Playing at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival is Girlhood (Bande de filles)
Céline Sciamma | France | North American Premiere
Oppressed by her family situation, dead-end school prospects and having to live by the boys’ rules in the neighbourhood, Marieme (Karidja Touré) starts a new life after meeting a group of three free-spirited girls. She changes her name, her dress code, and quits school to be accepted into the gang, hoping that this will be a way to freedom.
According to Sciamma, “Girlhood is an intimate portrait, a classical coming of age story. It’s not a film about minority working class areas, if roughly speaking we consi- der that a genre has emerged with its own rules and codes about this subject over the past twenty years in France. Hard-hitting films cente- red on social realism such as La Haine (Hate) or language centered like L’Esquive (Games of Love and Chance) immerse the audience into the rituals of these poor suburbs. With its contemporary characters, new faces and attitudes, Girlhood can be qualified as a fictional manifesto using a new, promising narrative approach.”
CÉLINE SCIAMMA (1980, Cergy Pontoise, France) got her degree in French and studied screenwriting at the École Nationale Supérieure des Métiers de l´Image et du Son (FEMIS) in Paris. In 2005 she wrote the screenplay for Naissance des pieuvres, which won the 9TH Prix Junior for best screenplay, giving her the possibility to turn it into her first feature film, Water Lilies. She has also collaborated on the screenplays of two short films by Jean-Baptiste de Laubier, Les Premières communions (2004) and Cache ta Joie(2006). Her 2011 film Tomboy won numerous awards, including the Teddy Jury Award at the 2011 Berlinale, while her 2014 film Girlhood was selected for the Directors’ Fortnight section of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
August 20, 2014
On Wednesday, August 20th, AFFRM will present an exclusive panel for our Rebel membership entitled More Than Meets The Eye hosted by Reelblack’s Mike Dennis. Via Google Hangout, our supporters will have access to seven of today’s top black film pros in various fields. From two-time Academy Award nominated costume designer Ruth Carter to award winning editor Terilyn Shropshire, this candid discussion with Q&A is a celebration of our best and brightest behind the camera!
The AFFRM Rebel membership campaign was launched in December 2013 to help sustain our efforts in furthering and fostering black indie cinema. To date, 2014 Rebels have received invitations to free viewing and social events, plus AFFRM gear and advance access to AFFRM’s podcast series: The Call-In. This exclusive podcast is the latest of our ongoing AFFRM Rebel Perks.
“MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE” Pros Include:
Ruth Carter, Costume Designer | SELMA, THE BUTLER, MALCOLM X
Christian Epps, Lighting Designer | AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS, MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, BELLY
Aisha Coley, Casting Director | SELMA, SECRET LIFE OF BEES, AKEELAH AND THE BEE
Terilyn Shropshire, Editor | SPARKLE, LOVE AND BASKETBALL, EVE’S BAYOU
Warren Young, Set Designer | THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES, TALK TO ME, “Fargo”
Morgan Rhodes, Music Supervisor | SELMA, MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, THE DOOR
Hans Charles, Camera | PARIAH, MOTHER OF GEORGE, GUN HILL ROAD
August 20, 2014
Columbia Pictures has released a second international trailer for the musical film Annie, which hits theaters on December 19, 2014.
Directed by Will Gluck, the film stars Quvenzhané Wallis, Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Bobby Cannavale.
Producing the film are James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Will Smith through Overbrook Entertainment, and by Shawn “JAY Z” Carter, Jay Brown, and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith through Marcy Media.
Academy Award nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) stars as Annie, a young, happy foster kid who’s also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014.
Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they’d be back for her someday, it’s been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). But everything’s about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) – advised by his brilliant VP, Grace (Rose Byrne) and his shrewd and scheming campaign advisor, Guy (Bobby Cannavale) – makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Stacks believes he’s her guardian angel, but Annie’s self-assured nature and bright, sun-will-come-out-tomorrow outlook on life just might mean it’s the other way around.
August 19, 2014
Shad Moss (aka Bow Wow), has been cast as a series regular on CBS’ “CSI” spinoff, “CSI: Cyber” – the 4th series in the “CSI” franchise. He currently hosts BET’s interview talk show “106 & Park.”
Inspired by the work of real-life cyberpsychologist Mary Aiken, the CSI spinoff centers on Special Agent Avery Ryan (played by Patricia Arquette), who heads the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI, a unit at the forefront of solving illegal activities that start in the mind, live online, and play out in the real world.
Moss will play a hacker named Brody “Baby Face” Nelson. “Baby Face” is a genius hacker – one of the most well-known and prolific in the world – who, after being apparently busted, is ordered by a judge to work with Ryan, applying his skills on cyber cases. Nineteen going on 20, we are told that he grew up without any parental guidance, and found a new family in a “hacktivist” group.
Moss joins an ensemble that also includes James Van Der Beek, Peter MacNicol and Charley Koontz.
