In recent months, there has been much focus of a lot of historical atrocities that they never taught us in school. Case and point, the massacre of Black Wallstreet or as it’s commonly known, as the Tulsa Race Massacres of 1921. The massacre was featured in the first episode of HBO’s Watchmen aa d fans were shook!
The incident depicted in this film took place a few years before the Tulsa massacre and ended with 13 black soldiers being hung. The incident speaks to the relevancy of what is happening now and how, black men serving this country during war time, were given zero respect. This trailer is intense and it shows a lot, but am really digging the grittiness.
The 24th tells the incredibly powerful and timely true story of the all-black Twenty-Fourth United States Infantry Regiment, and the Houston Riot of 1917. The Houston Riot was a mutiny by 156 African American soldiers in response to the brutal violence and abuse at the hands of Houston police officers. The riot, which lasted two hours, led to the death of nine civilians, four policemen and two soldiers and resulted in the largest murder trial in history, which sentenced a total of nineteen men to execution, and forty-one men to life sentences.The 24th is directed by American writer / filmmaker Kevin Willmott, director of the films Ninth Street, C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America, The Battle for Bunker Hill, The Only Good Indian, Destination Planet Negro, Jayhawkers, and The Profit previously, as well as shorts and TV work. The screenplay is by Kevin Willmott & Trai Byers. It’s produced by Jordan Fudge, Alexandra Milchan, Trai Byers, Kevin Willmott. Vertical will debut The 24th in “virtual cinemas” and on VOD starting August 21st.
Legendary composer/director John Carpenter has returned with his first non-soundtrack music since 2016’s Lost Themes II. Collaborating again with son Cody Carpenter and godson Daniel Davies, his bandmates and co-composers for the David Gordon Green-directed Halloween films, Carpenter is sharing the propulsive new single “Skeleton” and its B-side, the haunting “Unclean Spirit.”
The sessions for these songs saw the trio shifting their focus from scoring for the screen and engaging a totally different creative muscle. Instead of being guided by what was happening in the world of Halloween, they were free to work toward other ends.
“It was refreshing to be able to write music that didn’t have to fit to any sort of locked image,” John said. “We also had a specific focus and direction we wanted to follow when working on Halloween, both in terms of mindset and instruments, and being able to return to working without that narrow focus was refreshing. Although working on Halloween didn’t specifically influence any of these new compositions, there is always a honing of craft that must take place when working on a film like Halloween, and our improved skills definitely helped us in writing these songs.”
Limited to 500 and available exclusively on Bandcamp. Ships for August 28. Includes unlimited streaming of Skeleton b/w Unclean Spirit via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is who number 45, wishes he could be, that is, if we didn’t have the constitution in place. Crimes against humanity is what Duterte has been serving up for some time. The man rules with a iron hand and with that, comes a body count.
This documentary is about one woman who dedicated her life to stopping his authoritarian rule! Maria Ressa is a journalist and humanitarian who has been in the crosshairs of Duterte for some time. She has been the voice of free speech for not only Filipino’s, but for journalist everywhere who are being threatened by the current regime! This trailer chronicles her journey despite insurmountable odds.
A look at how Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte uses social media to spread disinformation. Nowhere is the worldwide erosion of democracy, fueled by social media disinformation campaigns, more starkly evident than in the authoritarian regime of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Journalist Maria Ressa places the tools of the free press—and her own freedom—on the line in defense of truth and democracy.A Thousand Cuts is directed by Filipino-American producer / filmmaker Ramona S. Diaz, director of the doc films Spirits Rising and Motherland previously as well as other TV work. This first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year; it also won the Best International Film award at the Documentary Edge Festival. PBS will release Diaz’s doc A Thousand Cuts in select theaters + “virtual cinemas” starting on August 7th this summer. For more info on the doc, visit the film’s official website.
Director William Caballero has created a quirky masterpiece with Victor and Isolina! This story, told by use of 3D modeling, still pictures, beautiful cinematography and lovely music, is about the relation between the directors grandparents Victor and Isolina.
It has that NPR: Storycorps vibe as the visuals chronicle the falling in and out of love of these not-so-starstruck lovers.
