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 –

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!

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

Urban Mediamakers Alumnus KADE WISE Recurring On Fox Drama Series ‘EMPIRE’

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Wise will play Preacher Azal, a politically conscious, Muslim rapper who piques Jamal Lyon’s (Jussie Smollett) musical interest. Hanks will play Blake, a blue-collar rapper, a skilled MC and and lyricist.

Season 4 has seen Lucious (Terrence Howard) battling to regain his physical and mental faculties after the explosion and Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) with her own challenges, revisiting her traumatic 17 years in prison in a series of flashbacks.

Wise’s recent credits include guest starring roles in Lucifer on Fox, Showtime’s Homeland and the horror indie Murder in the Woods opposite Danny Trejo. He’s repped by Entertainment Lab and Global Artists Agency.

Hanks has recurred on IFC’s Maron, Showtime’s Shameless, and HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, and guest-starred in BET’s Tales. His film credits include Bratz, Indiana Jones: The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, Larry Crowne, and Project X. He’s repped by Untitled Entertainment and Loeb & Loeb.

Empire was created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, who executive produce with Brian Grazer, showrunner Brett Mahoney, Ilene Chaiken, Francie Calfo and Sanaa Hamri.

Empire returns Wednesday, March 28 at 8/7c on Fox.


Denzel Washington is Great in the Less-Great Roman J. Israel, Esq. :: EW Review

Denzel Washington is great in the less-great Roman J. Israel, Esq.: EW review

We took a group to see Roman J. Israel Esq. at Atlantic Station in midtown Atlanta, Georgia. First let me say I love Denzel Washington as well as the work of MACRO. The movie has a powerful theme, the story shines light on a truth of America unjust legal system for black people. Great cinematography. But the writing was just not on point.

Roman J. Israel Esq. starts off fine. The middle was good. But something goes awfully wrong in the ending. Did they run out of money for completing the movie? Did they misplace footage shot? Did Denzel not read the script?

Throughout the movie, Denzel Washington did everything in his creative and acting power to make this film awesome. But, the audience’s reaction pretty much told it all. Two or three people clapped, and everyone walked out silently.


You could have heard a pin drop — except for me saying, “This is some BS.”

When I read the following review, it captured everything I wanted to say about Roman J. Isreal Esq, so I am sharing it!

Peace and blessings,
Cheryle Moses

The first two-thirds of Roman Israel are a gripping and original character study, thanks in large part to Washington’s authentic, showy-but-not-too-showy performance. But Gilroy loses his controlled grip in the final act, which veers into some overly melodramatic twists and too-convenient switchbacks. With his hunched gait, lack of people skills, and idealism built on quicksand, Washington makes you believe in Roman 100 percent. Unfortunately, the script lets him down a bit in the homestretch. B

Roman J. Israel Esq. type Movie genre Drama performer director Dan Gilroy mpaa PG-13 When veteran screenwriter Dan Gilroy ( The Bourne Legacy ) made his directorial debut with 2014’s Nightcrawler , he aimed his camera at the seedier sections of Los Angeles that don’t often end up on […]

City of Atlanta Entertainment Training Partnership Program


New Program Gives City Of Atlanta Residents Training And Direct Workforce Access To Georgia’s Growing Film Industry

About the City of Atlanta Entertainment Training Program

Mayor Kasim Reed and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local (IATSE) 479 recently launched the City of Atlanta Entertainment Training Program, the first job training program in the United States focused on helping the film industry build a talent pool of trained below-the-line workers with relevant experience.

The program, which is a four entity partnership between the Mayor’s Office of Film and Entertainment, IATSE Local 479, the film industry and WorkSource Atlanta, is currently in its pilot phase.

At no cost or liability to production companies, WorkSource Atlanta will identify qualified applicants for positions as trainees in motion picture and television productions in Atlanta. WorkSource Atlanta will also pay trainees’ wages for the length of the program, which is up to 17 weeks. Once trainees are accepted into the program, IATSE Local 479 will orient the trainees to the film industry through an intensive two-day workshop and work with production to place trainees on set.

The City of Atlanta Entertainment Training Program is organized through cohorts based on current productions that participate in the program. Depending on the production, the positions open to Atlanta residents vary, which means that the number of participants for each cohort will also vary.

How to Apply

Admission into this program is on a rolling basis. You must be an Atlanta resident.   Not sure if you live within city of Atlanta limits, find out here.Atlanta residents who are interested in participating must be 18 years of age, have a valid Georgia Driver’s License and must register with WorkSource Atlanta and complete the intake process.

After you register, you must attend a WorkSource Atlanta orientation session, which is offered every Wednesday at 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM.  Please be sure to bring all documents listed on the WorkSource Atlanta registration page.

Once you’ve completed the intake process, you will be assigned a skills development advisor. Your skills development advisor will work with you to complete an individual employment plan, discuss how WorkSource Atlanta can support you if you want training from one of our approved training providers (Georgia Tech, Atlanta Tech, etc.) and update you when we start our next cohort in the film training program.

Your skills development advisor will help you register for an interview slot once we are ready to start our next cohort.

Registration for the film training program is done on a rolling basis – we interview prospective participants as soon as we find production entities who are looking for placements. A

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Black Hollywood, Your Turn #MeToo

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When Will Black Hollywood Speak Out On Their Sexual Harrassment Offenders?

Yes, I know that we do not want to bring down black Hollywood now that we are finally being given an opportunity to put our stories in front of the viewing public of the United States. I know that we do not want to throw shade on our black community. I know that if white women have been abused since the beginning of Hollywood, then black women and men have been abused sexually since the beginning of Hollywood.

But who am I to say?

Well, let’s take Atlanta, Georgia for instance – the number one spot in the world for film and television production. The state where Tyler Perry has put down stakes as the black mecca of film and television, and where many Hollywood production companies are running over each other to get to for production incentive gold.

But what are the secrets of Georgia’s Black Hollywood?

From personal experience, I have witnessed Roger Bobb stand on the podium of the Black Women’s Film Network luncheon and cat calling throughout the event as black women walked around, entered the venue, and spoke to attendees. With his arrogance in a general setting, I can imagine what was going on with him behind closed doors.

I’m just saying.

I admire Tyler Perry, but we all know the rumors about him in the past regarding men in his productions.

So I challenge may soul sisters and brothers to tell the stories of sexual harrassment in Black Hollywood. Don’t be afraid. We have your backs. Tell your stories. Contact me direct and confidentially to tell me what you have experienced at 404.460.2793.

White Hollywood is cleaning up … Black Hollywood needs to do the same – speak out with #metoo.