Saturday, January 31, 2015

Rebel Bulldozes His Way to the Big Screen

Independent film producers Ellis R. McGruder III and Nicole McGruder of Parkview Media Group are in the final development phase of a screenplay about Pittsburgh civil rights leader, Nate Smith, entitled “The Man Behind Black Monday.”

The overarching appeal of this screenplay is that it is fresh and new. “The Man Behind Black Monday” is a significant local story that had a national impact and has been untold until now. From lying into the Navy at the age of 12, befriending one of the world’s wealthiest philanthropists, Edgar Kaufmann Jr., shutting down the construction on Three Rivers Stadium to consulting world leaders, Nate’s journey is so remarkable that it teeters on being unbelievable.

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Nate’s story is the passion project of one of the film’s producers, Ellis R. McGruder III, who is the son of Nate Smith’s chief strategist, Ellis McGruder Jr. It is inspired by the life of this middle school dropout and amateur fighter, who evolves into a national leader. Using unconventional and even militant tactics to create minority access to coveted and racially exclusionary unions, he successfully creates the most successful labor-training program in the country.

McGruder explains that,

“Nate and my father were dedicated to fighting for minority rights due to the fact that Blacks were systemically denied access to the higher paying union jobs, leaving black workers unable to earn fair and sustainable wages. African Americans in the city of Pittsburgh, during the 1950s and 60s, held only about two percent of the building trade and skilled construction jobs. Nate is credited for getting over 17,000 African Americans access to the unions. I always knew that my father and Nate were doing important work, but as I started to research more after my father’s death, I gleaned a clearer understanding of the far-reaching national impact of their efforts. I became committed to getting this film in front of the world. Now is the right time to tell their story.”

Parkview Media Group is kicking off an expansive social-media campaign (called “Hire Me or Run Me Over”) during the month of February to inform America of the significant contributions of Smith while also stimulating constructive discussion about the parallels of wage disparity in the workplace then and now.

For McGruder, the production of this film marks a return to his roots. After graduating from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1994, he jumped into healthcare infomatics and also did a bit of amateur writing. He spent the past five years developing the story along with his wife, Nicole. The couple are also co-founders of the non-profit, Continued Pathways (an organization that promotes education of labor rights and providing resources for professional and civic leadership development).

For additional information or interview requests, contact Ellis R. McGruder III at 

Friday, January 30, 2015

Winters Film Group Releases Edgy-Faith Drama “ASHEN OF EDEN” For North America

The film boasts a well received limited Mid West theatrical run and sell out  festival crowds through 2014. Starring rising talent Steven Sutherland and  Melissa Anschutz along with indie veterans Michael Joiner and DJ Perry.

Shot on location in Michigan, the story is about a police officer’s son that  makes a drastic choice to help his struggling mother, by stealing from a  ruthless drug dealer. The film has received 4 and 5 star rave reviews from The  Examiner and Christian Review, among others and is generating buzz within the  industry.

Shane Hagedorn directed the film from a script he wrote and produced  alongside DJ Perry.

“Films are tough to make. Very few are ever finished. Even fewer ever get  distribution. I am proud of all our work and excited to share it with audiences  everywhere.”  –Shane Hagedorn, writer/director

Winters Film Group is a Phoenix, Arizona, based distribution and production  company that specializes in unique and engaging Indie films and television  headed up by it’s CEO, Paul Winters. Paul has had development and or  production deals with all of the major Hollywood Studios and Television  Networks including 20th Century Fox, Castle Rock, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Columbia, Universal, Amblin, Disney, CBS, Nickelodeon, Fox,  HBO, Prime Network, and Showtime.


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Pretty Little Liars Star To Produce Feature Film, Swag

Actor, Writer, Producer and Philanthropist Rickey Castleberry, known for his role as Lewis on ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars, Disney’s Sonny with a Chance and his latest role in Lifetime Movie Network’s film Social Nightmare, is working to bring his first comedy feature-film he created and co-wrote to theatre screens. SWAG is a coming of age comedy that follows four college sophomores, James, Cameron, Miles and Hector, who find themselves in a young adult crises.

