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Screen Media Promotes Seth Needle to EVP, Global Acquisitions and Co-Productions, Hires Katharyn Howe (Exclusive)

Screen Media Promotes Seth Needle to EVP, Global Acquisitions and Co-Productions, Hires Katharyn Howe (Exclusive)
Screen Media has promoted Seth Needle to executive vice president, global acquisitions and co-productions. Needle, who has been with Screen Media for a decade, will continue to report to David Fannon, president of Screen Media and executive vice president of distribution at Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment.

Needle oversees all acquisition efforts at Screen Media, including finding domestic new releases and foreign sales. He also programs the company’s Crackle Plus network. In addition, he oversees Screen Media’s involvement in the company’s co-production efforts.

Screen Media also announced the hiring of Katharyn Howe to the post of vice president, global acquisitions and co-productions. Howe will report directly to Needle and will be responsible for continuing the company’s acquisitions and productions efforts, while also managing the department’s staff, which includes Creative Executive Conor McAdam and Managers of Acquisitions Brendan Murray and Logan Taylor.

“I am very
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Film Independent names winners of emerging filmmaker awards

Film Independent names winners of emerging filmmaker awards
Previous winner Shaka King named honourary chair for this year’s Spirit Awards.

Film Independent has revealed the winners of its three emerging filmmaker awards, each of which comes with a $25,000 unrestricted cash grant.

Ekwa Msangi, director of 2020 Sundance competition entry Farewell Amor, gets the Someone to Watch Award for so far under-recognised “filmmakers of singular vision.” Other finalists for the award were David Midell, director of The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain, and Bull director Annie Silverstein.

Gerry Kim, one of the producers of Mexican drama I’m No Longer Here, shortlisted for this year’s international film Oscar, wins the
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Shaka King Named Film Independent Spirit Awards’ Honorary Chair

Shaka King Named Film Independent Spirit Awards’ Honorary Chair
Judas and the Black Messiah director Shaka King on Tuesday was named honorary chair of the 2021 Film Independent Spirit Awards, which are set to air April 22 on IFC and AMC+.

The news comes a day after King and Judas picked up a pair of Oscar nominations — for Best Picture on which King was a producer and Best Original Screenplay for the script he co-wrote with Will Berson, Kenneth Lucas and Keith Lucas.

As part of his duties, King announced winners of three $25,000 Spirit Awards cash grants for emerging filmmakers: the Someone To Watch Award, the Producers Award and the Truer Than Fiction Award.

Ekwa Msangi, director of Farewell Amor, received the Someone to Watch Award, given to “filmmakers of singular vision who have not yet received appropriate recognition.” King won the same award in 2014 for his film Newlyweeds.

Gerry Kim received the Producers Award and Pier Kids director Elegance Bratton
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Shaka King Named Spirit Awards Honorary Chair, Gives Out $75,000 in Grants

Shaka King Named Spirit Awards Honorary Chair, Gives Out $75,000 in Grants
Judas and the Black Messiah” director Shaka King has been named the honorary chair of the 2021 Film Independent Spirit Awards, the nonprofit arts organization Film Independent announced on Tuesday. In a video posted on the Spirit Awards website, King launched his tenure in the job by revealing the winners of three cash grants worth a total of $75,000 to emerging filmmakers.

Farewell Amor” director Ekwa Msangi received the Someone to Watch Award, which, according to Film Independent, goes to “talented filmmakers of singular vision who have not yet received appropriate recognition.” The other nominees in the category were “The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain” director David Midell and “Bull” director Annie Silverstein. King won this award himself in 2014 after making his feature debut, “Newlyweeds.”

Gerry Kim, the producer of this year’s Mexican Oscar entry, “I’m No Longer Here,” was named recipient of the Producers Award, which salutes “emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources,
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Shaka King Named Honorary Chair of 2021 Film Independent Spirit Awards, Reveals Winners of 3 Grant Awards

Shaka King Named Honorary Chair of 2021 Film Independent Spirit Awards, Reveals Winners of 3 Grant Awards
Judas and the Black Messiah writer-director Shaka King has been named honorary chair at the 2021 Film Independent Spirit Awards.

The news comes a day after Judas and the Black Messiah nabbed six Oscar nominations, including a best original screenplay nom for King. He also won Film Independent’s Someone to Watch Award in 2014 for the film Newlyweeds.

