[Film-bfad2] [Film-BFA] [Film-Students] Warren Report 2.19.21

Meryl Warren via Film-Students via Film-BFA film-bfa at lists.fsu.edu
Fri Feb 19 11:33:18 EST 2021


From Paul Cohen:  "I have had the privilege of representing the sale of the distribution rights for our very own Victor Nunez's Sundance classic "Ruby In Paradise" in a fully restored HD version. I was able to broker the closing through our Torchlight Cinematheque and as part of its mission to assist our faculty, staff, graduates, and students in the "business of art and the art of business". Audiences will once again be able to share the experience of screening this truly independent award-winning motion picture. Please see the announcement on the link below:
https://www.comingsoon.net/movies/news/1162256-exclusive-quiver-distribution-to-rerelease-the-sundance-classic-ruby-in-paradise”

Missy Carter Newman (MFA 96) is showrunner shooting the pilot of The Cleaning Lady in Albuquerque now.   Read the deadline article at https://deadline.com/2020/01/fox-orders-drama-pilot-the-cleaning-lady-based-argentine-series-1202838927/

After evaluating twenty-two submissions from Florida screenwriters, Feature Florida Partnerships (FFP) announces two screenplays that have been selected to receive financial assistance for professional script coaching services under "Create it Here!" – the non-profit organization's signature program and a key component of its effort to revitalize feature film and television production in the Sunshine State. The FFP creative team based its selections on a number of criteria, including originality, incorporation of Florida issues, adaptability to Florida locations and characterizations, and potential for development as a feature film or limited episodic series in the $2 to $5 million budget range using Florida cast and crew. "American Band," written by C.J. Christensen,  a 1992 graduate of Florida State University's Film School program with an MFA in Film and Television. Mr. Christensen is a current resident of Winter Garden.  Feature Florida Partnerships was created to address the flight of feature film and television projects away from the Sunshine State by building a new grassroots Florida-centric infrastructure based on proprietary financing and not reliant on incentives or rebates. Contact Chris Ranung at chris at featurefloridapartnerships.org<mailto:chris at featurefloridapartnerships.org> or visit featurefloridapartnerships.org<https://urldefense.com/v3/__http:/featurefloridapartnerships.org/__;!!PhOWcWs!iQ7PGn-cOMAAHg7BfJHqiN6Uw2srdc1duFlo3-08XW93YEqMSZVqEoIw05RwKlw$> for more information about other FFP efforts on behalf of Florida's film community.

From Jared Prima and Millicent Johnnie (both MFA 20)  “Our screening and panel is scheduled for February 21st and you can find info on the other panelists listed below. If you all know anyone who would like to checkout the panel, they can register here:
https://www.crowdcast.io/e/SCFF_JouvayFest/register?utm_source=partner  "Global Caribbean Culture: Resistance and Spiritual Fusion” with "Paradise Lost" director, Chris Laird, "La' Diablesse Curse" director and producer, Jared Prima and Millicent Johnnie, and transformative arts leader, Janera Solomon; moderated by Ogechi Chieke of SCFF & Sandra A. M Bell of JouvayFest Collective. www.sabirafilmfest.org/mout-open-story-jump-out<http://www.sabirafilmfest.org/mout-open-story-jump-out>  Christopher Laird has produced over 300 documentaries, dramas and other video productions with Banyan Ltd. over the past 40 years garnering a score of national, regional and international awards.  janera solomon is a cultural strategist, curator, producer and nonprofit executive based in Pittsburgh. Recognized for her creative energy,  janera brings passion and a wide breadth of experience to cultural projects locally, nationally and internationally.

From Jessica Kirby (BFA ADA 19) “So in celebration of Black History Month, I’m super excited to finally be making my short film “Imani’s Skin” available on Youtube today! The message is super close to my heart and I’m excited to finally be sharing it with you all. It’s a film educating on the realities of colorism in our community while also celebrating the beauty in all skin colors.
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Link below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2k1ROgcdGBQ&feature=youtu.be<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2k1ROgcdGBQ&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1k78h0KOxQlu4WNariC-HusEfctYLdTujlvI50FAOtsSONOEik5y3KRyI>

From Melissa Aouate (BFA 04) “We launched a new company, Fabel Entertainment! Running towards new content while keeping our existing projects, I’m excited to walk this path with a team that I’m proud to be a part of!”  Read the Deadline story at https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=10208118422274866&set=pcb.10208118422754878

Keisha Ansley (BFA05) wrote the script for the episode “High Water Mark” which aired this week on Black-ish!

From Oualid Mouaness (MFA 97) “1982  is finally out in the US — Am happy to be sharing this news! Please watch it if you can... it’s on APPLE & AMAZON

Congratulations to Alex Argiles (MFA 20) who just received his US citizenship!