Having experienced being bullied, Castleberry was moved by creating such a film that would not only make people laugh, but could also relate to the ridicule these characters face trying to fit in. SWAG is a movement that Castleberry wants supporters to be apart of from its inception because everyone has a  “swag story.” Castleberry is also excited to offer a $1,200 scholarship to help with Spring 2015 College tuition to the winner of the “my SWAG story” contest; this is made possible by the sponsors Blinc by Bambi Lynn and Matthew Pickard.!anti-bullying-scholarship/c...

Castleberry has gained support from some of his young, Hollywood friends, Erin Sanders (Big Time Rush), Rachel Di Pillo (Mad Men), Fred Scarf (CNN Hero), and Amy Castle (What’s Amy Eating/YouTube Star). Supporters can purchase SWAG’s Anti-Bullying campaign shirt, and for every shirt purchase, one dollar will be donated to charity (The Farley Project), to help them continue their work in schools promoting choosing kindness versus bullying.

By getting supporters to create a my SWAG story, Rickey is building his audience all while giving supporters the opportunity to contribute to help make SWAG the movie happen by crowd funding (Indiegogo). Upon the completion of the crowd funding campaign, SWAG The Movie is projected to begin production late spring of 2015.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Award-winning Film about Hindu Mystic Comes to Buford

On Thursday February 5th at 7:30pm Gathr® Films will present a special screening of the critically acclaimed film AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda at Mall of Georgia Stadium 20 & Imax  located at 3333 Buford Drive, Buford Georgia.

AWAKE is an unconventional biography about Paramahansa Yogananda, the world-renowned author of the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s.Many highly influential people -- including Steve Jobs, George Harrison, and Russell Simmons, all of whom are featured in the film -- have been deeply impacted by Yogananda.

In bringing the once-secret techniques of yoga to the West, Yogananda was committed to democratizing these teachings.  “He knew the power of initiative,“says renowned Yoga and  Ayurveda instructor Mas Vidal, who is also featured in AWAKE.  “He didn't wait for anybody to get this wisdom out.”

Yogananda sent out lessons via mail;  at a time when mail order was considered a  brand new cutting-edge technology.  The Gathr Films Theatrical on Demand model is today’s vanguard technology for delivering a message to communities across America.  Gathr makes it possible for anyone to book AWAKE into their local theaters by becoming a “movie captain,” and attracting like-minded friends and colleagues to order tickets in advance.  Through this process, theatrical screenings of AWAKE are virtually possible wherever and whenever there is a critical mass.

“I heard about AWAKE and was simply looking for a showing in my area with plans to use it as an outing with my awaken meetup group ( ) ,” says Donald Gordon Carty, captain of the Buford screening.  “When I didn’t see a screening scheduled in my area I was really quite surprised there wasn’t one already going . . . I really wanted to see the film!”   ~ Donald Gordon Carty, AWAKE Gathr Movie Captain~

CounterPoint Films is using the Gathr model as a way to make it possible for filmgoers to be able to view  the movie in cities and towns where traditional theater bookings may not  exist, that they too may experience Yogananda’s visionary message of Self-realization.

For information about this Thursday February 5th screening event or to “pre-order” tickets, visit the screening page at .  You can view the trailer and read more about the film here:

To request screenings of AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda in a theatre near you, visit

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Local Production Company offers a chance to break into the film Industry

NBlak Productions, LLC is launching a new internship program beginning January 26th.   The program is open to anyone interested in learning and working in the film and video production industry. “I want to give people a chance to get a foot in the door,” states Miki Blak, founder of NBlak Productions, LLC. This is an unpaid internship with the chance to become eligible for paid production work.    Interns that enter this program in January will have the chance to work on the feature film, currently in pre-production and is slated to shoot this summer in Northeast Ohio. This is a great opportunity to gain real experience on a film set.   Applications are currently being accepted through the website. If you would like to learn more about the program or complete an application visit the website at  NBlak Productions, LLC is a visual entertainment company located in Northeast Ohio. The company was founded in 2010 by Writer, Producer, and Director Miki Blak. Our mission is to entertain, motivate and inspire our audience with creativity, vision and excellence.

NBlak Productions

Monday, January 26, 2015

CEO Writes His Way Into "MOST SIGNIFICANT" Screenwriting Contest

 After the release of his first book “Guardian- Power in Truth”, CEO of Black Marsh Entertainment, Douglas Neal Watkins Jr is at it again and has been selected as a semi-finalist in one of the country’s most respected screenwriting competitions.

