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REELing in “For Flow”

In Griot, Movies, Music, Networking, News, Self Improvement on March 4, 2011 at 3:40 pm

So you were wondering HOW TO break into the film industry? What to do and where to go? How about starting with a little schooling and formal education and then straightaway to the film festivals?

You’ve got to support the festival of events that will eventually support you. Right? After all support begats so support, so you know I was all too excited to hear that my “reel brother” from NY Kesav Murthy Wable was bringing his film “FOR FLOW” to last weeks 5th Annual Texas Black Film Festival to be screened along side my own submission. I was ecstatic!

I met Kesav/DeeGrand on Twitter. Yes – I said Twitter. As of late, I have met more than a few people who profess to be “networking guru’s” but they’re not connected to TWITTER. I don’t know about them, but with no budget for major mass marketing, I rely on free networking through sites like Twitter and Facebook as well as mass emailing to get my message out.

Let me clarify: I don’t use FACEBOOK as much as I used to, back in the day (2006), because now my Mom, and grandma are on it and well let’s just say it’s not the same.

Back to Kesav (actor, writer, TWITTER follower): He won the 2006-07 Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) inaugural South Asian Playwriting Fellowship at the Lark Theatre and Play Development Center for the piece, “For Flow”. Wable, with the help of co-producers Randall L. Sawyer and Stephen L. Smith (together, “25 to Life Productions, LLC), staged “For Flow” at Theater for New City — for a successful three week run. Kesav then adapted the play into a short film, shot and cut by Jason Camp, (facebook.com/ForFlow) which was an official selection at the Texas Black Film Festival and is nominated for best short film, winning an honorary Award of Excellence from the Canada International Film Festival. One of the actors in “For Flow”, Vladimi Versailles (Kane), can be seen in theaters across the country in the film “Mooz-lum”.

Wable’s first play, “Ashoka’s Wheel”, was selected as part of Chicago’s Rasaka Theatre’s reading series in 2004 and the next year, featured as a finalist in the Chicago Dramatists’ “Many Voices Project”. As an actor, he appeared as ‘Darius’ in Yong Soo Pak’s film Antigone 5000. He has performed in numerous stage productions including King Lear as ‘Edmund’ at the Underhill Theater, Brooklyn; as ‘Hossein’ inKhaddish in East Jerusalem at Theater for the New City and Murellus in Julius Caesar at Harlem’s National Black Theater. Kesav is also a graduate of Brooklyn Law School, ’08 and a practicing attorney.

It’s obvious Kesav has talent and can REEL’y blow…
He’s also pretty versed in script skills thus presenting: FOR FLOW.

You know SUPPORT is my thang and Kesav was right up my ally;
I’m a #Networking Queen and Twittering is on “my daily tally”.

If you missed “FOR FLOW” at the TBFF strut,
perhaps you can catch it in Vancouver, Canada.

This brother is on the move and his reel skill is making its rounds.
I had to “PUT HIM ON” because his go getter spirit deserves a pound!

My short film “THE CAUCUS” was composed like a PSA – I’m bound to educate,
I’m Qui
digging Kesav
for Twitting me out to network support and reel relate.

Stills from FOR FLOW

PLOT SYNOPSIS: Shot on location, in the birthplace of hip-hop. Two MC’s (rappers) wait for a record producer on a lonely street corner of the Bronx. Their meeting will change that corner forever.

TBFF RED CARPET Time

In Griot, Movies, Networking, News on February 23, 2011 at 1:46 pm

TBFF Red Carpet & Qui Films

This time last year I was a “first time spectator” at the 4th Annual TBFF. While I cruised the streets networking “what I want business to be” — I heard a commercial on K104 about the festivals being in progress at STUDIO MOVIE GRILL in Dallas. I called Katrinna Mathis (my best girlfriend since 8th grade) to see if she wanted to roll out with me. She was like “bet!” I scooped her up and hit I-30, to 35-N, to Woodall Rodgers, to US-75, exited Royal Lane, bought a couple of $8.00 tickets and IT WAS ON! We were in! Kat and I enjoyed it immensely. In fact, Giancarlo Esposito was the Guest last year and little did I know my mild mannered, shy consumed girlfriend had a CRUSH ON GIANCARLO since the reel of (Spike Lee’s) SCHOOL DAZE. She whispered it to me while in theater watching festival films, so…naturally after the event came to an end, I bought one of Giancarlos independent films and got in line behind other spectators to see the filmmaker, shake his hand, ask him to sign my copy of his film and to RAT OUT my girlfriend. lol!