From Adam Cornelius (BFA 99) "My new documentary on the World Palindrome Championship, The Palindromists, signed a distribution deal with Gravitas Ventures. The film will go into wide VOD release on March 9th, and is available for Pre-Order now on iTunes: https://apple.co/3tbWxBn<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/apple.co/3tbWxBn__;!!PhOWcWs!noefv7vdTDSOiwXVmBD-58iXD6TueI1IOqem7doWFX1uDxTRhOuE9U4xu8uBd5k$> iTunes Pre-orders make a big impression on the bigger streaming services, so every order helps!"

https://www.hillmangrad.com/indeed-rising-voices
Indeed & Lena Waithe launch ‘Rising Voices’ Initiative To Showcase BIPOC Filmmakers: Deadline reports<https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/sub-genre.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=43175ffadd10a314510384941&id=4f4201c8b3&e=0b4cf487e6__;!!PhOWcWs!jdrN452JxQ6rWS0z9ENfdtwshBonF2mDFFV7uOludDY06bztCT5X1_m1dyRYwWtK1A$> on this great new project to fund the creation of ten short films, and the budgets are good, and it includes covid-protection support, mentoring and line producing from Hillman Grad productions - and one winner gets a film residency to make ongoing content for the brand. The CEO of Indeed, Chris Hyams, used to have a film distribution/marketing company of sorts, so it's great to see him joining with the amazing Lena Waithe to support some rising filmmaking talent.



Brenda’s Screenings & Awards Update – February 18, 2021



All the Young Dudes (BFA Thesis 2020 Will Stead) has been selected as a finalist at the California Music Video & Film Awards on March 31 in San Francisco, and is nominated for Best LGBTQ Film, Best Short Music Film and Special Achievement in Social Justice and Hope. For more information about this festival, go to www.musicalvideoawards.com<http://www.musicalvideoawards.com>.



All the Young Dudes (BFA Thesis 2020 Will Stead) won the Leslie Paige Award for Excellence in Filmmaking at the Dam Short Film Festival in Boulder City, Nevada, February 11-15. For more information about this festival, go to www.damshortfilm.org<http://www.damshortfilm.org>.



La’Diablesse Curse (MFA Thesis 2020 Jared Prima) was invited to screen at the inaugural Sabira Cole Film Festival in Pittsburgh on Valentine’s Day, February 21st. For more information about this festival, go to www.sabirafilmfest.org<http://www.sabirafilmfest.org>.



Smell the Trees (MFA Thesis 2020 Breyionna Flowers) was selected for screening at the Seattle Black Film Festival, April 23-25. For more information about this festival, go to www.langstonseattle.org<http://www.langstonseattle.org>.



The Archway (BFA F3 2020 Lyndsie Zimmerman) was selected for screening in the Youth Showcase of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Film Festival in Seattle, March 20-21. For more information about this festival, go to www.mopop.or/sffsff.





Upcoming Screenings and Awards (in chronological order):



Becoming Wonder Woman (BFA Documentary 2019 Chase Davis) was selected for screening at the American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at Cannes, May 11-22, and will also participate in a virtual preview screening February 19-21. For more information about this festival, go to www.ampav.com<http://www.ampav.com>.

Stand Tall (MFA D2 2019 Jessica Bouyer) was selected for screening at the Providence Children’s Film Festival in Rhode Island, February 12-21. For more information about this festival, go to providencechildrensfilmfestival.org/.

The Marble Table (MFA QD2 2020 Ayana Jones) was selected for screening at the Bill Johnson Black Film Festival in Gary, Indiana, February 18-21. For more information about this festival, go to https://glentheater.wixsite.com/billjohnsonfilm.

FO[U]R (MFA Thesis 2020 Ashley James) and Move (BFA Thesis 2020 Aaron Brooks) were selected for screening at the Toronto Black Film Festival, February 10-21. For more information about this festival, go to www.torontoblackfilm.com<http://www.torontoblackfilm.com>.

As He Lays Dead (MFA D2 2017 Sean Carroll) was selected for screening at the London Rolling Film Festival, February 19-21. For more information about this festival, go to http://www.rollingfilmfestival.com/.



Dairy Land (BFA Documentary 2020 Cooper Shapiro), FO(U)R (MFA Thesis 2020 Ashley James) were selected for screening at the Black Warrior Film Festival in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, March 5-6. For more information about this festival, go to www.blackwarriorfilmfest.com.

Dairy Land (BFA Documentary 2020 Cooper Shapiro), My Theory on Ghosts (MFA QD2 2020 Eli Barry), Jacqueline is a Trashy Name (MFA D1 2019 Eli Barry), Wing It (BFA Thesis 2020 Jillian Lucia/Brendan Arena), The Marionette (MFA D2 2019 Juhyun Jeong), For the Laughs (BFA Documentary 2020 Connie O’Connor/Barbs Citraro), Pine Mountain Overnight (BFA Thesis 2020 Geena Hernandez) were selected for screening at the South Georgia Film Festival in Valdosta, March 5-7. For more information about this festival, go to www.southgeorgiafilm.com.

