“The Farewell” – Written and Directed by Lulu Wang

The Farewell Movie

Chinese-born, U.S.-raised Billi (Awkwafina) reluctantly returns to Changchun to find that, although the whole family knows their beloved matriarch, Nai-Nai (Shuzhen Zhao), has been given mere weeks to live, everyone has decided not to tell Nai Nai herself. To assure her happiness, they gather under the joyful guise of an expedited wedding, uniting family members scattered among new homes abroad. As Billi navigates a minefield of family expectations and proprieties, she finds there’s a lot to celebrate: a chance to rediscover the country she left as a child, her grandmother’s wondrous spirit, and the ties that keep on binding even when so much goes unspoken.

Vulture has a great article about “The Farewell” that you should read. Here is a snippet of that article.

“Chinese people have a saying: When people get cancer, they die.” These are the words of wisdom imparted to Brooklyn twentysomething Billi (Awkwafina) by her mother while delivering the news of her beloved grandma Nai Nai’s lung cancer diagnosis. They’re clearly little comfort, but also prove to be anything but reliable in the turn of events that follows.

The Farewell, based on writer-director Lulu Wang’s own stranger-than-fiction true family story, was previously featured on the 2016 This American Life episode “In Defense of Ignorance.” But no podcast could have prepared anyone for the sophistication of Wang’s talents as a filmmaker, and in this, her second feature, she transcends the hooky premise with confidence and subtlety. The little dramas and themes that emerge during the reunion of the film’s far-flung brood become, like a family, more than the sum of its individual parts, and an incredibly satisfying meal of a film.

Read the full article – https://www.vulture.com/2019/07/the-farewell-awkwafina-sundance-movie-review.html

What is the Future of Filmmaking in Georgia?

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Since the new abortion bill passed in Georgia this year, many have been asking “What is the future of filmmaking in Georgia?” An article in US News addresses that question. Below is an exert from the article.

A LITTLE UNDER A YEAR ago, Andrea Ferguson became one of the many people who left Hollywood for Georgia.

Ferguson, a graphic designer working for different film production companies, bought a house in Atlanta with her husband, who also works in the entertainment industry.[ 

Georgia increasingly appears in movies and TV shows, and has seen shooting for productions such as “Baby Driver,” “Selma” and “Stranger Things.” Film and TV production supports 92,000 jobs in the state, in addition to granting Georgia the national and international visibility it desires. In 2017, the state was the top shooting location in the country for the highest-grossing U.S. movies and tied with the United Kingdom for the No. 2 location worldwide.

But crew members and other people who work in entertainment now face a question: How will Georgia’s new law banning most abortions affect the industry?

“It has a lot of people very nervous because we’ve all invested in it,” Ferguson says.

Read the full article at USNews.com – https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/articles/2019-06-28/georgia-navigates-its-future-with-entertainment-industry

Premature Acquired by IFC Films

IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to “Premature,” the provocative second feature film by Rashaad Ernesto Green that premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Headlined by a brave, breakout lead performance from actress Zora Howard, who co-wrote the screenplay with Green, the film also stars Joshua Boone, Michelle Wilson, Alexis Marie Wint, Imani Lewis, and Tashiana Washington.

The film was shot on stunning 16mm film in New York City by cinematographer Laura Valladao, and produced by Joy Ganes, Rashaad Ernesto Green and Darren Dean.

“Premature” is based on a 2008 short film of the same name, also written and directed by Rashaad Ernesto Green, and will have its New York Premiere at BAMCinemaFest on June 15. IFC Films is planning a theatrical release later in 2019.

Filmmaker John Daniel Singleton, Dies at 51

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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

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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/