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Win A Role In Upcoming Movie Adaptation Of Steve Harvey’s “Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man”

Last week, I announced that this was definitely a go, with a summer shoot date scheduled. Read that post HERE if you missed it. In it, producer Will Packer said that the details of the production, including its cast, will be announced tomorrow, during Steve Harvey’s radio show, so we’ll be listening for that. In […]

“Jumping The Broom” Red Carpet Wedding Contest – Get Married Or Renew Vows At The Hollywood Premiere

Enter the Jumping The Broom Red Carpet Wedding Contest for the opportunity to get married, or renew your vows at the Hollywood red carpet premiere of the film in Los Angeles! Submissions are open through April 5th. Click the image below to for all the details.

Inaugural Shadow And Act Digital Filmmaker Showcase Submission Deadline is THIS FRIDAY! Submit Now!

News on the march! You’ve got until the 25th, this Friday, to submit your entry. The details below, if you haven’t already seen them… FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 4, 2011 Shadow And Act Debuts New Digital Filmmaker Showcase Black Cinema Blog To Award Prizes To Six Films Each Year Shadow and Act, the popular black […]

And The Winner Of The 2011 Shadow And Act $50 Amazon Gift Cert Oscar Contest Is…

Almost forgot all about this… The Shadow And Act Oscar contest. The rules were simple: make your choices for who you think will win the award in each of the categories listed below, and, after the ceremony ended on Sunday night, a winner was to be selected randomly from the list of CORRECT entries. And […]

Call For Entries – 2011 Submission Dates For Focus Features’ Africa First Program

Here’s a program we’ve given a lot of ink to on this website, so I won’t rehash. Just read the press release received today, for all the relevant info… FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 2011 ENTRY PERIOD FOR FOCUS FEATURES’ AFRICA FIRST PROGRAM TO COMMENCE MAY 16th 2011 ENTRY PERIOD FOR FOCUS FEATURES’ AFRICA FIRST PROGRAM TO […]

Call For Entries: Young Filmmakers Alert – Résidence du Festival Screenwriting Programme At Cannes

The Residence of the Festival de Cannes in Paris is currently accepting entries for its October 2011 program. The Residence is a personalized program that includes forums to perfect their scripts, with film industry professionals. Deadline is April 1st. It lasts four and a half months (from October 1st to mid February, and from the […]

2011 IFP Independent Filmmaker Labs Application Deadlines Approaching!

I imagine most of you are familiar with the IFP Filmmaker Labs by now – all you filmmakers who read this blog anyway! We’ve talked about so many films that are graduates of the prestigious program – most recently, Dee Rees’ Pariah, Alrick Brown’s Kinyarwanda, and Andrew Dosunmu’s Restless City. All 3 films premiered at […]

ATTN UK Readers: 12 Writers/Directors/Producers Sought To Match With Top Industry Talent (Call For Entries)

This is for you folks in the UK (thanks E Forde for the tip)… A call for submissions by Guiding Lights the prestigious mentoring programme that aims to help improve diversity within the UK film industry, by supporting upcoming UK-based filmmakers, through training and networking activities. They are now accepting applications for the next session, […]

Updates On The 2nd Shadow And Act Filmmaker Challenge…

The winner of challenge number 2 was supposed to be announced today – the end of January 2011 as I said in my last post about this last year, after the submission window was closed; however, the goal was that we’d be able to show you the film based on the script that won the […]

Sundance 2011 – Watch “The Story Beyond The Still” Now!

About a year ago, Canon launched a contest called “The Story Beyond the Still,” which asked photographers to pick up motion picture cameras and make short films, all in an attempt to help viewers see “beyond the still” image. 12 months later, the collaborative film, which combines the work of the 6 contest-winning artists, under […]

Amazon Studios Announces Its First Set Of Winners!

Well… this happened without much fanfare… Recall November’s news that online retailer, Amazon.com, announced its plans to radicalize the movie business with a new web-based film studio called Amazon Studios, aimed specifically at indie filmmakers. In short, directors and screenwriters around the world were asked to submit scripts to win money and get their films […]

And The Winners Of The “Color Purple”/”Of Boys And Men” Blu-ray/DVD Giveaway Are…

So, the deal was… we were allotted 5 copies of The Color Purple on Blu-ray and 5 copies of Of Boys And Men on DVD; 5 people will win 1 of each – 1 copy of The Color Purple on Blu-ray and 1 copy of Of Boys And Men on DVD; to enter you had […]

2010 Compilation Video Competition Results + Answers To The Challenge

I’d forgotten about this contest! Terrible of me, I know! It was likely because I only got 1 single entry. So, either most of you couldn’t identify all the film titles and faces in the video, or the $50 gift cert wasn’t enticing enough, or you just didn’t give a shit. Regardless, as a refresher, […]

Submission Period For Shadow And Act Black Filmmaker Challenge Officially Closed! So Now What?