“Bow Wow is a gifted young actor who will have the responsibility, through his character, to set an example for young people who watch the show to ‘do what’s right’ even when you know ‘nothing but wrong,’” said Anthony E. Zuiker, creator of the “CSI” franchise. “It will be a redemption story and a cautionary tale all wrapped into one. The role of Nelson required someone with deep acting chops and off-the-charts smarts. Shad Moss is a unique talent that possesses both.”
Carol Mendelsohn, Ann Donahue, Zuiker, Pam Veasey, Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman executive produce the CBS Television Studios/Jerry Bruckheimer Television production.
August 19, 2014
Kino Lorber has released the trailer to Tim Sutton‘s Memphis, which opens in NY on Friday, September 5th exclusively at the IFC Center in New York and on September 12th in Los Angeles at the Sundance Sunset Cinemas.
In MEMPHIS, a strange singer with ‘god given talent’ drifts through the mythic city of Memphis under its canopy of ancient oak trees, shattered windows, and burning spirituality. Surrounded by lovers, legends, hustlers, preachers, and a wolfpack of kids, the unstable performer avoids the recording studio and is driven to spend time in his own form of self-discovery. Shown in fragments, his journey drags him from love and happiness right to the edge of another dimension. Featuring an explosive performance and score from the singular recording artist-come-wizard, Willis Earl Beal, MEMPHIS is a film steeped in folklore, music, surrealism, and the abstract search for glory.
A maverick artist with an idiosyncratic but rigorous vision for his music, performances, writing, and drawings, Wills Earl Beal’s evocative voice touches the outer edge of folk, soul, gospel, and R & B. In his words and gestures, Beal strives to follow in the footsteps of curious, adventuresome storytellers like Tom Waits, Nick Cave, and David Lynch, artists whose peculiar view of things renders even the most ordinary aspects of life strange and unnervingly emotional. His latest album EXPERIMENTS IN TIME was recently released by CD Baby. From inner monologues and banal details rises the soulful, evocative music that marks Beal’s return to his own unique sound and process.
August 19, 2014
Debbie Tucker Green’s feature debut ‘Second Coming,’ starring Nadine Marshall, Idris Elba, Kai Francis-Lewis and Sharlene Whyte, will have its world premiere at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival.
Jackie is pregnant and knows it’s not her husband Mark’s. She says she’s slept with nobody else. Mark and their son JJ don’t know what to say. Second Coming follows this family over a year as they navigate their way through the aftermath of an unexplained pregnancy.
Tucker Green is an award-winning playwright who’s also written for British television. Dirty Butterfly, her debut play, was produced by Soho Theatre, and her next work, Born Bad at the Hampstead, won the 2004 Laurence Olivier award. Among those in the same category she beat out and won were Ruth Negga and Tom Hardy.
Marshall had starred in Tucker Green’s 2011 TV film, Random, the story of 24 hours in the life of a Black British woman on the day her younger brother is killed in a random act of violence.
Producers are Hillbilly Films’ Kate Norrish and Polly Leys. Second Coming was developed and co-financed by Film4 and the BFI Film Fund and supported by the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program.
August 19, 2014
UP presents the UP Original Movie My Other Mother, an emotional, heartwarming drama about a demanding national TV news anchor who reconnects with her equally-demanding birth mother. Starring Essence Atkins (Haunted House 2, “Half & Half”), Lynn Whitfield (The Josephine Baker Story, UP’s The Dempsey Sisters and Somebody’s Child) and Jasmine Guy (“The Vampire Diaries,” “A Different World”), My Other Mother will make its world television premiere on UP on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 7 p.m. EST / 6 p.m. PST.
Produced by Swirl Films, the film is directed by Stan Foster (Peacher’s Kid, “Tour of Duty”). The ensemble cast also includes GregAlan Williams (UP’s Marry Me For Christmas and Somebody’s Child, “Necessary Roughness”), Angie Stone (UP’s Where’s The Love?, “The Rickey Smiley Show”) and Kendrick Cross (Iron Man 3, “The Game”).
My Other Mother marks the fifth film to be produced and air on UP as a direct result of the network’s highly successful “UP Faith & Family Screenplay Competition,” now in its fourth year. The script is by Keronda “KiKi” McKnight, the Winner in last year’s UP Faith & Family Screenplay Competition at the American Black Film Festival (ABFF).
In My Other Mother, Candace “Candy” Meyers (Essence Atkins) is a successful anchor on a top-rated national magazine show. Fiercely independent and committed to her job, Candy doesn’t make many friends with her demanding, gruff nature. In fact, her only true friend might be her long-time manager Lewis (Kendrick Cross). Candy discovers that an anonymous fan she’s had for years has passed way – and he was her biological father Freddy Nelson! Content with the love and support of her adoptive family, Candy has never been curious about her biological parents. That all changes when she travels back for her father’s funeral, meets the Nelson family – including biological uncle Abner (GregAlan Williams), Freddy’s wife Delores (Angie Stone) and her two step-brothers – and discovers that her reclusive, angry and stubborn birth mother, Mary Jo (Lynn Whitfield) is going to be a challenge. The journey these two surprisingly similar women take getting to know each other will break down walls and open them up to a life they never knew was possible.
