India’s ‘Pilgrims’ Thriller Heading for Film Adaptation

Singapore firms, Aurora Media and Darpan Global have teamed to set up best-selling Indian novel “Pilgrims in the Dark” (“Timirpanthi”) as a feature film. The companies previously optioned film rights to the Gujurati-language novel by Dhruv Bhatt. Award-winning playwright and director Dakxin Bajrange is now attached to direct the thriller from a screenplay written by […]



How 2018 Changed the Film Industry

2018 has been a transformative year for film, with social and political movements, technological leaps, and new approaches to marketing and distribution fundamentally changing the industry. With the following having far-reaching consequences for how movies are made and what movies are made, as well as how we watch them.

The Netflix Paradox

Super Bowl Sunday is now as much about advertising as it is sport. With movie studios spending millions (and MILLIONS) airing trailers during the game’s ad breaks. But this year was different. As a trailer for The Cloverfield Paradox — featuring the first footage we’d seen from the film — screened early on. And concluded with the words “Coming very soon.”

They weren’t lying. Because as soon as the Super Bowl was over, the third film in the Cloverfield franchise dropped on Netflix. In a move that was deemed “unprecedented,” “groundbreaking” and “a game-changer” by both filmmakers and commentators.

The launch certainly shook things up, with Twitter practically melting down at the prospect of a new JJ Abrams-produced film being available in a matter of hours. The buzz making the launch a marketing masterstroke.

Unfortunately, the actual movie was pretty bad. And with Netflix keeping their cards close to their chest regarding numbers, we have no idea how many times the film was actually viewed. But in terms of disrupting the release schedule, and changing the way in which films are both distributed and promoted, the launch of The Cloverfield Paradox was huge.

Crazy Rich Representation

2018 was an important year for representation, in terms of both race, and sexuality. Disney kicked off the year with Black Panther, the first MCU movie to be fronted by an African-American. And the film became a bona fide phenomenon, grossing more than any other superhero movie ever at the U.S. box office, and grossing $ 1.3bn globally. Making Black Panther the ninth most successful film of all time.

Romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians hit screens in August, and became the sleeper hit of the summer. Based on the novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan — and revolving around an American professor discovering that his girlfriend’s Singapore family are “crazy rich” — the film grossed a whopping $ 238m worldwide, from a budget of just $ 30m.

Being the first release by a major studio to focus on a gay teen romance, Love, Simon was a more modest, but no less important success. Based on a bestselling book by Becky Albertalli, and directed by Arrowverse mastermind Greg Berlanti, the movie followed closeted Simon Spier’s efforts to figure out the identity of the classmate with whom he’s fallen in love online, while also trying to avoid being outed by a blackmailer. The film cost $ 17m, and made $ 66m.

Those numbers don’t lie, proving that audiences want to see more diversity and better representation onscreen, and hopefully paving the way for true change.

Cinemas Become a Quiet Place

Movie theatres can be grim venues, filled with the noise of chatter, phones and rustling wrappers and popcorn. But this year, for 90 minutes, audiences were forced into silence. Thanks to A Quiet Place.

The hugely successful horror film — directed by John Krasinski — takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where a family is forced to live in silence to avoid being eaten by noise-sensitive monsters.

Meaning that — to fully appreciate the conceit — audiences also had to sit in silence. With that collective effort to stay quiet heightening the reality, increasing the tension, and helping to make A Quiet Place maybe the most effective horror movie of 2018. And the best thing to happen in movie theatres for years.

The Inclusion Rider Shakes Things Up

Frances McDormand in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, for which she won the Oscar.

When Frances McDormand said the words “Inclusion Rider” during her Three Billboards Oscar acceptance speech in March, it sent something of a shock-wave through the film industry. Speaking to press backstage, she explained, “It means that you can ask for and/or demand at least 50% diversity, not only in casting, but also [in] the crew.”

