Movie Trailer: Nate Parker and Gugu Mbatha-Raw Star in New Romantic-Drama, ‘Beyond the Lights’

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Beyond the Lights is the story of a troubled singer (Noni Jean) on the verge of super stardom. Noni Jean is played by English actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw know notably for her performance as the main character in the indie film,  Belle (18th-century historical piece about a black woman raised as almost an equal in a white household.). In the film, Gugu’s character (Noni) struggles with her identity and the pressure of becoming a world renowned super star, who contrary to her personal aspirations is forced to sell an overly sexy image of herself. Noni ends up finding solace and self-acceptance after meeting co-star Nate Parker’s character Kaz Nicol. Parker’s character, Kaz is an up and coming police officer and aspiring politician assigned to serve as protection for the superstar but later finds himself over the edge for the pop damsel in distress. Instantly, Kaz and Noni find themselves in a hot and heavy romance despite the disapproval of those around them. In the end, Noni discovers her courage and voice through Kaz’s love; which pushes her to be the artist she always wanted to be.

 

‘Beyond the Lights’ was written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood  the creator of the now classic american film’Love and Basketball.’ According to reports from the Star, the film has already premiered at TIFF and is set to hit theaters November 14th, 2014. View the trailer below and be sure to leave us your comments, thought and opinions.

Don Cheadle Begins Production On New Film, ‘Miles Ahead’

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Miles Ahead, is a new biopic [of sorts] coming from acclaimed actor Don Cheadle, who not only produces and directs the project but stars as the legendary jazz musician, Miles Davis.

Davis who is looked upon as one of the leading innovators of Jazz music; is  a celebrated and iconic figure with a musical career spanning over five decades.

In what appears to be the season of biopics ‘Miles Ahead’ is sure to stand out amongst the pack and what better person to bring this story forward than Don Cheadle!

Cheadle has a true definitive love and admiration for Davis and his work so this is indeed a passion project.

What makes this even more remarkable is that not only has Don dedicated his time to directing and starring in the film, this project is also independently produced.

Yep, that’s what you read, there is no major studio backing the production.

Don Cheadle has breathed new life into the meaning of one of Miles Davis’s epithets as a “Social Musician” by incorporating the modern twist of crowd funding parts of the production.

According to EW.com Cheadle began shooting for the film this week in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Taking on the task of conveying Mile Davis’s life is not only a bold move but a grand undertaking yet we are certain that Don Cheadle has what it takes to pull it off.

Check out an except from an interview with Entertainment Weekly in which Cheadle expresses how his involvement in the project came to be.

This was something that had been a periphery for me. I never thought about portraying him, really. I had done several other quote-unquote biopics and was always struck by the limitations they presented, because they were trying to be historically accurate. Let’s be honest, any biopic is a series of omissions and conflations of events and amalgamations of characters. And you’re trying to have a movie experience under three hours, so in the process you condense people’s lives from cradle to grave, so things tend to feel episodic and event-oriented as opposed to a story about people and relationships and a character.

So I didn’t want to do another biopic. So when I heard the idea, from various people who had played with him, producers, writers, that this could potentially be something, I thought, ‘if the script is great, I would be open to it since he’s always been a fascinating figure to me.’

And then, in 2008, when Miles was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, his nephew was interviewed and was asked, ‘Would you ever do a movie on his life?” He said yes, and that Don Cheadle is going to play him. And I was like ‘I am?’

This film is already phenomenal simply because of its subject and we are curious to see how Cheadle will use his ingenuity and brilliance to explore the life and music of Miles Davis.

Keep and eye out for the film’s debut and as always share the Street Intell.

For more of Cheadle’s interview visit EW.com

 

 

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Gateway DC Summer Film Series

gateway1The Analog Underground has partnered with the DC Office of Motion Picture & Television Development (MPTD) and the Ward 8 Arts & Culture Council to bring forth the Gateway DC Summer Film Series.

Beginning June 25th patrons can enjoy 8 weeks of free outdoor film screenings at the St. Elizabeths Gateway Pavilion.

The eight week film showcase, will feature commercial and independent films across a variety of genres paired with special programming and community events that support each week’s theme. In addition to the film screenings, pre-screening programming and festivities will include live music, contests, special giveaways, performances, and special media demonstrations.

