Hey film lovers
Are you going to the Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival? It is August 5th - 10th 2019. Here's a $50 Vineyard Island tour that will soak you into African American Heritage and Wampanoag culture.
SYNOPSIS:The inspirational true story of Brian Banks (Aldis Hodge), an All-American high school football star committed to USC who finds his life upended when he is wrongly convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. Despite lack of evidence, Banks is railroaded through a broken justice system and sentenced to a decade of prison and probation. Years later, with the support of Justin Brooks (Greg Kinnear) and the California Innocence Project, Banks fights to reclaim his life and fulfill his dreams of playing in the NFL. Directed by: Tom Shadyac. Written by: Doug Atchison. Starring: Aldis Hodge, Greg Kinnear, Sherri Shepherd, Melanie Liburd. IN THEATERS AUGUST 9th!/font>
SYNOPSIS: Girls Trip’s Regina Hall and Black-ish’s Marsai Martin both star as Jordan Sanders — Hall as the take-no-prisoners tech mogul adult version of Jordan and Martin as the 13-year-old version of her who wakes up in her adult self’s penthouse just before a do-or-die presentation. Insecure’s Issa Rae plays Jordan’s long-suffering assistant April, the only one in on the secret that her daily tormentor is now trapped in an awkward tween body just as everything is on the line. Little is an irreverent new comedy about the price of success, the power of sisterhood and having a second chance to grow up — and glow up — right. Will Packer, blockbuster producer of Girls Trip, the Ride Along franchise, and ten movies that have opened No. 1 at the U.S. box office, including Night School, No Good Deed and Think Like a Man, brings an all-new perspective to the body-swap comedy.
"BEST OF ENEMIES"
screened April 3rd 2019
Cast: Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell, Babou Ceesay, Anne Heche, Wes Bentley, Nick Searcy, John Gallagher Jr., and Bruce McGill
SYNOPSIS:Based on a true story, THE BEST OF ENEMIES centers on the extraordinary relationship between Ann Atwater (Henson), a fearless and outspoken civil rights activist who faced off against C.P. Ellis (Rockwell), a local Ku Klux Klan leader, to blaze the way for school desegregation in Durham, North Carolina, in 1971.
US by Jordan Peele - screened March 19th
SYNOPSIS: Set in present day along the iconic Northern California coastline, Us, from Monkeypaw Productions, stars Oscar® winner Lupita Nyong’o as Adelaide Wilson, a woman returning to her beachside childhood home with her husband, Gabe (Black Panther’s Winston Duke), and their two children (Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex) for an idyllic summer getaway. Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide feels her paranoia elevate to high-alert as she grows increasingly certain that something bad is going to befall her family.
After spending a tense beach day with their friends, the Tylers (Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Cali Sheldon, Noelle Sheldon), Adelaide and her family return to their vacation home. When darkness falls, the Wilsons discover the silhouette of four figures holding hands as they stand in the driveway. Us pits an endearing American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgängers of themselves.
A MADEA FAMILY FUNERAL
RELEASE DATE: Friday, March 1st, 2019
GENRE:Comedy, RATING:PG-13 playing now SYNOPSIS:A joyous family reunion turns into a hilarious nightmare as MADEA and the crew travel to backwoods Georgia and unexpectedly plan a funeral, which threatens to reveal sordid family secrets.
Directed, Written and Produced by Tyler Perry and others
CONGRATS to Rich, Robin, Tra, Mary and James for winning free ROE Tickets.
CONFUSED ... BY LOVE
Valentine's Feb 14th
film by Boston's Crosby Tatum
Synopsis: "Married for only a single year, Ferguson and Tiffany Marie Middlebecker's marriage, is suddenly on the rocks when they both find themselves broke, and about to lose their lovely home to sudden foreclosure. Hope however comes in the form of Reggie Maxwell, Ferguson's former best friend, and Jo-Jo, Ferguson ex-girlfriend, who both pop out of nowhere, to help Ferguson and Tiffany out, if they can both stay at their home for 5 days straight. Hidden skeletons and uncomfortable secrets soon begin to reveal themselves to these four individuals as they do all that they can to not only save a home, but their respective relationships as well, before it's too late."
