DEFENDERS OF LIFE AT GARIFUNA INTERNATIONAL INDIGENOUS FILM FESTIVAL VENICE, CALIFORNIA ON SUNDAY, MAY 21 AT 7:45PM
The sixth annual Garifuna International Indegenous Film Festival is six days of films from May 12 – 27th. I learned of the festival because of the upcoming screening of ‘Defenders of Life’ from director/writer Dana Ziyasheva and Igor Darbo (Producer) that is set in the Indigenous community of Costa Rica and filmed on location.
I am very interested to learn of the Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival and am excited to add this to my list of ‘Festivals to Attend’. I love seeing films representing diverse voices and stories that expose me to lives and people. The festival is during the weekend so am hoping to attend a film or two to see from another person’s eye how they see the world around them.
The film will be screened on Sunday, May 21 at 7:45pm at The Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Avenue, Venice, CA 90291with Dana Ziyasheva & Igor Darbo scheduled to attend. If you are unable to attend it is available exclusively on FlixPremiere at https://flixpremiere.com/film/defenders-of-life.
“I am very honored of this selection and excited about the opportunity to present
‘Defenders of Life’ at the Garifuna Film Festival,” said Ziyasheva, a journalist by training and former communications expert with the United Nations. “It is particularly important to me to show the film in the framework of an indigenous art event and next to other films by or about indigenous realities,” added Ziyasheva.
“Defenders of Life” 7:45pm, Sunday, May 21
$15.00 +$1.74 Students $20.00 + $1.99 General Admission
The festival’s mission to preserve and promote Garifuna culture is close to the filmmaker’s heart. “During my career with the United Nations, I worked on the promotion of Garifuna culture in Central America and had the honor of meeting with distinguished representatives of the Garifuna people in the government of Honduras and Nicaragua. I am very much looking forward to discovering the festival’s film selection and meeting with fellow filmmakers,” she added.
Every year, the Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival connects the Garifuna diaspora from all over the world as well as indigenous communities from across the globe via one of the most powerful art forms: film. Celebrating its sixth annual edition in 2017, GIIFF will kick off May 12th and run through May 27th
. “Defenders of Life” is among more than 27 films selected by the festival, including features and shorts from the U.S., Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Peru, Iran, and African and other countries.
Garifuna is a unique culture descended from the only black Africans who fought and succeeded against being enslaved in the American Continent, and who also intermarried with Carib and Arawak people of the Caribbean. They speak their own language, Garifuna, as well as Spanish, Belizean Kriol and English. Garifuna gave the world the gift of the beautiful music and dance called “punta” and have significant populations in Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and the United States.
The film festival also welcomes works by, about and for indigenous people from all the continents. “The Garifuna people share so much with indigenous communities from all over the world, so much wisdom, so many stories,” says festival director Freda Sideroff. “We share common stories; we are more alike than we are different.”
Director Ziyasheva agrees. Her film is set among in an indigenous community of Costa Rica and was inspired by people she served as a U.N. worker. “‘Defenders of Life’ was born out of the real-life friendship between Carmen, a Ngäbe matriarch, and myself, a United Nations civil servant from Kazakhstan,” she said.
“When staying at her house, we spent a lot of time talking about her life and her hopes/fears for her daughters and granddaughters. We both wanted to give voice to the voiceless, leaving a proud testimony of her ancient civilization under threat and show the place and challenges of women in this culture. We both wanted it to be aesthetic and allegorical,” said Ziyasheva.
While Carmen is also an actress in the drama, she did more than acting, according to the director. “(She) was more than an actress, she was my collaborator on the film,” said Ziyasheva. “She helped me to direct actors, scout and pick locations and prepare dialogues. I discussed every scene with her. We also involved the entire community and its leaders; on occasion, more than 100 extras took part in the filming.”
Limited with a four-man crew, Ziyasheva had to be resourceful in the making of “Defenders of Life.” “I was not only my own assistant but also production designer, wardrobe, makeup, and driver,” she stated. “This was because of the budget constraints, but mainly because it would not have been feasible otherwise. We were outsiders granted unique access to this closed society.”
The project relied totally on the trust her team built with the community. “We could not disrupt the balance of their lives with a large crew, gear trucks, etc.,” she said. “That was one condition of theirs for allowing us to make the film, along with having all their dialogue spoken in the Ngäbe native language, rather than Spanish. They knew and accepted each one of us into their private spaces and homes, and we lived on site the entire time of the shoot,” she added.