Media researcher Stacy Smith came up with the concept — alongside civil rights attorney Kalpana Kotagal and producer and actor Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni — to ensure proper representation for women, people of colour, the LGBTQ community, and those with disabilities. It was outlined in a Hollywood Reporter op-ed in 2014, while Dr. Smith described it during a 2016 TED Talk thusly…

“The typical feature film has about 40 or 50 speaking characters in it. I would argue that only eight to 10 of those characters are actually relevant to the story. The remaining 30 or so roles, there’s no reason why those minor roles can’t match or reflect the demography of where the story is taking place. An equity rider by an A-lister in their contract can stipulate that those roles reflect the world in which we actually live.”

And while change like this — behind the camera as well as in front of it — takes time, there’s already been movement within the industry. Industry bigwig Ari Emanuel introduced the idea at WME, asking his agents to support the concept by explaining its benefits to the firm’s clients when negotiating deals. And Warner Bros. became the first major Hollywood studio to adopt the policy. Kicking off with Michael B. Jordan movie Just Mercy.

“Inclusivity has always been a no-brainer for me, especially as a black man in this business,” Jordan explained in a statement. “It wasn’t until Frances McDormand spoke the two words that set the industry on fire — inclusion rider — that I realised we could standardise the practice.”

He added, “This is a legacy-bearing moment.”

Peter Jackson Revolutionises the Documentary

They Shall Not Grow Old was a labour of love for director Peter Jackson. A WWI documentary about British soldiers fighting on the Western Front, Jackson took 100-year-old footage and modernised it by colourising, constructing missing frames, and employing lip-readers to figure out what the soldiers were saying, and voice actors to bring their words to life.

As Jackson explained at the film’s London premiere: “I wanted to reach through the fog of time and pull these men into the modern world so they can regain their humanity once more.”

Peter Jackson’s film was a towering technical achievement.

The results are jaw-dropping, the combination of ancient filmmaking techniques with modern technology reaching through that fog, and giving voice to a generation that’s long gone.

Jackson believes that this is just the beginning. They Shall Not Grow Old features footage supplied by the Imperial War Museum, and there are archives all over the world filled with film that could benefit from the same process. Bringing the past to life so audiences can witness history as never before.

Fandom Champions #BallsForBoobs

OK, this one might not have changed the film industry. Yet. But it’s a campaign that we’ve kicked off here at Fandom, and an issue that’s close to Editor Kim Taylor-Foster’s heart…

“For too long, female nudity has outweighed male nudity on screen – not just in the volume of women we see fully naked or partially nude but also in the way female versus male bodies are shot,” Taylor-Foster explains. “#BallsForBoobs seeks to balance that inequality. I’m all for nudity – we should all be far less prudish – but that means that alongside freeing the nipple, we need to free the ‘nad too. Tit for tat and all that.

“#BallsForBoobs proposes that for every bare breast seen on screen, we get a naked nut-sack too. Matching sack for every rack shown is a step closer to eliminating objectification, and a win for equality.”

You can see our first steps towards making #BallsForBoobs happen in the Outlaw King video above and Blockers interview below…

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200 ‘Shrek’ fans created a spectacular shot-for-shot remake of the original film

Shrek Retold

As far as movies go, some engender more passion from fans than others, with the Star Wars franchise obviously being one such example. A more recent film franchise that has seemingly created something of a rabid fan base of its own, interestingly enough, is Shrek. In one respect, this shouldn’t be too much of a surprise given that the Shrek films appeal to a wide spectrum of ages. Indeed, the original is something that can be enjoyed equally by adults and kids alike.

In light of the aforementioned Shrek fandom, a group of 200 or so hardcore fans recently banded together to create one of the most bizarre videos you’ve seen in quite some time. Dubbed Shrek Retold, the film is a surreal shot-for-shot remake of the original 2001 film. What makes the film so outlandish is that it’s comprised in a multitude of artistic styles. Specifically, some of the scenes are live action recreations — with actors wearing laughably bad makeup — while other scenes are nothing more than crude animations.

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Film Review: ‘¡Las Sandinistas!’

