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January 10th, 2018 by Cherry

The series trailer for Leimert Park is simply a delight! MACRO is the creative team behind ‘Fences’, ‘Mudbound’ and the digital series ‘Gente-fied’ and Homegrown Pictures who brought us ‘Dear White People’ and ‘Hustle and Flow’ I love that it’s telling the story of not only the friendship of black women but our love lives with a nice dose of humor. As an LA transplant watching the gentrification of predominated black and latino neighborhood from ‘afar’ in West Hollywood (experiencing its own explosion of expensive housing) this web series truly speaks to me. The new web series stars Ashley Blaine Featherson, Ashli Haynes, Asia’h Epperson, Wade Allain-Marcus, Frantz Latten, Ikenna Okoye and Brit Manor and is an official selection at The Sundance Festival 2018. Mel Jones is doing double duty as a first time director and creator of LEIMERT PARK with Kady Kamakatè and Davita Scarlett. The series is Executive Produced by Stephanie Allain, Charles King and Aaliyah Williams. 

“I wanted to see images of black women being the objects of desire and seeking pleasure with no shame,” states director and co-creator Jones. “Leimert Park reflects the black women I know and love and I hope it inspires women everywhere to practice self-love and self-care and embrace their sexuality.” “I’ve been mentored by and partnered with Stephanie Allain at Homegrown Pictures for seven years and she encouraged me to create this show which was my authentic story to tell.  Aaliyah Williams, who runs digital at MACRO, heard this story before it was even a script and championed the series and advocated for me as a first time director. I’m forever grateful to both of these incredibly supportive women.  It will be a dream come true sharing “Leimert Park” with sisters throughout the nation, audiences at Sundance, and with all women.

LEIMERT PARK: Things get complicated when three best friends share a house in South LA’s Leimert Park.  Despite being married, beats-maker Mickey hasn’t had an orgasm with her hubby in three months, Bridget  mistakes sex for love while assisting a handsome visiting artist in residence, and Kendra secretly shoots videos of numerous sizzling sexual encounters, hoping this will finally break her into the art world.  
I adore romcoms but always felt the true perfect match is when the woman gets to know herself and more importantly loves herself! I am so looking forward to moving to Leimert Park! So make sure you find this new series and share with friends.

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November 15th, 2017 by Cherry

Take a bite out of Sharknado 5 with an extended cut screening in select theaters across the US. If you are in Los Angeles you have the opportunity for a special screening that will have a Q&A with cast and production team! The Q&A will be hosted by James Cullen Bressack with cast members, writer, composers, and producers with a poster exclusive for LA attendees.

In attendance: Tara Reid, Cassandra Scerbo, and Cody Linley; Anthony C. Ferrante, Director; David Michael Latt, Producer; Scotty Mullen, Writer; Chris Ridenhour & Christopher Cano, Composers