This year’s festival theme is “Remembering the Garifuna Holocaust” to pay tribute to the early Garifuna warriors that died for their people’s freedom 220 years ago, according to festival director Freda Sideroff. The Garifuna people are descendants of the only black Africans in the American continent who successfully fought against being enslaved, “paying the ultimate price, the death of many, and the relocation of resilient survivors,” said Sideroff.
“We are a resilient, proud people that have survived atrocities,” stated Sideroff, a Garifuna immigrant from Belize. “Like many indigenous communities all over the world, today we still face many challenges and find our culture and way of life under threat. But our ancestors inspire and guide us with their example and wisdom.”
She added, “We must remember their sacrifice and treasure our priceless Garifuna language, culture and history.”
WHAT: Garifuna International Film Festival 2017
WHEN: Begins Friday, May 12th. Runs through Saturday, May 27th
WHERE: The Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Avenue, Venice, CA 90291
WHY: Established by Freda Sideroff, an indigene of the Garifuna, GIIFF started in 2012 with a mission to preserve the values and aspirations of Garifuna and all indigenous people and cultures through films about indigenous cultures, their values and struggles.
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I’m so excited about the upcoming Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival this April 27th with films that represent diversity from across the world. I’ve attended over the years and have always been impressed by the selection of films form comedy to documentary to drama that truly represent the diversity that often is overlooked in entertainment. I also recommend attendance of the C3 Conference that will focus on Future Forward a full day of panels with creatives from behind the camera talking issues that are important to those starting out in the business as well as established creatives.
On my list to see:
A modern day couple is forced to end their interracial relationship. This is a love story about an Asian American/African American couple inspired by a true story.
FREE PROGRAM. “Bronzeville, Little Tokyo” sheds light on an overlooked moment in history when Japanese and Japanese-Americans were displaced and African-Americans moved into Little Tokyo. To honor this period, there will be a special two-day program featuring an interactive media installation, a 360° virtual reality presentation, and a live Jazz performance on Historic First Street North.
A film essay looking at 100 years of Hawai‘i in film, explores issues of representation and gender. This filmic deconstruction is a lively, often infuriating examination of Hollywood’s portrayal of the islands, highlighting the essential necessity of homegrown filmmaking.
Three sassy sisters: Gendis (32), Ella (28), and Bebe (19), are very passionate about running their family boutique hotel by the beach in the eastern part of Indonesia’s archipelago. Their grandmother, however, is frustrated because she is unable to find the ideal matches for her granddaughters. Grandma doesn’t give up. Her ultimate goal in life is to find suitable men for her granddaughters.
In this mockumentary short, a family of monsters tries to lead a normal American life.
Itsy Bitsy Shorts
Tateuchi Democracy Forum
April 29, 2017 10:00 am
A slice-of-life dark comedy about a lonely female security guard, and the misunderstood sexual encounter that unravels her life.
WHO IS ARTHUR CHU? follows the controversial 11-time Jeopardy! winner turned Internet iconoclast, Arthur Chu, as he struggles to reform society and himself in a seminal year.
A contemplative dialogue with the editors from some of the biggest box office animated/stop motion films in history – discussing the industry, their processes and their look into the future of animation. *Panels are not individually sold. The admission fee for one day will include all the panels on that day. The admission fee for both days will include all the panels of the C3 Conference.
2017 LAAPF GALA PRESENTATIONS
OPENING NIGHT FILM | BETTER LUCK TOMORROW | DIRECTED BY JUSTIN LIN
APRIL 27 | 7:00 PM | EGYPTIAN THEATER
Come celebrate the 15th anniversary of BETTER LUCK TOMORROW (co-presented by YOMYOMF)! The film premiered at Sundance amid controversy and is a benchmark for APA cinema. The Festival is screening the original Sundance cut, in glorious 35mm film. Director Justin Lin will present the film and joined by his cast for this anniversary celebration.
CENTERPIECE FILM | GOOK | DIRECTED BY JUSTIN CHON
APRIL 29 | 8:00 PM | ARATANI THEATER
Eli and Daniel are two Korean-American brothers who own a struggling shoe store. They have a unique and unlikely friendship with a young 11-year-old African American girl, Kamilla. The film is set during the first day of the LA riots, forcing them to defend their store while contemplating the future of their own personal dreams and the meaning of family.
Director/Writer and Actor Justin Chon and his cast and crew will be in attendance to present this film.