In the late 1960s, Jean-Luc Godard spun several films — “La Chinoise,” “One Plus One” — out of the perception that politics had begun to fuse with pop culture. His insight was startling, even if how it translated to the real world remained a touch ethereal. It was all about images (the mass-produced iconography of […]



Film News Roundup: Palm Springs Film Festival Honors ‘Green Book’ With Vanguard Award

In today’s film news roundup, “Green Book” gets a festival honor, the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild names lifetime achievement winners, and indies “Tyger Tyger” and “Sons of the Cross” are heading into production. HONORS The Palm Springs International Film Festival will present the drama “Green Book” with the Vanguard Award at its annual […]



AFI Film Festival Roundup: 6 Films You Must See to Believe

AFI Film Festival Roundup: 6 Films You Must See to Believe

After multiple rounds of film festivals from Venice to Telluride to Toronto to New York that all occur in the span of a little more than a month, the AFI Film Festival is where the almanac of festival movies comes to a close. The Hollywood-set film festival, curated by the American Film Institute, gets a few splashy world premieres (this year On The Basis of Sex, Mary Queen of Scots and Netflix’s Bird Box) but it's also the last theatrical release for many titles before Oscar voters…

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Film News Roundup: Coldplay Documentary ‘Head Full of Dreams’ Grosses $3.5 Million in One Day

In today’s film news roundup, Coldplay documentary “A Head Full of Dreams” performs well, Jon Heder’s “When Jeff Tried to Save the World” gets distribution and shooting has begun on transgender drama “Gossamer Folds.” BOX OFFICE Trafalgar Releasing has reported more than $ 3.5 million in box office revenue in one day for the Coldplay documentary […]



A ‘Breaking Bad’ Feature Film by the Original Team Is in Production


Fans of Walter White’s unusual chemistry lessons will be delighted to hear that a new Breaking Bad feature film is in the works.

The Hollywood Reporter says that Breaking Bad’s writer and producer, Vince Gilligan, is penning the script for the new two-hour movie, which has the “possible fake/working title of Greenbrier.

The New Mexico Film Office confirmed to The Albuquerque Journal that a project with the title of Greenbrier is slated to shoot in in the region.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

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Comics on Film: Who Is Black Mask, Ewan McGregor’s Character in ‘Birds of Prey’?

Comics on Film: Who Is Black Mask, Ewan McGregor's Character in 'Birds of Prey'?

While segments of Star Wars fandom continue to try and advocate for a spin-off film featuring Obi-Wan Kenobi between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, comics-based movie fans were given one hell of a surprise this week when we learned that actor Ewan McGregor would be jumping into superhero film for the first time — specifically, into the DC Universe.

McGregor will join the cast of the upcoming Birds of Prey as Roman Sionis/Black Mask in the film, to be directed by Cathy…

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Charlamagne Tha God and Bakari Sellers Team Up For New Film Project [VIDEO]

As political tension and anxiety around the upcoming midterm elections continue to rise, political analyst Bakari Sellers is speaking out about what it means to be a young, black Democrat in the South.

Back in 2006, Sellers became the youngest African American elected to public office at age 22 when he ran for the South Carolina state House and defeated a 26-year incumbent. After eight years in office, he then ran for Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina in 2014 and lost. Had he won, he would have made history for the second time as the first African American official to hold a statewide office in South Carolina in over a century. Nonetheless, since losing that election, his vigor and passion to impact change through politics and social justice reform has only grown.

Today, at 34 years old, Sellers frequents CNN as a political commentator and speaks at forums across the country. The Morehouse grad also released a new documentary titled While I Breathe, I Hope that chronicles his losing bid for lieutenant governor. The film also shows his response to two pivotal events that occurred in his home state in 2015: The Charleston Shooting and the removal of the Confederate flag from the State House grounds. “One of my good friends, Clementa Pinckney, was killed in a church with eight other parishioners during Bible study by Dylan Roof,” Sellers told Black Enterprise, recalling the murder of the late state senator and pastor in the racially-motivated massacre.