Movies 16 + XD (Lubbock, TX)
Hollywood 17 (Mcallen, TX)
College Station + XD (College Station, TX)
Tinseltown 17 (Erie, PA)
Cinemark Movies 16 + XD (Somerdale, NJ)
Movies 14 (Mishawaka, IN)
Cinemark Tinseltown 17 + XD (Grapevine, TX)
Tinseltown 20 + XD (El Paso, TX)
Tinseltown 20 + XD (Pflugerville, TX)
Cinemark Tinseltown + XD (Louisville, KY)
Tinseltown 14 (Oak Ridge, TN)
Tinseltown 14 (Pueblo, CO)
Legacy 24 + XD (Plano, TX)
Cinemark Tinseltown 20 + XD (Oklahoma City, OK)
Cinemark Tinseltown 20 + XD (Merriam, KS)
Tinseltown 20 + XD (Jacksonville, FL)
Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville, GA)
Cinemark 17 + IMAX (Tulsa, OK)
Cinemark 19 + XD (Katy, TX)
Tinseltown 14 (Bristol, VA)
Moosic 20 + XD (Moosic, PA)
Valley View 24 + XD (Valley View, OH)
Cinemark Orlando + XD (Orlando, FL)
Cinemark 24 + XD (West Jordan, UT)
Cinemark 18 + XD (Webster, TX)
Carefree Circle 16 + IMAX (Colorado Springs, CO)
Cinemark 16 (Fort Collins, CO)
Cinemark 15 + XD (Hadley, MA)
Cinemark 14 @ The Pike + XD (Long Beach, CA)
Cinemark 14 + XD (Lake Charles, LA)
Pittsburgh Mills Mall 18 + IMAX (Tarentum, PA)
Cinemark 16 (Mesa, AZ)
Cinemark Perkins Rowe + XD (Baton Rouge, LA)
Cinemark Fayette Mall 16 + XD (Lexington, KY)
Mountain View Cinema 16 (Mountain View, CA)
Albuquerque Rio 24 + XD (Albuquerque, NM)
Orange Stadium Promenade 25 + XD (Orange, CA)
Century Parklane (Reno, NV)
Portland Eastport Plaza (Portland, OR)
Anchorage 16 + XD (Anchorage, AK)
Century El Con + XD (Tucson, AZ)
Evanston 18 + XD (Evanston, IL)
Las Vegas Samstown 18 (Las Vegas, NV)
Century Walnut Creek 14 + XD (Walnut Creek, CA)
Sacramento Greenback 16 + XD (Sacramento, CA)
San Jose Oakridge 20 + XD (San Jose, CA)
Century 16 Bel Mar + XD (Lakewood, CO)
W. Des Moines Jordan Creek + XD (West Des Moines, IA)
Huntington Beach Bella Terra 20 + XD (Huntington Beach, CA)
Las Vegas Santa Fe Station 16 + XD (Las Vegas, NV)
Sandy Union Heights 16 (Sandy, UT)
Century 16 (Boulder, CO)
Century Federal Way + XD (Federal Way, WA)
Century River Park 16 + XD (10/26) (Oxnard, CA)
Cinemark Robinson Township + XD (Robinson Township, PA)
Cinemark 14 (5/8) (Joliet, IL)
Cinemark 12 (6/24) (Barboursville, WV)
Paradise 24 + XD (Davie, FL)
Egyptian 24 + XD (Hanover, MD)
Cinemark Farmington + XD (Farmington, UT)
Christiana + XD (Newark, DE)
Cinemark Oakley Station + XD (Cincinnati, OH)
Cinemark North Hills + XD (Pittsburgh, PA)
Colonel Glenn 18 + XD (Little Rock, AR)
Cinemark 18 and XD (Los Angeles, CA)
Buckland Hills 18 IMAX (Manchester, CT)
Preston Crossings 16 (Louisville, KY)
Flint West 14 (Flint, MI)
Ann Arbor 20 IMAX (Ypsilanti, MI)
Hazlet 12 (Hazlet, NJ)
Dayton South 16 + XD (West Carrollton, OH)
Milford 16 (Milford, OH)
Fallen Timbers 14 + XD (Maumee, OH)
Franklin Park 16 + XD (Toledo, OH)
Northeast Mall 18 + XD (Hurst, TX)
Cuyahoga Falls + XD (Cuyahoga Falls, OH)

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November 7th, 2017 by Aiyonna White

by Aiyonna White, Contributor

Cinemark Theatres has partnered with The Asylum to offer discounted tickets to exclusive horror, sci-fi, thriller, and cult films from the independent film company. The studio is most famous for the Sharknado franchise. Read more of this article »

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October 26th, 2016 by Cherry

Humor and horror is in the DNA of the new series ‘Stan Against Evil’ on IFC.

You haven’t seen a show like Stan Against Evil (IFC) that has such a zany premise in a while. I know some will compare this to Evil Dead: the Series on (STARZ) but this show is walking it’s own path. At first glance it looks like comedy series with a few scary bits in it to shock the audience but from the first moment when we meet former Sheriff Stan Miller (John C. McGinley) who’s retired and comes back to a home missing his wife this horror comedy has a core of missing your other half. Stan is a man bereft who has to navigate a world that has done a 180 on him from the new sheriff Evie Barret (Janet Varney), to learning about his wife’s ‘hobby’ and the monsters.

