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October 31 2014

From Shadow and Act Fri Oct 31 2014, 17:34:39

Here's another short film to add to your Halloween playlist.  The Vapors" is a psychological thriller about "a couple threatened by an unknown presence outside their home, only to learn that the real danger may exist within." Written and directed by Lopez Williams, with lensing by Daniel Patterson, the short stars Benton Greene and Jordan Carey as the couple.  We posted the trailer earlier this month, and now in time for Halloween, the short has debuted in its entirety online. See it below: 

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From Shadow and Act Fri Oct 31 2014, 16:32:36

I've been digging through the S&A archives, looking for Halloween-related material for obvious reasons. Earlier today, I shared Bree Newsome's awesome 2011 dramatic-horror short film "Wake" (click here to watch it).  Here's another oldie but goodie, this one from 2013 - award-winning playwright and screenwriter Keith Josef Adkins' sci-fi series called "The Abandon." Keith produced a pilot episode for the proposed series (which is embedded below), using it as part of his sales pitch to help raise funds to complete an entire season, which, I assume, he's still working on. You may recall Keith's intro post over the summer of 2013, when he was...

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From Shadow and Act Fri Oct 31 2014, 15:52:29

NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Chairman Bonnie Hammer today announced the latest addition to the "Characters Unite Film Series," which is designed to, as the press release states, increase awareness of social injustice and encourage greater progress." Tomorrow, Saturday, November 1 at 7/6c, USA Network will air Spike Lee's incendiary "Do The Right Thing," with limited commercial interruptions, to commemorate the film's 25-year anniversary. The broadcast will also feature a "new, personal" introduction by the film's lead actress, Rosie Perez. "'Do the Right Thing' is one of those rare films that's as provocative...

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From Shadow and Act Fri Oct 31 2014, 15:09:23

FYI for those of you in the Los Angeles area... When I saw the press release headline, I hoped that "first look" meant that the entire film would be screened at the festival; but it won't be unfortunately. Instead, 30 minutes of footage from the film will be showed. Both Urbanworld (September) and BronzeLens (October) both also showed a few minutes of footage from the film. I actually expected that it would first screen at a festival or 2, generating some pre-release buzz. But with AFI FEST being really the last major film festival of the year, that's obviously not going to happen. Given when shooting actually began, it simply wouldn't have been ready for Telluride, Venice or...

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From Shadow and Act Fri Oct 31 2014, 14:38:01

An oldie, but goodie on this Halloween day, October 31, 2014...  It's a short film we featured on this blog at least 2 years ago, so long-time readers will likely remember it. For those who haven't seen it, written and directed by Bree Newsome, and titled "Wake," the 21-minute horror-drama film's synopsis reads: "A repressed woman does away with her domineering father, freeing herself to pursue her heart's desire. Using a local folk magic called "root-work," she conjures a demon to aid her in creating the man of her dreams-- but soon finds herself in a waking nightmare." The film stars Sahr Ali, Christina Faison and Benton Greene. Watch: ...

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From Shadow and Act Fri Oct 31 2014, 13:58:10

So what's on your Halloween movie watch list this weekend?  For me, a childhood favorite - the "Omen" trilogy (although the 3rd one was quite dull). It's not a franchise that holds up well 30 or so years later, but, I have fond memories, watching the movies (the second was the most thrilling for me) as a child, and being REALLY scared afterward, literally unable to sleep; the kind of "scared" that makes you want to watch the films repeatedly, which is a good thing. I actually watched all 3 of them again recently (AMC has been running a scary movie marathon all week), and, as I said already, they just don't have the same effect on me today as they did 30 or so...

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From Shadow and Act Fri Oct 31 2014, 12:43:38

Filmmaker Tim Sutton's film "Memphis," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January of this year, is a unique film immersed in ethereal folklore and soul music, and follows the transformation of Ezra Jack from beloved soul singer to "ecstatic contemplator," providing a look at a man who achieves obscurity in the hope of finding salvation and rebirth. With a cast that includes Chicago artist and musician Willis Earl Beal, Lopaka Thomas, Constance Brantley, Devonte Hull, John Gary Williams, and Larry Dodson, the film, as Tambay wrote about it back in August, deals with "a strange singer with 'god given talent' drifts through the mythic city of...

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From Shadow and Act Fri Oct 31 2014, 12:33:49

Tory Kittles has booked a series regular role on USA Network's drama/thriller pilot "The Colony," from writers and executive producers Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal, which centers on a Los Angeles that's been forced to make difficult choices as they balance staying together with surviving an *alien* threat to the human race. Some collaborate with the authorities and benefit from the new order, while others rebel and suffer the consequences. Kittles will play a character named Broussard, who's described as a strong but kind man with a hidden past, living a double life. The pilot will be directed by Juan José Campanella. Kittles, an actor who...

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From Shadow and Act Fri Oct 31 2014, 11:08:33

Award winning avant garde Akosua Adoma Owusu has a mission. Her mission, in her own words, is to "through my filmmaking... open audiences up to a new dialogue between the continents of Africa and America; one that incorporates more than just stereotypes, but includes both conventionalized and un-conventionalized discourses of race in its service. By creating complex contradictions." But that's not all; she also hopes that, through her films, "a new meaning can emerge and be deposited into the universal consciousness. If I can do this by creating an experience for the audience that enables them to experience what it is like to find oneself, while being foreign...

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From Shadow and Act Fri Oct 31 2014, 11:00:46

I knew this episode of "Scandal" was going to be epic when it opened with The Isley Brothers' "Summer Breeze". Let me tell ya'll that it did not disappoint. Olivia has gotten back into the habit of swimming. If you recall that's how she coped when she and Fitz stopped speaking when he discovered her part in the election fraud.  Jake's fate is still undetermined and she's having nightmares about him, Fitz and her daddy. Liv and Abby have come to some sort of a truce after Abby arrives to Liv's house and finds her in shambles over Jake's MIA status.  Pained to see Olivia in such a state, Abby puts on her big girl panties and goes to confront Fitz. She bursts in to the...

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