WHAT MEN WANT
screened Feb 4th BOSTON
FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY
screened Feb 5th
screened two dates in Jan.
If Beale Street Could Talk
December 17th AMC, it was a great turnout!
You packed the house! Thanks!!
Opening Date: December 25th
Director: Barry Jenkins
Cast: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parris, Michael Beach, Dave Franco, Diego Luna, Pedro Pascal, Ed Skrein, with Brian Tyree Henry and Regina King.
MPAA Rating: R for language and some sexual content.
What we saw in this movie was a genuine love story, a totally Black TITANIC-sized love story experience between a 19 year old black Woman and and 22 year old black Man. And the movie was a social commentary about Black men and police relations, exposing how it feels to be wrongly accused by police and their hand-picked eyewitnesses.
SYNOPSIS:Based on the novel by James Baldwin, If Beale Street Could Talk, is the story of Tish, a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover’s innocence while carrying their first-born child to term. It is a celebration of love told through the story of a young couple, their families and their lives, trying to bring about justice through love, for love and the promise of the American dream.
screened November 19th
Creed II punched up $56 million in ticket sales when released to theaters. It was the biggest debut ever for a live-action Thanksgiving holiday release.
Halloween, October 2018
THE OATH with Tiffany Haddish
screened October 4th
NIGHT SCHOOL" Boston Advance Screening 9/25
SYNOPSIS: Starring Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish. This comedy from director Malcolm D. Lee (Girls Trip) follows a group of misfits who are forced to attend adult classes in the longshot chance they’ll pass the GED exam.
"White Boy Rick," screened Sept 10th
Synopsis: Set in 1980s Detroit at the height of the crack epidemic and the War on Drugs, WHITE BOY RICK is based on the moving true story of a blue-collar father and his teenage son, Rick Wershe Jr., who became an undercover police informant and later a drug dealer, before he was abandoned by his handlers and sentenced to life in prison.
Synopsis: Collin (Daveed Diggs) must make it through his final three days of probation for a chance at a new beginning. He and his troublemaking childhood best friend, Miles (Rafael Casal), work as movers, and when Collin witnesses a police shooting, the two men’s friendship is tested as they grapple with identity and their changed realities in the rapidly-gentrifying neighborhood they grew up in.
Longtime friends and collaborators, Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal co-wrote and star in this timely and wildly entertaining story about friendship and the intersection of race and class set against the backdrop of Oakland. Bursting with energy, style, and humor, and infused with the spirit of rap, hip hop, and spoken word, Blindspotting, boldly directed by Carlos López Estrada in his feature film debut, is a provocative hometown love letter that glistens with humanity. A Summit Entertainment presentation, in association with Codeblack Films and Snoot Entertainment.
SORRY TO BOTHER YOU
screened July 12th
UPGRADE, screened May 29th
SYNOPSIS: Grey Trace a technophobe in a utopian near-future when computers control nearly everything.
Breakin In w/Gabrielle Union
screened Mother's Day '18
ACRIMONY, last month
PACIFIC RIM Uprising, March 20th
synopsis:The globe-spanning conflict between otherworldly monsters of mass destruction and the human-piloted super-machines built to vanquish them was only a prelude to the all-out assault on humanity in Pacific Rim Uprising. John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) stars as the rebellious Jake Pentecost, a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father gave his life to secure humanity’s victory against the monstrous “Kaiju.” .... there's a lot more to the story.
MALCOM X: The Lost Tapes
screened 2/28 at maah.org
view it on the the Smithsonian Channel
BREAK DANCERS NEEDED. OPEN CALL.
BOSTON gig pays $671.00
synopsis: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures presents director Eli Roth's reimagining of the 1974 revenge thriller Death Wish. Dr. Paul Kersey (Bruce Willis) is a surgeon who only sees the aftermath of his city's violence when it is rushed into his ER - until his wife (Elisabeth Shue) and college-age daughter (Camila Morrone) are viciously attacked in their suburban home. With the police overloaded with crimes, Paul, burning for revenge, hunts his family's assailants to deliver justice.