 

I was impressed with the series and found myself laughing and screaming at turns and the same time. All of the cast and team behind the camera are fans of the ‘Werewolf of London’ and love old school 80s FX. You can see that the cast had a ball playing with ‘real’ monsters instead of emoting to a green ball and getting covered in buckets of blood. The monsters are CRAZY and had me scared for them to leave their house! I recommend you check out this new series and watch the first episode on Halloween with the lights off, popcorn and a bowl of candy for trick-or-treaters!

Stan Miller (McGinley) is a surprisingly interesting character. I at first thought he’d be the usual cop in a horror movie kind of clueless and just counting down the moments till he gets the ax (figurativle and literally) but he’s a man with hidden depths .. unspoken closed up sexist grumpy depths but DEPTHS darn it!

Evie Barret (Varney) is the new woman in town who’s taken on a traditionally male job as Sheriff and refuses to fill Stan’s shoes! Instead she has a backstory that makes her someone that I’d like to grab a beer with or at the least fight witches.

Deputy Leon Drinkwater (Mooney) plays the deputy with a heart of .. well crazy I’d say he’s playing the straight man but from his eyes and the phone calls if in the course of the season we find he has a sex dungeon I would NOT be surprised!

Denise Miller (Baker) plays Stan’s daughter who is dangerously clueless that makes new friends WAY too easily in town full of angry witches. I love her little comments and that she’s living her best life and happens to still live with her dad. I can’t wait to see if she’s going to be a kickass chick killing witches and picking berries with the same smile.

 

 

“Stan Against Evil” premieres November 2 on IFC. A sneak preview of the first episode will also air Halloween night, October 31, at 10pm.

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August 25th, 2016 by Cherry

I’m a huge fan of the Mindy Kaling Project and when it first premiered on Fox I was very curious about a female led series starring a woman who didn’t look like a lead cast member on TV normally. I fell in love with the zany series as I followed a woman that was like me. Doing OK with the career but love life was a complete diseaster always choosing the wrong guy for the wrong reason. 

Thursday, September 15 – HULU
PaleyFest Fall TV Previews Special Event: 
The Mindy Project: Inside the Writers Room
Mindy Kaling, Creator, Executive Producer and “Mindy Lahiri”
Ike Barinholtz, “Morgan Tookers”
Matt Warburton, Executive Producer

Image result for mindy project huluWhen Fox canceled the series I yelled <boo> from the rooftops the show wasn’t perfect but it was fun and one of the few series led by an Asian actress! When Hulu took the opportunity to continue the series I expected a big change from budget per episode to more freedom to explore adult subject matters. Hulu has delivered more a signature series that keeps me subscribing but no binging since it’s released weekly like network TV. 

PaleyFest Previews: The Mindy Project-Writer’s Room is SOLD OUT

I’ve always wanted to chat with not just the cast and producers but the writers of the series that embraces a quirky curvy woman who is confident and sexual. Well the Paley Center has answered my prayers! This year the Paley Fest opening Fall TV Preview 2016 will be a talk with the writers of the series. 

 

 

 

I want to chat with them about the major cast change of Danny and Mindy splitting up to accommodate his no longer being a FT cast member. Last season they explored co-parenting with humor and the sharp edges of two strong willed people still trying to control the other. I think the sixth season should be a great arc and able to focus on not only new regular cast members but more of her co-workers at the clinic. I really like the storyline of the egg clinic but it can be a story suck with not that much payback so hope they cut it down even further so that we can enjoy her interacting with dating, navigating being a single divorced mom and friendship. Every woman needs her crew!