CLOSING NIGHT FILM | COLUMBUS | DIRECTED BY KOGONADA
MAY 4 | 7:00 PM | DIRECTOR’S GUILD OF AMERICA
Casey lives with her mother in a little-known Midwestern town haunted by the promise of modernism. Jin, a visitor from the other side of the world, attends to his dying father. Burdened by the future, they find respite in one another and the architecture that surrounds them.
Cast and crew of COLOMBUS including JOHN CHO will be in attendance.
ADDITIONAL FEATURE FILMS HIGHLIGHTS AT LAAPFF 2017:
CARDINAL X Dir.: Angie Wang
CHEE AND T Dir.: Tanuj Chopra
COLUMBUS Dir.: Kogonada
GOOK Dir.: Justin Chon
I CAN I WILL I DID Dir.: Nadine Truong
THE LOCKPICKER Dir.: Randall Okita
NORMAN JONES Dir.: Mike Sakamoto
WEXFORD PLAZA Dir.: Joyce Wong
WINDOW HORSES Dir.: Ann Marie Fleming
95 AND 6 TO GO Dir.: Kimi Takesue
A TIME TO SWIM Dir.: Ashley Duong
FINDING KUKAN Dir.: Robin Lung
GHOST MAGNET ROACH MOTEL Dir.: Shinpei Takeda
MELE MURALS Dir.: Tadashi Nakamura
MIXED MATCH Dir.: Jeff Chiba Stearns
RESISTANCE AT TULE LAKE Dir.: Konrad Aderer
SAVE MY SEOUL Dir.: Jason Y. Lee
UNBROKEN GLASS Dir.: Dinesh Sabu
WHO IS ARTHUR CHU? Dirs.: Yu Gu and Scott Drucker
INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FEATURES
MOTHERLAND Dir.: Ramona S. Diaz
PLASTIC CHINA Dir.: Wang Jiu-liang
SMALL TALK Dir.: Huang Hui-Chen
TOKYO IDOLS Dir.: Kyoko Miyake
INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE FEATURES
BY THE TIME IT GETS DARK Dir.: Anocha Suwichakornpong
DIAMOND ISLAND Dir: Davy Chou
KING OF PEKING Dir.: Sam Voutas
POP AYE Dir.: Kristen Tan
RESEBA – THE DARK WIND Dir.: Hussein Hassan
THE ROAD TO MANDALAY Dir.: Midi Z
SAVING SALLY Dir.: Avid Liongoren
THE SOUL OF THE TIGER Dir.: François Yang
THE SOWER Dir.: Yosuke Takeuchi
TAXI STORIES Dir.: Doris Yeung
TURN LEFT TURN RIGHT Dir.: Douglas Seok
SPECIAL FILM PRESENTATIONS
- ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL – Dir.: Steve James
- JOSHUA: TEENAGER VS. SUPERPOWER – Dir.: Joe Piscatella
- YELLOW (20th Anniversary Screening) Dir.: Chris Chan Lee
For complete program information please visit festival.vconline.org.
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Don’t despair if you didn’t get a ticket to see the premier of Rogue One at the TLC Chinese Theatre
Thanks to Legion M launch of ‘Legion Does Good’ initiative partnering with LiningUp.net for the opening Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Rebels and Empire fans can buy tickets to see Rogue One at the TLC Chinese Theatre to help raise money for the Starlight Children’s Foundation!
Legion M Launches “Legion Does Good” Initiative Partnering with LiningUp.net for the Opening of ROGUEONE: A STAR WARS STORY
Fans can purchase tickets to Rogue One at the TCL Chinese Theater through the Legion M website to help raise money for the Starlight Children’s Foundation. Legion M wants cosplayers to start arriving by 2pm for photo opportunities.
Legion M is giving away 3 pairs of tickets to deserving Star Wars fans. Know any Star Wars super fans who can’t afford to buy tickets to our Rogue One screening at the TCL Chinese Theater but really deserve to be there? If so, just tell us in a brief email why you or someone you know might be worthy. Email tonight (December 11th) for consideration to Damian@theLegionM.com (Transportation/Parking not included)
Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company, launches its “Legion Does Good” initiative this holiday season. Legion M and LiningUp.Net have joined forces to fill the TCL Chinese Theater with super-fans on Thursday, December 15th for the 7:00 p.m.opening night screening of ROGUE ONE: A Star Wars Story to benefit the Starlight Children’s Foundation. This worthwhile charity brightens the lives of seriously ill children across the US and Puerto Rico by funding pediatric hospitals’ and clinics’ critical needs. Starlight supports over 27 million visits each year, transforming the lives of millions of children through exceptional health care services. Starlight Children’s Foundation was LiningUp.Net’s charity partner in 1999, 2002, 2005, and 2015, and Legion M is thrilled to partner with LiningUp.Net and Starlight Children’s Foundation to help raise funds for Starlight’s vital mission.
