Alan’s News Brief, November 17, 2017 (Updated)

Here is some recent news about my connections.

Please check out these projects and follow the creatives behind them.  Congrats to everyone on their accomplishments!

Sharrie Mccain won her first acting award, the Actress of the Year award, at the TAP (The Advantage Program) Awards.

Sharrie is a producer on the film “Split!”  The film has won Special Mention at the Global Shorts awards.

It’s summer and three friends want to hang out, until something gets in between their bond. – From “Split!” IMDb page

Sharrie has been interviewed multiple times. Here she is interviewed by Black Talent TV.

Okema T. Moore appears in Gabourey Sidibe’s film “The Tale of Four”.  Watch it on Shatterbox.

Inspired by Nina Simone’s haunting 1966 song, “Four Women,” Sidibe’s film bravely captures the harrowing realities of the mothers, daughters, and undaunted revolutionaries fighting back against police brutality and the specter of mass incarceration. Studded with a powerhouse cast including her Empire co-star, Jussie Smollett, The Tale Of Four premiered to rave reviews this past June at the Nantucket Film Festival, cementing Sidibe’s status as a fresh directorial voice to be reckoned with. – Excerpt from description on Shatterbox.

Danielle Earle has been interviewed by many publications.  Here she is being interviewed by Agnes Films.

Jay Palmieri’s new supernatural film, “Léa” won “Best Horror Film” at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival, its first award! Danielle Earle is executive producer.  I have a special thanks credit.

A young mail-order-bride from France recently loses her American husband to a incurable illness. Finally rid of the man she felt nothing for she starts to enjoy her new found freedom but there is a menacing presence lurking around to make sure she meets the same grisly fate. – From “Léa” IMDb page.

Lisa Tedesco, who wrote the screenplay for “August in the City”, has founded Lady Film Media, a production company.

Gillian Scott-Ward is interviewed by Uptown Magazine about her film “Back to Natural: A Documentary Film”.

This film is important for many reasons. Black people are told in so many ways, directly or indirectly, that who we are is inferior or not good enough. In the media, we are too often erased or not portrayed complexly. In real life, we are often targeted and discriminated against. In this country and really around the world, Black children can legally be banned from school or otherwise punished for wearing their hair in its naturally curly, coily, or kinky state, or in traditional African braids. In the workplace, it is legal to discriminate against Black people who wear their hair in its natural state or in traditional styles on the basis that it is “unprofessional,” “threatening,” or “unacceptable.” – Gillian Scott-Ward, from Uptown article.

The national tour of “Motown the Musical” is underway.  I have seen it on Broadway and can’t wait to see the national tour! Trenyce Cobbins, who plays Diana Ross, is interviewed on KZUM’s “Arts on the Air” program.

Shock Nation” won its first award at the Baltimore Web Fest: Baltimore’s Best Web Series!

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.

Watch all 8 episodes of Season 1 here:

Kimia’ Workman won the award for Best Actress Female at the Movie and Music (MAM) Awards.

Kim Akia appears in videos for Sesame Street In Communities.  Here is one of them.

And finally, production is underway on the second season of Jolie East-Miji’s web series “B-City”.  I am an executive producer, and on-set I am the key production assistant.  My documenting the production phase is ongoing.

The  web series (season 1) has been in the Iconaclash Cinema Review, and a semi-finalist in the Los Angeles CineFest.

Check out the first season of “B-City”.

Four childhood friends navigate life as young adults in Baltimore City. – From B-City Webseries Facebook page.

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.

Originally published November 17, 2017.  Updated November 18, 2017 to correct the spelling of a name. Updated August 20, 2020 to adjust category assignments.

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