If I get on the red carpet I want to ask about how they will handle Danny as a recurring character. Will he be written out or use text/phone calls/notes to keep the story of co-parenting. Does Hulu allow free reign with humor and adult subject matter or have they ever looked at a script and said that’s a step TOO far?!? Will you age up the child to create more comedy situations with him going to school and being a rebellious kid? I know that they have shoehorned a connection with the new doctor but I’d like her to be back on the market and dating ‘United Nations’ style! It’s hilarious when Mindy skewers the casual racism within POC communities. I’d love to have more episodes of Mindy interacting with the Indian and Asian communities with episodes of how Asian’s rank themselves, introducing her son to other interracial kids/families, a ‘funny’ episode about profiling and her exploring more Indian centric episodes with her family. I LOVE her brother he’s hilarious, handsome and can sing! Have they ever thought of a Bollywood/Musical episode with original music and lots of dancing! I love that Mindy loves her curvy body and that she’s a confidant sexual woman. For instance a suit makes you think of a line or episode? 

 

That’s a lot of questions but I am very curious about the writers of this zany series. What do you think I should ask the stars and writers? Leave the question below…..

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July 7th, 2016 by Cherry

Join the cast of Archer for a special ARCHER Live! event at SDCC 2016 on Thursday, July 21st on the Inspiration Hornblower Yacht! 

 

 FX Networks has the ultimate hard to get tickets for a special one-night only perforce of Archer Live! If you were able to get a ticked on eventbrite you’ll board the yacht at the 5th Avenue Landing (behind the convention center) joined by the entire caste of the Emmy®-nominated animated spy/P.I. comedy series. Fans will be able to enjoy a live performance with the entire cast, food, drinks, giveaways, a photo booth and lounge while docked at the marina.

The ARCHER Live! on-stage event will showcase the cast and crew with a live performance of an episode and fan interactions. The event features H. Jon Benjamin (Sterling Archer), Aisha Tyler (Lana Kane), Jessica Walter (Malory Archer), Judy Greer (Cheryl Tunt), Chris Parnell (Cyril Figgis), Amber Nash (Pam Poovey), Lucky Yates (Krieger), series creator/executive producer Adam Reed (Ray Gillette) and executive producer Matt Thompson.

Fans can now register for tickets to be a part of the ARCHER Live! experience, sponsored by the pioneering cloud-based live TV service, PlayStation™Vue, on EventBrite.com. Boarding begins at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8:00 p.m. Event is 21 and over.

 

 

ABOUT FX NETWORKS

FX Networks, a business unit of 21st Century Fox, is comprised of the networks FX, FXX and FXM and the video on-demand app FXNOW. FX, the flagship general entertainment basic cable channel, launched in June of 1994 and is carried in 91 million homes. The diverse schedule features a growing roster of critically-acclaimed and award-winning hit dramas series, including The AmericansThe Strain, Tyrant and the upcoming Taboo and Legion; the critically-acclaimed limited series American Horror StoryFargoThe People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and the upcoming Trust and Feud; acclaimed hit comedy series including the award-winningLouieArcherSex&Drugs&Rock&RollBaskets and the upcoming Better Things and Atlanta. FX’s roster of acquired hit series includes Two and a Half MenHow I Met Your Mother and Mike & Molly. FXX, the newest network, launched in September 2013 and is carried in 79 million homes.  Geared towards a young adult audience, the schedule features original series, movies, and acquired series. The channel is anchored by the acclaimed hit comedies It’s Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaYou’re the Worst and Man Seeking Woman. FXX is also the exclusive cable home to The Simpsons, the longest-running comedy in TV history, the late night animated blockAnimation Domination, and acquired hit series such as In Living ColorMad About You and Parks and Recreation. FXM (formerly Fox Movie Channel) was launched in October of 1994 and is now carried in 55 million homes. Its schedule features classic films during the day (FXM Retro), and contemporary box office hits and acclaimed, award-winning films in the evening, as well as short-form award-winning original programming.

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May 3rd, 2016 by Cherry

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I’m so excited to learn of the 2016 Rockie Award Program Competition nominees from across the world. It will be a fierce battle with TV and digital content from around th wold. This year Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) has over 40 countries competing at the Program Competition Ceremony on Monday, June 13th at the beautiful Fairmont Baniff Springs. The beauty of the countryside is a Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 10.21.44 PMperfect backdrop for content creators from around the world to show off their endeavors to showcase the talent from around the world.

