYDEBARGESTORY and #REPRESENT. Download the TV ONE App to watch your favorite shows and movies. 

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AAFCA - Awards Show

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The 10th Annual AAFCA (African American Film Critics Association) Awards Dazzles’



Honoree Quincy Jones (photo by Sheri Determa)

     The 10th Annual AAFCA (African American Film Critics Association) Awards on February 6, 2019 at the beautiful Taglyan Complex in Hollywood was an evening of splendor and enjoyment once again. This event is highly anticipated every award season and never disappoints. It is a celebration that openly invites everyone to share regardless of race on behalf of the African American experience and achievement in film, television and new media. Diversity and inclusion within the entertainment industry are two very important main components of these special awards.

Photos by Sheri Determa

L-R Shawn Edwards, Tichina Arnold, Gil L. Robinson IV











L-R Jason Blum & Quincy Jones
L-R Aneesh Chaganty & Barry Jenkins



     AAFCA Co-Founders Gil L. Roberson IV and Shawn Edwards have worked diligently with untiring devotion and commitment to advance the organization to the top level it has achieved. The 2019 Awardees are the iconic Quincy Jones, music/film & TV producer; The Stanley Kramer Award; Jason Blum, founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions and producer of BlackKKlansman, Get Out, Paranormal Activity, The Purge, Insidious and Sinisterfranchises; The Cinema Vanguard Award and Aneesh Chaganty, director/writer of Breakthrough Film Award, writer of Searching.

Jessie T. Usher & Regina Hall














George Tillman & Amendela Stenberg
L-R Salli Richardson-Whitfield & Ava DuVernay


      The award presenters were the lovely Regina Hall, actor; John David Washington, actor; Ryan Coogler, director; Barry Jenkins, Director and George Tilman, Jr, director. The Host for the evening’s ceremonies was actress Tichina Arnold.

The Red Carpet

Storm Reid

















Wendy Raquel Robinson
Dinning Room

     The 2019 AAFCA Winner’s List:

Best Film: “Black Panther”
Best Director: Ryan Coogler (“Black Panther”)
Best Screenplay:  Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”)
Best Actor: John David Washington (“BlacKkKlansman”)
Best Actress: Regina Hall (“Support the Girls)”
Best Supporting Actor: Russell Hornsby (“The Hate U Give”)
Best Supporting Actress: Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”)
Best Breakout Performance: Amandla Stenberg (“The Hate U Give”)
Best Animated Film: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”
Best Independent Film: “If Beale Street Could Talk”
Best Foreign Film: “Roma”
Best Documentary: “Quincy”
Best Song: “All The Stars” (“Black Panther”)
Best New Media: “Red Table Talk”
Best TV Drama:  “Queen Sugar”
Best TV Comedy:  “Insecure”

 AAFCA’s Top Ten List:

  1.   Black Panther (Walt Disney Studios)

  2.   If Beale Street Could Talk (Annapurna Pictures) 

  3.   The Hate U Give (20th Century Fox)

  4.   A Star is Born (Warner Bros. Studios)

  5.   Quincy (Netflix)

  6.   Roma (Netflix)

  7.   Blindspotting (Lionsgate)

  8.   The Favourite (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

  9.   Sorry to Bother You (Annapurna Pictures)

  10.   Widows (20th Century Fox)
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Rapper Ike Breeze Making Waves - Music

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Ike Breeze Rap Single 
"Shawty Throw It Back"
Now Making Waves.

     
     The Tampa Bay area rhyme smith Ike Breeze is hitting them hard with a breaking smash single, "Shawty Throw It Back." accompanied by an equally sexy, kicking video which stars guest rapper "Hollywood," and Southern Florida super blonde model Skye Vaness.

Ike Breeze
      This sensuously, pulsating track was recorded and mixed by 6x's gold and 2x's platinum engineer Bryan Tyson at his Deep Production Studios in Tampa. Tyson's smash hits include Plies, 2 Pistols, and DJ Khaled among others.

     Breeze is endorsed by the worldwide Radio/DJ organization COREand many of their U.S. and European member DJ's are rushing to add "Shawty" to their playlist. CORE member "DJ3" booked Breeze to perform live on stage at the upcoming South by SouthWest Fest in Austin, Texas this Saturday, March 16th. Breeze will be smokin’ a hole in the stage at the Rainey Social Hall 84 East Ave in Austin, TX 78701 (For you radar guided trackers). Breeze also hosts his own YouTube video show on his TBMT Network called BMT Playback TV with co-hosts "Hollywood" and Skye Vaness.

 


     The single is available for download on all major music web outlets and for listening on all major streaming outlets, Get ready for the Ike Breeze show to come your way. Be sure to call-in to your local radio station and request “Shawty Throw It Back” by Ike Breeze.

Links:

YouTube
Spotify
 SoundCloud
 


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The 10th Annual AAFCA (African American Film Critics Awards) Awards - Film/TV 

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The 10th Annual AAFCA (African American Film Critics Association) Awards Dazzles’

Photos by Sheri Determa 


   
      The 10th Annual AAFCA (African American Film Critics Association) Awards on February 6, 2019 at the beautiful Taglyan Complex in Hollywood was an evening of splendor and enjoyment once again. 

Guest dinning
     This event is highly anticipated every award season and never disappoints. It is a celebration that openly invites everyone to share regardless of race on behalf of the African American experience and achievement in film, television and new media. Diversity and inclusion within the entertainment industry are two very important main components of these special awards.

