Monday, May 29, 2017

Happy Memorial Day 2017

Wishing you a very happy Memorial Day 2017 from all of us at the Daily Film Forum.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Straw "Tha Vegas Don" Set to Appear at Star Studded After Party for Film Debut

Film producer, actor and artist, Robert Van Strawder Jr. also known as "Tha Vegas Don" or "Straw" will be hosting an after party for his anticipated film premiere at Club Neche with dining, drinks and entertainment.

There will be celebrity guest appearances by Digital Underground's Shock G, Filmore Slim, Mr. Cheeks, the Late Tupac's manager Aytron and singing sensation Ana Lou.  Doors open at 11pm and admission is $30.  Guest list and table services are available.

Straw will be appearing at the Las Vegas Black Film Festival at the Suncoast Hotel & Casino for the Las Vegas premiere and screening of his indie film "Checkmate Tha Movie."

The film was produced in Las Vegas by Strawder with acting features including himself along with other up and coming talent.  The Las Vegas Black Film Festival will run from April 27 – 30 inside the theater complex also featuring stellar films from other producers and directors.

About Strawder

Robert Van Strawder Jr. also known as Tha Vegas Don and Straw is a model, rap star, movie producer and independent film maker from North Las Vegas.  A true rag to riches story, Strawder has lived on his own since the age of 16 raising his four younger siblings after his mother abandoned them to drug use.

Growing up on Donna St., life was often a challenge for Strawder to stay out of trouble and stay focused with all the poverty and violence that surrounded his community.  He excelled in basketball in high school, obtaining a scholarship to attend Poterville Junior College.  He has also achieved his Associate Degree in General Studies and will graduate from CSN this May with his Associates Degree in Mental Health Services.  Today Strawder concentrates all his free time to promoting his music and film.

About "Checkmate Tha Movie"

The movie "Checkmate Tha Movie" is based in Las Vegas and on the story of Robert Van Strawder Jr's life.  It's a story of a young man who gets off the bus in Las Vegas for the first time.  Not knowing what Las Vegas is about, he meets The Spirit of Vegas who attempts to teach him the rules of Vegas.

The film takes you through this young man's hit and miss journey under the tutorship of The Spirit of Vegas; where he is introduced to all the ups and downs of Vegas street life.  The film was written, produced, and directed by Strawder who also appears in the film as The Spirit of Vegas.  The young man is played by Anderson Hunt Jr. who is the son of former UNLV star guard for the Running Rebels Anderson Hunt.  The independent film makes its debut at the Las Vegas Black Film Festival 2017.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Screenwriter/Director Maurice W Begins production on new emotional drama "Broken Strings"

If you are a person who cries at movies, then be prepared to bring tissues, says Writer/Director Maurice W when talking about his new film Broken Strings.

The talented writer/director who once contributed to  TV shows like Law &Order and Forever, has decided to launch his own production company. He wrapped the film Candle In The Wind and almost imediatley began prepping a new emotional tale.

Broken Strings is a Film that explores Life, Love , and Loss  but not in a any you would expect.  The film has cast award winning actors Jacinth Sutphin (Diary of a Badman), and Yanna Buttons (Connected, Witness, Coming Home) as well as Jarret Scantlebury (Call Me), Darryl Manning (the Terms), and Kellie Renee (The Terms).

The film is being self funded and therefore has launched a crowdfunding campaign to assist in production.

Several supporters may end up being listed as producers as well as others will be the first to screen the film that is already beginning to get buzz.

"I'm proud of this story and the amazing actors that have agreed to join my on this venture.  I'm a fan of rich story telling which stirs emotions in the veiwer, and I believe more than anything I've written, Broken Strings does just that." He continues "I hope that those that watch the trailer wish to support this film and help us, with their contributions, to finance this movie".

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Scots Dr Who Stars Team Up For Emotional Drama

Sundown tells the story of William (Hines), a man in his 70s who is taken on a timeless journey through the eyes of Abi (Blackwood) to come to terms with his own mortality.

Caitlin Blackwood said, "I think this project is important in terms of highlighting the issues the film delves in to, I have the opportunity to bring a youthful insight to a role that you'd normally expect to played by an older actor." Blackwood still only 16 famously rolled onto our screens at the tender age of 9 in the BBC's Doctor Who as the young Amelia Pond opposite Matt Smith. The character went on to be played as an adult by Caitlin's real life cousin Karen Gillan.

Frazer Hines star of Emmerdale, Doctor Who and Outlander said,
"Sundown is a beautiful script that really gives both myself and Caitlin the chance to really shine as two very real and complex characters."

Director and Co-Writer Ryan Hendrick describes the emotional drama as, "a story about how a person's perception on life can change once they accept their own mortality. Our goal is to explore these ideas and try to give a subjective view from a fresh perspective."

His writing partner Clare Sheppard said, "On the surface, William is on a journey we all must travel eventually, but dig a little deeper and you realise, his is a road we're all already on. I am very, very proud to be involved with this film."

Sundown marks the 3rd screenwriting venture between Hendrick and Sheppard. Their last short film Perfect Strangers enjoyed worldwide success after receiving more than 18 film festival selections, 3 awards and 4 nominations including BAFTA Scotland Nomination for Clare Sheerin in the Best Actress category.

Their 2nd venture is the upcoming road movie Journey Bound starring Ford Kiernan, Clare Grogan, Sylvester McCoy, James Kirk and Caitlin Blackwood to name a few.

The writing pair certainly have high hopes that Sundown will climb a similar ladder of success as their previous venture, "This is a story that needs to be told. It carries a universal theme that everyone can relate to."

The film's Producer, BAFTA Award Winner David Newman said, "We're planning to take this short film to the next level. We achieved a milestone in terms of production values on Perfect Strangers, so this time we need raise the bar even higher. This is why we are launching a crowd funding campaign on indiegogo. We have the workings of a beautiful film with an excellent and well loved pair of actors. I have high hopes for Sundown."

Sundown is due to start filming this summer.
You can support Sundown by following them on Indiegogo, Facebook and Twitter. Crowdfunding Campaign opens 1st May 2017. See Indiegogo page for more info.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, Featuring Cheyanna Lavon Zubas, Now In Theaters

Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" continues the team's adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill's true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes' aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand. "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" is written and directed by James Gunn and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Baby Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Tommy Flanagan, Laura Haddock, Cheyanna Lavon Zubas, with Sylvester Stallone, and Kurt Russell. Kevin Feige is producing, Lars P. Winther is co-producing, and Louis D'Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Nikolas Korda and Stan Lee are the executive producers. Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" blasts into theaters on May 5, 2017.

Cheyanna Lavon Zubas is featured in several scenes as a Robot Courtesan alongside Michael Rooker, Sylvester Stallone, Michael Rosenbaum, Chris Sullivan and Sean Gunn.

Cheyanna Lavon Zubas is an accomplished actress, model, and singer based in Atlanta, Georgia with ample acting experience including Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana, True Memoirs of an International Assassin starring Kevin James, and Cheyanna Lavon Zubas is represented by Bryce Hall at bHEDGE Sports and Entertainment Agency.

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