“We are thrilled to bring Keronda ‘KiKi’ McKnight’s impressive, winning script to life on UP as part of our ongoing commitment to the UP Faith & Family Screenplay Competition at ABFF,” said Sophia Kelley, senior vice president of programming, UP. “Viewers are going to enjoy seeing our outstanding leads – NAACP Image Award-winning Essence Atkins, Emmy® Award-winning Lynn Whitfield and NAACP Image Award-winning Jasmine Guy – acting toe-to-toe as daughter Candy, birth mother Mary Jo and adoptive mother Evelyn.”
UP presents My Other Mother, a Swirl Films production. Starring Essence Atkins, Lynn Whitfield, Jasmine Guy, Greg Alan Williams, Angie Stone and Kendrick Cross. Directed by Stan Foster. Produced by Eric Tomosunas, David Eubanks and Keith Neal. Director of Photography is George Su. Editor is Dante Wyatt. Script by Keronda ‘KiKi’ McKnight.
August 19, 2014
Paramount Pictures has released the trailer for Jason Reitman‘s new film, Men, Women & Children, starring Kaitlyn Dever, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ansel Elgort, Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Dean Norris and Adam Sandler.
Based on the Novel by Chad Kultgen, Men, Women & Children follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives. The film attempts to stare down social issues such as video game culture, anorexia, infidelity, fame hunting, and the proliferation of illicit material on the internet. As each character and each relationship is tested, we are shown the variety of roads people choose – some tragic, some hopeful – as it becomes clear that no one is immune to this enormous social change that has come through our phones, our tablets, and our computers.
MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN will make its world premiere during the Toronto International Film Festival
Men, Women & Children opens in limited theaters on October 3 before expanding wider on October 17
Release Date: August 21, 2014 (p.m. screenings)
Studio: TriStar Pictures (Sony)
Director: Thomas Carter
Screenwriter: Scott Marshall Smith
Starring: Jim Caviezel, Laura Dern, Michael Chiklis, Alexander Ludwig
Genre: Drama, Sports
MPAA Rating: PG (for thematic material, a scene of violence and brief smoking)
Synopsis: Inspired by a true story, “When the Game Stands Tall” tells the remarkable journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel), who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport.
Clip – The Streak
Clip – I Play For You
Clip – Locker Room Speech
Clip – Step Up and Become Leaders
Clip – Those Who Humble Themselves Will Be Exalted
Clip – We’re Not A Celebrating Team
Clip – College Offers
Fr. Mark Interviews Director Thomas Carter
August 18, 2014
VH1′s has released a teaser trailer for Drumline: A New Beat, the TV movie follow-up to Nick Cannon‘s 2002 feature film.
Drumline: A New Beat will focus on a new set of characters at Atlanta A&T University — the setting of the original movie. The story follows Dani Bolton (Alexandra Shipp), an upper-class Brooklyn girl who defies her parents in order to attend Atlanta A&T so she can join — and revitalize — its once-prominent drumline.
Dani’s quest to become the first female section leader of the drumline in the school’s history will be hampered by upperclassmen, including her cousin, Tyree (Jeff Pierre), her feelings for fellow bandmate Jayven (Jordan Calloway) and the school’s crosstown rivals.
Drumline co-star Leonard Roberts will reprise his role as Sean Taylor, now a determined band director looking to make his mark at his alma mater while navigating the ghosts of his past. Cannon will executive produce and reprise his role as Devon Miles in a cameo.
Letoya Luckett will portray Dr. Nia Phillips, the intelligent and determined dean at Atlanta A&T with former romantic ties to Sean. Her support of Sean’s return to lead A&T’s band proves to be difficult as the Panthers take on a rival band led by Phillips’ ex-husband — and Sean’s brother — Kevin Taylor. Jasmine Burke plays Tasha Williams, one of Dani’s roommates who is wooed by Josh (Scott Shilstone). Calloway’s Jayven is an extremely gifted, yet cocky freshman at Atlanta A&T who is immediately attracted to Dani and vice versa. Pierre’s Tyree is head of the percussion section.
Cannon will executive produce alongside feature producers Wendy Finerman, Jody Gerson, Lisa Zupan, Dallas Austin, POPFilms’ Maggie Malina and Alexander A. Motlagh as well as Michael Goldman. Susan Levison and Jill Holmes will oversee for VH1. Regina Hicks and Karin Gist wrote the script for the new take for a fall 2014 premiere. Fox Television Studios and VH1 will produce.