Sellers recently stopped by Black Enterprise with fellow South Carolina native Charlamagne Tha God, co-host of the nationally syndicated radio show The Breakfast Club and an executive producer of the film. “I’m about all things South Carolina and I believe in Bakari,” Charlamagne said. “I feel like Bakari could be president of the United States of America one day.” According to Charlamagne, Donald Trump has set the stage for a person of color to win the White House. “They’re not going back to all white men after this one,” said the author of Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks On Me.

Sellers says he wants young people to see the film and feel inspired to run for office, themselves. “It’s unfiltered. It catches me at my highs and my lows,” he said.

While I Breathe, I Hope made its world premiere at the New Orleans Film Festival on Oct. 19. It will be screened at the DOC NYC film festival in New York on Nov. 11 as well as in other film festivals.

Watch Black Enterprise’s interview with Charlamagne Tha God and Bakari Sellers below.

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Award-Winning Film ‘Charcoal’ Heads to National Museum of African Art Smithsonian Institution

Francesca Andre combined her experiences with colorism and passion for storytelling into Charcoal, an award-winning film which puts the spotlight on healing from prejudice, discrimination, and preferential treatment based on the skin tone, facial features, and hair textures among people of the same race. Now, her short film is making its way to the National Museum of African Art Smithsonian Institution as part of Skin Deep exhibit: Colorism across the African diaspora.

Black Enterprise caught up with Andre to learn more about her inspiration behind the film and hopes for changing the conversation about beauty in the black community.

BE: What inspired you to produce a film about internal colorism? Can you describe your personal experiences with this topic?

I wanted to tell a story about healing, about women redefining their own beauty and taking back their power despite the pervasive effects of colorism. I wrote Charcoal as I recalled these painful experiences and events with colorism growing up in Haiti. I was made aware of my skin tone and hair texture at a very young age. I noticed that people with lighter skin were praised and considered beautiful compared to others with darker skin. My grandmother joked that I got my “bad hair” from my father’s side of the family because her side of the family had very long and curly hair. While these conversations were common and seemed normal at the time, they slowly begin to erode one’s self-esteem and self-worth. I realized that I had internalized these toxic beliefs in my teenage years throughout my adulthood, so I had to unlearn all these toxic misconceptions about beauty, hair, and its relation to one’s worth. I am happy to say that I now have a very healthy relationship with my skin and hair.

Francesca Andre

Francesca Andre

BE: In your experiences, what are the impacts of internalized colorism, particularly when it comes to getting ahead in your career or managing healthy relationships?

As a woman photographer working to become a cinematographer, racism and sexism are more of a detriment to my career than colorism. I also think my experiences with internal colorism provide an opportunity for me as a storyteller to reverse the effects by changing the light skin vs. dark skin narrative. Representation in film is important and is a powerful tool to bring attention to these issues.

BE: Charcoal spotlights the fact that beliefs about skin color are passed down in families. In prior interviews, you’ve said “Despite the #melaninpoppin and #blackgirlmagic hashtag movements meant to uplift all shades of blackness, there’s still work to be done. When it comes to colorism, what do you think we as a community need more of or less of?

We need to talk more about it. It’s dirty, it’s taboo and it’s destructive. Just because it’s not always right in your face doesn’t mean it’s not happening. These movements are great at bringing issues to light, but there are also many communities that are not aware of these conversations. Today there are very popular Internet figures in my community who are selling bleaching creams. As long as “light skin” continues to be the standard of beauty, women will continue to bleach their skin as a way to adapt and survive. However, if we celebrate every hue and hair texture, not just the 3C curly hair, we might be able to change minds and change the way that people perceive themselves and their beauty. America can take the lead in this plight.

BE: What are the top two messages you want people to take away from the film?

Healing takes time. These beliefs didn’t happen overnight and it will take time for you to unlearn the lies that you were taught and have internalized about the color of your skin, your hair texture, your voice, your existence as a woman of color. Self-love is a hell of a weapon! Use it, practice it, apply it, and pass it on to your friends, colleagues, and children. Break the cycle!

