Alan’s News Brief, March 30, 2018

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!


Danielle Earle was on the panel of the Imagine This Women’s International Film Festival, #GirlPowerSummit

Danielle’s film, “Lover’s Game”, has been accepted at the Bergen County Film Festival

Vincent and Annabella have wealth, power and love – but when a child doesn’t seem possible in their future, the effects are harder than either of them could expect. Anna meets another, Gillian, a seductive, passionate, lesbian painter, who changes all of their futures, forever. – From Lover’s Game Facebook page


Take a listen to Prakash Saikia‘s new song “Huwaranit Dihing”


Morgen Whiteman is director of photography on “Critical Missing”.

Critical Missing is a short film chronicling the events in the life of 13 year old Nisha before she is sold into a sex trafficking ring in Washington, D.C. – From Critical Missing Facebook page

Morgen was honored by the SoulFly Theatre Society


Jolie East-Miji‘s film “Underlying Truth” stars Morgen Whiteman and Jae Mitch (who usually work behind the camera).


Shauntay Cherry‘s film “Stalk His Ass” was an official selection at the Katra Film Series.

“Stalk His Ass” is also an official selection at the Martha’s Vineyard African American 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

Shauntay’s film “Silent Cries: The Prelude”, has been nominated for the Philadelphia Independent Film Awards and will be competing in the “Best Short Film” category.

“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


Jay Palmieri‘s film “Léa” has been nominated for three awards at The Nova Fest: Best Film Noir Film, Best Horror Film, and Best LGBT Film.

“Léa” has also been accepted into the New Filmmakers New York Film Festival.

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

There is a crowdfunding campaign for Jay’s film “Play”. Please support – I am a funder.

Eric, an attractive and intimidating young man, and a mysterious and beautiful Girl, 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 Play IMDb page

Jay’s film “Taste” has been accepted at the Utah Film Festival. Danielle Kronenberg is nominated for Best Supporting Actress.

A bulimic Fashion Model living in NYC struggles to keep her delicious activities hidden. – From Taste IMDb page

Check out this write-up about Africa Miranda in Glitter magazine.

I recently interviewed Africa. Read it here.


Okema T. Moore is the swing coordinator on Food Network’s “Chopped”.

Okema was interviewed on the Black Pill Radio show.

Check out a trailer for “Deka-Log”. Okema plays Fiona.

DEKA-LOG presents ten stories or accounts of the life, journey and struggle of some of the lesser known characters in the FINDING ME world. The minisode series will feature ten chapters depicting the love/hate, truth/lies, tragedy/adventure of these characters as they confront and inform the audience on some of our greatest struggles: self-discovery and self-affirmation. – From Deka-Log IMDb page


Gillian Scott-Ward’s film “Back to Natural: A Documentary Film” will be screened at the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival.

Gillian is featured on Kimberly Elise’s website Natural Living.

“Back to Natural” has won the Outstanding Excellence Award at the Depth of Field International Film Festival.

“Back to Natural” has been accepted into the Festival International du Film Pan-African de Cannes

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


Tammi Rogers is in the film “The Dearly Departed”, which will be in the Cannes Film Festival.


Esnavi sang at the Rockwood Music Hall in New York City om March 30.

Esnavi was interviewed by Push Radio.


Queen Ola was interviewed on Afrousa TV.


Lorene Martinique appeared in Staxx Cordero‘s play “Poor Girl Rich Girl”.


I have been documenting my on-set experiences at Kimia’ Workman’s  “Shock Nation”  which 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


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