Connect with us

Entertainment

6th Annual Capital City Black Film Festival Kicks Off This Week

Published

on

The Capital City Black Film Festival returns to Austin for its 6th year with events planned Friday, Aug. 31 and Saturday, Sept. 1 at the Austin Convention Center at 500 E. Cesar Chavez St.

This year’s festival will be filled with special screenings, talkbacks with Hollywood directors and producers, thought-provoking panel discussions and film screenings for more than 80 independent films from across the nation.      

Friday, August 31

  • 9:00 AM – Film Screenings begin
  • 11:30 AM – Filmmaker chat with Director/Producer Amani Martin (The Last Defense, HBO Sports)
  • 12:30 PM – The Last Defense Screening           
  • 2:30 PM – The Last Defense Panel Discussion featuring co-creators, director, exec. prod., and cast members
  • 6:30 PM: Red Carpet Opens (Special Guests: Filmmaker Jeremy Sadowski, UT Precursors Leon Holland and Charles Miles)
  • 7:30 PM: Texas Premiere of Breaking Down Barriers: The C.R. Roberts Story w/ panel discussion immediately following with Producer Jeremy Sadowski and UT Precursors Leon Holland and Charles Miles

Saturday, September 1

  • 9:00 AM: Film Screenings Begin
  • 11:30 AM: Reconstructing the Narrative – Storytelling and Diversity with Rob Williams (JuVee Productions)
  • 3:30 PM Marketing on a Shoestring Budget
  • 7:00 PM: Red Carpet Opens (Special Guests: Participating Filmmakers)
  • 8:00 PM: Filmmaker Awards Presentation

Advertisements

Entertainment

Musicians Come to Life in Photo Exhibit

Published

on

By

By Aissatou Sidime-Blanton

Kimberly Hopkins’s striking black and white photos, now on display at the AP Art Lab, are a wonderful homage to famous African-American photographers. Her first solo exhibition, “Street Formation,” will close with a reception from 6-8 pm on Sept. 27 at the gallery, located at 1906 S. Flores Street in San Antonio.

In fact, Hopkins readily admits her photos are inspired by the works of Brooklyn street photographer Andre D. Wagner and the late iconic photographic documentarian Gordon Parks.

Hopkins solo exhibition is a collection of live action-based photos of all the street musicians she has photographed during the last five years. Her subjects were captured in New Orleans, Minden, Tennessee, Austin, San Antonio and Chicago. The show title is a musical reference but also fits perfectly with AP Art Lab’s mission to exhibit artwork focused on women’s issues and social change.

“Musicians often have a role in social change. If you think of Otis Redding, The Temptations and others they were instrumental in the Civil Rights Movement  – they set the foundation for musicians across the world,” Hopkins said.

Hopkins, who is not a musician but always wanted to play piano, hopes viewers are inspired to see the value of anyone who takes the time to make music.  “There is talent all around us.”

Hopkins, a native Houstonian, has lived in San Antonio since 2011. She received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Prairie View A&M University and a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from University of Texas San Antonio.

Her passion for photography ignited when she picked up her first digital camera in architecture school. City streets, people and public transportation quickly became her visual language.

Today, the self-taught photographer also is a city planner for the City of San Antonio. Her photos reflect a cross-pollination between her “day job” and avocation because the photos also are informed by her interest in how everyday people use public spaces.

For more information on Hopkins’s work go to www.KHopPhotography.com or www.saethnicartsociety.org.

Aissatou Sidime-Blanton is a San Antonio-based curator and art collector. With her husband, Stewart Blanton, she underwrites the Abaraka Award, a biennial grant for African American women who teach, curate or create visual art. Learn more at SidimeBlantonFund.org.

 

 

Advertisements
Continue Reading

Entertainment

Season 5 | EMPIRE preview

Published

on

By

Advertisements
Continue Reading

Entertainment

Dinner for Two TV Show Tells Story of Love and Lost

Published

on

By

How do you mend a broken heart? TV One‘s new original film, DINNER FOR TWO, poignantly illustrates that it can be a long journey from love lost to acceptance. Premiering Sunday, September 2 at 7p.m. ET/6C, with an encore at 9 p.m. ET/8C on TV One, this complex love story stars R&B heartthrob and actor Tristan ‘Mack’ Wilds (“The Wire”, “90210”), and rising star Chaley Rose(“Nashville”).

DINNER FOR TWO stars Wilds as Chris Moore, a man trying to come to terms with true love lost, playing opposite Rose as his beloved Angela. When his soul mate, Angela, leaves him, his life becomes a complicated mess. Now he is facing a major decision about his future, and drinking heavily, as he can’t seem to move past mourning the relationship. Broken-hearted, Chris prepares a favorite meal that he and Angela shared on many romantic evenings together. As he breaks bread with the love of his life for perhaps the last time, he revisits what made him fall for her in the first place.

“We’re thrilled to be able to showcase the talents of the multi-talented Tristan Wilds and up-and-comer Chaley Rose, whose acting skills seamlessly bring this emotional and intricate script to life,” says Robyn Greene Arrington, Head of Programming for TV One. “Their natural chemistry lends itself to the story, offering viewers the chance to get lost in this relatable narrative of love and loss.”

“What drew me to this film is how much heart the script had,” said Wilds, who also serves as executive producer. “It helps you understand that through all types of obstacles, love conquers all.”

DINNER FOR TWO is the newest addition to TV One’s successful slate of acclaimed original films that range from dramas, comedies, biopics and more. Programming includes TV One’s highest-rated original film When Love Kills, which reached 4.9mm unique viewers and was #1 in African-American households in its time period, and Bobbi Kristina, the #3 highest rated TV One film reaching 3.2 mm unique viewers and was the #1 cable telecast in African-American households premiere weekend.

DINNER FOR TWO is written and directed by Orlando Bishop and produced by Swirl Films. Tristan “Mack” Wilds and Eric Tomosunas of Swirl Films serve as executive producers. Also serving as producers are Nicole Dow, Bishop’s producing partner, and Keith Neal, James Seppelfrick, Ron Robinson, and Darien Baldwin of Swirl Films. Casting is provided by Leah Daniels-Butler, CSA and George Pierre. For TV One, Jubba Seyyid is the Executive Producer in Charge of Production, Donyell McCullough is Sr. Director of Talent & Casting, and Robyn Greene Arrington is Head of Original Programming and Production.

For behind-the-scenes videos and other original content, as well as more information about TV One’s original movies and upcoming programming, visit the network’s companion website at www.tvone.tv. TV One viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on Twitter, Instagram  and Facebook (@tvonetv) using #DINNERFORTWOand #REPRESENT.

 

Advertisements
Continue Reading

Hot Topics