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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.

A REEL Good Time

In Communication, Griot, Movies, Networking, Politics on February 24, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Yes it was! Yes it was!
A REEL Good Time filled with networking hugs.

We walked the red carpet rug with David Smalls and Tangela
and was snapped by PAUL ☛☛photo journalist w/The Examiner.

I had a blast at the 5th Annual TBFF last night.
The company was great and the films were tight.

There was M. Legend Brown & Sharice Henry Chasi
who reeled a side of schizophrenia – that was insightful & mentally nasty.

There was Michael Graysons short film piece “The Assignment”
A show of corporate espionage and retribution – gone violent.

Then “The Caucus” showed up on the silver — and I was one happy lady;
for I am the co-writer and director of the witty and insightful baby.

“The American Dream” and “Katrina’s Son”
both went hard and bore “reel weight” in their sums.

Hanny Lee was responsible for the show of: “The American Dream”
While Ya’Ke‘s work on “Katrina’s Son” ripped a big hole in the American seam.

Yes – It was deep ya’ll
“Katrina’s Son” was a direct & metaphoric wake up call.

“Take Too Long” was an animated film about Hurrican Katrina too.
It was sobering and sad – but was ‘a filmmakers truth’.

Also in the house, was a Rob Underhill film
his sole actor: Mike Wiley — can’t help but to win.
Last year Rob hit us up with “Empty Spaces” an Emmett Till spin
This years point of view: “The Wolf” was “on said topic” again.

I was crunk last night without the ‘juice or the gin’ or any other kind of stall.
I even walked the red carpet with SOULFOOD’s moma: Ms. Erma P. Hall.
Ow!

THANK YOU to everyone who supported me and came out – I felt the love,
I’m Qui
That REEL thankful she – who enjoyed your networking hugs.

The TBFF will be in full swing tonight, Friday and Saturday
so annytime is a good time to drop in and “Support Convey“.
That’s WHAT WE DO – Hey-ey!🙂

In REEL Element

TBFF 2010 – Are you in?

In Movies on February 3, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Click here to visit TBFFI’m ready! It starts today [Wednesday Feb. 3rd] and ends Sunday [Feb.7th]. Here’s a line up of the reel festivities:

RED CARPET PREMIER
STUDIO MOVIE GRILL – Dallas, TX
February 3rd @ 8pm Hosted by: Giancarlo Esposito
Tonight TBFF will premiere two billant short films, “Thank You For Washing”dir. by Camille Brown and “Empty Spaces” dir. by Rob Underhihll. Line starts at 7pm with program starting at 8pm. What a way to kick off the TBFF 2010. Are you in?

TEXAS BLACK FILM FESTIVAL
STUDIO MOVIE GRILL – Dalllas, TX
February 4th – 6th
10am – Midnight

The Texas Black Film Festival will host three (3) full days of entertaining and insightful films, workshops, and events. Programmed for family entertainment and inspired by the African-American experience, this festival will provide film makers an opportunity to reach audiences with films seldom recognized through major theatrical release.

Film categories will be screened in 2 hour blocks. Each block is a separate $8 ticketed event (bundle passes available $25-$60).

Click here to get your tickets:

In the spirit of keeping it reel,
I’m Qui
Digging Film Festivals w/an Urban appeal.