Screenplay Festival located in Los Angeles, CA has released its list of Semi-Finalists. Among that list is Neal Watkins.  Mr. Watkins for most of his life has been involved in the construction trades, and only in the last few years has he turned his attention to the entertainment industry.  Having invested in a film project, he rolled up his sleeves and began to look at the possibilities before him.  After reading many scripts for the “next” project he realized that though there were many, none stood out as marketable.  It was at this moment he decided the best way to find a script was to write one himself.  “Guardian-Power in Truth” is the first script in a series that BME intends to build a movie franchise around.

With the movie industry lacking in original story lines, Mr. Watkins believes that his science fiction/ historical action adventure will not only captivate but inspire others to follow their dreams.

Black Marsh Entertainment is a movie development and company specializing in pictures with broad audience appeal with a focus on the international market. The company has several projects in development.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Aerial San Francisco - Official 2015 Trailer

Announced earlier this week Director of Photography Louis Halcyon Simmons and production company Halcyon Cinema released the long awaited trailer AERIAL San Francisco. This film due out in just a few weeks.

AERIAL San Francisco will kick off its tour by screening at the World Famous Castro Theater by way of film co-op Scary Cow.  Due out as early as March 7th. This documentary short brings new life to the exciting world of aerials.  To view the trailer, visit:     This film is currently 15 minutes of nothing less than breath taking views of the city’s major icons, sometimes referred to as The Paris of the West.

Director of Photography – Louis Halcyon Simmons’ motion picture and television credits:  "Charmed" , "Without A Trace", "CSI", "Honda", "Fujinon", "Impossible Pictures", "Modern Marvels", "Samurai Girl", "NAS", "State of the Union", "In Plain Sight", "NCIS", "The New Los Angeles", "Fairly Legal", "Aerial Los Angeles", "Tom Bradley's Impossible Dream", "Aerial Las Vegas", "Aerial San Francisco"

AERIAL San Francisco – The Paris of the West
Imagine yourself soaring over the extraordinary city of downtown San Francisco. This magical city has many tales to light up to your imagination as you breeze by some of San Francisco’s most unique historical and incredible architectural giants. View through the stunning parallel vision of aerial cinematography as we take you on this visually stimulating journey through what is known as the Paris of the West. This documentary musical will absolutely keep you on the edge of your seat soaring just feet away from these giants of concrete and steel.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A Holiday and a Picnic selected for International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema in London

The International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema in London is held from 22nd to 27th February, 2015 at West Ham United FC Football ground.

Adapted from Rabindranath Tagore’s famous romantic novella, Shesher Kobita, "A Holiday and a Picnic" tells the timeless story of three people from different worlds who meet at a resort. It is the journey of two of these people who find each other, discover romance and come together to experience love beyond love.

A Holiday and a Picnic will be on theatrical release in India from January 30, 2015 following the film's 2014 awards in Cinematography at the Columbia Gorge Festival and the Madrid International Film Festival in Spain.

A Holiday and a Picnic is Shomshukla's second feature following the award winning "Sandcastle."Experienced in theatre, music and poetry, she also directs her own theatre company, Kali Theatre, and has produced six books of poetry and nine music albums. She made her debut in cinema in 2013 as one of India's few women feature film directors.

Cut To Cut is an independent film production company creating literary, creative and meaningful aesthetic cinema with universal appeal; drawing from theatre, novels, art and poetry to fuse a unique story-telling in moving image. Shomshukla and the cast are available for interview through email, telephone or in person at the festival.



Friday, January 23, 2015

2nd Annual Miami Science Fiction Film Festival Announced for January 23-25, 2015, at Hyatt Regency

The Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival, also known as MiSciFi, will host its annual event from January 23 to 25, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Miami. This year’s theme, “Tomorrow Was Yesterday” includes genres from Fantasy; Sci Fi; Supernatural; Comedy; Horror; Anime; and MicroDocs short films.

Co-founders Edward Figueroa, Eric Swain, and Troy P. Bernier have created this exciting film and expo extravaganza to expand the international fantastic film market and bring attention to the Miami film community and surrounding businesses.