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Stockholm Film Festival Places Women Front and Center

Before Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite” – the acclaimed period-piece centering on the rivalry of two female courtiers, vying for the attention of England’s queen – closes the Stockholm Intl. Film Festival on Nov. 18, the event will have offered its audience 150 films, 39% of which are directed by women, a higher percentage than most international […]



Landlocked: The Exploration | A New Surf Film Coming Out Tomorrow

Hamburg, October 29, 2018 – The landlocked journey with the Saltwater team continues.
The surf and travel online shop from Hamburg drives with vans, surfboards, and friends to the Danish coast, satisfying the unbearable desire for waves and their “home on wheels“. On this road trip, a new landlocked clip was produced and filmed.

Filming the campfire scene by Sebastian Drews
Filming the campfire scene by Sebastian Drews


“Landlocked: The Exploration” reflects perfectly on the lifestyle of the surf and travel shop. This clip will be premiered on October 29, 2018 and will be published on various social media platforms.

The word “landlocked” is no longer an unknown term in the surfers’ community and has often negative connotations, since “being landlocked” also means that you are cut off from the ocean. A terrible feeling when the weather conditions are promising a legendary swell coming in. However, for many surfers, being landlocked can also be a nice feeling, because it reminds us of great moments as well as motivates us for the next road trip.

In the first part of the landlocked-series, the clip re-created the feeling of the unbearable longing for the ocean, while the second part dealt with the positive side effects that being landlocked awakens within each surfer. In the third landlocked-clip, the Saltwater team is using the opportunity of an upcoming swell in order to take a road trip to the Danish coast. With friends, they travel from one place to another; spend their nights in vans and sit by the campfire under the stars.

Vanlife under the night sky by ©Sebastian-Drews


It’s all about the feeling being on the road, going surfing and living outdoors. It’s about slowing yourself down and living a minimalistic nomadic life. Equipped with a surfboard, they walk through coniferous forests and sand dunes, hoping to find
some fine waves to surf. The goal is clear: “Go somewhere, where you’ve never been before.”

Danish Coast by Sebastian Drews
Danish Coast by Sebastian Drews

The clip was filmed and edited by Philipp Sigmund, while the photos were taken by Sebastian Drews. In the main role, you can see the surfer Ole Lietz. Philipp, Sebastian as well as Ole are part of the Saltwater ambassadors program, thus, part of the Saltwater family. Here, the Saltwater team proves that this is not just an ordinary online surf shop. Although there are not always perfect waves to be found, they are still exploring the coast with their vans, enjoying van life. The Saltwater team wants to pass on their love for the ocean, traveling and the nomadic lifestyle to their customers, friends, and family.

Lousy living ©Sebastian-Drews


The new clip will be released on October 29, 2019 and published various social media platforms of the Saltwater Shop, all other channels of the Island Collective, as well as on – reaching an estimated amount of 100 000 users.

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Big Wave Surf Film | White Rhino Starring Bruce Irons, Nathan Fletcher and Mark Healey

A parallel story from the big wave surfers and photographers who witnessed the largest surf ever seen. This story is based on one photographer’s journey to capture the wave of a lifetime. In pursuit, three epic swells hit the South Pacific shorelines, providing conditions only madmen could dream of. Hear the story behind these historical days from the men themselves who dared to challenge the ‘White Rhino’.

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Students get rights to film Stephen King story for $1

They must have been thrilled. A group of Canadian film students bought the rights to adapt a short story by master of suspense Stephen King for a steal — just $ 1, the Boston Globe reports. Students at the Blaenau Gwent Film Academy, in Tredegar, Wales, dropped a buck on the rights to the multi-million-dollar author’s…
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Film Review: ‘Hunter Killer’

It’s no trick for even a ham-handed global action thriller to achieve a ripped-from-the-headlines “topicality.” Just throw in a terrorist from the right enemy nation, or an American president with the right haircut. So it’s a weird and musty Twilight Zone indeed that one enters to watch “Hunter Killer,” a grindingly ponderous and bombastic neo-Cold […]



Peter Jackson’s Heartbreaking New War Film is a Towering Technical Achievement

Last night — in the presence of Duke of Cambridge Prince William — the London Film Festival hosted the world premiere of Peter Jackson’s new film, They Shall Not Grow Old, a heartbreaking WWI documentary that focusses on British soldiers fighting on the Western front. It’s a towering technical achievement that takes 100-year-old footage, and modernises it in a way that makes the Great War somehow contemporary. Most importantly, it tells the story of this brutal conflict through the men who lived it.