“Shaka King electrified audiences this year with his tour de force film Judas and the Black Messiah. As a director who won the Someone to Watch Award only a few years ago, we can’t think of a better person to serve as our Honorary ...
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Shaka King

Shaka King
Shaka King, the director and co-writer of Judas And The Black Messiah, shares some of his favorite movies.

Show Notes: Movies Referenced In This Episode

Judas And The Black Messiah (2021)

Goodfellas (1990)

Casino (1995)

Taxi Driver (1976)

The Friends Of Eddie Coyle (1973)

A Prophet (2009)

The Godfather (1972)

The Godfather Part II (1974)

The Pope Of Greenwich Village (1984)

Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

Network (1976)

Serpico (1973)

Prince Of The City (1981)

The Battle Of Algiers (1966)

Z (1969)

Animal House (1978)

King Of New York (1990)

Oldboy (2003)

Crooklyn (1994)

Memories Of Murder (2003)

Do The Right Thing (1989)

Capernaum (2018)

Chop Shop (2007)

Gloria (1980)

Dazed And Confused (1993)

Malcolm X (1992)

The Hospital (1971)

Little Murders (1971)

Newlyweeds (2013)

Other Notable Items

Fred Hampton

The Panther 21

Jamal Joseph

Akua Njeri, formerly Deborah Johnson

Ray Liotta

Martin Scorsese

Robert De Niro

I Love Lucy TV series (1951-1957)

Robert Mitchum

Jesse Plemons

Eric Clapton

Ryan Coogler

John Cazale

Burt Young

The Rocky franchise

Sidney Lumet

Al Pacino

Making Movies memoir by Sidney Lumet

Jackie Cooper

Jean Martin
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Shaka King and George C. Wolfe on Casting Actors and Being Black in Hollywood

Shaka King and George C. Wolfe on Casting Actors and Being Black in Hollywood
Voting continues for the Directors Guild of America Awards, and this year presents one of the most diverse options for members to choose from. Two of those contenders include Shaka King (Warner Bros’ “Judas and the Black Messiah”) and George C. Wolfe (Netflix’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”). This week’s episode of the “Variety Awards Circuit” podcast features the filmmakers, who discuss their features, bringing the stories to the big screen and how they helmed their amazing casts.

Also in this episode, Awards Circuit Podcast roundtable discusses the Golden Globes, and the final predictions for the winners, before they’re announced on Sunday, Feb. 28. On the film side, there’s no agreement on who the evening’s big winners will be as the panel is split between “Mank,” “Nomadland,” “Promising Young Woman” and “The Trial of the Chicago 7.” In the comedy realm, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” and “Hamilton” seem
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‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ Oscar interviews: Watch our in-depth chats with Daniel Kaluuya, Lakeith Stanfield and more

‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ Oscar interviews: Watch our in-depth chats with Daniel Kaluuya, Lakeith Stanfield and more
Judas and the Black Messiah” premiered in theaters and on HBO Max on February 12 telling the true story of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton (played by “Get Out” Oscar nominee Daniel Kaluuya), including how the FBI infiltrated the Panthers and ultimately assassinated him in 1969. Scroll down for our exclusive video interviews with top Oscar contenders from the film.

In addition to Hampton, the film tells the parallel story of William O’Neal, the petty criminal-turned-informant who betrayed him. He’s played by Lakeith Stanfield, who also appeared in “Get Out” with Kaluuya; they shared in a SAG Award nomination as members of the ensemble cast. Stanfield also earned a SAG ensemble nomination for his work in the FX comedy series “Atlanta,” an Independent Spirit Award nomination for his breakthrough performance in “Short Term 12” (2013) and a Gotham bid for his leading role in “Sorry to Bother You” (2018), but he has yet
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‘Judas And The Black Messiah’ Director Shaka King Corrects Misinformation About Black Panther Party, Focuses On Their “Vision For Bettering The World”

‘Judas And The Black Messiah’ Director Shaka King Corrects Misinformation About Black Panther Party, Focuses On Their “Vision For Bettering The World”
Seven years ago, writer, director and producer Shaka King accepted the Film Independent Someone to Watch Award for his quirky comedic debut, Newlyweeds. After years directing shorts and episodes of TV shows Shrill, High Maintenance and People of Earth, the 40-year-old filmmaker returns to the big screen with Judas and the Black Messiah. Collaborating with producers Ryan Coogler and Charles D. King, he tackles the compelling story of how FBI informant William O’Neal (Lakeith Stanfield) infiltrated the Black Panther party and befriended Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya), leading to the deputy chairman’s death in a police raid in 1969. If nominated for Best Picture, the film would be the first in the category in Academy history with all credited producers who are Black.

