The U.S. is working on a stimulus package that provides help to corporations, state/local governments, hospitals and some small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. But we know there are millions of independent creatives and contractors who will be left out of this bailout.
As a 501(c)3, non-profit, charitable organization, Urban Mediamakers will support working creatives and independent contractors in Georgia by providing unrestricted fast cash grants through the Creatives Relief Fund to support independent creatives. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and selected weekly. These one-time grants range from $50-$2,500 based on the creative’s needs.
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Patrick Hypes, executive managing editor for DEADLINE recently provided a list of film/TV productions that have been halted because of the coronavirus. Hypes writes, “The coronavirus has hit the movie industry hard, with dozens of films around the world halting production or seeing their starts delayed as the outbreak continues to spread. Have a look at our list of impacted feature films. “
An outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has spread throughout China and to 31 other countries and territories, including the United States. Fourteen cases have been diagnosed in the United States, in addition to 39 cases among repatriated persons from high-risk settings, for a current total of 53 cases within the United States. The U.S. government and public health partners are implementing aggressive measures to slow and contain transmission of COVID-19 in the United States.
What can you do to stay health?
- Wash your hands often.
- Cough into your elbow.
- Don’t touch your face.
- Keep safe distance from people – 6 feet.
- Stay home if you can .
A new report found that in the industry, writers, directors, and executives are still over 80 percent white and male—and that stat is borne out on the Academy Awards stage.
Cerise Castle, journalist for Los Angeles Magazine, writes, “It’s the time of year when the zeitgeist inevitably turns to the Oscars, a notoriously white award show that consistently overlooks the accomplishments of women and people of color, both in front of and behind the camera. Although some think that Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite could be the first foreign-language film to take home the award for Best Picture, there was a stunning lack of diversity amongst this year’s acting nominees; British actress Cynthia Erivo was the only nonwhite actor nominated for a performance. For almost a century, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science has maintained a death grip on its status as the gatekeeper to Hollywood acclaim. “
SCREENDAILY released the set dominate storylines of our global film industry. The storylines include:
- The Streaming Wars Intensify
- Festivals Face Up to Challenging Times
- Don’t Expect Such a Dominant Year For Disney
- Will China’s ‘Cold Winter’ Continue?
- The Harvey Weinstein Criminal Trial
- Will This Be Africa’s Year?
- What Future for Culture and Cinema Under the New European Parliament?
- Can the Industry Get Serious About Sustainability?
- Gender Equality – More Action, Less Talk
- Will the Indie Film Industry Start Embracing AI?
Read the full article written by Melanie Goodfellow, Charles Gant, Fionnuala Halligan and Wendy Mitchell.
Idris Elba Pretended to Be American to Get His Role on ‘The Wire’
Watch the Complex.com video starting at 16:16: https://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2019/08/idris-elba-the-wire-pretended-to-be-american-first-we-feast-interview
Complex.com host Sean Evans asked Idris Elba, a black British actor, playing the iconic Stringer Bell on the acclaimed series The Wire, if it was true that series creator David Simon was unaware of his English accent. Elba admits that it’s true, but goes a step further in explaining why Simon didn’t know about his accent in the first place, saying that because Simon told Wire casting director that this series was set in Baltimore, he didn’t want non-American actors cast.
“Alexa Fogel was a casting director that was really into seeing new talent,” Elba says. “She said ‘I love you, I gotta bring you into this audition, but you have to promise that you can’t tell him you’re from East London.'” Fogel apparently told Elba—who was living in Brooklyn at the time—that he had to come in and just speak in an American accent.
Elba explains that when the fourth audition came around, they “changed the tactic” on him, asking him about his life and growing up. “My parents told me not to lie—you gotta look someone in the eye and be honest,” Elba admits. That’s when he had to spill the beans and admit that he was from East London. “Don’t fire Alexa, she told me not to tell you guys,” Elba says he admitted. West shouted “I knew it” and David ended up giving him the job, but instead of giving him the role of Avon Barksdale, he gave Elba the role of Stringer Bell.
Is this a perfect example of how Hollywood casting directors like Alexa Fogel deliberately pushing black British actors over African-American actors?
Join us for a protest rally on Washington, DC Wednesday, November 13, 2019.
The Solidarity Against Comcast’s Assault on the Civil Rights Bill of 1866 Protest Rally is Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at the Supreme Court of the United States building in Washington, DC. Register today and help us spread the word – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/80005549753.
We are asking individuals and organizations who fight for civil and human rights to join us in the protest rally and fight for civil rights in the United States.
If you cannot attend the march:
• Cancel your Comcast/Charter service today [How to Cut The Cable Cord]
• Contact Comcast and Comcast’s CEO on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. and demand they stop this attach in the Civil Rights Bill of 1866 before the Supreme Court
• Contact the Supreme Court and ask them to not change the current law.
There are organizations across the country supporting this fight. Join us for this march on Washington and protest against Comcast/NBCUniversal. Add your name/organization name to the list of supporters. Register today and help us spread the word – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/80005549753.
Here is why Cynthia Erivo, in particular, should not play Harriet Tubman.— 🇺🇸🌴eBoPeep🌴🇺🇸 (@eBoPeep) September 24, 2018
TL; DR: There’s a troubling pattern of Cynthia repeatedly, deliberately, selectively *choosing* to not give respect to African-American heritage – the heritage of Harriet Tubman.#HarrietDeservesBetter pic.twitter.com/omxuA1Ese7