Plenty of top industry VIPs will be in attendance including last year’s MiSciFi 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Dean Lyon ( the genius behind the visual effects supervision of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Lyons will present this year’s 2015 Lifetime Achievement award winner. Guests will also enjoy hearing from famed art director Todd Cherniawsky (, recognized for his numerous contributions to the industry. Cherniawsky has worked on films including AvatarAlice in Wonder Land, Oblivion, Transformers, and dozens of A-List films (

This festival also features “MicroDocs,” the first-of-its-kind, short documentaries of informative science content, which will be available for free to the public on Saturday morning, Jan. 24.

“The MicroDocs is a scientific short film which presents research, an idea, or a field experience produced with the goal of communicating to the public,” said event founder Troy Bernier. “Parents are encouraged to bring their children and themes are discussed in layperson terms. Schools will bring classes of students to attend. During the session, either the scientist who produce the film or one of the founders, who are scientists’ themselves, present the film and host a question and answer session. Children and parents are fascinated with the cutting edge research presented to them.”

“Our purpose is to enrich the local community and participants with fantastic and educational film. We have been doing this for some time,” said Bernier. “Expanding science literacy is a very important component of our work. We would like additional sponsorship to offer a better package to our filmmakers and viewers.”

The Film Festival is open to the public. To purchase tickets go to the web site or directly to the link,

Thursday, January 22, 2015


So it begins. It's that time when Park City, Utah gets invaded by Hollywood for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival January 22nd - February 1st . Gawkers get to see their hottest celebs trenching around in the snow for film premieres, parties, gifting suites, lounges & more. Here is a list of Celebrities we've "overheard" who are expected to attend this years festival....

Brando Eaton - "American Sniper"

Chiwetel Ejiofor - "12 Years a Slave"

Chris Pine - "Into the Woods"

Cynthia Nixon - "Sex and the City"

Diamond Dallas Page - "Pro Wrestler"

Danny Masterson - "That 70's Show"

David Boreanaz - "Bones"

Efren Ramirez - "Napoleon Dynamite"

Emile Hirsch - "Into the Wild,"

Ethan Hawke - "Boyhood"

Ewan McGregor - "Last Days in the Desert"

George Lucas - "Star Wars"

Iggy Azalea - rapper/singer

Jake "The Snake" Roberts - "Pro Wrestler"

James Franco - "The Interview"

Jason Priestley - "Beverly Hills 90210"

Jeffrey Tambor - "Transparent"

Jennifer Connelly - "A Beautiful Mind

Johnny Knoxville - "MTV's Jackass"

Keith Collins - "The Jersey Devil"

Kellan Lutz - "Twilight"

Kevin Pollak - "Casino"

Kristen Wiig - "Bridesmaids"

Lena Dunham - "Girls"

Lou Ferrigno - "The Incredible Hulk"

Maria Shriver - "NBC News personality"

Michael Fassbender - "X-Men: First Class"

Michael Shannon - "99 Homes"

Mindy Kaling - "The Mindy Project"

Morgan Spurlock - "Supersize Me"

Patrick Fugit - "Almost Famous"

Pras Michel - "The Fugees"

RJ Mitte - "Breaking Bad"

Robert Redford - "A Walk in the Woods"

Scott Hall - "Pro Wrestler"

Taylor Dayne - "Singer / Songwriter"

Taylor Schilling - "Orange Is the New Black"

Toni Colletti – “Glassland”

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Minerva Productions Hopes to Break Down Middle East Misconceptions

Encouraging new works by women and dedicated to films focused on women’s issues both locally and globally, producers, Anne O’Shea and Brian Quattrini of Minerva Productions are delighted to be co-producers working alongside creative producers, Avi Goldstein (Fire Lines) and Jessica Devaney (Budrus, My Neighbourhood) and director, Amber Fares on her first feature length documentary, Speed Sisters.

Determined to break the gender stereotypes that are too often seen in Western society’s media portrayal of the Middle East, Fares offers a fresh perspective of the obstacles and pressures of daily life that threaten Arab women (and men) today in Occupied Palestinian Territories. Hoping to inspire girls and women around the world to pursue their dreams against all odds, Speed Sisters is the story of the first all-women race car driving team in the Middle East. The film captures the lives of 5 very different women, all of whom have come together with the strong objective to live each day by their own rules.