Deadline: It’s been over 50 years since Fred Hampton was killed, and previous attempts to tell his story have stalled in the past. What did it mean for
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How to Watch ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ on HBO Max

How to Watch ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ on HBO Max
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Check out one of the buzziest titles of Oscar season from the comfort of your own home: “Judas and the Black Messiah,” starring Lakeith Stanfield and Daniel Kaluuya and directed by Shaka King, hits select theaters and HBO Max on Friday, Feb. 12.

The film, about Illinois Black Panther leader Fred Hampton and William O’Neal, the FBI informant who infiltrated the chapter and provided information that led to the raid that ultimately killed Hampton, is available to stream for one month following its release date. Not an HBO Max subscriber? You can join for just $14.99 per month, or sign up before March 1 to take advantage of a promotional offer that will save you more
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‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ Review: Daniel Kaluuya, Lakeith Stanfield Bring Fred Hampton’s Betrayal to Life

‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ Review: Daniel Kaluuya, Lakeith Stanfield Bring Fred Hampton’s Betrayal to Life
A movie about a not so distant past that speaks directly to the present, director Shaka King’s blazing sophomore feature “Judas and the Black the Messiah” — premiering at Sundance and coming to theaters and HBO Max later this month — is a radical work on the final days of Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, made within the not-so-daring apparatus of a Hollywood studio. That it was conceived within those creative walls and still breathes freely as non-conformist art makes it all the more invigorating.

Preaching armed revolution over placating reform, Hampton (here embodied by Daniel Kaluuya) skipped sugarcoated platitudes. At the age of 20 in 1968, when we enter the story, he was already a galvanizing figure of dissent. In a momentous year for protest the world over — including at the Summer Olympics in Mexico City, where the Black Power gesture earned headlines — Hampton was making strides in his diligently grassroots
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‘Judas and the Black Messiah’: How Shaka King Zeroed in on Black Panther Fred Hampton

‘Judas and the Black Messiah’: How Shaka King Zeroed in on Black Panther Fred Hampton
Fred Hampton was 21 years old when he was assassinated by the FBI, who coerced a petty criminal named William O’Neal to help them silence him and the Black Panther Party. But 50 years later, Hampton’s words about revolution still echo, maybe louder than ever. Shaka King’s “Judas and the Black Messiah” aims to tell his story.

Produced by Ryan Coogler, King’s second feature is unlike his first in terms of scope and scale, as he makes the leap from indie stoner comedy “Newlyweeds” to his first studio picture. But King’s original idea for the film was even more ambitious. The touchstone for him was Gillo Pontecorvo’s 1966 masterpiece “The Battle of Algiers,” telling a story that would’ve been broader, encompassing almost the entire Black Panther Party narrative.

“It would’ve had to be a TV series if we went that route, because it was just was too much and we tried,
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Critics Survey: Sundance 2021’s Best Movies According to 376 Critics

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Critics Survey: Sundance 2021’s Best Movies According to 376 Critics
With Sundance going virtual this year, the festival’s organizers predicted that its program would reach more audiences than ever before. IndieWire’s annual Sundance critics survey, presented by AMC+, was a beneficiary of the unusual format. As critics tuned into the festival from around the world, a record 376 accredited journalists voted in this year’s survey to determine the best movies of the festival, a nearly 100 percent increase from last year’s record high. The volume of critics this year illustrates how much the buzz for several movies from the festival is likely to translate into critical support for a handful of movies, starting with the highest-profile opening night selections.

Coda,” the crowdpleaser that opened U.S. Dramatic Competition and scored four awards at the festival, won Best Film in the survey. “Summer of Soul,” the music documentary directed by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, topped the survey’s Best Documentary category.
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‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ Enters Oscar Race with Sundance 2021 World Premiere

‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ Enters Oscar Race with Sundance 2021 World Premiere
Warner Bros. is not in the habit of booking movies at Sundance, but the studio is adding director Shaka King and producer Ryan Coogler’s “Judas and the Black Messiah” as a late entry at the Sundance Film Festival, which launches January 28. This serves as a marketing launch for the biopic, which will open day and date in theaters and HBO Max on February 12, well before the February 28 Oscar eligibility cut-off. The studio had originally scheduled the film to open on August 21, 2020, but due to the pandemic, pushed back the film to 2021.

