Joie Lee in Coffee and Cigarettes (dir. Jim Jarmusch)
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SAT., SEP 20, 8PM: Selma director Ava DuVernay to join Urbanworld Film Festival

Ava DuVernay, the first black woman to win the Best Director prize at the Sundance Film Festival and director of the much-anticipated Selma, will participate in a spotlight conversation about the film at next week’s Urbanworld Film Festival.

Various other events and stars have been added to the festival, which runs next Wednesday through Sunday. Details are in the following press release. Photos of Ava and Selma are available at:  https://www.dropbox.com/sh/oogb7tam5axh1yj/AACv-bniIVLdrej0JSrI2Nhea?dl=0  (Photo Credits: Stills Courtesy of Paramount Pictures; Ava DuVernay Photo Credit Emily Berl)

Please let me know if you can do a preview story about the festival; interviews are available with Gabrielle Glore, the executive producer of the festival. Please also let me know if you would like to attend or cover this event, the Opening Night Beyond the Lights red carpet (with confirmed stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker and Minnie Driver as well as director Gina Prince-Bythewood on Thursday) or the Addicted red carpet (Friday night with confirmed stars Boris Kodjoe, Tyson Beckford, William Levy, Zane and Director Bille Woodruff.). Alternately, if there is another event you’d like to attend, please let me know.

URBANWORLD® FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES

SPOTLIGHT CONVERSATION ON DIRECTING WITH FESTIVAL ALUMNI FILMMAKER AVA DuVERNAY

Event Will Include Exclusive First Look Clip Presentation of Her Highly-Anticipated

Paramount Pictures’ Release SELMA

Additional Festival Participants Include Bevy Smith, Director Malcolm Lee, Condola Rashad,

Sabi, Michael Jai White and Marc Lamont Hill

NEW YORK, NY – September 11, 2014 – The 18th Annual Urbanworld® Film Festival today announced a spotlight conversation with acclaimed festival alumni, writer/director Ava DuVernay, in her first public dialogue about her upcoming film, SELMA. One of the most exciting new voices in American cinema, DuVernay will also present never-before-seen clips of SELMA exclusively at Urbanworld®. This special event, moderated by Urbanworld® Executive Producer Gabrielle Glore, will take place on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. at Manhattan’s AMC Loews 34th Street 14.  

"It is such an honor to have Ava join us at this year’s festival to share clips and insights on her latest cinematic accomplishment, SELMA,” said Glore.  “Ava’s relationship with Urbanworld over the last decade has evolved from festival publicist to first time director to award-winning filmmaker.  From the premiere of her first short film, Saturday Night Life, to her first documentary feature, This Is The Life, to her narrative features I Will Follow and Middle of Nowhere, Ava has found a home at Urbanworld, exposing our festival-goers to distinctive and diverse stories traditionally underrepresented in the industry.  We look forward to giving our audience an up close and personal look at what’s next in her body of work with SELMA.”

SELMA, from Paramount Pictures, Pathe and Harpo Films, stars David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, Lorraine Touissant, Common, Giovanni Ribisi, Andre Holland, Colman Domingo, Wendell Pierce, Tessa Thompson, Keith Stanfield, Stephan James and Alessandro Nivola with Tom Wilkinson and Oprah Winfrey and chronicles Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people – a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. The film will be released by Paramount Pictures on December 25, 2014.

Winner of the Best Director Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, DuVernay was honored with the 2013 John Cassavetes Independent Spirit Award and the Tribeca Film Institute 2013 Affinity Award for her second feature film Middle of Nowhere. Her previous films include the critically-acclaimed feature I Will Follow and the celebrated documentaries This is The Life, Venus Vs for ESPN, My Mic Sounds Nice for BET, along with John Legend Interludes Live and Essence Music Festival for TV One. In 2013, she directed ABC’s Scandal, as well as acclaimed fashion and beauty films for Prada and Fashion Fair Cosmetics. DuVernay is the founder of AFFRM, the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as well as the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and a board member for Film Independent, Imagenation and the Sundance Institute. 

