Hey Shining Starrs! I pray that the summer has been awesome for you. I'm pretty mad that it's almost over, and mind you I've not taken a vacay yet! BUT, I've been working so hard and have been blessed to make some sizable strides in the process.
I wanted to catch you all up on what I've been doing, and also ask you guys to let me know how in this final quarter of 2016, myself and MtE Media can help you move forward too!
Most recently, I just wrapped a one day scene shoot in Gabby Sidibe's directorial debut, The Tale of Four. Produced by the incomparable Lisa Cortes, the film stars the likes of Ledisi and Jussie Smollet. I wasn't even going to attend the audition, yet I went - totally dressed outside of the character description as I had an event that evening - and I had no clue it was for Gabby. I walk into one of my fave lifestyle brands, Refinery29 and who's sitting at the audition table but Gabby and her producing partner Kia Perry. Mind you Kia was Gabby's PA on Precious (relationships and drive people!!!). The audition went great and I booked the gig. What's crazy is that this time last year I was escorting the likes of Nelson Ellis, J.D. Washington, Azealia Banks and Jill Scott to wardrobe and makeup while fetching lunch and lattes on their sets. This year I was the one in hair and makeup and being tended to. And the actress I played opposite had THE BEST ENERGY. She was awesome, and please look out for this curvy banga, Dana Guerrero, who plays Sweet Thang in the film.
I am set to shoot an episode of the true crime series, Shadow of Doubt next week and I am also in the upcoming Summer 16 Series for the Black Latino Movement. I will be doing the piece A Mother in Theory for the opening play (one of three shows in the series), Of Mothers and Men. For tickets and info, click here as there are only three performances and its one not to miss!!! I will also be announcing my next on-air date for WBLS soon!!!!
Aside from that, I am back to writing music again. I have a few opportunities in the works and I have MISSED the studio and the song writing process. Presently I am arranging an acapella score to a spec commercial that I wrote. Co-directed and shot by Katie Mack, the commercial stars Ebony Obsidian and Andrew Markiewicz. We had a ball with it, and it felt awesome to write it, direct it, do the voice over and create the score. It will be shared soon and will also be worked into my short film L.O.L. that I'm trying to secure funding for to shoot this fall or early spring 2017.
Speaking of commercials, I have also put together a treatment to execute a dope commercial for a loyal client. I can't give the deets on this yet, but Ms. Mack will be the DP yet again, as I direct and produce it. I enjoy creating short form media a lot and this MtE commercial work has me floating!
This month I will also be the Assistant Director and Producer for a social short by Shauntay Cherry. You may recall that I was the lead in her last short, The Haggler, which was a part of the Katra Film Series and has been accepted into the East NY Film Festival and the Ocktoberfest Film Festival as well. This go round she has upped the ante and the stakes and asked me to play my part behind the scenes. Can't wait to shoot this piece!
Lastly...for now...I am also producing a feature film called Broken. We are working on locking the script and then we will proceed to look for a named director and/or a production company to act as a producing partner on it. This is one of the best indie feature scripts I've come across in quite some time and I am elated to be the Creative Producer. I am also honored that the writer, Ta-tanishia Pearson has entrusted me with her debut writing effort. She's an amazing talent on stage as well as with the pen!
There's Miss O's check-in and the rundown of what's going on at the moment. I am dreaming BIG and working to be a standard of both #blackexcellence and excellence overall. Please keep me posted on what you have going too! We love to highlight projects and connect dots for folks, so please keep us posted!
Live life in full-spectrum color...black and white won't cut it family. Don't dilute all of the in between that can paint a bigger and better picture for your existence!