In-Person: 7pm, Thursday December 15th at the Chinese Theater.
In-Person: TCL Chinese Theatre
6925 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028
In 1999, 2002, and 2005, devoted fans stood outside of Hollywood’s Chinese Theatre for weeks – waiting eagerly for the next installment of the fabled Star Wars saga, and gathering in force to celebrate the next piece of cinematic history. Since 1977, lining up has been a hallmark of the Star Wars experience. LiningUp.net – the organizers of the enormously successful Star Wars prequel lines – once again stood in line in 2015, this time for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and raised money for their long-time charity partner, Starlight Children’s Foundation.
About Starlight Children’s Foundation
Each year, more than 30 million children in the US suffer from a critical, chronic or terminal illness. Many of these kids experience long hospital stays, painful medical treatments and sometimes a scary and uncertain future. Starlight turns pain, fear and stress into laughter, fun and joy – because a sick kid is still a kid at heart. Starlight partners with world-class brands and companies, charitable foundations, socially aware groups and organizations and philanthropic individuals to bring entertainment, education and innovative technology to sick kids through their nationwide network of community partners.
About Legion M
Legion M is the world’s first FAN-OWNED entertainment studio. We work with top tier Hollywood creators to develop and monetize content together with FANS. With Legion M, FANS own the company, FANS get behind the scenes, and if we are successful-FANS share the rewards! Founded by Silicon Valley-based Paul Scanlan and Jeff Annison, the Emmy-winning team behind MobiTV (the guys who first brought you live streaming TV for your phone), Legion M is the first entertainment-based, equity crowdfunded company in history to use the JOBS Act to gain over 3000 investors and $1+M in investment. Legion M’s mission is to empower creators to push boundaries and empower Fans to be a part of the content they love. Join us at TheLegionM.com.
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As we count down the final days of President Barack Obama leading our nation I am excited to see the critically acclaimed film Barry premiering on Netflix. I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing the film but this preview has me excited to see a dramatization of the man who grew up to be president.
The film is before Michelle Obama instead it’s a ‘slice of life’ as he learns to negotiate his life as a black man of mixed heritage who LOOKS black. President Obama never had the choice to live as a white man or even one that is ‘racially ambiguous’ but instead with his chocolate complexion, kinky hair, full lips and nose he was (likely) always treated, as he was perceived a black man. No sheltering by a beloved mother or grandparents can shield you from the little indignities of being black in America. Especially when you aren’t in the ‘lane’ some expect you to stay in where you are not expected to go to state college let alone a prestigious Ivy League.
One of the things that always made me understand our President is what it’s like forging a path when you are a person of color who grew up in a predominately white area. I remember when I went to college deciding to explore my ‘black’ side and hanging with other African American students. Quite a few made me feel unwelcome that I wasn’t black enough because I spoke without a dialect. Didn’t grow up listening to the same music and found the food they ate to be unfamiliar or not to my liking. They even mocked the way I danced so much that I stopped dancing around them after the white girl who was ‘down’ said ‘I’m blacker than you’. I remember everyone laughed at me and I thought what the heck.
I can only sympathize with Barack having to navigate that path without the foundation of a close knit family who always felt I was ‘OK’ (if not a bit odd) a great representation of black brains and beauty destined for great things. I of course never set my sights so high as the Presidency!
I look forward to watching this film on Netflix premiering December 16th just in time to enjoy the last Obama White House Christmas.
A NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM AND ONE OF THE MOST TALKED ABOUT CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED FILMS AT THIS YEAR’S TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
A young Barack Obama, known to his friends as “Barry,” arrives in New York City in the fall of 1981 to begin his junior year at Columbia University. In a crime-ridden and racially charged environment, Barry finds himself pulled between various social spheres and struggles to maintain a series of increasingly strained relationships with his Kansas-born mother, his estranged Kenyan father, and his classmates. BARRY is the story of a young man grappling with those same issues that his country, and arguably the world, are still coming to terms with 35 years later.
