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Pick Up the Mic (2006)
Not just a Gay Themed Film. It brings Humanity to this form of Music.
I didn't know much about this film when I saw the flyer at the Sarasota Film Festival. It doesn't give you the best description on any of the posters, but you have to know that this is a wonderful Documentary. I had the pleasure of meeting some of the artists involved w/ the project before seeing the film, which is why I went and caught the screening.
After sitting through the stories of the artists involved you learn that all they really want is to be taken seriously as musicians. They aren't just trying to push the envelope w/ being Gay/Lesbian/Transgendered rapers, they are trying to make music that people can relate to.
Many people in the audience had the same reaction as I did. They thought this was going to be a political film about Gay culture in the Hip Hop Industry, but you come to find out it isn't that. It is about these artists saying and being themselves, no different the Eminem, 50cent or 'Lil Kim are out there doing right now. They want to talk about issues in their lives and just say what they feel.
It's about creative people making a stand for what they love to do, I applaud that. No matter who you are, if you are passionate about something then your passion will rub off on people and make them respect you. I have to say that I respect these artist for their continued determination to make their music heard.
I recommend this film to anyone who is of an open mind & loves music, passionate people & humanity. You will want to know these artists through their music, just as I now want to.
Check out the Pic Up The Mic website and listen to the artist involved. You might be surprised by what you hear.
Our Very Own (2005)
This is a Film for everyone who loves a great story!
I completely recommend this film to anyone who wants to see a film w/ heart, soul & passion. I admit that walking into it I was skeptical, but I absolutely loved what Allison Janney & Jason Ritter brought to the production. Evey scene they are in, you can't help but pay attention to. Autumn Reeser is also a delightful surprise. I am only familiar to her work on the O.C. but after seeing her in this film, is relateable and completely an actor to watch out for in the future!
See this if it comes to a theatre near you! I'm glad that some of the stars as well as the Director & Producers were in attendance at the Sarasota Film Festival. It gave me a greater respect for their work on this project. Congratulations to them all for not making a Hollywood crap film. We All Thank you!
If Only (2004)
Sarasota Film Festival Opening Film...Worth the Ticket Price.
Well heres the deal. As an actor myself I like to think that I know what I am looking for in a good film. I think this is one to see.
Samantha (Jennifer Love Hewitt) is in love with her boyfriend, unfortunately he doesn't pay any attention to her. She is living in London attending school there to be with him. She is a music student and aspiring singer/songwriter. Ian (Paul Nicholls) is wrapped up in his job and is taking her "for Granted". A twist of fate occurs and makes him realize what he has.
Honestly, this is the one of the first times Jennifer Love Hewitt has made an impact on a film. She stands out as a true actor in this production. She also Produced this film, which makes her a force to reckon with in Hollywood. She also lends her vocals to the soundtrack which is worth it. The two songs she performs in the film are wonderful.
English actor Paul Nicholls is a wonderful addition to this cast. He is a breath of fresh air for our films, considering American cinema is plagued by the likes of Nick Cannon and Paul Walker types. Nicholls offers Americans a look at our future Hugh Grant. His performance is considerably good, playing both the "horrible boyfriend" and the "loving boyfriend" within the same film. He never makes you think twice about his integrity or especially his acting.
I recommend this film to anyone who is a Jennifer Love Hewitt fan, or to anyone who is a romantic at heart. This one will get ya'. Director Gil Junger, did a wonderful job and Writer Christina Welsh succeeded as a first time screenwriter. I look forward to any projects they take on in the future.
I also hope that an American company picks this film up for distribution soon.