Attendees will learn who will be be the winner in 22 categories that span drama, comedy, children’s, documentary, factual, digital and more.

“With the proliferation of television and digital content across today’s top global networks and platforms it’s important to recognize the companies and creatives who are breaking the mold to execute some of the most captivating projects and that’s what we strive to do with the Rockie Awards,” commented Ferne Cohen,  Executive Director of the Banff World Media Festival. “We look forward to announcing the winners at our annual celebration in June.”

Netflix’s Making a Murder is the Program of the Year!

The Honorable Mélanie Joly Ministre du Patrimoine Canadien/Minister of Canadian Heritage will kickoff the 2016 BANFF with a presentation.

The Rockie Awards are one of the world’s largest program competitions. The program’s industry jury features more than 350 professionals and leaders from around the world working in entertainment and the media arena.  Categories include Animation, Art and Performance, Children and Youth Fiction, Brand Content, Comedy Series, Digital Fiction Series, Drama Series, Environmental and Wildlife, Biological and History, Interactive, Interactive for Kids, Lifestyle, Melodrama, Music, Performance, Sketch and Variety, Reality, Science and Technology, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Action, Social and Investigative, and TV Movie.

 

For the full nominee list: http://banffmediafestival.com/rockie-awards/program-competition/

 

The festival is open to all and has programs for content creators to established producers seeking distribution or media channels. The 2016 BANFF schedule is live and has panels that anyone in the business or wants to get in the entertainment field. The organizers have created a schedule that will provide attendees insight into a variety of content streams including scripted, unscripted, digital, banded content, kids and animation. A few of the programs that I would love to attend as a content creator hoping to network are:

 

If you plan to attend examine the schedule and mark on your calendar what you plan to attend as well as have your pitch and a deck ready! You never know what opportunity will come around the corner at BANFF and you have to be ready to for your moment to pitch!

 

For additional information about the Banff World Media Festival visit: http://www.banffmediafestival.com/ or connect with us onTwitter and Facebook.
 

 About the Banff World Media Festival

The Banff World Media Festival is the world’s largest and most important gathering of entertainment industry and digital media executives dedicated to media content development, production, broadcast and distribution within TV and digital media. BANFF provides a platform for the evolving media industry to develop its creative and business objectives – it serves as the leading destination for co-production and co-venture partners and is an unparalleled marketplace for over 2,000 international decision-makers to connect with new partners, learn from industry leaders and execute new business deals. The 37th annual BANFF World Media Festival will take place June 1215, 2016 at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Canada.

 

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April 16th, 2016 by Cherry

I’m all in for the new original Viki series Dramaworld premiering April 17th. I had the opportunity to interview  Liv Hewson (Claire) and Sean Dulake (Joon Park) and briefly chat with Chris Martin (Director/Writer) and Sebastian Lee (Producer). Sean Dulake and Chris Martin worked on creatingScreen Shot 2016-04-16 at 12.30.54 AM an original series that would appeal to the passionate fans of Viki from across the world. From that dream Dramaworld was born! It’s a ultimate love letter to anyone who’s a major fangirl or fanboy of a TV or Movie. You know the person who is consumed and lives to talk about their favorite rather you want to hear about it or not!

The funny series is a show within a show. Claire is a major fangirl of Joon Park a K-Drama star who she follows in every series he stars in and she’s currently consumed with ‘Taste of Love‘ a IMG_7105distraction from her real life of being a student who works PT in the family business. Through a zany mishap she’s transported into ‘Dramaworld‘ where she meets a fanboy played by Justin Chon (Seth) who’s a helpmate aka instagator to make sure each series goes according to plan. Boy meets girl, mishaps conspire to keep them apart and finally boy gets girl (or girl gets boy .. I am a feminist). But the meat of Dramaworld is that Taste of Love is off center and it’s not going according to plan. So it’s up to our stars to realign the stars so that love can bloom.