BARRY stars newcomer Devon Terrell in a deeply felt breakout performance as the young student, and features a strong supporting cast including Ashley Judd (DIVERGENT, DOUBLE JEOPARDY), Jenna Elfman (FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS, BIG STONE GAP), and up-and-comers Anya Taylor-Joy (THE WITCH), Jason Mitchell (STRAIGHT OUT OF COMPTON), Ellar Coltraine (BOYHOOD) and Avi Nash (LEARNING TO DRIVE, “Silicon Valley”) directed/produced by Vikram Gandhi.
BARRY was produced by Black Bear Pictures and Cinetic Media. Dana O’Keefe, Teddy Schwarzman, Ben Stillman, and Vikram Gandhi produced the film. Daniel Steinman executive produced.
A NETFLIX ORIGINAL AVAILABLE ON DECEMBER 16TH
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Kick off the holidays with RiffTrax, Martians, Santa and Weird Al!
“Come on, we know you don’t like roasted chestnuts — nobody does, they’re gross — so why not make our RiffTrax Holiday Double Feature your new Christmas tradition? Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, and a Christmas Shorts-stravaganza, plus all new riffing on yours and our Christmas photos is just what the Santa ordered,” Michael J. Nelson of RiffTrax said.
“The RiffTrax crew always delivers literal laugh-out-loud content that has audiences coming back event after event, and their Holiday Special Double Feature is certain to make this the funniest time of year,” Fathom Events CEO John Rubey said.
This year gather your family, friends and popcorn for a double feature of geek fun with the “RiffTrax Holiday Special Double Feature”! This year the guys are bringing to select theaters the “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians,” and “Rifftrax Live: Christmas Shorts-straveganza,” two classic beloved episodes we-worked to bring laughter and holiday joy and multiple Grammy Award-winning comedy legend “Weird Al” Yankovic for a night of Christmas shorts No coal in your stockings with the added sweet treat of Parade of Aquatic Champions short and Michael, Kevin and Bill riffing on hilarious fan-submitted holiday family photos.
This holiday special from Fathom Events and RiffTrax, this event will play in movie theaters across the country on Thursday, December 1 at 7:00 p.m. local time. Coming to movie theaters before the holiday special, “RiffTrax Live: Carnival of Souls,” will be broadcast live on Thursday, October 27 8:00 p.m. ET/ 7:00 p.m. CT and tape delayed to 7:00 p.m. MT/ 8:00 p.m. PT with an encore showing on Monday, October 31 7:30 p.m. local time.
Tickets for “RiffTrax Holiday Special Double Feature
” can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com
or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in more than 600 movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network
. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
Tickets for “RiffTrax Holiday Special Double Feature
” can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com
or at participating theater box offices. For a list of all participating theaters, click here
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Fan’s of New Edition have a date with the cast of the BET miniseries at the Paley Center!
The Paley Center is premiering the BET’s New Edition mini series and welcoming the Jessie Collins (Executive Producer) and stars Bryshere Y. Gray, Elijah Kelley, Luke James, Keith Powers, Algee Smith and Woody McClain to talk about singing and dancing in the footsteps of a band that still influences boy/girl bands to this day (Boyz II Men, NSYNC, One Direction, Fifth Harmony and more).
BET going back to the 80’s with the rise and fall of the 80’s boy band that launched the careers of Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant. They were the fresh face kids that graced the wall of many a teenage girl and boy with great songs and the dances steps that EVERYONE tried to replicate at school dances!
The New Edition Story will air as a six-hour, three-night event on Jan. 24, 25 and 26 on BET.
BET’s The New Edition Story: World Premiere Screening & Conversation
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
7:00 pm PT
Scheduled to appear:
Elijah Kelley, “Ricky Bell”
Algee Smith, “Ralph Tresvant”
Luke James, “Johnny Gill”
Woody McClain, “Bobby Brown”
Keith Powers, “Ronnie Devoe”
Bryshere Y. Gray, “Michael Bivins”
Jesse Collins, Executive Producer
The Paley Center for Media proudly presents the World Premiere of BET’s ambitious three-part miniseries The New Edition Story. R&B supergroup New Edition helped establish the foundation for how modern-day boy bands look, feel, and sound. Boyz II Men, N’SYNC, The Backstreet Boys, and New Kids On The Block all took their cues from group members Ronnie DeVoe, Ralph Tresvant, Michael Bivins, Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, and Johnny Gill. After three decades, the group’s stellar tenure in entertainment is celebrated in a three-part miniseries which follows them from their humble beginnings as kids in Boston to global megastardom—weathering the highs and lows of controversy, personnel changes, and the often high cost of fame. Executive produced by Jesse Collins (Real Husbands of Hollywood) in conjunction with Bell, Bivins, DeVoe, Gill, Tresvant, and Brown, The New Edition Story will air as a six-hour, three-night event on January 24 to 26, 2017, at 9:00 pm ET/PT on BET.