The Painstaking Process of Bringing the Dead Back to Life

Peter Jackson — the writer-director responsible for both the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies — calls They Shall Not Grow Old his most personal movie. And that’s clear from the words which appear onscreen at the end of the film, with the documentary dedicated to his grandfather, who fought in the British army from 1910 to 1919.

Jackson was asked by the Imperial War Museum to take archive footage and BBC recordings, and turn them into something fresh and original. So he employed all the technology at his disposal to make the sound, speed and colour familiar to 21st Century eyes.

“I wanted to reach through the fog of time and pull these men into the modern world” Jackson says of the film. “So they can regain their humanity once more, rather than be seen only as Charlie Chaplin-type figures in the vintage archive film. By using our computer power to erase the technical limitations of 100-year-old cinema, we can see and hear the great war as they experienced it.”

The challenges were many and varied. Modern film runs at 24 frames per second, but this footage was anything from 10 frames to 16. So Jackson and his team used that computing power to construct those missing images for a consistent speed throughout.

They then began the painstaking process of meticulously colouring each frame of film. Resulting in one of the movie’s most jaw-dropping scenes, when black-and-white footage of the men training transforms into vibrant colour when they reach the trenches. Jackson also employed lip-readers and voice actors to figure out what the soldiers were saying, and bring their conversations and speeches to life onscreen.

The results are stunning, this combination of ancient filmmaking techniques with modern technology reaching through that fog, and giving voice to a generation that’s long gone.

An Inspiring Account of the Great War

Colourised footage from They Shall Not Grow Old.

They Shall Not Grow Old is the story of WWI, told by people on the front-line. So over those remarkable images, we hear — through BBC interviews — accounts of those who actually served on the Western front. But the story starts long before, kicking off with war being declared, and capturing the heady excitement felt throughout Britain.

Men enlist for what they hope will be a “civilised war.” And boys too. With 19 the minimum age, but teenagers of 18, 17, 16 and 15 encouraged to lie so they can join the fun. Their enthusiasm and optimism is positively heartbreaking.

Training on home soil follows, as the army endeavours to take a motley crew of “weedy, skinny children” and turn them into soldiers. So civilians are clothed, trained, taught to march, and fed a diet of plum and apple jam.

Their training soon becomes more serious, as boys are given weapons, and taught how to kill. They’re taught to develop what one soldier ominously calls “animal instincts.” Then, after just six weeks, they are sent to France to fight.

Crafting a True Horror Movie

British soldiers firing on the Germans.

It’s at this point the film changes from black-and-white into colour. And while Peter Jackson is no stranger to horror movies — having started out making the likes of Bad Taste, Braindead and The Frighteners — this passage of film is true horror. It presents the unspeakable and at times the unwatchable.

The soldiers spend their days avoiding bullets, bombs and mines, and find themselves surrounded by the bodies of officers hung from barbed wire. The stench from decaying flesh infests their trenches, attracting huge rats who feed on the dead. Mustard gas is another killer. Meanwhile winter brings frostbite and trench foot, with the wounded sinking to oblivion beneath the mud.

The waiting is the hardest part, tension building as the men prepare for zero hour. Fear takes over, and hysteria frequently sets in. Then the call comes, and it’s over the top to face the might of the German war machine. And near certain death.

There’s very little footage of the deadly exchanges in no man’s land, so Jackson uses illustrations from magazine War Illustrated. While when the killing stops, it’s film of the men burying their fallen friends in mass graves. With 600 going into this particular battle, and just 100 making it back.

Highlighting the Tragedy and Futility of War

Comparison of the black and white footage alongside the colour.

It isn’t all bad however, with Jackson showing another side of the conflict, capturing the camaraderie that developed between the soldiers in happier times. We watch them eat together, shave together, sing together, play together, and even go to the toilet together. And we’re not talking about number ones.

