The annual Pan African Film Festival is back in Atlanta. Every year, the festival showcases film, art, and other creative works about people of African descent. This year PAFF, will present 55 films from around the world.
It’s show time in the projection booth of the Parkway Discount Theater in Warner Robins. Second run blockbusters, sometimes only weeks past their top grossing prime, snake around the room on 35 mm film. Superheroes and giant robots flicker and bounce on the screens below. Alicia Bowers manages this theater. With 10 years in the business, she’s worked with both digital and film. "When we first got rid of film it was kind of nostalgic to come back to it, but now it’s like ‘This is a lot of work’," Bowers said.
A Nevada judge has effectively stopped the business operations of a Savannah film studio for now - a month after a shakeup at the company. The judge in Nevada’s Second Judicial District Court has granted a temporary restraining order against Medient Studios at the request of ousted CEO Manu Kumaran. The injunction prohibits Medient from issuing new stock, spending money belonging to the company, signing new contracts,or “any and all other business operations involving Medient.” A hearing in the case is scheduled for July 23 in Reno, Nevada.
Three filmmakers are facing charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass in Georgia in the death of a camera assistant killed on the set of a Gregg Allman biopic. A grand jury in Wayne County Superior Court has indicted director Randall Miller and producers Jody Savin and Jay Sedrish. 27-year-old Sarah Jones was hit by a train and died while filming “Midnight Rider” in coastal Georgia in February. Several other crew members injured.
Lawyers for singer Gregg Allman and the producers of biopic “Midnight Rider” Tuesday asked a Chatham County judge to dismiss Allman’s lawsuit to block the film. They say they are on a “path to resolution” outside court. The lawyers on both sides of the case reportedly stayed late at the courthouse last night hammering out an agreement. The negotiations came after an initial hearing Monday that focused on a fatal train accident on the set of the film about Allman’s life.
For 13 years, filmmakers Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson turned the cameras on their son Idris Brewster and his best friend Seun Summers as they attended one of the most prestigious private schools in New York City. The result of editing more than 500 hours of footage into 135 minutes is the documentary, "American Promise", a film that chronicles the difficulties two boys face as black males in a predominantly white institution. GPB spoke with the directors about the film and how they plan to continue the conversation around black male achievement.