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I saw the newest Marvel Cinematic Universe movie aka MCU: 14 Doctor Strange. I must admit when Marvel announced they were making the film I got SO excited. I’ve been a fan of the character since I was a kid and would read the comics.
I must admit I was over the moon imagining whom they would cast as this character that I had loved as a little black girl in Iowa that scoured the comic book shop for characters of color (COC). I decided a long time ago that my Doctor wasn’t black but he wasn’t white either I always thought he was Indian or from Asian country that after his injuries decided to explore the medicine of his ancestors (who he had turned away from as he completely assimilated to American culture) so when they announced they had cast Benedict Cumberbatch I was very upset. Disappointed that once again a character that could have no SHOULD have been a man of color was instead cast with one of the whitest men on the screen. Now in his defense he’s a great actor and I’m a huge fan of Benedict. So I weakly decided to forgive Marvel for that choice since I was sure the Ancient One would be an Asian actor either someone US audiences know already like Jet Li or Daniel Dae Kim or Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa but instead they cast Tilda Swinton freaking TILDA SWINTON the whitest woman in the entire world. mind blown I got so mad that I pledged to not see the film EVER! I was done DONE with the two leads. Even after they cast Chiwetel Ejiofor I was no. But than my friends insisted we see the Suicide Squad and I saw Benedict in the cape I started to yearn for the movie. Despite my pledge to stand strong with my Asian Brothers and Sisters against the whitewashing of the first superhero film that SHOULD have been predominately Asian but I still thought I will not see the film BUT will watch it on HBO or DVD.
But happily I’m on a screening list and got to see a sneak preview of the film with a good blerd chick friend. So lucky you get a review of the film.
So I’m going to go on and say one of the things that I found strange ABOUT Dr. Strange. How the holy freck is a movie that takes place in a mythical Asian country that all of the supporting stars are either WHITE or a Black guy (notice I say GUY as in the ONE). Now they do have two supporting Asian actors one is Wong (Benedict Wong) the librarian and an actor who I can’t even find listed on IMDB <URGH>.
But it’s a solid MCU origin story where you get to know Dr. Strange (and yes you will call him DOCTOR) a hotshot surgeon who’s a bit of a talented douche who likes to take high profile cases that will go in his ‘win’ column so that he can keep collecting awards and money to fund a very expensive Manhattan lifestyle. All that changes when he gets in car accident in his BMW (should have sprung for the self driving) where he mangles his precious surgeon hands but no his mind . This starts him on a path to fix his hands so he can get back to his life as a world class surgeon and so be first tries Western medicine (the best money can buy) before finally deciding that he wants to figure out how a former patient of his rehabilitation nurse was able to get back on his feet (I think releasing personal medical records to prove your right is illegal but let’s just go all in and ignore that too). This path takes him half way across the world to and he begins a journey that eventually leads him to Kamar-Taj (Tibet to everyone else). Once he meets the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) or The White Ghost the story picks up the pace and careens to the final showdown with the big bad. Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) is an OK villain seduced by power but despite his being a solid actor I don’t think the part was as fleshed out as I’d have liked and it just felt like so many other villains that he didn’t make that big of an impression. But of course as a nod to diversity he gets a black bestie Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and enigmatic Asian guy Wong (Benedict Wong) who seems to a stick in the mud ‘follow the rules’ type of guy both characters seem to be all about making Dr. Strange a better white superior to all . Did I mention that they justified the Ancient One with a throwaway line of how she’s Gaelic and doesn’t talk about how she got to be the leader .
I don’t want to throw shade but Benedict get a major tan because he’s not as pearly as he normally looks!
At least we have the Black Panther … but my Asian Brothers and Sisters get bupkis with this film. I felt like a kid when I’d watch TV or movies desperately looking for someone who looked like me that were always either in the background or were the hooker or drug dealer. Things have changed but comic book movies still aren’t moving fast enough for me.