    
L-R Shawn Edwards, Tichina Arnold and Gil L. Robertson IV
AAFCA Co-Founders Gil L. Roberson IV and Shawn Edwards have worked diligently with untiring devotion and commitment to advance the organization to the top level it has achieved. 

     The 2019 Awardees are the iconic Quincy Jones, music/film & TV producer; The Stanley Kramer Award; Jason Blum, founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions and producer of BlackKKlansman, Get Out, Paranormal Activity, The Purge, Insidious and Sinisterfranchises; The Cinema Vanguard Award and Aneesh Chaganty, director/writer of Breakthrough Film Award, writer of Searching.

Gil L. Robertson and Quincy Jones





   















Gil L. Robertson and honoree Jason Blum
 
L-R  Honoree Aneesh Chaganty & presenter Barry Jenkins















      





      




     The award presenters were the lovely Regina Hall, actress; John David Washington, actor; Ryan Coogler, director; Barry Jenkins, Director and George Tilman, Jr, director. The Host for the evening’s ceremonies was actress Tichina Arnold.

Jessie T. Usher and Regina Hall



     








 
George Tillman, Jr. and Almandla Stenberg

 
L-R Gil Robinson, Ryan Coogler, Ava DuVernay & Shawn Edwards















John David Washington & Ava DuVernay

 
Storm Reid


The 2019 AAFCA Winner’s List:

Best Film: “Black Panther”
Best Director: Ryan Coogler (“Black Panther”)
Best Screenplay:  Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”)
Best Actor: John David Washington (“BlacKkKlansman”)
Best Actress: Regina Hall (“Support the Girls)”
Best Supporting Actor: Russell Hornsby (“The Hate U Give”)

Wendy Raquel Robinson


Best Supporting Actress: Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”)
Best Breakout Performance: Amandla Stenberg (“The Hate U Give”)
Best Animated Film: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”
Best Independent Film: “If Beale Street Could Talk”
Best Foreign Film: “Roma”
Best Documentary: “Quincy”
Best Song: “All The Stars” (“Black Panther”)
Best New Media: “Red Table Talk”
Best TV Drama:  “Queen Sugar”
Best TV Comedy:  “Insecure” 

AAFCA’s Top Ten List:

   1 .   Black Panther (Walt Disney Studios)

   2.   If Beale Street Could Talk (Annapurna Pictures)

   3.   The Hate U Give (20th Century Fox)

   4.   A Star is Born (Warner Bros. Studios)

   5.   Quincy (Netflix)

   6.   Roma (Netflix)

   7.   Blindspotting (Lionsgate)

   8.   The Favourite (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

   9.   Sorry to Bother You (Annapurna Pictures)

   10.Widows (20th Century Fox)

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The HollyShorts Film Festival Has Three Alumni Winners Up For Oscars -Film

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HollyShorts Film Festival Has Three Alumni Winners Nominated For Oscars In The Short Film Categories

      My friends Daniel Sol, Theo Dumont and Nicole Castro from The HollyShorts Film Festival are on fire! They have three HollyShorts alumni 2018 winners who are up for Oscars. The official nominees are:

 
  Guy Nattiv for his film "Skin," which was nominated for "Best Short Film (Live Action)"

     Trevor Jimenez for his film "Weekends," nominated for "Best Animated Short Film."

 
  Sky Fitz and Bryn Mooser for their film "Life Boat," for "Best Documentary."

   
   The HollyShorts Festival is "thee" premiere (Short) filmmakers event with the serious connects (you don't get any bigger than the Oscars). It is great for student film majors and up and coming filmmakers. 

     This year's Early Bird Deadline is Friday, Feb 1, 2019. Regular Deadline is April 15th. Late Deadline is May 17th. Go to Hollyshorts.com for FAQ details. I never miss it every year!

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Smooth Jazz Crooner Victor Fields Announces New Team Members - Music

Rych McCain International/Nationally Syndicated Entertainment Columnist

L-R Victor Fields, Scott Mayo and Barbar Collin
     My good friend with the velvet voice, Billboard charted, jazz crooner Victor Fields has announced the latest two new members of his team. First is personal manager Barbara Collin, a jazz music veteran who was the Booker for the late, great Nancy Wilson. Second is Scott Mayo producer who was part of the famed Earth, Wind & Fire Horns among other major credits. Fields is set to light 2019 up.

Fields on stage making it do what it do!

A Personal Message from Mr. Fields 

     I remember when I knew most of the people on my mailing list. A lot of friends and family members. Or, most likely lived in Oakland, San Francisco or somewhere in the Bay Area. They joined the list by either signing in at one of my concerts or joining the list via my website.

      Five CD’s later and that list now has thousands of fans from every continent speaking different languages and observing different cultures. But the one thing we have in common? We love music.

      Maybe they heard “Thinking Of You” or my version of Bill Withers’ “Lovely Day” on the radio. Maybe they signed up at one of my shows too. Or a friend or family member told them to check me out. I don’t know. I just type and press send.

      And I don’t do that very often. But, I promised I would communicate more frequently in 2019- and only when I had something of interest to say.

      Now, If you don’t like music, singers, or having fun OR one more email will drive you over the edge, then you have the option to unsubscribe from my list. No problem. You’ll be missed. But I completely understand.

But do that and you’ll miss all the fun!

      I’m on an exciting journey! And I want you to join me behind the scenes. Feel the highs and the lows of the creative and business aspects of music. Meet some amazing talent. Experience the evolution of the music from idea to final product. Hang with me in the recording studio. See it all through my eyes

It’s a virtual backstage pass!

Sound like Big fun? Stay tuned ....
 
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