Very happy to tell you the pandemic hasn’t completely stopped my momentum… ‘Midnight In Kansas’ continues to impress, and I can announce myself as one of the eight writers chosen for this year’s MPAC Hollywood Screenwriting Lab. As I said at Urbanworld last summer, I hate that this country continues to make this story evergreen, […]
The way post Ramadan 2019 played out, the decision to no longer give up social media this month was made a long time ago. I don’t think any of you would accuse me of arrogance when, in our current state of affairs, I had to think about what I actually have left to give up. […]
Well, I’ll start with the relatively obvious: I’ve never been happier or more at peace. Anything is possible. I’m not saying that in the optimistic way, but in the pessimistic way. A few of you have at some point read Manning Marable’s excellent breakdown of Malcolm’s life; more of you I think watched the recent […]
Where to begin? I finally made it to the Playboy Jazz Festival this year. I finally made it to Strawberry Fields. I had a strong feeling that John was going to play ‘Continuum’ live at the Forum, but I was too deep in the eye of the hurricane at that moment to go to that […]
No movie review to start this week but here’s a video from Vanity Fair interviewing ‘The New Hollywood Guard’ of writers trying to expand the narratives you see. You may see a very familiar face among those interviewed. Enjoy! https://video.vanityfair.com/watch/the-new-hollywood-guard-writers/
‘1 Out of 30’ Written by Malik Aziz Directed by Vishnu Vallabhaneni Produced by Lena Waithe and Rishi Rajani An AT&T Hello Lab Short Film Enjoy.
So, for those who missed the post yesterday or just want to see it on its own, here’s the trailer for ‘1 Out of 30’, the short I wrote for the AT&T Hello Lab Mentorship Program. Trailers can overhype or oversell the wrong things to pull you in, but bias aside, this one is pretty […]
Two weeks from now, ‘1/30’ goes live to the world. Here’s a roundtable that got the class back together to introduce you all to the trailers for each of the short films. Part of a special group, have a special mentor, in a special moment. Enjoy!
Episode 7 of the behind the scenes making of the AT&T shorts takes you to the set of ‘Postmarked’. Angela wrote a beautiful story and Malakai is a committed director and if you watch film and television at all you’ll probably recognize an actor or two who appear in this short. Enjoy!
One thing I’ve been asked about more than a few times referencing ‘1/30’ is how has it been having someone who is not Black or Muslim directing this story. I’ve told anyone who would listen that Vishnu (the director) from pre-production on has been hyper sensitive (in all the right ways) about not being disrespectful […]