“I believe this film will truly break down perceived barriers and help to illuminate many Westerner's misconceptions regarding Palestine and its people,” O’Shea says. “It was very important for us to be a part of this project.”

Speed Sisters had its world premiere as the opening film at the Doha Film Festival earlier this month. Critics and film festival attendees alike were illuminated and captivated. The team will continue showing the film and spreading their message across the world and here in US this coming year.

Minerva Productions is best known for the critically acclaimed, Golden Globe Winning and Oscar Nominated Film, The Kids Are All Right, starring Annette Bening and Julianne Moore. However, the recent success of Life Partners and 2012’s Any Day Now have secured their name and work among the best in the independent film world.

Minerva’s past credits include What Maisie KnewGirl Most LikelyGoatsThe Whistleblower andAnother Happy Day.


For information about Minerva Productions and Speed Sisters please visit their websites and social media sites.

Minerva Productions, LLC

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Facebook – /minervaproductionsllc
Twitter – @minervaprod

Speed Sisters

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Facebook – /speedsistersthefilm
Twiiter - @speedsisterfilm

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Two World War II Docs Coming to DVD on January 20, 2015 from Kultur and BayView Entertainment

 BayView Entertainment, the number one studio for special interest, fitness, and DVD releases for over eight years*, presents two new documentary DVD releases from Kultur International Films on January 20, 2015. “Survivors of Stalingrad” and “Europe’s Secret Armies: The Resistance” are comprehensive and detailed looks at two of World War II’s most intriguing stories. Told through archival footage, re-creations and interviews with survivors, these two releases are essential for any WWII video catalog. Kultur International Films DVDs are exclusively distributed nationwide by BayView Entertainment and are available at all leading internet retailers as well as selected stores nationwide. *source: DVD Release Report, December 5, 2014

DVD Information

Survivors of Stalingrad: The Russian-German War

In the closing months of 1942, only a few yards of bitterly contested ground stood between Hitler and the prize which he valued above all others: Stalingrad, the city on the Volga which carried the name of his greatest enemy. The terrible ferocity of the fighting in the ruined city plumbed the depths of human suffering the iron grip of a Russian winter. After the battle the wretched survivors of a beaten German army emerged from their hiding places and surrendered to the Red army. They had once been 350,000 strong but only 90,000 of these frost-bitten, starving scarecrows remained to make the painful forced march into Russian captivity. Catalog number: D4983, UPC: 032031498396, $24.99 srp.; Street Date: January 20, 2015, Prebook: December 23, 2014.

Europe's Secret Armies: Resistance (2 DVD set)

This deluxe two-DVD set is a detailed look at the men and women who resisted the Nazis in their respective countries after they were invaded. The stories are told through archival footage, re-creations, and interviews with actual resistance fighters. Catalog number: D4984, UPC: 032031498495, $24.99 srp.; Street Date: January 20, 2015, Prebook: December 23, 2014.

About BayView Entertainment, LLC:

BayView Entertainment, LLC, is America's number one independent distributor of fitness, wellness, dance and special-interest DVD releases. BayView has made its name by being dedicated to releasing only the best DVDs in each category from the most trusted names in the field. BayView has forged relationships with the top names in special-interest and fitness, including Kultur Films, Retromedia Entertainment, Sector 5 Films, Five Points Pictures, Yoga Journal Magazine and Black Belt Magazine, as well as performers and producers as diverse as Kathy Smith, Gilad, Total Immersion, 8 Minute Abs, Scott Cole, Joyce Vedral and many others. BayView's DVDs are available throughout the country at fine retailers everywhere as well as all major online stores. BayView can be found online at .

Monday, January 19, 2015

First of its kind film captures stories from Native Americans in urban America

Pamela J. Peters is an award-winning Navajo filmmaker who blends an Indigenous aesthetic with a focus on contemporary, realistic, culture-driven stories in her films.

Peters’ Exiled NDNZ documentary film project is an expansion of her short film, Legacy of Exiled NDNZ, a nonfiction story told through the voices of young adults who have either migrated from their respective reservations, or who continue to survive as offspring of families who relocated to cities under the Indian Relocation Program enacted by the US Government in 1956. Peters’ short film premiered at the LA Shorts Fest in July 2014.

