Alan’s News Brief, April 30, 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!

Danielle Earle and Okema T. Moore appeared at the Women’s Media Empowerment Summit.

Okema T. Moore will be appearing in “You Wouldn’t Expect”, in New York City starting September 21, 2018.

You Wouldn’t Expect explores the forced sterilization of mainly women of color and poor citizens in North Carolina in the 60s and was written by the magnificently talented Marilyn Barner Anselmi. – From Okema’s Instagram post

At the upcoming People’s Film Festival: “Back to Natural” , by Gillian Scott-Ward, is an Official Selection; and #ActorsLife Webseries/blog, by Shumerria Harris, has been nominated for the Public Media Award of Excellence.

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

#ActorsLife showcases the good, the bad and the ugly of the acting business through interviews with industry professionals, comedic sketches and roundtable discussions with working actors. – From #ActorsLife Facebook page

Kim Akia is a part of the Spark for Autism campaign.

Your DNA may spark answers! We want to speed up research and advance the understanding of autism. It’s simple. It’s free. – From Spark for Autism website.

If you are in the DMV/Baltimore area on Thu. May 10, please plan to attend “A Day In the Life” Red Carpet Movie Premiere. Some of my actor colleagues are in it. Tix from Eventbrite. Watch the trailer.

A short film about a police officer who wants to bring peace in the community and is fair to all individuals no matter what race they are and his son who struggles with bullying. Also a star stud football player who is very cocky, conceited, and loves the attention he gets. The officer, John Wagner, struggles to find solutions to bring peace between citizens and the police. The football player, Sean, struggles in an environment which offers him very little resources to thrive. What will there outcome be? To find out, we go A Day in their lives. – from YouTube

If you are in the DMV/Baltimore area on Mon. May 21, please plan to attend the “Mad City” Movie Premiere. Some of my actor colleagues are in it. Tix from Eventbrite.

Mad City is a Cinematic Suspense thriller that will have you loving Indie Filmmaking again . Kimia Workman … is playing Alina aka Sweets who is a women who can not continue to be a apart of the crime family of Cristoff who is crazed Mob Boss leader who doesn’t respect life at all … played by Misha Sibinovic. Alina aka Sweets wants out of the life but there’s no is smooth sail to glory when it comes to Cristoff . Sweets is shown very quickly that for her to get to her future everything in her past must DIE!!!! Come out May 21st and watch the story unfold – From Eventbrite page

“The Miners” is an upcoming film from FataMorgena Productions – founder Morgen Whiteman

LOGLINE: An idealistic and headstrong rookie miner risks everything to find the truth behind the mysterious re-opening of the local mine. – From FataMorgena website

“Sequential Act”, by Sharrie Mccain, is an Official Selection at the Oniros Film Awards.

Javior is racing through the clock to find his sister Corrine after she goes missing. – From “Sequential Act” IMDb page.

Two of Shauntay Cherry‘s films, “Stalk His Ass” and “Silent Cries: The Prelude”, were nominated for multiple awards at the Las Vegas Black Film Festival. “Stalk His Ass” won for Best Web Series!

“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

Tawanna B. Smith 0f Mom’s Guide to Travel is the April Blogger of the Month in Griots Republic.

Watch Jermaine Smith’s short film, “Prepare Your Table”

Four women with nothing but the ground under their feet, their backs against the wall and no way out… – From “Prepare Your Table” Vimeo page.

Kimia’ Workman’s  “Shock Nation”  which is now shooting its second season, was shown at the Charlotte Black Film Festival.

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

Cast member Annico Annan won the award for best pitch, for her TV show idea.

View Akiba Robinson’s short film, “Last Will and Testament”.

Watch the music video for Vickie Natale’s song “Medicine”

Danielle Kronenberg won Best Supporting Actress at the Utah Film Festival for Jay Palmieri‘s film “Taste”.

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

“The C-Word” webseries, by Jessica D. Gold (executive producer, and also in the cast), was featured at the Black Web Fest. Alyse Hamilton is associate producer and is also in the cast.

The C-Word is a new-age drama about millennial dating in 2017. Nyle McClain is a 25-year-old playboy who doesn’t see himself changing his ways until his life gets flipped upside-down. Desperate times call for desperate measures, so he decides to become celibate, but he doesn’t realize the challenges that come along with it. Will his drama-filled past follow him into his “settled-down” future? – From “The C-Word” IMDb page.

Alyse Hamilton is in “The Laser Effect”, by Tashaun Stanfill-Perry.

Ty Laser is a high school star athlete who goes thru astronomical turmoil in order to reach his goal of becoming a professional. – From “The Laser Effect” IMDb page.

As for me, I was an extra (first time for me in front of the camera!) on the film “Camp Wilson”, by Barry Battle. Also, my wife Randy was an extra (first time on set for her!) on Kimia’ Workman’s  “Shock Nation” .

I continue to Support Our #creatives by funding, maintaining relationships with long-time colleagues and production companies, and continually look for new opportunities to work on-set.

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 April 30, 2018.  Updated August 19, 2020 to adjust category assignments.

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