Sundance Institute Announces the 2022 Sundance Ignite x Adobe Short Film Challenge

Competition Will Lead to Selection of the Next 10 Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellows WHAT: The Sundance Institute and Adobe are teaming up to find the next Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellows—emerging filmmakers ages 18 to 25 who are looking to take their careers to the next level. They are encouraged to submit their short film now to be considered for a year-long Sundance Ignite … Continue reading Sundance Institute Announces the 2022 Sundance Ignite x Adobe Short Film Challenge

“American morning” Speaks To America’s Tragedy

By Monteque Pope-Le Beau The story of “American Morning” takes place in the present as it take us on a on a journey through Connor Mathis (Stephen Dexter) tragic experience. A small-town elementary school music teacher who survived a mass shooting at his elementary school that killed 27 children which happened two years ago. In today’s continuing debate about the gun control of assault rifles … Continue reading “American morning” Speaks To America’s Tragedy

Film Review Of The 2021 Newport Beach Film Festival Short “Wichita”

By Monteque Pope-Le Beau How fast would you run to hide your affair? Director Sergine Dumais’s award winning short “Wichita” shows what you do in the dark will eventually be brought to the light. Director Sergine Dumais brings a lighthearted approach to a very difficult and often traumatic life changing situation. In modern times relationships have changed in respect to what it is to be … Continue reading Film Review Of The 2021 Newport Beach Film Festival Short “Wichita”

“LEYLAK”: A Quiet and Powerful Film Depicting A Family’s Grief Observed in the 2020-2021 COVID 19 Pandemic

By Vernon Nickerson 500,000 deaths to date. Once upon a time it was only 100,000; 25,000 of those were from NY, NY. Thankfully, 61 died in New York with a family’s remembrance. This is where “Leylak” (the Turkish word for mauve and or lilac) begins. Historically, the color symbolizes spring and mourning the loss of a loved one. Both themes frame the story simply and … Continue reading “LEYLAK”: A Quiet and Powerful Film Depicting A Family’s Grief Observed in the 2020-2021 COVID 19 Pandemic

AWARD-WINNING COMEDIC SHORT FILM GOOD GIRLS DON’T LAUNCHES ON CBC IN THE CANADIAN REFLECTIONS PROGRAM MAY 20

Lily Pictures and Ana de Lara Films  announced today the national debut of Filipina-Canadian Director Ana de Lara’s award-winning film GOOD GIRLS DON’T as a part of CBC’s Canadian Reflections Program on May 20th at 11:30PM and will then be available on the free CBC Gem streaming service. GOOD GIRLS DON’T boasts an all star cast featuring the talents of Evryle Ebora (Once Upon a … Continue reading AWARD-WINNING COMEDIC SHORT FILM GOOD GIRLS DON’T LAUNCHES ON CBC IN THE CANADIAN REFLECTIONS PROGRAM MAY 20

Capital One City Parks Foundation Summer Stage Anywhere Presents the World Premiere of “They Still Want to Kill Us”in conjunction with Arts Organizations from around the Country

An Uncensored Aria performed and composed by Daniel Bernard Roumain Featuring mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges and directed by multimedia artist Yoram Savion Commemorating centennial of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and marking one year since the murder of George Floyd Premiering May 25, 8PM ET at SummerStageAnywhere.org Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage Anywhere is proud to present the national premiere of the short film “They … Continue reading Capital One City Parks Foundation Summer Stage Anywhere Presents the World Premiere of “They Still Want to Kill Us”in conjunction with Arts Organizations from around the Country

“The Fourfold” Film Review: Animation for Big Screens!

By Vernon Nickerson Alisi Telengut’s animated film and Official Selection at Sundance 2021, “The Fourfold”, is a visual feast of nature, sound, color, and humans in animation. As soon as it opens in theaters post-pandemic,  you can look forward to enjoying it on the big screen where it was born to be seen. Based on the ancient animistic beliefs and shamanic rituals in Mongolia and … Continue reading “The Fourfold” Film Review: Animation for Big Screens!

AVA DuVERNAY JOINS AS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF OSCAR CONTENDER ‘A CONCERTO IS A CONVERSATION’ NEW SHORT DOCUMENTARY FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES OP-DOCS, CO-DIRECTORS BEN PROUDFOOT, KRIS BOWERS

NEW VIDEO RELEASED OF DuVERNAY & BOWERS IN-CONVERSATION FILM TO HAVE FESTIVAL DEBUT AT SUNDANCE 2021 TOMORROWFULL FILM NOW STREAMING ON NYTIMES.COM The new short subject documentary A CONCERTO IS A CONVERSATION tells the story of virtuoso jazz pianist and film composer Kris Bowers as he tracks his family’s lineage through his 91-year-old grandfather from Jim Crow Florida to the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Directed by … Continue reading AVA DuVERNAY JOINS AS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF OSCAR CONTENDER ‘A CONCERTO IS A CONVERSATION’ NEW SHORT DOCUMENTARY FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES OP-DOCS, CO-DIRECTORS BEN PROUDFOOT, KRIS BOWERS

“The Gesture And The Word” Review: A Message Of Love Through Flowers and Words

By Monteque Pope-Le Beau In the day to day bustle of  life a gesture can means so many things. A word can be used to bring happiness or a weapon to hurt. Together they create the defining aspects of the book of one’s life. The chapters in one’s life tells the story of how they lived. Were they bold and live out loud or were … Continue reading “The Gesture And The Word” Review: A Message Of Love Through Flowers and Words