A screening of ISA, hosted by Comcast NBCUniversal Telemundo, has also been added to the festival.  The film is directed by Jose Nestor Marquez and follows Isa Reyes (Jeanette Samano) who thinks she’s a normal American teenager until she discovers that a chip in her brain is causing her dreams to merge with reality. When Isa is kidnapped by a company that wants to exploit her powerful dreams, her friends Nataly Gomez (Sabi) and Officer Diaz (Eric Ochoa) come to her aid. Together they uncover a conspiracy that spans from the forests of Mexico to Wall Street.  Sabi is confirmed to host the special late night screening on Friday, September 19, 2014 at 11:00 p.m.

Focusing on diversity in the urban action film genre, Michael Jai White will be a featured guest at a Q&A session that will follow a screening of his film Falcon Rising, the story of an ex-marine (played by White) who travels to the slums of Brazil to hunt down the Yakuza after the brutal beating of his sister (Laila Ali).  Cinemax® and The Urban Action Showcase & Expo are sponsoring the event slated for Friday, September 19, 2014 at 10:00 p.m.

Also confirmed to participate in the festival, Best Man Holiday director Malcom Lee will moderate the panel discussion with the stars and filmmakers from the opening night film Beyond the Lights on Thursday, September 18, 2014; Bravo’s Fashion Queens co-host Bevy Smith will moderate the clips and conversation event for Addicted on Friday, September 19, 2014 and commentator Marc Lamont Hill will co-host the festival’s invitation-only awards brunch along with Tony® nominated actress Condola Rashad on Sunday, September 21, 2014. 

For the complete slate of films, film synopsis, ticket information and daily updates on the nation’s largest competitive multicultural film festival, September 17-21, 2014 in New York, visit www.urbanworld.org.

ABOUT URBANWORLD® FILM FESTIVAL

The Urbanworld® Film Festival, founded in 1997 by Stacy Spikes, is the largest internationally competitive festival of its kind. The five-day festival includes narrative features, documentaries, short films, spotlight screenings, events, live staged screenplay readings, the Urbanworld® Digital track focused on digital and social media panels and workshops and Urbanworld® Music, which highlights emerging talent in live performances during after party events. Over the last 18 years, Hollywood studios, indie film distributors, and established and emerging filmmakers have consistently chosen Urbanworld® to premiere box office and award-winning hits.  Urbanworld® has also provided a platform for some of today’s leading brands seeking to reach key influencers across the industry and within the consumer marketplace. The Urbanworld® Film Festival is an initiative of the Urbanworld® Foundation Inc., a nonprofit organization that endeavors to consistently manifest its mission of redefining and advancing the presence and impact of the multicultural community in cinema and cross-platform media. By implementing initiatives that actively support and develop content creators of color, Urbanworld® significantly contributes to the evolution of the media and entertainment landscape and the diversity that it reflects. Gabrielle Glore serves as Executive Producer & Head of Programming for the Urbanworld® Film Festival. The festival website is www.urbanworld.org.

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afrofuturistaffair:

This year, The AfroFuturist Affair Annual Charity & Costume Ball has expanded space-time from one evening to a month-long celebration of Afrofuturism.  In addition to the 4th Annual Costume Ball on Saturday, November 8 2014, we will have events throughout November, including workshops, dance party, readings, book club, film screenings, art exhibit, and more. We are seeking self-identified AfroFuturists to perform or display their Black sci-fi, spec-fic, and Afrofuturistic themed work at the Ball. We are also seeking submissions for workshops and presentations.
We need: Authors, Poets, Inventors, Vocalists, Rappers, Visual artists, Performance artists, Filmmakers, Dancers, Designers, Musicians, Magicians, Producers, Metaphysicians, other creatives/creators

Deadline to submit: Sunday, October 5 2014
This month we will explore the theme of Black Holographic Memory, the collective unconscious memory of Black folk through all permutations of space-time. Like a hologram, each individual contains the whole of the collective memory - we must simply learn how to access it.  We appreciate afrofuturistic and speculative works that incorporate this theme or hints at ways to access the memory hologram (however you interpret it). 
To share your ideas, talents, and proposed performances for inclusion in this year’s celebrations, please email afrofuturistaffair@gmail.com by October 5, 2014 with the below info, and “Charity Ball” in the subject line.
Name or Organization:
Contact info (email/phone):
Title of proposed performance/display/workshop:
Brief description of proposed performance/display/workshop:

If available, attach at least one image or video URL illustrating what you do. It can be a past example or a sketch of the proposed idea.
Website (if available):

If you are interested in sponsoring, vending, or volunteering, please submit an email to afrofuturistaffair@gmail.com. We are able to offer promotion and advertisement space to all sponsors. Vendors will be charged a low registration fee.

