Filmmaker John Daniel Singleton, Dies at 51

John Daniel Singleton, Filmmaker

Legendary filmmaking John Daniel Singleton had a stroke several days ago. He began having pains in his legs and took himself to the hospital. Singleton has been in a coma for days and, sadly, the family will be taking him off life support today.

Read the full family statement below:

It is with heavy hearts we announce that our beloved son, father and friend, John Daniel Singleton will be taken off of life support today.  This was an agonizing decision, one that our family made, over a number of days, with the careful counsel of John’s doctors.
https://www.thewrap.com/john-singleton-to-be-removed-from-life-support-family-says/

Announcement Source: The Wrap

Avengers: Endgame’s $1.2 billion opening weekend is the biggest in movie history

Avenger EndGame

Marvel’s follow-up to Infinity War has already broken several records, mere days after its debut.

By Alex Abad-Santosalex@vox.com  Apr 29, 2019, 9:40am EDT

The end of an era for the Avengers has kicked off a new one for box office successes. Avengers: Endgame, which marks the end of Marvel’s 11-year narrative known as the Infinity Saga, grossed $1.2 billion worldwide in its opening weekend, including $350 million domestically, breaking all kinds of records in the process.

Read the full article at https://www.vox.com/2019/4/29/18521581/avengers-endgame-box-office-1-2-billion

Tessa Thompson Talks About the Lack of Afro-Latino Stories in Hollywood

Tessa Thompson

I’m someone who talks a lot about representation. It’s important that we see more black women on screen. Sometimes there isn’t necessarily a conversation around the nuance of, “what kind of black woman?” I mean, we are not a monolith. I feel heartened when a young woman sees a film that I’m in and says that she can relate to me. I’m also sympathetic that there are women of color and black women that see me in a film and don’t feel seen. That’s real and true.

In Hollywood, I don’t think there’s enough real representation and nuance in that space. I see a lot of incredible Afro-Latinas working, but I’m not sure that there are enough stories told that speak to that particular experience. I’m really interested in telling stories like my grandmother’s.

Read the entire article by Carmen Phillips in Remezcla –
https://remezcla.com/features/film/little-woods-interview-tessa-thompson-nia-dacosta/

Award-Winning Independent Films at 17th UMFF 2018

The Urban Mediamakers Film Festival prides itself on bringing some of the best award-winning projects from around the world to metro-Atlanta. And this year is no different. The 17th Urban Mediamakers Film Festival (UMFF) projects competing are from Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, France, Guiana, India, Ireland, Italy, Martinique, Poland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Tiawan, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States!

Check out some of the trailers – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2JO30Tm6jezx1USh-4vaGZ8pBuXSlAr_

UMFF 2018 Official Writers

We are so excited to have a powerful group of writers competing in the 17th Urban Mediamakers Film Festival.  Our categories this year are:

  • Feature Film Script
  • Short Film Script
  • Spec/Television Script
  • Feature Film Scripts – Student
  • Short Film Script – Student
  • Spec/Television Script – Student

Congratulations to all UMFF 2018 writers!
http://umff.com/umff-writers.html

Feature Film Script
  • Blue Cadillac. White Girl. directed by Lamarr Gray – Aurora, Colorado USA
  • Deadline written by Serge Adam – France
  • Diversity written by Desmond Duncker – New York, NY
  • Freedom Run written by Devvin Jamar Mattison – Denton, TX
  • Mi Negra written by Luis E Diaz – New York, NY USA
  • Mr. Nice Guy written by Devvin J. Mattison – USA
  • Nyobaywa written by 42 Tribes – USA
  • Why Can’t I Keep A Man written by Tykisha Jones – Atlanta, GA USA
Short Film Script
  • Always a Part of You written by Alex Costello – Los Angeles, CA USA
  • Black Love written by Victoria Renee – Atlanta, GA USA
  • First There’s Lightning written by Davante Sanders – Los Angeles, CA USA
  • Lawful Injustice written by Kevin L. Cole, Jr. – USA
  • Mizan written by Kimberly Smith – Palm Beach Gardens, FL USA
  • My Black Friend written by James M. Martin – Denton, TX USA
  • Reparations written by Renee M. Jones – Atlanta, GA USA
  • The Light Dares To Desert Me written by Eriah S. Howard – Palmdale, CA USA
  • Witch Way Love written by James M Martin – Denton, TX USA
Spec/Television Script
  • Atlanta – “Black Is Black” written by Desmond Duncker – New York, NY
  • Black Mirror – Can You Hear the Music? directed by Jerico Magallanes – San Antonio, TX USA
  • Felicity Finds Love: Chronicles Of A Reluctant Cougar written by Leasharn M. Hopkins – Blythewood, SC USA
  • Fury of a Woman Scorned written by Eriah S Howard – Palmdale, CA USA
  • Greater Ebenezer on High written by Donna D. Davis – Kissimmee, FL USA
  • I’ll Never Let You Go written by Leonard Anderson Jr – Philadelphia, PA USA
  • Set You Free written by Kristy Thomas – North Hollywood, CA USA
  • The Movement written by Marcelle A. Davis – USA
  • Where’d You Go written by Dennis Ross IV – Minneapolis, MN

Film Scripts – Student

  • Flicker written by Chris Blount – Short Film Script – Atlanta, GA USA
  • Aria written by Michael J. Lando – Feature Film Script – Chicago, USA
  • The Cathedral written by Annie Pace – Spec/Television Script – Burbank, CA USA