Studio marketers saw an opportunity to draw some attention to “Judas and the Black Messiah” at this year’s hybrid festival which, due to its late January start-date and the Oscars’ two-month pandemic delay, offers a showcase ahead of the nominating period that begins on March 5. “Judas and the Black Messiah” will premiere on Monday, February 1 at 6Pm
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‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ Enters Oscar Race with Sundance 2021 World Premiere

‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ Enters Oscar Race with Sundance 2021 World Premiere
Warner Bros. is not in the habit of booking movies at Sundance, but the studio is adding director Shaka King and producer Ryan Coogler’s “Judas and the Black Messiah” as a late entry at the Sundance Film Festival, which launches January 28. This serves as a marketing launch for the biopic, which will open day and date in theaters and HBO Max on February 12, well before the February 28 Oscar eligibility cut-off. The studio had originally scheduled the film to open on August 21, 2020, but due to the pandemic, pushed back the film to 2021.

Studio marketers saw an opportunity to draw some attention to “Judas and the Black Messiah” at this year’s hybrid festival which, due to its late January start-date and the Oscars’ two-month pandemic delay, offers a showcase ahead of the nominating period that begins on March 5. “Judas and the Black Messiah” will premiere on Monday, February 1 at 6Pm
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From ‘Malcolm & Marie’ to ‘Cherry,’ 9 Latecomers Look to Upend the Oscar Race

From ‘Malcolm & Marie’ to ‘Cherry,’ 9 Latecomers Look to Upend the Oscar Race
Pity this year’s Oscar voters. The Academy screening portal is already overwhelmed by hundreds of indie wannabes, international submissions, and documentaries. And just when film festivals, critics groups, and online screenings started to solidify frontrunners like “One Night in Miami,” “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” and “Nomadland,” this crazy year brings a second wave of brand-new movies.

More titles will screen in the weeks before the February 28 Oscar eligibility deadline. Some were caught in the uncertainty of releasing during a pandemic, as distributors kept pushing back for a proper theatrical release that never came. Others were pressing toward completion.

Since fresh entries often surge to the front of voters’ minds, last-second bids can be successful (see: Clint Eastwood with Oscar-winners like “American Sniper” and “Million Dollar Baby”). This year, these titles could see another advantage: When people can’t gather, there’s no word of mouth and that makes 2021 the least-predictable award season.
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From ‘Malcolm & Marie’ to ‘Cherry,’ 9 Latecomers Look to Upend the Oscar Race

From ‘Malcolm & Marie’ to ‘Cherry,’ 9 Latecomers Look to Upend the Oscar Race
Pity this year’s Oscar voters. The Academy screening portal is already overwhelmed by hundreds of indie wannabes, international submissions, and documentaries. And just when film festivals, critics groups, and online screenings started to solidify frontrunners like “One Night in Miami,” “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” and “Nomadland,” this crazy year brings a second wave of brand-new movies.

More titles will screen in the weeks before the February 28 Oscar eligibility deadline. Some were caught in the uncertainty of releasing during a pandemic, as distributors kept pushing back for a proper theatrical release that never came. Others were pressing toward completion.

Since fresh entries often surge to the front of voters’ minds, last-second bids can be successful (see: Clint Eastwood with Oscar-winners like “American Sniper” and “Million Dollar Baby”). This year, these titles could see another advantage: When people can’t gather, there’s no word of mouth and that makes 2021 the least-predictable award season.
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Watch: Shaka King Erases “Racial Glaucoma” in Short Film Lazercism

Newlyweeds writer/director Shaka King, who last appeared on the site with his excellent Sundance short Mulligans, is back with another imaginatively executed, of-the-moment short. Lazercism is his riff on “racial glauccoma,” a disease affecting white people that prevents them from seeing the contributions of — or just seeing at all — people of color. The comedy short, which stars Keith Stanfield (Short Term 12, Atlanta) and Robert Longstreet (I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore), proposes an easy, outpatient procedure to correct the affliction.
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