Photos of Past Charity Balls:
The AfroFuturist Affair Charity & Costume Ball
The Museum of Time
Dark Phase Space

afrofuturistaffair:

This year, The AfroFuturist Affair Annual Charity & Costume Ball has expanded space-time from one evening to a month-long celebration of Afrofuturism.  In addition to the 4th Annual Costume Ball on Saturday, November 8 2014, we will have events throughout November, including workshops, dance party, readings, book club, film screenings, art exhibit, and more. We are seeking self-identified AfroFuturists to perform or display their Black sci-fi, spec-fic, and Afrofuturistic themed work at the Ball. We are also seeking submissions for workshops and presentations.

We need: Authors, Poets, Inventors, Vocalists, Rappers, Visual artists, Performance artists, Filmmakers, Dancers, Designers, Musicians, Magicians, Producers, Metaphysicians, other creatives/creators

Deadline to submit: Sunday, October 5 2014

This month we will explore the theme of Black Holographic Memory, the collective unconscious memory of Black folk through all permutations of space-time. Like a hologram, each individual contains the whole of the collective memory - we must simply learn how to access it.  We appreciate afrofuturistic and speculative works that incorporate this theme or hints at ways to access the memory hologram (however you interpret it).

To share your ideas, talents, and proposed performances for inclusion in this year’s celebrations, please email afrofuturistaffair@gmail.com by October 5, 2014 with the below info, and “Charity Ball” in the subject line.

Name or Organization:

Contact info (email/phone):

Title of proposed performance/display/workshop:

Brief description of proposed performance/display/workshop:

If available, attach at least one image or video URL illustrating what you do. It can be a past example or a sketch of the proposed idea.

Website (if available):

If you are interested in sponsoring, vending, or volunteering, please submit an email to afrofuturistaffair@gmail.com. We are able to offer promotion and advertisement space to all sponsors. Vendors will be charged a low registration fee.

Photos of Past Charity Balls:

The AfroFuturist Affair Charity & Costume Ball

The Museum of Time

Dark Phase Space

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Maryland Teacher Arrested for Writing Science Fiction

scifigeneration:

An 8th grade teacher in Maryland was arrested, placed on leave, banned from school property, and has vanished from the area because he wrote two science fiction novels.

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Patrick McLaw, 23, was an 8th grade English teacher at Mace’s Lane Middle School in Cambridge, MD in the United States.

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Science Fiction and Fantasy

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nikolasdraperivey:

CINEMATIC MILES MORALES COSPLAY

Yo! My name is Nikolas A. Draper-Ivey…This is cosplay as Cinematic Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider Man. This suit was made by 
Jesse Covington ( Writer and Costume Designer) and sewn by Sasha Williams ( Fashion Major graduate). Photos were taken by Pierre BL Brevard I specifically would like to thank Marvel Comics Artist Sara Pichelli for designing this character. I’m also very excited to see Olivier Coipel's work on Spider-Verse!

(Full shoot will be shot in New York itself just in time for NYCC)

These are all beautiful, and some of them look like they could be Alex Ross paintings, love love love these.

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jakewyattriot:

I apologize if this comes off as disrespectful to Michael Brown or Trayvon Martin. Or their families. Or YOU, the reader. I’m not about that. That’s not why I drew this.

I am just really freaked out that 40% of Americans (and 47% of White Americans) do not think that the killings and violence in Ferguson ‘raise any racial issues.’ Fellow White Persons, this is our chance to learn. This is our chance to change.

When Trayvon Martin was murdered because Full Grown Men in America are frightened to violence by the presence black children, the dialogue turned very quickly into a conversation about gun control.