And just like the last time, I received about as many submissions yesterday (although maybe more), the deadline for submissions, as I received in the previous 2 or 3 months since I originally announced the challenge! But thanks to everyone who entered the competition. I’ll be honest and say that I haven’t read a single […]

Submission Deadline For $3,000 Shadow And Act Black Filmmaker Challenge 1 Day Away!

December 15th is the deadline… you’ve got until the end of the day EST, tomorrow, Wednesday! UPDATE 10/25/2010: Alright, so, Rodney Parnther of Clarendon Entertainment and myself decided to form a business partnership specifically for this purpose – Shadow And Act Films LLC, a production/financing film company that will produce and finance short films (for […]

Submission Deadline For $3,000 Shadow And Act Black Filmmaker Challenge 2 Weeks Away!

I’ll be reposting this each week until the December 15th deadline, as a reminder… you’ve got 2 weeks! UPDATE 10/25/2010: Alright, so, Rodney Parnther of Clarendon Entertainment and myself decided to form a business partnership specifically for this purpose – Shadow And Act Films LLC, a production/financing film company that will produce and finance short […]

Submission Deadline For $3,000 Shadow And Act Black Filmmaker Challenge 3 Weeks Away!

I’ll be reposting this several times until the December 15th deadline, as a reminder… UPDATE 10/25/2010: Alright, so, after a meeting about this challenge, which took place over the weekend, I’ve decided to increase my contribution from $1200 to $1500, and Rodney Parnther of Clarendon Entertainment has agreed to match my contribution to the fund, […]

Submission Deadline For $3,000 Shadow And Act Black Filmmaker Challenge 1 Month Away!

I’ll be reposting this several times until the December 15th deadline, as a reminder… UPDATE 10/25/2010: Alright, so, after a meeting about this challenge, which took place over the weekend, I’ve decided to increase my contribution from $1200 to $1500, and Rodney Parnther of Clarendon Entertainment has agreed to match my contribution to the fund, […]

And The Winner Of The “Guess ‘For Colored Girls’ Opening Weekend Box Office” Contest Is…

UPDATE 11/8/10, 4PM: Alright, the final weekend box office numbers are in, and according to Box Office Mojo, For Colored Girls actually made less than I (and a lot of you) thought it would make. It wasn’t even quite the 20-something million that early weekend numbers indicated. The film took in $19,497,324. And with that, […]

Teaser Trailer For “Black Swan Theory” By Nikyatu Jusu (Filmmaker Challenge Winner)

Here’s a first look teaser trailer at Black Swan Theory, the short film by Nikyatu Jusu, winner of the Inaugural Shadow And Act Filmmaker Challenge. The synopsis again for the 12-minute film: a psychiatric casualty of war recently returned to the US, Sonya’s imagined sense of normalcy crumbles around her; she must hunt or become […]

And The Winner Of 2 Free Tickets To NYC Screening Of “Nurse.Fighter.Boy” Is…

As already announced, up next in the ActNow: New Voices In Black Cinema screening series (which myself and fellow Shadow And Act contributor Curtis John are co-curators of, by the way) here in Brooklyn, New York is a film called Nurse.Fighter.Boy, directed by Canadian Charles Officer. It stars Clark Johnson, Karen Leblanc, and Daniel J […]

First Look At “Black Swan Theory” By Nikyatu Jusu (Filmmaker Challenge Winner)

I’m pleased to announce that Nikyatu Jusu, winner of the Inaugural Shadow And Act Filmmaker Challenge, sent me an email this morning to say that principal photography on her short film, tentatively titled, Black Swan Theory, is now complete (if you recall, I mentioned here that it was to shoot this past weekend). From her […]

Inaugural Shadow And Act Filmmaker Challenge Film Shooting This Weekend!

Everyone should know by now that Nikyatu Jusu was the winner of the inaugural Shadow And Act Black Filmmaker Challenge, collecting the $3,300 grand prize to make her short film, tentatively titled, Black Swan Theory. If you’re new here, and missed previous posts on the matter, click HERE to read and catch up. Nikyatu will […]

UPDATE: 2nd Shadow And Act Black Filmmaker Challenge Now At $3,000! Deadline Extended!

UPDATE 10/25/2010: Alright, so, after a meeting about this challenge, which took place over the weekend, I’ve decided to increase my contribution from $1200 to $1500, and Rodney Parnther of Clarendon Entertainment has agreed to match my contribution to the fund, adding another $1500 to the basket, bringing and finalizing the amount to $3000! In […]

Win 2 FREE Tickets To See “Nurse.Fighter.Boy” In NYC Next Month!

As already announced, up next in the ActNow: New Voices In Black Cinema screening series (which myself and fellow Shadow And Act contributor Curtis John are co-curators of, by the way) here in Brooklyn, New York is a film called Nurse.Fighter.Boy, directed by Canadian Charles Officer. It stars Clark Johnson, Karen Leblanc, and Daniel J […]