PITCH PERFECT 3
screened December 19, 2018
Pitch Perfect 3 SYNOPSIS
Now graduated from college and out in the real world where it takes more than a cappella to get by, the Bellas return in Pitch Perfect 3, the next chapter in the beloved series that has taken in more than $400 million at the global box office. After the highs of winning the World Championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren’t job prospects for making music with your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time.
Thank you For Your Service - Nov 2017
MARSHALL - Oct 10, 2017
Happy Death Day, October 2017
"Whose Streets?" , Aug 9th
Halle Berry in "KIDNAP," 8/1
"ATOMIC BLOND," 7/25
"GIRLS TRIP," July 18th
When four lifelong friends—Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah—travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.
"STEP," July 12th
STEP is the true-life story of a girls’ high-school step dance team against the background of the heart of Baltimore. These young women learn to laugh, love and thrive - on and off the stage – even when the world seems to work against them. Empowered by their teachers, teammates, counselors, coaches and families, they chase their ultimate dreams: to win a step championship and to be accepted into college. #STEPISLIFE @stepthemovie StepMovie.com
"F8: THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS"
April 11th Boston advance screening
'Moonlight' Wins Best Picture at 2017 Oscars
Entertainment Television 2017 Oscars Recap
screened February 21, 2017
"A UNITED KINGDOM" - February 15th
The true story of the forbidden love of King Seretse Khama of Botswana (David Oyelowo) and Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), a white woman from London, which caused an international uproar when they decided to marry in the late 1940s just as apartheid was being introduced into South Africa. It was a decision that altered the course of African history.
JAMIE FOXX in "SLEEPLESS"
When a heist goes wrong, a crew of homicidal gangsters kidnaps Downs’ teenage son. In one sleepless night he will have to rescue his son, evade an internal affairs investigation and bring the kidnappers to justice. CAST: Jamie Foxx, Michelle Monaghan, Dermot Mulroney, Gabrielle Union, David Harbour, Tip ‘T.I.’ Harris, Scoot McNairy, Octavius J. Johnson.
"Bad Santa 2"
"Boo, a Madea Halloween."
Kevin Hart in "WHAT NOW"
SYNOPSIS In Universal Pictures’ Kevin Hart: What Now?, comedic rock-star Kevin Hart follows up his 2013 hit stand-up concert movie Let Me Explain, which grossed $32 million domestically and became the third-highest grossing live stand-up comedy movie of all time. Hart takes center stage in this groundbreaking, record-setting, sold-out performance of “What Now?”—filmed outdoors in front of 50,000 people at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field—marking the first time a comedian has ever performed to an at-capacity football stadium.
The Belmont Studio Cinema debut of this documentary highlighted the extreme gap in opportunities for different races in the US. Filmmakers followed 12 middle New York middle school students as they prepare to take the entrance exam for New York's top test schools.
"MAGNIFICENT SEVEN" with Denzel Washington
"MORRIS FROM AMERICA"
"HANDS OF STONE" starring USHER
opened August 26, 2016
SYNOPSIS:HANDS OF STONE ( 105 minutes)
The movie follows the life of Roberto Duran (Edgar Ramirez), the Panamanian fighter who made his professional debut in 1968 as a 16 year-old and retired in 2002 at the age of 50.
"CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE" with the ROCK
June 13th - 250 seats filled
Roxbury dot TV
- movie trailers, industry coverage
- to stream a video on Roxbury.TV click Here.
Proud Mary was made in Massachusetts
MONTI kids photoshoot open call
Montikids, a startup montessori toy company was seeking tots of color aged 8mos to 24 mos and their families for modeling marketing campaign photos.
