Alan’s News Brief, August 18, 2017

Here is some recent news about my connections.

Please check out these projects and follow the creatives behind them.


Jermaine Smith’s new series “Vish Merrick” has been released.  Good news!  the series has been picked up by a network.

The story is about a soldier seeking vengeance for his murdered family. While on his search he gets pulled into the underbelly of NYC’s dark underworld. – From Vish Merrick TV Show YouTube page

View the first episode here.


Kim Akia’s first short film is “ALIENated“.  She has written and produced it.  “ALIENated” is now being submitted into film festivals! IMDb


Danielle Earle is a director of “In the Attic”, one of four plays making up The Voire Dire Project.

The Voire Dire Project is the signature production of Cosmic Orchid, and this first cycle punctuates our inaugural season.  It is an integrative project where four theatrical teams (playwright, actors and director) each develop a one-act play inspired by a separate work of visual art.  It culminates in a 4 week production of those plays with a corresponding exhibition of the art that influenced them. – From Cosmic Orchid website.


Gillian Scott-Ward’s film, “Back to Natural”, was featured at the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival.

Back to Natural is a  69-minute documentary film that reveals the shocking truth about hair politics, and racial identity in Black communities and beyond. Directed by New York City based Clinical Psychologist Gillian Scott-Ward, the film was inspired by the work she was doing in her clinical practice and her own drive to go natural. Executive produced by Marquis Smalls and produced by Dominic Ward, Back to Natural is a powerful call for healing that takes a grassroots approach to exploring the globalized policing of natural Black hair. – From “Back to Natural” website.

“Back to Natural” has also been shown at the Mzansi Women’s Film Festival (South Africa), and will be screened at the British Urban Film Festival and the International Black Film Festival in Nashville.


Shauntay Cherry’s (Heart of David Pictures) film “Silent Cries: The Prelude” has been nominated for Best Director and Best Short Film at the 2017 Validate Yourself Film Festival taking place in September.

Lex Anthony remembers his father; a failing entrepreneur who began to buckle under the pressures of fatherhood as his son’s 7th birthday approached. – From Heart of David Pictures YouTube page.

Check out the trailer.


Sharrie Mccain has been nominated for Actress of the Year at the inaugural The Advantage Program (TAP) Awards.


TFS Lifestyle has an article about Kimia’ Workman and her series “Shock Nation”.  “Shock Nation” can be viewed here.

A series about young adults growing up in the inner city streets of Baltimore and trying to find their way. Their love for dance helps to save their life. – From Shock Nation Facebook page

And finally, a little self-promotion.  Recently I posted about Wendy Feinberg and the Port Jefferson Documentary Series (PJDS).  I really appreciate that a link to my post has been provided on the PJDS Media page!  If you are in the Long Island, NY, area in September or October, consider attending the Fall Series of the PJDS.


Please provide your thoughts and questions in the comments. I would really enjoy hearing from you. If you have a topic in mind you would like me to cover, please let me know.


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