Episode 6 – ‘Spilt Milk’

New episode of the behind the scenes of the AT&T shorts. You know Lena, you know Ava, most of you don’t know Shooter yet… She’s a sweetheart, she’s genuine, and of course very talented. Episode 6…

’13th’

  I want to stay away from the obvious cliches when I judge this film on its own and within the long view of Ava Duvernay’s career (‘this is an important film’), so I’ll try to find the right words at the end… The conceit of this documentary is that while the 13th Amendment abolished […]

Stability & Consistency

Returned to the director’s chair. Made a quality short that will find a new audience every holiday season (like the film its based on, ironically). Wrote my first original pilot. Wrote my first spec based on a TV show I love. Producer on another ‘legacy’ project that’s one of those ‘once in a lifetime’ things […]

‘Selma’

  She did it. That’s the simple but accurate description of what Ava DuVernay has accomplished with ‘Selma’.  The (still criminally) short list of Hollywood backed films about black history, where black characters are actually the centerpiece of the story, has another worthy entry.  From the opening sequence which contrasts King’s Nobel Peace Prize winning […]

‘Dear White People’

  First, the macro level: For my generation, we all looked up to Spike (with John and Reggie not far behind).  and in those days, it’s fair to say we all had some form of a ‘hero complex.’  Without getting into a much bigger conversation about black leadership in America, what we grew up on […]

‘Life Itself’

  I’m not a man of regrets as most of you know, but I do wish I moved a little faster and had a film or a performance that was reviewed by Roger Ebert.  Along with Gene Siskel, he was America’s (hell, the world’s) film critic, and the new documentary Life Itself captures his personal and professional […]

Deconstruction

  Taking a quick break from reviewing films because I have to talk about this. A few days ago, Ava DuVernay asked the question all film geeks have had to think about the past few weeks (paraphrasing): can we still love some of these artists if we believe they’ve committed these universally accepted wrongs? My […]

Venus Vs.

  Just finished the premiere of the new ESPN 30 for 30 doc, ‘Venus Vs.’, directed by Ava DuVernay.  It’s a good doc; all of this happened in our lifetimes, but I know I’m not the only one who kind of takes for granted now how much ground Venus broke within our generation. The main […]

Middle of Nowhere

  Better late than never with this one. Middle of Nowhere is the best ‘Black’ film I’ve seen in quite awhile.  There’s a version of this story that you could see done in a very over the top fashion, but credit goes to the brilliant cast and director Ava DuVernay that the film never goes there. […]