Indie Filmmaker Resources from S.A.G. Indie

Your friends at the Screen Actors Guild (“SAG”) have created an “indie” version at SAGIndie (http://www.sagindie.org). An interesting concept, but it’s up to you, the filmmaker, to decide if it’s helpful.

There are a number of administrative forms to keep your set and crew on-track –your investors will love that. No more little pieces of paper, random receipts, and indiscriminate scheduling.

You can even put a call out for casting, and add your business to their directory.

More info: http://www.sagindie.org

“Precious” screened at the Toronto International Film Festival

Sundance 2009 grand Jury Prize and Audience Award Winner “Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire” screened to an enthusiastic audience at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival!

Media moguls Oprah Winfrey (Harpo Films) and Tyler Perry backed Lionsgate Films’ acquisition of North American distribution rights to the film. Lionsgate acquired the film February 2, 2009.

This is the first film distributed under Tyler Perry’s 34th Street Banner. According to Suite 101, the film stars Mo’Nique, Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe, Paula Patton, Sherri Shepherd, Nealla Gordon, Stephanie Andujar, and Grammy-winning artists Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz.

Vote for the Next Big Filmmaker! Dee Rees!!

Vote at Netflix “Find Your Voice”: http://www.netflixfindyourvoice.com/
Web-site: http://www.pariahthemovie.com/ 

 Pariah is a coming-of-age drama about a lesbian teenager who unsuccessfully juggles multiple identities to avoid rejection from her friends and family.

Producer Nekisa Cooper is looking for your voice and support for her film Pariah. Pariah is set against the kinetic and incongruous social landscape of middle class New York City, Alike vacillates between being a proud and sexually independent woman amongst her openly gay friends and being the feminine, obedient girl that her strict Christian upbringing dictates she be.

Torn by mounting pressure from home, school, and within, the line between her dual personas wears thin with explosive consequences.

Here’s a Message From Ms. Cooper:

Written by award-winning Sundance Institute Fellow

 Dee Rees, PARIAH, is a coming of age story about a black lesbian teenager

 struggling to express her sexual identity. We are fortunate to be 1 of 10

 semifinalists in the Netflix Find Your Voice Competition and I need help

 getting the word about for people to support the film. Please visit our

 website to learn more about the award-winning short film and our plans to

 turn it into a feature. Please contact me if you’re interested in

 learning more and supporting us in getting more diversity on the big

 screen! Thanks so much for your time and consideration.

 Best Regards,

 Nekisa Cooper

 Producer, PARIAH

Let’s support this film and this sister by voting for her at http://www.netflixfindyourvoice.com/

Maya Rudolph Takes Another “Revolutionary Road”

Actress Maya Rudolph

Actress Maya Rudolph

“Revolutionary Road” director Sam Mendes is off into another direction. Taking another “Road” in the snapshot of a marriage, he directs the under-appreciated –and over talented– actress and comedian Maya Rudolph onto the “new baby” road, along with screen hubby John Krasinski.

You may recognize John from the hit NBC comedy “The Office,” and Maya from “Saturday Night Live.” Or you may recognize her as the real-life love interest –and baby-mama– of “There Will Be Blood” director Paul Thomas Anderson, or as the daughter of the beautiful late-singer Minnie Ripperton. (Maya even gets a shout out at the end of her mother’s song, “Loving You.)

This movie is guaranteed to be hilarious with the genius direction of Sam Mendes, and the comedic chops of Maya and John! And I think John Krasinski has got a thing for the chocolate…I’m just sayin’…Check it out!

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Developing Characters for the Big Screen – London

Host: Alicia Blumross and the BFI street geniuses
Date: Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Location:
BFI Southbank
Belvedere Road
London, United Kingdom

Email:alicia.blumross@nullbfi.org.uk