They Shall Not Grow Old is filled with smiles and laughs and cups of tea. So many cups of tea. The soldiers play rugby and box together during their fleeting time off, and swap English cigarettes for French wine. Which they drink between those cups of tea. Hammering home the fact that these were ordinary blokes thrust into extraordinary circumstances.

But perhaps the most remarkable footage concerns German prisoners of war, captured towards the end of the conflict. Because there’s no anger or hatred on display. The opposing soldiers communicate as best they can, share the odd joke, and even treat the wounded together.

The English voices explain that they felt respect and sympathy towards their German counterparts. Both sides are unable to explain the conflict, and agree that war is both useless and futile.

They Shall Not Grow Old, Nor Will They be Forgotten

It's the faces that truly bring They Shall Not Grow Old to life.

They Shall Not Grow Old documents a conflict that’s beyond comprehension. But by modernising the footage, colourising the imagery, and giving the pictures sound, Peter Jackson puts it into a kind of context, taking away the distance between now and then.

But it’s the faces that stay with you. The boys who look like the kids with whom you went to school. Or the men who look like fellas in your office or at the football. It’s those faces that humanise the Great War, and ensure that these soldiers will not grow old. And thanks to this film, will not be forgotten.

Following the screening, Jackson was at pains to point out that the film only captures the voices of those who survived, with the dead sadly remaining silent. While he also said he hoped that other archives open up their vaults to this process. And on this evidence, that can only be a good thing, with They Shall Not Grow Old a powerful and emotive documentary that brings history to life in spellbinding fashion.

They Shall Not Grow Old plays at the Imperial War Museum later this month and screens on the BBC in November.

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Reel Sisters Dedicates Film Festival to Self-Care and Spotlights Films by Women of Color

Twenty years ago, Carolyn Butts founded the Reel Sisters Film Festival to showcase films directed, produced, and written by women of color. Now, the Brooklyn-based film festival is celebrating two decades of job creation and access for women of color behind the camera. “We have played a pivotal role in creating spaces for us to share our stories,” said Butts. Over the last 21 years, the festival has screened over 3,000 films, distributed more than $ 25,000 in scholarship money to women of color filmmakers and helped filmmakers get their films distributed to institutions like Third World Newsreel, Black Public Media, and Centric/BET TV.”

The Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series is an annual two-day film festival founded by African Voices magazine and Long Island University’s Media Arts Dept. The Reel Sisters 21st-anniversary event will take place from Oct. 20-21, 2018, in Brooklyn, New York. “After 21 years, we’re very proud to be among a select group of film festivals that can recommend short narratives for Oscar consideration,” said Butts. “Our new status means Black, Latino, Asian, Indian, African and Caribbean women now have another path to earning an Oscar, which can open the doors for getting paid producing and directing jobs.”

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Although we’re making strides in representation and film, Butts wants to make it clear: “We still need to see Hollywood hiring more women directors in general,” she said. The door is cracked open but our job is to keep fighting until the top of the credit line reflects the ticketholders that made Black Panther a $ 1.344 billion box office success this summer. We need more women and people of color producing and directing films. According to a study on diversity in film conducted by the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, 28 women have worked as directors across the 700 top films from 2007 to 2014. Only three were African American. We still have work to do despite the PR campaign for equity and the success of films like Black Panther, Mudbound, Get Out and A Wrinkle In Time. I’m working on a project similar to Sundance TV where the films from Reel Sisters can connect with a global audience via a streaming platform like Netflix or Hulu. The Reel Sisters Tea & Cinema TV would give women of color a chance to get paid for creating, developing, and distributing their stories.”

Carolyn Butts

The theme for this year’s festival is #time4self which will showcase films dedicated to self-care, wellness, and healing. When asked about a simple way we can exercise self-care daily, Butts responded, “Breathing. We’re so busy pushing that we rarely slow down a moment to deeply inhale and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us. I have to remind myself to breathe deeply and release. My personal self-care practices are yoga, writing, meditation, and prayer,” she said.