Peters’ short project was influenced by Kent Mackenzie’s film, The Exiles (1961), which follows Native Americans living on Bunker Hill in the early 1960s.  Peters says, “It was the only film that documented realistic lives of the American Indians going through the U.S. government Relocation Program of 1956.” Peters states, “Our film will help viewers better understand the history of American Indian migration to Los Angeles, as American Indians are also part of the history of Los Angeles.”

The filmmaker is seeking $15,000 to expand her short film into a full documentary to delve deeper into the lives of her participants and to share the dual lives of the participants as both urban Indians and as exiles holding onto the connections they have with their tribal communities. The film will also depict the diversity of five different tribal communities, U.S. policies with respect to American Indians, and tribal traditions. Ms. Peters’ crowd-funding campaign can be found at

The objective of this film project is to build a movement that represents, promotes, and distributes a more accurate view of American Indian history, one that goes beyond this film and beyond old-fashioned stereotypes that persist to this day. Peters explains, “From my project, I hope to dispel the fantasy of the dying Indian and other stereotypes that pervade contemporary media.”

Donations made through the crowd-funding campaign will cover the cost of traveling to five different tribal reservations in 2015 along with equipment rentals, insurance, permits and cost for crew assistance. More information can also be found at

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The 87th Academy Awards Nominations

2015 Academy Awards Nominees 

Best Picture
“American Sniper”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“The Imitation Game”
“The Theory of Everything”
Best Actor
Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”
Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”
Best Actress
Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”
Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”
Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”
Best Supporting Actor
Robert Duvall, “The Judge”
Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”
Edward Norton, “Birdman”
Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”
J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”
Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
Laura Dern, “Wild”
Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”
Emma Stone, “Birdman”
Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”
Best Director
Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman”
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher”
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Morten Tyldum, “The Imitation Game”
Best Animated Feature Film
“Big Hero 6″
“The Boxtrolls”
“How to Train Your Dragon 2″
“Song of the Sea”
“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”
Best Adapted Screenplay
“American Sniper,” by Jason Hall
“The Imitation Game,” by Graham Moore
“Inherent Vice,” by Paul Thomas Anderson
“The Theory of Everything,” by Anthony McCarten
“Whiplash,” by Damien Chazelle
Best Original Screenplay
“Birdman,” by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr. & Armando Bo
“Boyhood,” by Richard Linklater
“Foxcatcher,” by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness
“Nightcrawler,” by Dan Gilroy
Best Cinematography
“Birdman,” Emmanuel Lubezki
“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Robert Yeoman
“Ida,” Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski
“Mr. Turner,” Dick Pope
“Unbroken,” Roger Deakins
Best Visual Effects
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
“Guardians of the Galaxy”
“X-Men: Days of Future Past”
Best Documentary Feature
“Finding Vivian Maier”
“Last Days in Vietnam”
“The Salt of the Earth”
Best Documentary Short Subject
“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1″
“Our Curse”
“The Reaper (La Parka)”
“White Earth”
Best Film Editing
“American Sniper,” Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach
“Boyhood,” Sandra Adair
“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Barney Pilling
“The Imitation Game,” William Goldenberg
“Whiplash,” Tom Cross
Best Original Song
“Everything Is Awesome,” from “The Lego Movie,” by Shawn Patterson
“Glory,” from “Selma, by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn”
“Grateful,” from “Beyond the Lights,” by Diane Warren
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” from “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me,” by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond
“Lost Stars,” from “Begin Again,” by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois
Best Production Design
“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock
“The Imitation Game,” Maria Djurkovic and Tatiana Macdonald
“Interstellar,” Nathan Crowley and Gary Fettis
“Into the Woods,” Dennis Gassner and Anna Pinnock
“Mr. Turner,” Suzie Davies and Charlotte Watts
Best Live Action Short Film
“Boogaloo and Graham”
“Butter Lamp (La Lampe au Beurre de Yak)”
“The Phone Call”
Best Animated Short Film
“The Bigger Picture”
“The Dam Keeper”
“Me and my Moulton”
“A Single Life”
Best Sound Editing
“American Sniper,” Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman
“Birdman,” Martin Hernández and Aaron Glascock
“The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies,” Brent Burge and Jason Canovas
“Interstellar,” Richard King
“Unbroken,” Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro
Best Sound Mixing
“American Sniper,” John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin
“Birdman,” Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and Thomas Varga
“Interstellar,” Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker and Mark Weingarten
“Unbroken,” Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and David Lee
“Whiplash,” Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley
Best Costume Design
“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Milena Canonero
“Inherent Vice,” Mark Bridges
“Into the Woods,” Colleen Atwood
“Maleficent,” Anna B. Sheppard and Jane Clive
“Mr. Turner,” Jacqueline Durran
Best Foreign Language Film
“Ida” (Poland)
“Leviathan” (Russia)
“Tangerines” (Estonia)
“Timbuktu” (Mauritania)
“Wild Tales” (Argentina)
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
“Foxcatcher,” Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard
“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier
“Guardians of the Galaxy,” Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White
Best Original Score
“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Alexandre Desplat
“The Imitation Game,” Alexandre Desplat
“Interstellar,” Hans Zimmer
“Mr. Turner,” Gary Yershon
“The Theory of Everything,” Jóhann Jóhannsson

