Here is some recent news about my #creative connections.
Please check out these projects and follow the creatives behind them. Congrats to everyone on their accomplishments!
Shauntay Cherry’s film “Silent Cries: The Prelude” is a Finalist in the 2018 Bill Johnson Film Festival.
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
“Silent Cries” was originally imagined as a feature that explores how the trauma of paternal abandonment affects men and their interpersonal relationships with women. – from my recent interview with Shauntay
Gillian Scott-Ward’s film “Back to Natural: A Documentary Film” has been accepted at the 2018 Pan African 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. Filmed in New York City, Philadelphia, Paris, And Cape Town, this documentary explores universal aspects of the Black experience and the “New” Natural Hair movement. Join us on this journey of discovery and enlightenment while celebrating our history and natural styles that are taking the world by storm. – From “Back to Natural” website
Shock Nation is a webseries about a girl growing up in the streets of Baltimore City and trying to find her way, as well as escape from living in poverty and being surrounded by a neighborhood of violence and drug addiction. She gets inspired by a dance group called Shock Nation that changes her perspective on life. This series will go through the life struggles of today’s young adults living in poverty, but through their friendship and strong bond, they realize that together they can achieve anything, thrive to keep chasing after their dreams, and survive any obstacle because their love for dance helps to save their life in ways they could never imagine. – From TruTalent Creative Works website
Sole Kings follows the lives of 5 enterprising sneaker enthusiasts hustling their way through the world of sneaker culture, on their quests to define who they are and make a name for themselves in the city’s competitive sneaker game. – From Sole Kings Facebook page
When Brooke blindsides Blake and ends their two year relationship, Blake doesn’t hesitate before jumping back into the New York dating scene. Instantly he finds a new love interest and regains his confidence. Once things begin to get serious, Brooke resurfaces and wants to claim what was once hers. Confused, Blake finds himself caught in the middle. When the dust settles, who will win him over in the end? – “Makeup x Breakup” Facebook page
Jay Palmieri’s film “Taste” has won three awards (out of 9 nominations) at the Independent Horror Movie Awards: Best Nudity, Best Kill, and Best Cinematography.
A bulimic Fashion Model living in NYC struggles to keep her delicious activities hidden. – From “Taste” IMDb page.
When her college-aged daughter returns for Thanksgiving with her new found love, August remembers the woman she had to give up two decades earlier in BK. – From August in the City Facebook page.
Alex has ulterior motives when she responds to a retired woman’s rental listing. But what Alex doesn’t know is that her host has ulterior motives of her own – From “Mom” Vimeo page
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. He finds himself in the middle of a corrupt system involving politicians, law enforcement, clergy, drug dealers, scammers and people he once called friends. – From “Vish Merrick” Facebook page
I conclude by doing some self-promotion.
Kimia’ Workman’s “Shock Nation” (mentioned earlier in this post) is beginning production on its second season. Jolie East-Miji’s B-City Webseries is resuming production on its second season. I am working on both of these, and I will continue to document my experiences when I participate in meetings and/or on-set activities.
Four childhood friends navigate life as young adults in Baltimore City. – From B-City Webseries Facebook page
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Originally published January 19, 2018. Updated August 20, 2020 to adjust category assignments.