Clave (MFA Thesis 2020 Alex Argiles) was selected for screening at the Oxford Film Festival in Mississippi, March 24-28. For more information about this festival, go to http://www.oxfordfilmfest.com/.

All the Young Dudes (BFA Thesis 2020 Will Stead) is a Semi-Finalist in the monthly arm of the Phoenix International Short Film Festival (which takes place in Maple, Ontario, not Arizona), February 27-28. For more information about this festival, go to phoenixshortfestival.com.

The Same Blue (MFA Thesis 2019 Wasly Castillo) was selected for screening at the (virtual) Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, February 28 – March 14. For more information about this festival, go to www.paff.org<http://www.paff.org>.

The Rope Warrior (BFA Documentary 2020 Andrew Bourne/Daniel Feldman) was selected for screening at the American Documentary and Animation Film Festival in Palm Springs, California, March 26-30. For more information about this festival, go to www.americandocumentaryfilmfestival.com/<http://www.americandocumentaryfilmfestival.com/>.

The Rope Warrior (BFA Documentary 2020 Andrew Bourne/Daniel Feldman) was selected for screening at the Miami Jewish Film Festival, April 14-29. For more information about this festival, go to www.miamijewishfilmfestival.com.

Invulnerable, or the Sudden Inexplicable Invincibility of Hamza Faraz Jansher (MFA QD2 2020 Shahbaz Ahmed) was selected for screening at the virtual edition of the Seattle Asian American Film Festival, March 4-14. For more information about this festival, go to www.seattleaaff.org<http://www.seattleaaff.org>.

FO[U]R (MFA Thesis 2020 Ashley James) was selected for screening at Through Women’s Eyes, a sidebar of the Sarasota Film Festival, March 5-7. For more information about this festival, go to www.throughwomenseyes.com.

Quarantined (BFA Documentary 2020 Aidan Baker) was selected for screening at the Battle of Film Schools film festival in New York City, March 19-21. For more information about this festival, go to https://filmfreeway.com/BattleofFilmSchoolsNYC.

Smell the Trees (MFA Thesis 2020 Breyionna Flowers) was selected for screening at the inaugural Virtual Cinema Festival in Seattle, Washington, April 17-24. For more information abouat this festival, go to www.moonshinefilms.com/virtual-cinema-festival.

Loc’d Out (MFA D2 2019 Amanda Jean-Mary) was selected for screening at the Women of African Descent Film Festival in Brooklyn, on May 1, 2021. For more information about this festival, go to http://www.brooklynartscouncil.org/accounts/posts/view/5591.

The Last Summer (BFA F3 2019 Will Stead), A Colourful Red (BFA Documentary 2019 Costa Karalis/Jack Owen), Grown Boy (BFA Thesis 2019 Tyler Knutt) and Unconverting (BFA Documentary 2019 Taylor Ross) were selected for screening at the American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at Cannes in May, 2021. For more information about this festival, go to www.ampav.com<http://www.ampav.com>.

The Rope Warrior (BFA Documentary 2020 Andrew Bourne/Daniel Feldman), The Flip Side (BFA Documentary 2018 Will Stead), Invulnerable, or the Sudden Inexplicable Invincibility of Hamza Faraz Jansher (MFA QD2 2020 Shahbaz Ahmed), Perfect Selfie (MFA QD2 2020 Di Lu), The Oval Portrait (BFA F3 2020 Ethan Townsend) and My Theory on Ghosts (MFA QD2 2020 Eli Barry) were selected for screening at the Pensacon Short Film Festival in Pensacola, May 21-23. For more information about this festival, go to Pensacon.com.

My Theory on Ghosts (MFA QD2 2020 Eli Barry) was selected for screening at the Southeast Regional Film Festival in Jacksonville, May 28-30, 2021. For more information about this festival, go to ww.serfilmfestival.com/.

Dummy Love (BFA F3 2019 Evan Barber) was selected for screening at Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival in San Diego, July 22-25 of 2021, because there will be no screening at this year’s Comic-Con at Home edition of the festival. For more information about this event, go to www.comic-con.org<http://www.comic-con.org>.

Darling Don’t Cry, It’s Ugly (MFA QD2 2020 Sarah Gambles) Irresistible (MFA D 2019 Sarah Gambles) and Deep Space (MFA D2 2019 Ashley James) were selected for screening at jellyFEST in Los Angeles, November 20-21, 2021. Deep Space is a Finalist, and Darling Don’t Cry, It’s Ugly and Irresistible are both Semi-Finalists. For more information about this festival, go to www.thejellyfest.com.




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