April 2001
Intros


Intro - April 13th

MEET MARTELL AT THE MOVIES

Come and experience the finest in Black film. We are offering you an opportunity to see short films produced by some of the finest young talents in the United States. Following the films, stay and network with local film industry colleagues, party with one of the area's hottest DJ's and have your pallet tantalized by tasty hors d'oeuvres and one of the hottest cocktails around - The Martell Cosmopolitan.

On Tuesday, April 17th @ The Deux Plex in Atlanta, MEET MARTELL AT THE MOVIES will debut beginning at 6:30pm...After Atlanta, we will flow to good ole' St. Louis on April 18th @ The Sheldon. Following that, see us in Philadelphia @ The Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts on April 24th...In May, you can MEET MARTELL AT THE MOVIES in Chicago, Houston, Cleveland, Detroit and finally in The Big Apple. Stay on the lookout for The Report @ Blackfilm.com for more information. If you live in one of the cities listed above, please e-mail your "complete" mailing address to mailto:info@blackfilm.com. BE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR CITY IN THE "SUBJECT" category. We will send you an invitation. Thanks for your support.

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Intro - April 6th

LEGS - IT'S ALL ABOUT LEGS

Go and see "THE BROTHERS" this weekend and next weekend and during any of your spare time. See it again and again and then tell all of your homies, colleagues, ex-lovers, new lovers, bosses, ex-wives, friends and family to see this film. Why? Everyone is aware that the opening weekend is important for a film's success. But what about some real legs? If the "THE BROTHERS" can run on strong legs for a few weeks then that is a real achievement. Hollywood is a business just like McDonalds. If the Big-Mac starts slipping in sales, it will be replaced by Lil' Mac or Shorty Mac until they find one with legs. Studio Executives are faced with the same decisions when they are deciding what to green light and what to throw direct-to-video. In all fairness to them, that's why we have seen so many re-makes of "Boyz In The Hood" - the genre simply was profitable. Blackfilm.com is making a push for this film because we have heard your complaints and know that you want more films like "Waiting To Exhale" and "THE BROTHERS." And the only way - trust us on this one - to make Hollywood and the Indie Community listen is with the sweet viewing pleasure of a Weekend-Knockout at the Box-Office.

We know March Madness cannot be escaped but after the games and your chilly-cheese fries, run on down to the local theater and see this film. You will not be disappointed.


Intro - March 15, 2001

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE STORIES STUPID

It appears that writers, agents, producers & studio executives are finally getting the message that African-American movie-goers are not monolithic and we definitely want more films about the positive people of this race we call Black. On March 23rd, Screen Gems (Sony) will deliver to theaters nationwide, THE BROTHERS. The film has been dubbed, "Refusing to Exhale" by the director, Gary Hardwick. Much like THE WOOD and THE BEST MAN, this film follows the flow of four African-American men as they tackle the usual - love, sex, friendship, honesty and the BIG C word - Commitment. These themes are much needed in the African-American film vocab - we have seen far too many remakes of "Boyz In The Hood," one too many "buddy-cop" flops and we are still sick and tired of being killed in Act 1! And a quick note to our own creative community - when is the thug-life player gonna disappear? If any studio executive or producer were to watch our music videos, they just might be forced into thinking that all we care about are big-asses, bling-blinging or what you ridin' on? No offense to the rap game and the pseudo R&B thugs, but its time to be a little more creative with your videos. The images that you are feeding us are getting old and tired. But rest assured, just like The Best Man, THE BROTHERS will bring some new material to the forefront. Don't miss this one.

ON TAP for this issue: Wilson Morales talks with Terra Renee the founder of the African-American Women in Cinema Conference & Festival and Blackfilm.com's Hollywood Correspondent, Scott D. Southard, says the Scooby Doo movie should not be made.

Tune in NEXT WEEK as Nasser Metcalfe returns with the VIDEO VAULT; Lee Moore takes us to THE SOUNDLAB with "The Caveman's Valentine" soundtrack and you KNOW we have some thoughts on the upcoming OSCARS.


Intro - March 9, 2001

MUSIC SEEMS FAIR - CAN WE SAY THE SAME ABOUT FILM?

Thanks for visiting us. For African-Americans and other minority film actors, directors, Hurricane Up In Smoke producers, etc, March is always a bittersweet month. Hollywood's most exclusive party lights the night but rarely are we honored for our creativity, hard work and dedication to this business. Nevertheless, the tide is changing. No longer are we sad or bitter about not winning an Oscar. We are taking things into our own hands. Although the NAACP'S Image Awards aren't celebrated on the world scale like the Oscars, they do represent something "real" and dear to our hearts. Blackfilm.com would like to congratulate the NAACP for helping to keep dreams alive. We also want to congratulate all of the young filmmakers that have scraped and starved to accomplish their dream. Never stop dreaming and never, ever give up. Just think -- a white-rapper from Detroit won 3 Grammy's so your day is destined to come. And please note, Eminem earned his awards - no doubt about that - the boy has skillz on the mic. We just hope that when talented actors like Denzel (Hurricane, Malcolm X) scorch the screen or directors like Spike Lee (Do The Right Thing, ) deliver outstanding motion picture products that the Voting Members of the Academy look deeply at a filmmaker's skill or the actor's command of the craft as opposed to any other factors.


 

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