Saturday, January 17, 2015

"Midnight Masquerade" At Sundance 2015

The Louisiana Film Festival Presents
At Sundance 2015

We hear one of the most anticipated risqué events this year at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival is the "Midnight Masquerade" party! From industry insiders, its the one event at Sundance not to be missed! Those lucky enough to be on the ultra VIP guest list at swanky Park City venue OP Rockwell will experience a sultry masquerade of authentic Louisiana culture! HOT, DARK SWAMP ROCK & ROLL performed by the legendary CC Adcock (True Blood) & the Lafayette Marquis brought to you by Lafayette Entertainment Initiative (LEI). Warm up your soul with savory cuisine and scrumptious deserts prepared by the "King and Queen of Louisiana Seafood," Chefs Samantha and Cody Carrol from Sac-A-Lait restaurant in New Orleans. Top off your evening with classic cocktails from the heart of Thibodeaux, Louisiana sponsored by distilled Oryza vodka & RougaRoux Rum.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Academy Award Nominee John Singleton To Executive Produce Director Ka’ramuu Kush's Debut Feature Film

 Academy Award Nominee John Singleton has signed on to serve as Executive Producer of award-winning short film writer/director Ka’ramuu Kush’s debut feature film, “As the Freak Takes You.” Set in his hometown of Detroit and reminiscent of Spike Lee’s 30-year old classic film “She’s Gotta Have It,” Kush’s debut feature, “As the Freak Takes You,” follows the story of Summer Hughes, an omnisexual force of nature, as she navigates complex relationships with three lovers: a bi-racial lesbian, a bi-sexual white man and a celibate black man, while exploring the intersection of sexuality and spirituality. Filming is slated to begin the summer of 2015.

Singleton, who is currently in post-production having directed an episode of the upcoming FOX drama series “Empire,”met Kush while the fledgling director was writing the pilot for a scripted television series entitled “Solomon,” which is now in development. Singleton says he’s pleased to support a deserving and bold emerging talent. “His work is intelligent and visceral and he understands the craft”. Continuing Singleton adds, “I see an edgy, unapologetic disposition in his work. He deals with things that others are either afraid to deal with or unable to sensitively touch.”

“We need more stories about women,”Kush says, “and I think women want to see more stories about themselves that reflect their intelligence and depth without sacrificing things like sexuality and vulnerability.” Additionally, Kush adds, “John’s voice has always been daring and unapologetic. The fact that he gets me and is supporting my first feature, I couldn’t be more appreciative.”

Kush is on a mission to raise $100,000 (with a stretch goal of $200,000) towards the production of “As The Freak Takes You.” Being presented as “the sexiest crowd fund campaign on the internet,” his Indiegogo campaign offers a variety of unconventional rewards as incentives to donors including custom tailored leather jackets, love and relationship coaching from leading experts, one-on-one acting consultations with Hollywood casting directors and dance lessons with a renowned choreographer.

Thus far, the Indigogo campaign, which launched November 24th, has garnered the support of Woodie King, Jr.’s New Federal Theatre, IndieNight Film Fest in Hollywood, HTV/Illuminate, Skywalker Sound, Michelle Materre of Creatively Speaking, Michelle Manning of MM Productions and From the Heart Productions.

For more information about the Indiegogo campaign, which is running until January 4, 2015, please visit: