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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. 😉

On 2.14.11: Nat `King’ Cole’s TV show gets digital release (AP) (click highlighted link to read AP report).

The Caucus

In Movies, Networking, News, Politics on February 7, 2011 at 10:29 pm

“THE CAUCUS” is the name of a short film Directed by Qui. It’s witty, educational and straight to the point.

The year was 2008 and the first black presidential candidate was fighting to be the democratic nominee. African Americans turned out in droves to vote in support of such a historical play in process. Technology made the presidents campaign a success and it was technology that facilitated the cell phone call that leads us into our 2 minute witty and insightful short film that has been chosen for screening at this years TEXAS BLACK FILM FESTIVAL [February 23-26, Dallas, TX]

Qui Films is the name of our production company – drop in on us: Qui Films and Qui Movies. We definitely are looking forward to you coming out and supporting us and the TEXAS BLACK FILM FESTIVAL on February 23 – 26. Let’s make history together, let’s keep caucusing, and may we always, always, always keep it REEL.

Film Festival Courting

In Griot, Movies, Networking, News on November 12, 2010 at 5:02 pm

Productive Weekend

It’s the weekend baby and I’ve already got my mind on hitting the streets, setting up location and getting reel with the talent. That’s right! We’ve got a few short film scripts that we’re going to bring to fruition for the sake of the 2011 Film Festivals. I’ve spent the last 2 years working on collab projects and have learned alot in return. However Qui Films is ready to step out on their own submissions. Will you stand with us? Your support is more crucial now – than ever. Speaking of support, we appreciate all of the talent from Texas, NY, and California that put in time on our short film spins. Regardless of future critic ratings: because we went through the proper process and did it – we still win. Producing a low budget- no budget film in Texas is just not as easy as one would think. 🙂

First thing’s first – we’ll place an early festival bet
By submitting a short film production to the TBFF.

And while I have one film in the barrel I seek to load more
So this weekend will find me shooting another short film score.

I’m giddy about withoutabox and sites like createspace.
I’m the “get reel student”, who’s looking to industry tag: my face.

Next, I plan to get in on the WOMEN OF AFRICAN DESCENT Film Festival scene –
“If I don’t step up to the plate – how can increase my home run swing?”

See— I got that little quote from my 9 year old success aspiring nephew
when he was trying to hit on a girl who’s 18th birthday is almost due.
It’s true.
I absolutely found inspiration in his go getter hue.

There are so many opportunities (ie..film festivals) on my charted list —
But if I don’t get off of here and onto the reel – my dreams will be a mist.

Kiss Kiss
I’m Qui
The REEL weekend Ms.

Timelining my Vision – I’m on a FILM FESTIVAL mission.