I was able to see the first two episodes and it’s the perfect blend of whimsy, humor and soap opera drama that transcends language (don’t worry they have subtitles). I don’t want to give anything away but it all makes sense with little throwaway lines explaining how everyone can understand each other despite speaking different languages, how Claire got to Dramaworld and it’s different than the real world.

The cast said that it was inspired by a love of Back to the Future or that it’s Narnia with the wardrobe transporting the hero to another world but I think of it as a mix of Pleasantville and Nurse Betty come to mind for me but other than that it’s a really original concept that nobody has done right in a long time.

If your in Los Angeles and got tickets for the Dramaworld premier Saturday, April 16th at the Ace Hotel Theatre than make sure you say ‘hi’. If you didn’t get your tickets it’s sold out so you’ll have to watch me interviewing cast on periscope and streamup (Cherry_LA). You’ll be able to enjoy the new Viki series on Sunday.

 

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What is the most exciting — and most terrifying — thing that can happen to a K-drama fanatic?Claire Duncan is a 20-year-old college student who finds her real life boring. Maybe that’s because she’s never looking up, instead having her nose buried in her smartphone and watching her IMG_7106favorite Korean drama, “Taste of Love,” starring her favorite actor Joon Park (Sean Dulake). Joon Park plays the hot chef and protagonists in “Taste of Love” who is still waiting for his one true love to come into his life. Through a touch of the supernatural and a sprinkle of magic, Claire’s desire to shed her own boring life and live in the world of “Taste of Love” comes true when she is transported into her favorite drama and comes face-to-face with Joon Park! There, Claire also meets the mysterious waiter Seth Ko, who made his own journey into the drama years ago from the real world and mentors Claire on how to navigate the drama world. When the appearance of Claire throws “Taste of Love” off-balance, causing other dramas to splice into the series, what kind of crazy adventure will Claire experience? “Dramaworld” is a 2016 Viki original series, produced in partnership. Set in Los Angeles and Seoul, the first-ever American-Korean mashup series is written by Josh Billig and Chris Martin and directed by Chris Martin.

About Viki

Viki is a global TV site with TV shows, movies and other premium content, translated into more than 200 languages by a community of avid fans. With nearly 40 million viewers each month and over one billion words translated, Viki uniquely brings global prime-time entertainment to new audiences and unlocks new markets and revenue opportunities for content owners. Viki was named a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer 2014 and is an independent subsidiary of Japanese Internet services company Rakuten. Viki has offices in San Francisco, Singapore, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo.

 

About Jetavana Entertainment

Jetavana Entertainment is a pioneer domestic cultural investment company from China, engaged in film & TV drama investment, live shows, equity investment, artist management, and new media development and investment. Founded by the renowned Ivy Zhong, former president of Chinese studio Galloping Horse and producer of many successful film projects including “Eternal Moment,” “Reign of Assassins,” “The Karate Kid,” “Ender’s Game,” “The Crossing,” “Guns and Roses”  and the adventure comedy “Just Another Pandora’s Box.” Jetavana Entertainment recently announced a strategic long-term co-production collaboration deal with European comic & graphic novel publisher Humanoids Inc, to co-produce 8 films together, based on Humanoids’s successful library.

 

About EnterMedia Contents

EnterMedia Contents, a U.S. and Korea based production company founded by Sebastian Lee and David Kim. In 2014, they signed a first-look deal with ABC Network, and in 2015, they inked a first-look producing deal with Tomorrow ITV Studios headed by Marty Adelstein. Additionally, the production company has developed two Korean formats, “My Love From the Star” and “Good Doctor,” in the U.S. EnterMedia is also executive producing a Korean adaptation of USA Network’s “Suits.” EnterMedia is repped by WME.

 

About Third Culture Content

Third Culture Content, founded by Sean Dulake and Chris Martin, focuses on creating content for a more interconnected world that blends cultures together in both the digital and traditional media space. Sean Dulake has starred in numerous South Korean television dramas including “Jejungwon” and “Athena: Goddess of War,” and Chris Martin is a director and writer that has made critically acclaimed projects throughout Asia.

