Alan’s News Brief, February 23, 2018 (Updated)

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 films “Stalk His Ass” and “Silent Cries: The Prelude” have been accepted at the Las Vegas Black Film Festival.

“Stalk His Ass”: A young woman seeks divine intervention as a last resort when she can’t resolve the conflict between her heart (Shay) and mind (Tanya) as it pertains to her new relationship. – from Heart of David Pictures YouTube page

“Silent Cries: The Prelude”: 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

View the trailer for “Stalk His Ass”. and “Silent Cries: The Prelude”.

Okema T. Moore can SING!!!

Okema appeared on Create x Hustle x Repeat | Episode # 102

I recently interviewed Okema. Read it here.

Katie Mack’s film “Missing You” was seen at the Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn, NY (previously Katie won Best Director for the film at The People’s Film Festival).

Missing You is a story about how two strangers who are fated to meet each other…keep missing each other. – From “Missing You” IMDb page

View “Mars & Venus: Operation Equilibrium” from Boxed Out Productions here. Written, directed, and produced by Katie Mack and Okema T. Moore.

Mars & Venus: Operation Equilibrium looks at modern society and its growing lack of love, empathy and apathy toward one another, ourselves and the generations that will follow. Narrated by the androgynous Athen – a futuristic citizen of the final sect of human-esque beings left on the planet- dubbed Citizen L143, her plea to the present is that they change their ways so that human kind can be saved. To emphasize her point, she has a host of characters that will tell their varied stories, reminding us of how beautifully flawed human kind may be, but how absolutely worth saving the human race is. – from YouTube

Lorene Martinique and Staxx Cordero appeared in “Corner Made” by Renee McNeil, at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre.

Esnavi has new music! “The Way”

Danielle Earle appeared on “Consider It Blacklit”, hosted by Kim Singleton. Kim talked with Danielle about her award-winning web series “Brooklyn is in Love”, and her upcoming feature film “The Haunted Mind of an Insomniac”.

Sharrie Mccain received an award from the Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival: Award of Recognition – Best Television Pilot: “The Confined Line”

A retired cop team up with another cop to get revenge on a police unit and close people to them. – from IMDbPro

Lisa Tedesco’s and  Christie Conochalla’s film “August in the City” will be shown at the Women’s Film Festival in Vermont.

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.

Natural Langdon is among the photographers whose work is on display at “Fifty Years Still Dreaming,” in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy. At the Livingston Gallery, 177 Livingston Street, 6th floor, Brooklyn,  NY. The exhibition will be on display through April 30, Monday through Thursday, noon to 5 p.m.

From exhibition opening

Click here to see the official poster for Jay Palmieri’s film “Play”

Eric, an attractive and approachable young man, and Natalia, a beautiful and timid young woman, are both searching for that special someone. Someone to fulfill their forbidden desires. After experiencing a wild one night stand together, it becomes clear that one of them doesn’t want “play time” to end. – from PlayOfficialFeatureFilm Facebook page

Gillian Scott-Ward’s film “Back to Natural: A Documentary Film” was screened at the Pan African Film Festival. Read about this in Immigrant Magazine .

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

Alan’s favorite things:

You’ll notice many of my links herein are to interviews I did with the creatives. One of my favorite things to do on my blog. I always learn a lot through these interviews and I hope you do too.

And of course, documenting my on-set experiences is another favorite thing to do on my blog. For example, Kimia’ Workman’s  “Shock Nation”  is now shooting its second season.

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

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 February 23, 2018.  Updated August 20, 2020 to adjust category assignments.

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2 thoughts on “Alan’s News Brief, February 23, 2018 (Updated)

  1. Interesting!

    On Fri, Feb 23, 2018 at 10:31 PM, Support Our #creatives wrote:

    > Alan Greenstein posted: “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 films “Stalk His Ass” and “Silent Cries: The Prelude” ” >


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