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Are you celebrating 50 years of Star Trek at the Egyptian Theatre? Any fan has to head to hollywood and enjoy the beloved series with Q&A, special giveaways and saying goodbye to Nimoy. It’s been a long time since the original Star Trek films have been on the big screen and thanks to The American Cinematheque, Geek Magazine & Paramount Home Video we can celebrate
STAR TREK at 50
I’m hoping to have the opportunity to talk with Adam Nimoy about his father, Spock and his documentary.
|Special Guests, Bonus Featurettes, Giveaways, New Documentary ‘FOR THE LOVE OF SPOCK,’ Booksignings, Photo Opportunity and more surprises!
September 9 – 16, 2016 at the Egyptian Theatre
Space … the final frontier” opened up to television viewers on September 8, 1966 with the NBC-TV premiere of “Star Trek.” Creator Gene Roddenberry had envisioned the sci-fi series as the interstellar answer to the popular Western “Wagon Train” but couldn’t have possibly imagined how long the “five-year mission” of the U.S.S. Enterprise would last – cancelled after three seasons (and an unprecedented fan letter campaign to keep it on the air), the program spawned animated and live action TV spinoffs and an ongoing series of big screen adventures.
In 1979, Robert Wise’s STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE kicked off a mania for TV-to-movie adaptations that has thrived ever since and spawned multiple sequels. To celebrate a half-century of “Star Trek,” we present the new documentary on star Leonard Nimoy, FOR THE LOVE OF SPOCK, and five of the first features following Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, Dr. McCoy, Scotty, Uhura, Sulu and Chekov across the galaxy. These films embody the ideals of sci-fi’s first franchise that have endured for 50 years; may they continue to live long and prosper for many more.
Read Mark Altman’s appreciation of STAR TREK on our blog.
Friday, Sept. 9 – 7:30 PM – Egyptian Theatre
STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE
Join us in the lobby at 6:30 PM, where author Preston Neal Jones will sign his book, Return to Tomorrow: The Filming of Star Trek – The Motion Picture. STAR TREK soundtrack releases will also be available for purchase from La-La Land Records.
The evening begins with a panel discussion including original series story editor Dorothy D.C. Fontana, writer David Gerrold, casting director Joe D’Agosta and others, moderated by Roger Lay, Jr. and Mark A. Altman. Program includes free bonus featurette “Maiden Voyage: Making STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE.”
Saturday, Sept. 10 – 7:30 PM – Egyptian Theatre
FOR THE LOVE OF SPOCK
Co-presented by Alamo Drafthouse Los Angeles and Birth Movies Death
Join us before the show in the lobby, where STAR TREK soundtrack releases will be available for purchase from La-La Land Records.
Discussion following with Adam Nimoy. Program includes free bonus featurette “The New Frontier: Resurrecting Star Trek.” All ticket buyers will be eligible to win a Star Trek The Original Series Soundtrack Collection Box Set, courtesy of La-La Land Records.
Sunday, Sept. 11 – 7:30 PM – Egyptian Theatre
STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN & STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK
Join us before the show in the lobby, where STAR TREK soundtrack releases will be available for purchase from La-La Land Records.
Discussion between films with producer Robert Sallin moderated by Roger Lay, Jr. and Mark A. Altman. Program includes free bonus featurette “The Genesis Effect: Engineering THE WRATH OF KHAN.” All ticket buyers will be eligible to win the new Star Trek: 50th Anniversary Collection blu-ray set.
Friday, Sept. 16 – 7:30 PM – Egyptian Theatre
STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME & STAR TREK VI: THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY
Join us before the show in the lobby, where STAR TREK soundtrack releases will be available for purchase from La-La Land Records.
Discussion between films with writer/director Nicholas Meyer, producer Steven Charles-Jaffe, actor W. Morgan Sheppard, associate producer Kirk Thatcher and critic Scott Mantz, moderated by Roger Lay, Jr. and Mark A. Altman. Program includes free bonus featurettes “The Dream Is Alive: The Continuing Mission” and “End of an Era: Charting the Undiscovered Country.”
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Call for Entries: 2016 Paley DocPitch Competition
The Paley Center’s DocPitch Competition offers a $5,000 grant from A&E IndieFilms for an unfinished or work-in-progress documentary from an emerging filmmaker (someone with two or less credits for directing feature documentary films, whether or not those films have been released).
