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Shortlist 2015: ‘Mulignans’ Flips the Script on Race in Mob Movies

6 August 2015 4:30 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The first word seen by viewers of Shaka King’s short film “Mulignans” is Italian-American slang for the n-word, immediately letting them know that the following four minutes are going to deal with race. The second thing they see is three black men dressed up like Italian mobsters sitting on a New York stoop, one sunbathing with a tinfoil reflector, while another smokes a cigarette and reads the newspaper. With thick Italian accents, they gripe about the white people causing their neighborhood to go “to the friggin’ dogs.” A finalist in TheWrap’s 2015 ShortList Film Festival, “Mulignans” flips the script on racial dynamics, »

- Reid Nakamura

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HBO & Russell Simmons Ink New Production Deal - 5 Projects, Including One from Shaka King, in Development

30 July 2015 2:36 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

HBO has inked an overall first-look deal with Russell Simmons' new media company All Def Digital (Add), which will see Simmons and his team create and develop a wide range of television projects for HBO. Simmons currently has five active projects set up at HBO, three of which are being developed through his All Def Digital (Add). Of most interest to me is a new comedy series titled "These Are My Friends," created by Shaka King ("Newlyweeds" and the hilarious short film that went viral earlier this year after its Sundance premiere, "Mulignans"). The series, which promises an original and authentic look at hip-hop culture, will follow four real-life »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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HBO & Russell Simmons Ink New Production Deal - 5 Projects, Including One from Shaka King, in Development

30 July 2015 2:36 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

HBO has inked an overall first-look deal with Russell Simmons' new media company All Def Digital (Add), which will see Simmons and his team create and develop a wide range of television projects for HBO. Simmons currently has five active projects set up at HBO, three of which are being developed through his All Def Digital (Add). Of most interest to me is a new comedy series titled "These Are My Friends," created by Shaka King ("Newlyweeds" and the hilarious short film that went viral earlier this year after its Sundance premiere, "Mulignans"). The series, which promises an original and authentic look at hip-hop culture, will follow four real-life rap and hip-hop artists as they struggle to keep their dream alive.  The other project of interest is a comedy series through Add with the Broken Lizard comedy troupe, which will take an innovative and comedic look at race when, »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Russell Simmons Inks Overall Deal with HBO

30 July 2015 1:01 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Russell Simmons has inked an overall first-look production and development deal with HBO, the premium cabler announced Thursday.

Under the pact with Simmons’ new-media company All Def Digital, he and his team will create and develop television projects for the network. Simmons currently has five projects in the works with HBO.

All Def Digital is producing three of the five projects on which Simmons and HBO are collaborating, including a new series that brings the best acts from All Def Digital’s weekly live comedy night. “These Are My Friends,” a comedy series from Shaka King that takes an original and authentic look at hip-hop culture, is also in development. Another comedy, titled “The Broken Lizard Show,” in association with Broken Lizard comedy troupe, will take an innovative and comedic look at race when, hundreds of years in the future, a space ship exploring the galaxy discovers the last white man in the universe. »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Nantucket Film Festival Names 2015 Award Winners

28 June 2015 12:22 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s indie teen drama “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” scored the audience award for best narrative feature at the 2015 Nantucket Film Festival, which also named the winners of its annual Showtime Tony Cox Screenplay Competition.

Kristen Davila’s “Counterintelligence,” a Pakistan-set satire in which an in-debt gambler plays the CIA and a jihadist group against one another in an effort to save his own hide, won the award for the feature screenplay competition. Davila takes home a prize of $5,000 and also scores a slot at a monthlong writing retreat.

Television pilot awards went to Jonathan Schwartz’s half-hour “Sold,” set in an auction house, and Estella Gabriel’s hourlong “Ice,” about a border patrol agent. Winners were also announced for short screenplay (“More Cow Bell” by Andy Nellis) and screenwriting in a short film (Shaka King and Kristan Sprague for “Mulignans”).

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- Gordon Cox

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Shorts Block I – Mlff 2015

29 May 2015 12:03 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Today, I kicked off my visit to the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival in Mammoth Lakes, CA with their first film screening of the day, Shorts Block I. Below you can find the films that screened, and just what I thought of them. Check it out now!

Mulignans – Director : Shaka King / USA / 5 min

Mulignans is a play on the Italian-American slang for a black man, which is based on the Italian word for “eggplant.” This comedic film reverses roles, and puts African-Americans in the role of Italian Gangsters, much like any mob movie that you’ve ever seen. Not only is this film funny, but it’s also a big of an eye opener, with caucasian hipsters being the underdogs. 5 stars

Una Nit – Director : Marta Bayarri / Spain / 17 min

Boy meets girl. Girl goes back to his place. Girl finds out he’s completely nuts! Una Nit follows two frisky »

- Melissa Howland

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Shaka King on Releasing His Sundance Short Mulignans Online

25 February 2015 9:03 AM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Newlyweeds filmmaker Shaka King made the slightly unorthodox decision to release his short film Mulignans online almost immediately following its Sundance premiere last month. Turns out, King never thought of Mulignans as a festival hopper, but a piece of work meant to be seen by “as wide an audience as possible as soon as possible.” Currently at 61,000 views and counting on Vimeo, I asked King to elaborate on his decision: We initially made Mulignans for the web, but a couple friends suggested I enter it into Sundance…and I’m glad I did. But the ultimate goal was always to get it out there […] »

- Sarah Salovaara

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Short Shouts: Watch Shaka King's Sundance Short Film 'Mulignans' Online Right Now

6 February 2015 3:39 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Following its recent premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, writer-director Shaka King ("Newlyweeds") has released his short racial satire "Mulignans" online.  "Mulignans" is Italian-American slang for a black man, derived from Italian dialect for the word "eggplant." King co-stars in the short film along with Cavalier and Jerard Anderson, and co-wrote it along with Kristan Sprague. Said King, "my goal from the start was to throw it up online and see what happens." Find "Mulignans" in its entirety below:  »

- Jai Tiggett

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Shaka King Has Some Advice For Aspiring Filmmakers

6 February 2015 2:30 PM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Shaka King, director of Newlyweeds and the Sundance short Mulignans, has some advice for you.

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- Jack Giroux

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Cinematographer Daniel Patterson on Shooting Shaka King’s Sundance Short, Mulignans

24 January 2015 10:46 AM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Returning to work again with director Shaka King (Newlyweeds) is cinematographer Daniel Patterson, who lenses the director’s Sundance short, Mulignans. Mulignans? From the Sundance catalog: mulignan(s) /moo.lin.yan(s)/ n. 1. Italian-American slang for a black man. Derived from Italian dialect word for “eggplant.” See also: moolie. Source: Urban Dictionary and pretty much every mob movie ever. Called “four minutes of biting, vicious satire” by Filmmaker‘s Sarah Salovaara, Muligans was shot in one day and is one long scene. Below, Patterson discusses how he made that happen. Filmmaker: How and why did you wind up being the cinematographer of your film? What […] »

- Scott Macaulay

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Five Questions with Mulignans Director Shaka King

22 January 2015 7:30 AM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Certain to be one of the most intelligent films at Sundance, Shaka King’s Mulignans is four minutes of biting, vicious satire that ably turns the tables on its viewer. A response to the casual and not-so-casual racism of your average gangster film, King and his cohorts commiserate from the stoop of their Bed-Stuy brownstone about the influx of white people in the neighborhood, in thick Italian accents, wild gesticulations and track suits. Even before King’s character is throwing his cigarette butt at a passing white boy or casually calling a white woman the n-word, you sense just how deeply absurd it is that […] »

- Sarah Salovaara

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