There will also be informational booths set up to promote community non-profit and government programs and initiatives. Food trucks and a variety of vendors will be onsite. However, attendees are welcome to bring their own food and beverages.

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information visit GatewayFilmsDC.com

Hidden Colors 3: The Rules Of Racism, Hits Select Theatres June 26th

hd3Hidden Colors 3 is the third installment in the docu-film series coming from director and producer Tariq Nasheed of King Flex Entertainment. It has garnered critical acclaim from many individuals in the American-African community. Recently patrons raised over $70,000 for the film via the popular crowd-funding site kick starter.  The series first gained the attention of viewers in the straight to DVD release of the original two documentaries—Hidden Colors and Hidden Colors 2. The latest installment of the series, Hidden colors 3 dives into the the depths of analyzing the “post-racial” American society. Preview the trailer below and scoop out the different locations to see if the film will premiere in a theatre near you. For more detailed information visit HiddenColorstheFilm.com.

Washington, District of Colombia

Avalon Theater

5612 Connecticut Ave NW

Washington DC 20015

[7:30 pm] *** One Night Only***

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Bethesda Row Cinema

7235 Woodmont Ave

Bethesda MD 20814-2951

[7:00 pm] *** One Night Only***

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Baltimore, MD

The Senator Theater

5904 York Rd

Baltimore,MD 21212

[7:00 pm] *** One Night Only***

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Atlanta, GA

Midtown Art Cinema

931 Monroe Drive

Atlanta, GA 30308

7:00 pm, June 26, 2014 * One Night Only

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The Plaza Theater

1049 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast

Atlanta, GA 30306

7:00 pm, June 27, 2014 * One Night Only

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Chicago, Illinois

ICE Chatham 14 Theaters

210 W. 87th Street

Chicago Illinois 60620

Two Showings-7:00 pm, and 10:00 pm June 27, 2014 * One Night Only

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Detroit, Michigan

Main Art Theater

118 North Main Street

Royal Oak, MI 48067

7:00 pm, June 26, 2014 * One Night Only

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Dallas, Texas

Magnolia Theater

3699 McKinney Ave #100

Dallas, TX 75204

7:00 pm, June 26, 2014 * One Night Only

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Jacksonville, Florida

The Ritz Theater

829 North Davis Street

Jacksonville,FL 32202

7:30 pm, June 26,2014 *One Night Only

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Los Angeles, California

The Music Hall Theater

9036 Wilshire Blvd

Beverly Hills, CA 90211

7:30 pm, June 26, 2014 * One Night Only

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Miami, FL

Betty T. Ferguson Complex

3000 NW 199th St

Miami Gardens,Fl 33056

6:00 pm, June 26,2014 *One Night Only

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Minneapolis,MN

Landmark Theater Lagoon Cinema

1320 Lagoon Ave

Minneapolis MN 55408

7:00 pm,June 26,2014

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New York, New York

Cinema Village Theater

22 East 12th Street

New York, NY 10003

7pm June 26,2014 *One night only

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Oakland,California

Piedmont Theater

4186 Piedmont Ave

Oakland Ca 94611

7:00 pm,June 26,2014 *One Night Only

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ritz East Theater

125 South Second St

Philadelphia, PA 19106

7:00 pm, June 26, 2014 * One Night Only

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04.17-04.27 | DC Film Fest 2014

The DC International Film Festival is an annual celebration of international films from across the globe. The festival explores the work of prominent filmmakers of newly released, award winning and experimental films; many of which highlight various things such as socio-political topics and varing global lifestyles. The Filmfest kicked off its 28th season last Thursday and will run now until Sunday, April 27th. This year marks the last and final chance for patrons to experience a myriad of great international films. Check out a few of the featured films below:

Wednesday—April, 23rd {6:30PM} Landmark Bethesda Row Cinema

7235 Woodmont Ave. Bethesda, MD
Take Metro Red line to Bethesda Metro station.

Friday—April, 25th {6:30PM} Landmark E Street Cinema

 Saturday—April, 26th {6:30PM} Landmark E Street Cinema

555 11th St. NW
Metro: Red, Orange, or Blue Line to Metro Center. Theatre entrance on E Street between 10th and 11th Streets

