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‘Queen of Katwe’ Leads the Slate at 2016 Urbanworld Film Festival

‘Queen of Katwe’ Leads the Slate at 2016 Urbanworld Film Festival
“Queen of Katwe,” the Disney film directed by Mira Nair and starring Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo, is among the films lined up to screen at the 20th Urbanworld Film Festival, the annual New York showcase of films from diverse creators.

Oyelowo will serve as one of the festival’s ambassadors this year, as will Ava DuVernay, the “Selma” director whose documentary “The 13th” will open the concurrent New York Film Festival. “Katwe,” soon to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and centering on a young Ugandan woman’s quest to become a chess champion, is one of about 70 films that will screen during the festival, which runs Sept. 21-25.

The full 2016 Urbanworld film slate follows:

Spotlight Presentations

Queen of Katwe – Directed by Mira Nair, Presented by Disney

Class Divide – Directed by Marc Levin, Presented by HBO Documentary Films

Black – Directed by Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah, Presented
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Watch 'The Abandon' (5 Black Men Learn They May Be the Last Humans On Earth) #Halloween

I've been digging through the S&A archives, looking for Halloween-related material for obvious reasons. Earlier today, I shared Bree Newsome's awesome 2011 dramatic-horror short film "Wake" (click here to watch it).  Here's another oldie but goodie, this one from 2013 - award-winning playwright and screenwriter Keith Josef Adkins' sci-fi series called "The Abandon." Keith produced a pilot episode for the proposed series (which is embedded below), using it as part of his sales pitch to help raise funds to complete an entire season, which, I assume, he's still working on. You may recall Keith's intro post over the summer of 2013, when he was...
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Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Short Play Festival Winners Announced

The 39th annual Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Short Play Festival has announced it’s six winners. Thirty plays—selected out of an original submission pool of 1,385—were performed at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Playwrights Horizons from Aug. 5 to Aug. 10. Winners were selected by a panel of judges that included Keith Josef Adkins, Rick Burkhardt, Neena Beber, Alex Kilgore, Christian Parker, Emily Morse, and others. The winners were “Taisetsu Na Hito” by Leah Nanako Winkler; “et·y·mol·o·gy” by Jennifer Jasper; “The Logic” by Will Arbery; “A Wake for David’s Fucked-Up Face” by Skylar Fox; “John, who’s here from Cambridge” by Martyna Majok; and “Mandate” by Kelly Younger. “This year’s collection of winners offers a range of playwriting styles and voices, and is perhaps more varied play-by-play than ever before,” said Oob Festival co-Artistic Director and Samuel French Literary Manager Amy Rose Marsh in a press release.
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Help Fund 'The Abandon' (5 Black Men Learn They May Be The Last Humans On Earth)

In December, we posted the pilot episode for awarding-winning playwright and screenwriter Keith Josef Adkins' sci-fi series called The Abandon, and, as I recall, many of you really dug it! In fact, it was well-received across the blogosphere, wherever it was shared. It's embedded below if you haven't seen it yet. Keith is now trying to raise additional funds that will help cover the costs of production of more episodes of the series, and has launched an IndieGoGo campaign to assist. You may recall Keith's intro post over the summer, when he was trying to raise funds for the project... I thought I'd let him speak for himself about The Abandon, as well as his...
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Watch Episode 1 Of Keith Josef Adkins' New SciFi Series 'The Abandon'

Here's the pilot episode for awarding-winning playwright and screenwriter Keith Josef Adkins' sci-fi series called The Abandon. You may recall Keith's intro post over the summer, when he was trying to raise funds for the project... I thought I'd let him speak for himsef about The Abandon, as well as his motivation for making it; here's an excerpt: Although shows like Battlestar Galactica and the short-lived The 4400 intrigue and entertain, the amount of black and brown representation [in sci-fi] are usually limited. And no, side-kicks and color-blind casting are not sufficient representation. I love sci-fi. I particularly like sci-fi that explores alien invasions. Ridley Scott’s Alien is one of my favorite films and I can watch it every day and never get bored. In my opinion, the film has the perfect mix of a singular alien encounter and the expendability of human life, all played out in that final...

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Watch Episode 1 Of Keith Josef Adkins' New SciFi Series 'The Abandon'

Here's the pilot episode for awarding-winning playwright and screenwriter Keith Josef Adkins' sci-fi series called The Abandon. You may recall Keith's intro post over the summer, when he was trying to raise funds for the project... I thought I'd let him speak for himsef about The Abandon, as well as his motivation for making it; here's an excerpt: Although shows like Battlestar Galactica and the short-lived The 4400 intrigue and entertain, the amount of black and brown representation [in sci-fi] are usually limited. And no, side-kicks and color-blind casting are not sufficient representation. I love sci-fi. I...
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'The Abandon' - A Sci-Fi TV Series (5 Black Men Learn They May Be The Last Humans On Earth)

My name is Keith Josef Adkins. I’m a so-called awarding-winning playwright and screenwriter. I receive more awards than I actually get productions, but hey, you can’t have everything, Lol. I worked as a TV writer for the hit comedy Girlfriends with Tracee Ellis Ross and Golden Brooks and developed a few TV projects, including the adaptation of an urban novel called The Adventures of Sam Black with Maya Films (makers of Serena with Jenifer Lopez). A few years ago I had this idea for a sci-fi TV series called The Abandon. A series that places five black men and one black woman at the center of an alien invasion. Although shows like Battlestar Galactica and the short-lived The 4400 intrigue and entertain, the amount of black and brown representation are usually limited. And no, side-kicks and color-blind casting are not sufficient representation. I love sci-fi. I particularly like sci-fi that explores alien invasions.
See full article at Indiewire Television »

'The Abandon' - A Sci-Fi TV Series (5 Black Men Learn They May Be The Last Humans On Earth)

My name is Keith Josef Adkins. I’m a so-called awarding-winning playwright and screenwriter. I receive more awards than I actually get productions, but hey, you can’t have everything, Lol. I worked as a TV writer for the hit comedy Girlfriends with Tracee Ellis Ross and Golden Brooks and developed a few TV projects, including the adaptation of an urban novel called The Adventures of Sam Black with Maya Films (makers of Serena with Jenifer Lopez). A few years ago I had this idea for a sci-fi TV series called The Abandon. A series that places five black men and one black woman at the center of an alien invasion. Although shows like Battlestar Galactica and the...
See full article at ShadowAndAct »

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