As I approached the front of the line and Mr. Esposito — I initiated with “compliments to the artist” and of course I gave him my famous ‘back popping hug’, then I immediately went into, “This is Katrinna – my best girlfriend since 8th Grade, and she just told me that she has a crush on you and has had one, every since you let Tisha Campbell lick your scalp in SCHOOL DAZE (Julian – Dean Big Brother Almighty)”. His eyes widened with surprise, he laughed and said, “Oh really – so I should be hugging her!“, then he squeezed the mousy happiness out of her. It was the highlight of her month. I know it was. Awesome time. He encouraged me to enter into the festival next year and followed up with, “If you need any help or someone to look over your film – at anytime – Email me.” Great! We exchanged emails and phone numbers and I’ve been on fire every since.

I immediately came home and wrote a column entitled, “The Reel TBFF“, where I chronicled this statement:

The Texas Black Film Festival has only celebrated it’s 4th Annual this year and to be REEL honest with you — I can’t wait until next year. In fact, I’m working on submitting an exhibition or two of my own. Why not? I’m black, I live in Texas, I’m festive and I’m an aspiring filmmaker. The conditions are perfect for me to utilize my Panasonic HVX200A digital film camera, my Final Cut Pro software and my formal writing and film education.

Upon posting those words I KNEW I had to follow through.

February 7th, I received an email from the TBFF that my short film “THE CAUCUS” has been selected for screening on opening night of the TEXAS BLACK FILM FESTIVAL [Wednesday 2/23] following the RED CARPET EVENT @ 7pm. Giddy and goofy about the news I hit up Katrinna and you’d have thought she had won an Oscar — she was so excited and ‘ret to go. In fact, she asked if she could ride with me again – Of course I said yes! Kat hit me up last Tuesday to make sure we were still on & to invite me to her b’day party at The Cheesecake Factory in Arlington @ 7pm on (2/19) Friday night. While I was in route to the Parks Mall, (where the cheesecake factory is), Kat texted me and said, she’d rescheduled her b’day celebration for Sunday. –No problem. We were still on schedule for the TBFF Wednesday too.

Kat died in her sleep Saturday morning at about 6 am, the day after her birthday (2/20) — Lupus complications. So you see, today is an emotional high for me, and I remain optimistic in my purpose moving forward. Though I really hoped she and I would have made the TBFF an Annual girlfriend thing…and in someway, I guess we still will…

So here’s the part of the story where I tell you that I’m excited!
I didn’t knock the FILM FESTIVAL HUSTLE – & am glad I tried it.

I’ve read — quite a few indie filmmakers with blogs, (paralleling myself)
tout about not being able to conquer ‘the film festival’ tale.

I respectfully understand
that festival panels have a heavy task on their hands:
picking which films they will show to their captive FF fans.

Many films are submitted but only a few will be chose…
It’s a process — like Life…and so it all goes
that you have to step up to the plate many times in professional fun
to position yourself to hit a HOME RUN.

Right?
and when you do swing — hit it out of sight!
a-ight?

Well it’s HUMP DAY and Red Carpet Time is here,
I’m Qui
a “Loving the journey” She – saying “Go for your dreams w/o fear!”
A WIN ☛in Your bin☚ is seriously near.
I’m REEL’y in your corner…may we always keep it REEL.

LOVING a lot…

In Communication, Griot, Movies, Music, Networking, News, Self Improvement on February 14, 2011 at 11:14 am

Loving a lot on VALENTINES DAY 2011

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! I’m loving the feeling.
The artic freeze is gone and the aftermath is appealing.

I’m LOVING a lot about LIFE and I’m duly on my way…
Our film “THE CAUCUS” will be debuting at the TBFF in nine days.

I’m also loving smart fashion and clever styles that never rest –
Just ask MICHELLE O. who recently sported an H&M [$35] dress.

Oh yes! It doesn’t always have to be a “go for broke label and price” –
Michelle rocked the MATT LAUER interview & she looked superbly nice.

Drake has a rumor out these days – or maybe he’s just in a ‘P&R rut’.
Drake wants to leave Weezy and Young Moneybecause they smoke too much?

I’ve verified nothing – I just heard it over the air ways:
Drake wants to go to ROC NATION and kick it with JAY.

I’m LOVING a lot – including the fact
that Rap Artists have opportunities in the industry like that.

Ain’t no shame in moving over a coast or two. The game certainly doesn’t stop.
And Young Money shouldn’t be mad at all – They’ll always be BOOT HOT!

I’m LOVING today being Monday, because next Wednesday is soon to come,
I’m Qui
Happy Valentines (on and offline) — I’m anxious about the TB Film Festival fun.
YUMmmmmmm!

“The Caucus”
World Premier
@ Studio Movie Grill (75 & Royal Lane, Dallas – TX)
Wednesday – February 23, 2011
In the 8pm-10pm block
Red Carpet Event kicks off at 7pm

I’ll see you there. 😉

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