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April 15th, 2016 by Cherry

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Content creators head to the Hollywood Comedy Shorts Fireside Chat and Cocktail reception to learn about monetizing comedy shorts for digital platforms from the creators and business side.

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Topic: Monetizing premium short form comedy content in the ever-expanding digital ecosystem 

Speakers

Kevin BigleyCo-Founder BigCob ProductionsSirens (USA Network), Now We’re Talking (Verizon Go90)

Kesila Childers, Vice President, Digital Media-Bunim/Murray Productions

Galen D’attilio, Business Development, Daily Motion USA 

Zoe Friedman, SVP Development, Blue Ribbon Content (Warner Bros.) 

Brittany Turner, VP of Digital Video, Adaptive Studios

 

 

Moderator

Amber J Lawson, Top 50 Women in Digital Producing philanthropist, super connector, content programing and development executive, board advisor committed to doing good at scale, Good Amplified. 

Date/Time: Saturday, April 16, 2016 4pm-7pm

Location: Ignited Spaces, 7080 Hollywood Blvd, #1100, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Hollywood Comedy Shorts will highlight short comedy, web series, TV episodic, Comedy Screenplays, and Dark Comedy shorts with the goal of screening the best comedic content from around the world for a Hollywood industry audience! The festival will take place at the world famous TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood, two days of screenings, filmmaker Q and A’s, panel, parties, and the awards party!

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April 6th, 2016 by Cherry
2016 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles // Tickets

The 2016 Indian Film Festival has a great selection of movies too man to see over just a few days so I have a couple on my must see list. If only I could be in two places at one time! One of the ones that jumped out at me was Beeba Boys. My eyes alighted on these handsome men in colorful suits and I was intrigued. I must admit I thought the film was going to be a Bollywood comedy full of cute guys and dancing but instead this movie is gangsta like REAL gangsters based on violent Sikh’s that lived in Vancouver they were part of a ruthless gang! This looks like the modern Scarface I didn’t know I wanted to see! Than Island City with the two men looking totally beat down spoke to me since life is hard and sometimes you just want to give up! This woman director has made a film with three stories that speak to the human condition and it looks like it should be interesting to watch each story. I’m very excited that they have Brahman Naman at the festival since I heard about the big splash the film made at Sundance and it looks hilarious! This sex crazed comedy brings to mind all of the movies I saw growing up (16 candles, American Pie) the always had me rolling in my seat. Aligarh rounds out my must see list as I see the hard path so many of my LGBT brothers and sisters face as they fight for equality in India and yes in America too! Equality for all no matter sexual orientation!

 

BEEBA BOYS Los Angeles Premiere April 8, 2016 7:00pm

Jeet Johar is a devoted single father, dutiful son and proud Sikh living in Vancouver. He is also the leader of a murderous, ruthless gang that controls the local drugs and weapons market. Warring with other Indo-Canadian and Asian gangs, the members of Jeet’s crew are sharply dressed, television friendly and unafraid to grab what they want in the face of a white, traditional culture that portrays them as weak and cowardly. However, the “Beeba Boys” (“Good Boys”) are tested when a new recruit is brought in to fight older established gangs and the police. Both begin to close in, threatening to tear the gang apart.

With driving bhangra beats, high fashion, profound treachery, shocking violence, guns and cocaine, internationally acclaimed director and IFFLA alum Deepa Mehta brings her bold, uncompromising vision to the world of organized crime. Loosely based on second and third generation Indo-Canadian gangs that came into notoriety in the 1990s, BEEBA BOYS follows the rich tradition of the gangster film but in a community and culture never before seen on screen.

Deepa Mehta is one of Canada’s most important film artists; her work is regularly celebrated on an international scale. Best known for her Elemental Trilogy (EARTH, FIRE, WATER), she received an Oscar nomination for WATER which premiered at IFFLA in 2006. Other well-known films include BOLLYWOOD/HOLLYWOOD, HEAVEN ON EARTH and the MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN. Her work is daring, fearless, and provocative. This spirit is behind her latest film, BEEBA BOYS.

