April Film Challenge 2015: Day 1

Happy April Fools!

So there I was minding my own business at the writing workshop (<- best workshops evah!!) I am a part of when Annique (one of my fellow writers) told me about a challenge she had thought up.  Her goal was to make 30 films in 30 days in April. The films wouldn’t necessarily be for public consumption but was rather to get her making films more often. I of course decided to take it on (with modifications.)  My plan is to make/share a film on at least the even dates in April unless I pre-empt that with an odd day film like I did today.

I shot today’s film Dreams: Breakfast Tease this morning.  I hope you like it.

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10 Tips for a Successful NaNoWriMo 2014

Happy Halloween and Happy NaNoWriMo!

Here are my top 10 tips for a successful NaNoWriMo 2014.

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2014 July 4th Orchard Beach Fireworks

Senator Jeff Klein (D–Morris Park) and Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., hosted the annual New York Salutes America fireworks celebration on June 27. This was my first trip to this fireworks celebration and I loved it. Below is the video I shot.

Dancin’ Machine at 2014 TD Five Boro Bike Tour

In the frenzy that was January, I totally missed the registration for the 2014 TD Five Boro Bike Tour hosted by Bike New York. That was supposed to be my 2nd bike tour of the year (after Tour de Staten Island was moved this year from September to April.) I figured that was the end of that until my buddy Gregory Lathan told me that he would be performing with Dancin’ Machine at the tour’s Queens, NY rest stop. So on the day of the tour, I jumped on my bike and headed out there with no expectation of shooting anything.  With the great music and the Manhattan skyline though, I had to whip out my camera and record the performance.  Here are the results.

2014 BAAD!Ass Women Festival

The Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance (BAAD!) hosted 8 writers for its 2014 BAAD!Ass Women Festival on March 20. I had attended a screening of Kinky Boots at BAAD! a few weeks before and was grateful for the new arts venue in the neighborhood (they moved last year from Hunts Point.) All the BAAD!Ass Women did a great job. Sheila Maldonado read the poem from her book ONE-BEDROOM SOLO. So I present to you my highlight of the night (the poem is about ME! :) ) . . . black green (and remix.)

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Sunday Trip (01/19/14)

The line on the last day of the Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis exhibition at The Frick Collection. The line was pretty much a full circle around the block/building.


Trains Arriving (Bronx, NY)

Late night train ride. Wanted to see how well I could play with coordinating the shooting of two trains arriving at the station.

Music is Coraçãozinho de Satã by Stray

Crotona Park (Bronx, NY)

I took a quick bike ride to Crotona Park and decided to test my bike shooting skills. Ha!  The footage was shot handheld with an iPhone 5c and with no extra processing in Final Cut X.

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Film Review: We Are What We Are (Dir: Jim Mickle)

Here is my review of We Are What We Are [facebook] directed by Jim Mickle and starring Bill Sage, Ambyr Childers and Julia Garner. The film is released by Entertainment One.

We Are What We Are: 105 min
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Film Review: Newlyweeds (Dir: Shaka King)

[****UPDATE Sun 09/29/13 5:42PM : Director Shaka King will be at the 8:20 screening at Film Forum and will be doing a Q&A****]

Go and see the new film Newlyweeds directed by Shaka King. It stars Amari Cheatom, Trae Harris, Tone Tank, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Tonya Pinkins and Colman Domingo.

Newlyweeds (87 min)

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