From the directors Vimeo page:
Victor and Isolina is an animated short film, featuring 3D printed miniatures of director William D. Caballlero’s bickering and boisterous, Puerto Rican grandparents. It’s a humorous ‘he said, she said’ account of how the elderly couple separated after years of a shaky relationship and cohabitation.
Victor and Isolina debuted at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, qualified for an Academy Award, and screened at the Museum of Modern Art.
The short film is a spinoff of ‘Gran’Pa Knows Best’, an interstitial series that debuted for two seasons on HBO, where the viewer gets to ask Caballero’s grandfather for his quirky advice on a variety of topics (www.granpaknowbest.com). The series is currently available for licensing, and all interested parties should send Caballero a private message for more information.
Directed, produced, shot, and edited by William D. Caballero (www.wilcab.com)
Produced by Elaine Del Valle (www.delvalleproductions.com)
The extended trailer for the new Disney Pixar film Soul, dropped a few weeks ago and yes, I am late to the game, but it still worth showcasing cause it’s beautiful and it’s a Disney animation starring a black lead and several other black characters.
Soul is directed by Academy Award winning director Pete Docter (Inside Out, Up) and Kemp Powers (One Night in Miami). The score is being produced by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
So the story goes like this, Joe is a middle-school band teacher whose life hasn’t quite gone the way he expected. His true passion is jazz — and he’s good. But when he travels to another realm to help someone find their passion, he soon discovers what it means to have soul.
All I really have to hear is the name Albert Mielgo (Enter The Spiderverse, Tron: Uprising,Corpsebride) and I’m all in, so when I saw that there was a new game trailer directed by him, you know I was gonna post it!
In our Gameplay Overview Trailer, we introduced some of the main characters you will encounter in Watch Dogs: Legion. First up, Nigel Cass, CEO of Albion. Albion is the corrupt private military company that has been hired to keep London safe, after a coordinated bombing by a mysterious terrorist has the city in fear. The safety of all citizens doesn’t seem to be his main priority though and his iron fist rule doesn’t sit well with DedSec.
We also meet Mary Kelley, head of the most powerful crime syndicates in London. Her reign of terror does not bode well for the citizens of London and you will need to figure out ways to stop her criminal operations.
You must build your own resistance to liberate London, clear the city of corruption, end the rule of terror imposed by Albion and find out who is behind the coordinated bombing that is being blamed on DedSec. To do so, you can recruit anyone you want from all of London and will have access to DedSec’s impressive hacking capabilities. The different ways to approach missions is a key part of the different characters you can recruit to your resistance.
I’m not a gamer, but this trailer is fucking amazing!
It’s crazy how these guys are still working! Every time I turn around, they are in something new and edgy! This is a testament to their skill! Who am I talking about? Why none other than Ethan Hawke and Kyle MacLachlan who play inventors Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison in this brave new take on the race of the century. Tesla, directed and written by Michael Almereyda (Marjorie Prime, Experimenter, Cymbeline, and Hamlet) is off-beat, but entertaining! There are a ton of quirky and anachronistic stuff going on, for instance a cellphone and laptop can be seen in some of the clips in this trailer and to top it all off, comedian Jim Gaffigan co-stars as Edison’s right hand man George Westinghouse. Tesla” also stars Eve Hewson, Hannah Gross, Josh Hamilton, and Ebon Moss-Bachrach.
Here is the official synopsis: Brilliant, visionary Nikola Tesla (Hawke) fights an uphill battle to bring his revolutionary electrical system to fruition, then faces thornier challenges with his new system for worldwide wireless energy.”
Out of the Sundance Film Festival, IndieWire’s David Ehrlich wrote, “Before the lights went down at the world premiere of ‘Tesla,’ writer-director Michael Almereyda said that his unconventional biopic of the famously enigmatic futurist was inspired by Derek Jarman, Henry James, and certain episodes of ‘Drunk History.’ He wasn’t kidding. What starts as an earnest (if lyrical) profile of the man who invented Elon Musk soon explodes into something more appropriately postmodern when Nikola Tesla (Ethan Hawke) and Thomas Edison (Kyle MacLachlan) get into a heated ice cream fight, and a woman’s voice comes over the soundtrack to inform us that it probably didn’t happen this way.”
This is cult status people! The battle begins on IFC August 21!