ISLAND CITY U.S. Premiere April 7, 2016 7:00pm

ISLAND CITY U.S. Premiere April 7, 2016 7:00pm

 

The sprawling city of Mumbai plays host to three stories in Ruchika Oberoi’s masterful feature debut. First there is an office worker who toils in his soulless corporation’s cubicle farm, and is specially selected by the company to have a day of “fun.” In the second tale, a wife and mother unexpectedly finds relief from her tyrannical husband’s control, and decides to treat her family to a new television set, where they find joy and solace in a popular soap. Finally, a woman resigned to a loveless future in an arranged marriage finds new hope when she receives love letters from an unknown source.

Oberoi brilliantly plays with genre as her film effortlessly shifts from absurdist comedy to escapist fantasy to realist drama (there’s even a tinge of science fiction). Though each character’s journey is markedly different, their goals are similar: to push back against the demands forced on them without any regard for their personal desires. The solutions each of them finds are not always happy, but they punctuate rich and complicated journeys that are sure to stay in the mind long after the credits roll. Oberoi’s unique vision won the Best Young Director Award of the Venice Days section at the 2015 Venice Film Festival.

Ruchika Oberoi is an alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India. ISLAND CITY is her debut feature film. The film’s script participated in the NFDC Screenwriters’ Lab 2012, which was held in Venice alongside the Venice Film Festival, and at the Film Bazaar in Goa.

 

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BRAHMAN NAMAN Los Angeles Premiere April 8, 2016 9:15pm

This year’s Sundance Film Festival heard non-stop buzz about director Q’s latest brazen cinematic provocation: a 1980s-set coming-of-age sex comedy. There’s much more on this film’s mind than young lust and sexual hijinks…but it does have plenty of that to spare!

When Bangalore University’s misfit quiz team wins a trip to the National Championships in Calcutta, the moment seems perfect to translate their new prestige into sexual conquest. Though the four young men – led by the titular Naman – possess book smarts and a formidable verbal wit, their skills in relating to the opposite sex are disastrous. Making matters worse, Naman has a preoccupation with the expectations of his caste, which throws a wrench into his every budding relationship. As the pointed one-liners fly and the carnal embarrassments pile up, Q’s direction pulsates with an unpredictable energy. His characters’ innermost desires manifest in vibrant animated sequences and unexpected musical interludes. It all adds up to an indelible portrait of young male libido that looks like a classic of the genre. What AMERICAN PIE did for homemade desserts, this film does for ceiling fans. And fish tanks. And refrigerators. And…

 

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ALIGARH Los Angeles Premiere April 9, 2016 8:30pm

As any person paying attention to world news knows, the subject of gay rights in India has provoked heated debate in recent years. In 2009, the Delhi High Court struck down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalized homosexual acts, only to see the law reinstated four years later by a Supreme Court decision. As protests over that unjust ruling rage on, Hansal Mehta’s timely new film arrives as a heartfelt but firm demand for the right to love.

Mehta and screenwriter Apurva Asrani find inspiration in the true story of Dr. Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras, a linguistics professor at Aligarh Muslim University who faced suspension and possible termination due to his sexual orientation. Though many supporters rally to Siras’ cause, including a dedicated journalist played with great panache by Rajkummar Rao, Mehta and lead actor Manoj Bajpayee paint a portrait of the doctor as a gentle man more concerned with the beauty life and love have to offer rather than tooth-and-nail fighting over rights that no courts should be able to deny. Siras’ story is a heartbreaking reminder of the human cost of injustice, and inspires one of the most vital films to come out of India in recent years.

Hansal Mehta

 

Indian filmmaker, writer, actor and producer Hansal Mehta began his career in television with the series KHANA KHAZANA and later moved onto films such as JAYATE (1999) and DIL PE MAT LE YAAR (2000). He is best known for SHAHID, which won the 2013 National Film Award for Best Direction. His latest titles include CITY LIGHTS, and this year’s ALIGARH.

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