Sundance Institute Selects 2020 Native Filmmakers Lab Fellows

  Five Indigenous filmmakers have been chosen to participate in the 2020 Sundance Institute Native Filmmakers Lab, reimagined and expressed digitally this year on Sundance Co//ab. The Lab is at the core of the Institute’s commitment to supporting Indigenous storytellers since its founding. At the Native Filmmakers Lab (June 29–July 10), Fellows will workshop scripts of their short films under the expert creative mentorship of … Continue reading Sundance Institute Selects 2020 Native Filmmakers Lab Fellows

Breaking Out And Living The Creative Life

By Pamela Drake Wilson It all began from deep within me. I sat on the Senior Diversity committee, season 2018-2019, listening to the lamented woes of difficulty obtaining gainful employment after 55. I’m a problem solver, not a whiner, and I felt like I had been pretty lucky having begun acting as a senior (refusing to reveal my actual age at auditions….appearing 50ish. Casting sites … Continue reading Breaking Out And Living The Creative Life

2020 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERS

  Murmur receives Narrative Feature Grand Jury Prize while Higher Love takes Documentary Prize.  Audience Awards given to narrative feature Residue and documentary feature Bastards’ Road Shoot to Marry takes home Best of Breakouts Audience Award Carlota Pereda, director of Piggy, receives AGBO Fellowship, presented by Slamdance alumni Joe and Anthony Russo   The 26th Slamdance Film Festival today announced the winners of their annual … Continue reading 2020 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERS

An interview with “TRIBES” Director Nino Aldi, Producer/Actor DeStorm (day-storm) Power and Producer/Actor Jake Hunter

By: Vernon Nickerson Edited by: Christopher Roberts “Tribes” is a tremendously poignant and thought provoking film. With a rich textured story “Tribes” paints a picture of humanities complicated identity. It is the consequential poem of our times. Tribes” will be a featured short at the 2020 Santa Barbara Film Festival and The Art Of Monteque had the privilege to do a sit down interview with … Continue reading An interview with “TRIBES” Director Nino Aldi, Producer/Actor DeStorm (day-storm) Power and Producer/Actor Jake Hunter

2020 Sundance Film Festival Review Of “LITTLE CHIEF”- A Poignant Winter’s Tale

By Vernon Nickerson Ouch! That’s what many black preachers jokingly tell their congregants to shout when the sermon is directly applicable to their lives. i.e., stepping on their toes. As a second-year special education teacher at an inner-city Title 1 school, “Ouch!” was my immediate reaction to Erica Tremblay’s visually powerful short, “Little Chief”, from the first minute until the last. In too many classrooms … Continue reading 2020 Sundance Film Festival Review Of “LITTLE CHIEF”- A Poignant Winter’s Tale

Nino Aldi’s “TRIBES” World Premiere At The 2020 Santa Barbara Film Festival

TRIBES, or, what humankind might accomplish if it only had eleven minutes in a speeding subway car!   By Vernon Nickerson, TRIBES, directed by the incredibly talented Nino Aldi, is an absolute gem of an emotional roller coaster and a featured short at the 2020 Santa Barbara Film Festival. Full-disclosure, toy guns particularly and toy weapons of any kind in general were forbidden in my … Continue reading Nino Aldi’s “TRIBES” World Premiere At The 2020 Santa Barbara Film Festival

2020 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL: INDIE EPISODIC, SHORTS AND SPECIAL EVENTS ANNOUNCED

8 Episodic Works, 74 Short Films, 9 Special Events Join Festival Slate   A Love Song for Latasha, photo by Sophia Nahli Allison; Takoyaki Story, courtesy of Sundance Institute; Little Chief, photo by Marshall Stief; City So Real, photo by Steve James; Awkward Family Photos, photo by Rich Schaefer; Hillary, courtesy of Sundance Institute. Works selected across the Indie Episodic, Shorts and Special Events sections … Continue reading 2020 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL: INDIE EPISODIC, SHORTS AND SPECIAL EVENTS ANNOUNCED

2020 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL Hosts The World Premiere Of Native Narrative Short Little Chief

Little Chief, a narrative short film directed by Indigenous filmmaker Erica Tremblay (Seneca-Cayuga), will hold its world premiere as part of the Shorts Selection at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. The story stars an Indigenous cast, including Lily Gladstone (Certain Women, Billions), and was produced through the Sundance Institute Native Filmmakers Lab last year. Filmed with quiet resilience and against the bleak landscape of a … Continue reading 2020 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL Hosts The World Premiere Of Native Narrative Short Little Chief

“Bridget and Iain” Displays The Impact The Walls Of Addiction Has On Family

By William Engel Told with great simplicity and power, “Bridget and Iain” is a heart wrenching story of a mother and son who have a wedge driven between them by the latter’s drug addiction. The film begins with the mother, Bridget, visiting her son, Iain, in rehab. The two of them have a tense conversation about Iain’s current financial and residential situation. Iain claims that … Continue reading “Bridget and Iain” Displays The Impact The Walls Of Addiction Has On Family

“Thirteen” A Message Of Ideologies Passed Through Generations

By: Lori Hoffman Edited: by Colleen Page   “Thirteen” is a short film that portrays a message that two hour films might never be able to do. In the short thirteen minutes of running time, I was able to empathize with one of the main characters, a thirteen year old boy, Musa, who was part of ISIS. Once learning that his parents were killed by … Continue reading “Thirteen” A Message Of Ideologies Passed Through Generations

“POP” To The People! Right On!: Happily Reviewing Karen McPherson’s Playful Short

By Vernon Nickerson Some days,(and some years for this writer) being a responsible working adult can be incredibly lonely. One can feel almost invisible. Then, miraculously, an opportunity to connect and play presents itself. In an instant, once again, you realize that people needing people are still the luckiest people in the world. These are the powerful realizations released in just under eleven lyrical minutes … Continue reading “POP” To The People! Right On!: Happily Reviewing Karen McPherson’s Playful Short