The Paley Center for Media is using this contest, now in its thirteenth year, to choose up to five finalists who will pitch their unfinished films to a panel of experts and producers in front of an audience. This event, the Paley DocPitch Competition, will take place on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, in New York. (There will be tickets for the public to attend this event. Details to be announced.)
To Enter Pitch Competition:
To enter this competition, you must submit no more than ten minutes of footage from an UNFINISHED or WORK-IN-PROGRESS feature-length documentary that you hope to pitch to our panel. You must also send in a printed and filled-out entry form (below).
We will judge entries based on the originality of your vision and the viability of the concept. At the pitch workshop, finalists will be judged by originality, viability, and the persuasiveness of their pitch to our panel of expert judges.
Deadlines to Enter:
Entries must be postmarked by deadline. Deadlines and fees are as follows:
• Earlybird Deadline: July 29, 2016 ($25 regular submission fee /
$20 for Withoutabox members with upgraded projects)
• Regular Deadline: August 12, 2016 ($30 / $25 Withoutabox discounted rate)
• Late Deadline: August 26, 2016 ($35 / $30 Withoutabox discounted rate)
Special Extended Deadline:
September 16, 2016 ($45 / $35 Withoutabox discounted rate)
Withoutabox Extended Deadline:
September 26, 2016 ($55 / $40 Withoutabox discounted rate)
There Are Two Ways to Submit Your Entry:
1) We accept entries through Withoutabox.
2) To submit on your own, download the following PDF forms.
Overview | Official Rules | Entry Form & Submission Agreement
Then print out, sign, and mail a complete and fully executed copy of the Entry Form & Submission Agreement, along with your DVD, submission materials, and a check for your entry fee made out to The Paley Center for Media to:
c/o The Paley Center for Media
25 West 52 Street
New York, NY 10019
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Brainiac is heading to earth to complete his collection and keep it in mint condition in the newest LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes – Justice League: Cosmic Clash family friendly animated film. It’s Lego time for Superman (Nolan North), Batman (Troy Baker), Wonder Woman (Grey Griffin), Cyborg (Khary Payton), The Flash (James Arnold Taylor) and introducing Brainiac (Phil LaMarr).
I have to admit that I’m Brainiac mad since I’ve been a fan since I was a kid so was very curious how he’d play out Lego style! This is a movie that’s truly all age fun since I attended a screening full of
children and adults that was filled with laughter. Who can get mad at a collector wanting to keep everything in mint condition? If you look in my collection you’ll see tons of unopened items that I tell people to touch with their ‘eyes’. So when watching all of the work that Jim Krieg (screenwriter) put into making jokes that would appeal to kids and also adults he did a great job. Rick Morales (director) made a visually fun film that really took thoughtfully rendered the limitations of a Lego body (no bending knees OR fingers) as well as play into the strengths of each character from grumpy Batman to positive gungho Wonder Woman I was delighted with my first lego movie.
I don’t want to give anything away but Brainiac is putting together a collection of planets from A to Z and to complete the collection he decides to add earth. He has to figure out a way to get rid of that pesty Justice League members that might be able to stop him. The big 3 of Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern since they are the strongest but he underestimated the ingenuity of Batman & The Flash who move heaven and heck to get their friends back AND to save the planet. I was completely engaged from the very first moment watching the alien planet being put into the collection. Watching my toys come to life made me laugh as well as the homage to my beloved DC comic book heroes. It will take a village or at least a lot of superheroes to save earth and put Brainiac in his place but watching this amusing movie will keep any kid or kid at heart giggling.
I watched the premier at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills on February 13th where I interviewed cast and team! You can now enjoy Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Cosmic Clash on DVD, Digital HD or Blu-Ray Combo Pack.
ESRB Rating: EVERYONE 10+ with Cartoon Violence, Crude Humor
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|Now available on
Blu-ray™ Combo Pack,
DVD and Digital HD
When Brainiac zaps Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern to different places in time, the race is on for Batman and The Flash to re-assemble the Justice League!
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR FOR A CHANCE TO WIN. Void where prohibited. Open only to legal adult residents who live within the 50 United States (including DC) 18 years or older at time of entry. LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Cosmic Clash Sweepstakes
featuring a chance to win a LEGO®
Dimensions™ Starter Pack and select expansion packs for PS4™ commences at 9:00 AM PST on February 29, 2016 and ends at 11:59 PM PST on March 30, 2016
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