Category: Inspirations


Episode of the ‘making of’ webseries of the AT&T Hello Lab shorts focuses on Fragile.com. Alison and Brittany have created this dark horror story that speaks to the times we live in.

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 to my point of view.

Lena backs this up (which should surprise no one) in the intro to today’s behind the scenes webisode for the AT&T Hello Lab.

Enjoy!

The momentum continues…

It’s public information now that my last feature script, ‘Midnight In Kansas’, is one of the three finalists in the Screenplay Competition of the 2019 Urbanworld Film Festival.

Urbanworld has been on my radar for years as a lover of black films; being welcomed into the Urbanworld Family this year means a lot to me. I’m looking forward to coming back to New York City and being part of the experience.

Festival passes are on sale now on urbanworld.org; should be a fun weekend.

Onward!

https://shadowandact.com/harriet-just-mercy-mixed-ish-and-more-set-for-2019-urbanworld-film-festival

Pioneer. Rebel. Activist. Sammy Davis Jr. is definitely one of my ‘historical’ mentors.

American Masters is nominated for an Emmy this year; one of the episodes is a full documentary on Sammy.

In light of an actual review, since it’s Public Broadcasting the full doc is still available to view for a few more days. If you have an hour and a half free, I highly suggest checking it out.

Enjoy.

Episode two of the making of the AT&T Hello Lab short films is up. My only self critique is do I really have a permanent five o clock shadow now?

Anyway, enjoy!

A few non spoilery thoughts on number 9 out of 10 from Quentin…

  • This was his love letter to the LA he grew up in, and it shows. The atmosphere is before my time, but Hollywood and some of the specific locations played well (especially with the LA crowd I saw it with). The Dome, the Valley, even a freeway on ramp I take all the time, but seeing it in the movie was a very ‘Oh wow’ moment.
  • Kind of crazy this is the first Leo/Brad collaboration. They reportedly want to work together again, and it shows on screen. Leo’s new school Methodness and Brad’s eternally laid back cool are perfect compliments. And in actor’s speak, for two of the guys of my lifetime to play actors who never came close to being ‘The Guy’; I’m sure that was fun.
  • The Manson Family: Wasn’t ruined for me so I won’t do it for you. Even within the film, the suspense of how ‘that night’ played out was not overly telegraphed. It’s the most Tarantino sequence of the whole movie, and the way it plays with history is generally accepted. Tarantino rarely wastes words or elements in his scripts, so things that are set up early (that seem meaningless) do come into play at the end, and I had to nod at the craft a little.

Enjoyable if not great by his own standard.

So you know what I’ve been involved with this summer.

Now, hear myself and the other mentees talk about the shorts and why we feel attached to them.

Enjoy!

100% True.

A couple of nights ago, I was reading Idris’ profile on Vanity Fair where he talks about his path in Hollywood.

The next day, I’m quoted and featured on their website.

When things move sometimes, they move SWIFTLY.

Thanks to Vanity Fair, THEM, and Mitu for the coverage of my AT&T Hello Lab class.

Links below:

https://www.vanityfair.com/branded/article/vfr/lena-waithe-helps-emerging-filmmakers-tell-their-stories-with-the-atandt-hello-lab-mentorship-program

https://www.them.us/branded/article/them/lena-waithe-empowers-emerging-filmmakers-to-tell-their-stories-with-the-atandt-hello-lab-mentorship-program

Me and Vishnu talking about 1/30 in our own words.

Enjoy.

Don’t think it was an all time Marvel movie (admittedly that bar is pretty high now) but I didn’t really dislike it either. A few non spoiler thoughts:

  • Tom Holland: these kids don’t know how good they have it. Tobey was fine, Andrew was fine, but man this kid IS Peter Parker. Young looking, earnest, always in just a LITTLE bit over his head in and out of costume. It feels like it’s going to be awhile before I get tired of this kid in the role. Likewise…
  • Zendaya: as MJ is also pitch perfect. Their chemistry together is fantastic. Playing ‘too cool for school’ as a defense mechanism as opposed to actually playing too cool for school, she’s great on her own, and teamed with Holland they have the high school crush thing nailed down.
  • Mysterio: genuinely knew nothing of the character going in, I had a feeling of what the reveal would be, but HOW they did it was interesting. Don’t know if it felt completely plausible, that’s my biggest nitpick with the movie. But the special effects tied to Mysterio’s character were fantastic. Scary in the right way.

Not completely sure yet how Marvel’s next Phase is going to play out, but I’m still interested. Recommend.