And gun control is an issue that deserves our attention.

But it won’t change the massive poverty in Black America. The arrest rate. The education statistics. The institutional, systemic, casual, and passive racism that plagues our country.

And it wouldn’t have saved Michael Brown.

Anyway. I’m sorry if this comes off as disrespectful or insincere or preachy. I’m sorry if my execution (or personality) gets in the way of what I’m trying to say. I am an imperfect artist, an imperfect person, and I am, undoubtedly, blinded to a million things by my own glaring whiteness. So this might be… Lord, this might be awful. I’m so sorry if it’s awful. Really.

But. I just keep thinking… Look, my wife is pregnant with our first child. A boy. We’re nervous, we’re excited, we’re SO ANXIOUS because what the hell do you do with babies? WE don’t know. But if we were a black family… in this country… we would be so terrified. Because we live in a nation that murders the children of black parents, puts it on the news WITH RIOTS AND TEAR GAS as decoration, and still half of us don’t even see it as a problem. Can you imagine that? Can you imagine bringing a child into that reality, to face the odds we lay out for black kids?

That would break me. I’ve never known anything like that. No one should ever know anything like that.

So let’s talk to our friends about race. Lets talk to our families. And when actual victims of racism try to tell us what’s going on in, say, a peaceful community protest as they are being gassed and shot at by cops WE SHOULD LISTEN TO AND BELIEVE THEM. Let’s talk to each other about this until we are all on the same page.

And then let’s turn the damn page.

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Japanese print of the “Equalizer” movie poster with  Denzel Washington.

Japanese print of the “Equalizer” movie poster with  Denzel Washington.

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scifigeneration:

SHORT FILM TRAILER: “ANCESTRY”

This is the trailer for a short film by Nerissa Williams.

This is a very interesting idea for a short. The story is in the tradition of worlds created by Octavia Butler and other authors. The idea of extraterrestrial  influence in Africa’s past is one that can have lots of spinoffs in science and speculative fiction.  

Really hope this gets done. 

Here’s more about the project:

“A Short Ancestry” is a fifteen-minute science fiction short film set in the deep bush of Ethiopia, Africa in the year 1588. The film considers the nuances of Pre-Western/Colonial oral tradition with mythological reference points. The film encourages the viewer to process the beginnings of humankind as we now know it. 

“A Short Ancestry” centers on I’ma and her greatest of great granddaughters, Netta. Together they journey through story to create a bond that is immeasurable. I’ma is an alien to the planet Earth. I’ma arrived some 10,000 years before this story takes place. When I’ma arrived the planet was just able to sustain mammal life. Her first greeters to this world were a tribe of rapidly changing Homo-Sapiens breed of mammal. After breathing a “new life” into this particular tribe, the New Breed becomes something other than the normal Homo sapiens walking the Earth. I’ma creates this new breed as a way of producing off spring to start her family that she wasn’t able to begin on her home planet. This new breed of human holds the keys to not only super human powers, but a quest of I’ma to mother a super race of beings for the good and love of the universe. 

The film revolves around rich African oral traditions and cultural family structures found in many African Diaspora cinematic films. It will be shot on the Sony F3 camera in S-log to be color corrected in post-production. The setting is untouched Eastern Africans. The smell, taste and touch of dryness, which will consist of rich ambers, deep rusts and crimson colors. Many variations of greenery and shades of browns and blacks are the color palate of the imagery. Sounds of drumming and the krar, a ten-string instrument, can be heard throughout the village of the film. The Sound track to the film will reflect deep African wild life native sounds and rhythms. 

Themes of family, birth origin, communal healer, tribe protector, mother nurturer and believer runs throughout the piece to provide for a dynamic structure of creativity and lineage of one family. I’ma gives light to the notion that humans were created by aliens as she weaves and sows different uses of her body to reveal her alien nature to the viewer.

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divalocity:

Power Woman: Actress Jada Pinkett Smith | The EDIT | 31 JULY 2014

Photography: Chris Colls

Styling: Kate Young

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Concept art of Falcon from Captain America: The Winter Soldier by Josh Nizzi

for more at http://joshnizzi.com/

via kuudererules

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