This year’s festival is full of movie premieres and special events like ‘discussions with the directors’ and some other free events. Festival tickets are $12.00 and sell out fast so be sure to make your purchase online via MissionTix.com , by phone or at any of the designated theatre box offices. Movie screenings will be held at various locations throughout the city, for further information and full film listings visit filmfestdc.org 

Women’s History Month Spotlight: Yulia Brodskaya

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Paper always held a special fascination for me. I’ve tried many different methods and techniques of working with it, until I found the way that has turned out to be ‘the one’ for me: now I draw with paper instead of on it.

There isn’t anything complex about paper and glue yet illustrator, Yulia Brodskaya, has used her creative genius to construct intricate and vibrant 3-dimensional pieces using paper and glue, these same elements have quickly garnered her international recognition. Having over 100 pieces in her collection she has worked for big names like: Oprah, Starbucks, Godiva, Bentley, Niemen Marcus, Hennessy, Target and several others (To name familiar US companies). Born in 1983, making her just over 30, she began working as a graphic designer and illustrator in 2006 and quickly left graphic design for her real passion. She accrued over 100 clients within 5 years. If there were any woman illustrators worth highlighting it would be Yulia. Her attention to detail, the meticulous nature of the pieces, her vibrancy of color and emotion all come across clearly in her work. Each piece quite visually pleasing, her work became a muse of inspiration:

I see the culmination of emotion from a lifetime in your face like a tree that has stood the test of time. With lines that circle the trunk round and round so too do the lines on your face tell a story…they tell a truth: Our perception of reality happens in dots and lines and with care and attention we can craft a beautiful reality that celebrates our experience in all of its colors. So be like Yulia, bravely stretching the bounds and lines of art, the bounds and lines of life.

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Dannielle Cayard is a poet, vocalist and free spirit who uses her creativity to guide her audience deep into the corridors of her beautiful mind.

She is also a Mousai House member and Written Expressions contributor.

 

 

 

Women’s History Month Spotlight: Film Director Sanaa Hamri

Sanaa Hamri, the daughter of a Moroccan painter and author(Mohammed Hamri), had a goal to one day become a successful actress.  She worked throughout her secondary school years to make her goal a reality, and upon applying for college, received a scholarship to study theatre at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY.  After she completed her last year or so studying acting in Paris, she moved to Manhattan and began to pursue her dream in one of NY’s biggest cultural and economic centres.  After struggling with the harsh realities of auditions and unemployment, the actress decided to try her luck with directing instead.

She taught herself editing using an Avid machine and a manual, and discovered she had a talent for putting stories together using imagery.  Her first major breakthrough came when one of her associates – Malik Hassaan Sayeed – impressed by her talents, showed one of her early works  to Mariah Carey, who eventually hired Hamri to direct one of her videos.  She has since gone on to direct many more music videos, for not only Mariah Carey, but Jadakiss, Kelly Rowland, Prince, Jay-Z, Eric Benet, Nicki Minaj, and more; in time becoming one of the most highly recognized female music video directors in the industry.

After her career with music videos had gained her enough notoriety as a director, Sanaa branched into directing feature-length films such as “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2” in 2008 and Queen Latifah & Common’s “Just Wright” in 2010.  In an interview with a Sarah Lawrence College publication Hamri says, in the future she wants to continue in her career making more films…  specifically about ‘daily life in the world of her birthplace Morocco, and about human beings who are in conflict and struggling to understand themselves’.  With a catalogue containing such emotionally compelling and reflective works, such as the visuals to Kelly Rowland’s “Stole”, Jay-Z’s “Song Cry”, Nicki Minaj’s “Fly”, and Lupe Fiasco’s “Words I Never Said”, the artist will continue to be a thriving inspiration and example to up-and-coming video directors to “think before you act”.  Ladies and Gentlemen, I Present to You… Sanaa Hamri.

 

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Malik Carter is a freelance photojournalist and budding MC who performs under the stage name, Primary Element.

He is also a Mousai House member and Written Expressions contributor.