UMASS FILM SCREENING SERIES
the Jesse Owens story
More past screenings, promotional projects and casting are listed below:
Huntington Theatre casting call
DOPE first Boston movie screening
Straight Outta Compton first Boston movie screening
Black or White
a Kevin Costner film with Octavia Spencer first Boston movie screening
Chris Rock in Top Five, the movie. Chris came to Boston 11am that Friday morning, first Boston movie screening
Beyond the Lights movie first Boston movie screening
KILL THE MESSENGER first Boston movie screening
Versailles '73 fashion film first Boston movie screening
GET ON UP - JAMES BROWN bio pic first Boston movie screening
Belmont Cinema series dinner and a movie
Pariah first Boston movie screening
The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 first Boston movie screening The HELP movie, 1st Boston Movie Sceening.
FAST AND FURIOUS movie screening, our first for the franchise
American Violet, great movie. Screened in camb and Bos
A Perfect Holiday first Boston movie screening
Roscoe Goes Home (our very first screening project, '07, I thinkit was)
Talent casting and audition supply projects
ABC Network TV
project: talent casting for:
- EXTREME WEIGHT LOSS TV season series
- "Broad SQUAD," an ABC TV pilot about Boston's first female police cadets
- "The Biggest Loser," the network series show.
- "SuperNanny," the network series show.
- "The Marriage Ref," by Jerry Seinfeld, casting project
OWN - the Oprah Network
project: Casting assist for the Lisa Ling show, needed unemployed, employable black female.
project: Northern Productions casting for sandwich generation moms
project: CityLine5, Karen Holmes Ward Community Heroes episode. Referral was selected and featured
Basic Black on GBGH 2
project: complimentary PR, content share.
Firecracker Films, a TLC network bridal show
project: talent search, delivered new bride for tv role
project: talent search, individual speaking a specialized African language
project: talent scout for Kalivoda Casting, Phillips Healthcare ad spot.
Civic Engagement Project
- JFKcontest.org, JFK Library Foundation
3 years, student essay judge, recruited diverse candidates
- SOBB 2011 Urban League National Conference in Boston
project: Media panel contributor
- Boston Debate League volunteer
project: debate judge
- Higg-Lew afterschool leadership program
project: present career speech to 7-9th grade
- Milken Family Foundation 2015
project: press coverage for Teacher of the Year $25K award
HUBSPOT Inbound 2014
project: media coverage, social media reporter
Big Brother Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay
Project: The "Little Sisters" PSA video campaign
ArtsEmerson Culter Majestic Theatre, 2014
Project: PR, marketing: Trip to Bountiful stage drama starring Cicely Tyson, Blair Underwood, Vanessa Williams
Spectacle Management Presents
Project: MAVIS STAPLES in concert at John Hancock Hall Hall
Festival of Praise Gospel Music Tour
project: promotion and marketing consultant, Boston tour.
fea. Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurklin, Kim Burrell
The KingsMen Gospel Tour at XL Center, Hartford CT
Project: marketing agent, Boston area
fea. Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurklin,etc.
LIVE NATION with BET
project: BET presents MAXWELL, the comeback tour
Boston promotional agent
Daniel Beaty, EMERGENCY - ARTSEmerson
project: Urban Music Awards Show, at Berklee Performance Center
Project: "Fela!" the Musical
Project: "STEPAfrica" dance performances
Project: "Anna Myers Dancers, HOOP SUITES" dance performance, musical drama
project: "MEMPHIS" the musical at the Wang, promotional push
Project: "MOTOWN the MUSICAL," 2015 record snowfall. Boston promosbr> Record Industry / Labels
Project: "Lotus Records," distribution rep, gained shelf space at Newbury Comics retail store record counter, album placement fea. artist Carmen Liana - 2012
Shannachie Records, various artists, album reviews, marketng project
Project: exclusive interview with Pattie Austin, and the Power to End Stroke Campaign
Project: Motown Records President appearance at Berklee College of Music Performance Center, wrote articles
ROXBURY OPEN STUDIOS (ROS 2005),
Project: Toured artist studios, produced an independent 10 minute short film. watch it here.
XL Center, Hartford CT
project: Tyler Perry's "Madea Get's a Job" stage play Boston promotion
Boston Symphony - Gospel Night
Project: promote Gospel night music special
Project: Promote "MEMPHIS," the four-time Tony Awards winning musical