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Behind the Scenes: What it Really Takes to Launch a Film Career

Thanks to digital technology and social media, it’s easier than ever to start your filmmaking career. But starting a film career is one thing, growing and maintaining it is another. We asked award-winning filmmaker Adisa Septuri for some actionable tips and advice for creating your own path in the film industry. Here’s Septuri’s advice:

4 Ways to Launch a Film Career

 Invest in Yourself and Fail Forward

There’s a tendency to think that because we see lots of people picking up a camera and making films that it’s easy. We live in an instant gratification, YouTube video generation. If you want to excel at a high level, really study the craft, take classes, and watch YouTube videos, which are great but also read books and ask a zillion questions of people already doing it. You don’t necessarily need to go to film school, especially with the exorbitant tuition prices these days. Start making small films and then challenge yourself incrementally. It’s important to take chances and make mistakes in the beginning. My biggest lessons came from making mistakes. The bigger the mistake, the bigger the lesson. By doing this you’ll gain confidence.

Also, don’t rush yourself or feel as if you’re in some kind of race with time or other filmmakers. It will happen to you at the right time. Your main job is to do the work and invest in yourself. If you do that, you will ultimately create an opportunity or you’ll be presented with one.

Connect With Mentors

Find a mentor, it will save you a lot of time and wasted energy. I never really pursued one until much later and I could have really benefited by having one.

Hustle Smart

It took me a long time to get into writing, but besides learning the craft of directing, learning how to write screenplay puts you in a greater position to succeed. It allows you to generate your own material. It will also help you become an even better director. It takes a lot of patience, persistence, and determination to succeed in this business. Find you a hustle where you can pay the bills while you pursue your dream. For me, it was sound mixing. I actually became a union sound mixer. It kept me close to the film set while I pursued my passion of directing. I had to dedicate 10,000 hours to be good at it and it wasn’t always easy and sometimes I felt I was getting nowhere but I kept writing and studying in the meantime and sound mixing kept food on my table and gave me the fortitude to keep going.

Slow Progress is Still Progress

There’s also a tendency to fantasize about coming out the gate and being successful like Ryan Coogler or your first film going to Sundance and getting a big studio deal. I hate to be the one to burst your bubble, but that’s not realistic thinking. It only really happens to a very small few. The other 99% of us—myself included—take it day by day and film by film. Hard work is its own reward and it will eventually pay off.

Even if it takes you 15 years after graduating NYU film school like me to make your first feature film. Not everyone is cut out for it, but if you really want it—don’t just do it for the fame, money, or accolades. Those things are nice but I would suggest doing it because you have something to say. Do it because you want to make a difference and because you feel the call to be great and for a purpose. For me, it was a desire to see black images reflected on the screen and to tell the multitude of stories that exist in our community that never get told.

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Never Town – A Patagonia Surf Film On Tour Now Photo

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Part surf film, part conservation film, Never Town takes a journey along some wild coastlines and talks with the people fighting to keep them wild. Filmed along the Southern Ocean coasts of Australia, it’s an exploration of what these places mean to surfers… and what surfers are willing to do to save them. As surfing elder Wayne Lynch says, “We mythologised these places. We lose them and we lose ourselves.”

Never Town spans Australia’s vibrant southern fringe from the dusty edge of South Australia to the deep forests of Victoria and Tasmania. It features the surfing of Dave Rastovich, Dan Ross, Belinda Baggs and Heath Joske, set alongside conversations with coastal activists who are standing up against deepwater oil drilling and industrial fish farms.

Midnight Oil, Yirrnga Yunupingu, Ziggy Alberts and Bad Dreems provide a distinctly Australian soundtrack. With coastlines around the world under pressure like never before from growing populations, rampant development and exploitation from resource companies, Never Town is a rallying call for surfers and local communities to stand together to protect the wild spaces around them.

Tour Dates


Never Town Film | October 15th | Huntington Surf and Sport | 7pm

Never Town Film | October 16th | Patagonia, Santa Monica | 7pm

Never Town Film | October 17th | Patagonia Pasadena, Pasadena | 7pm

Never Town Film | October 18th | Patagonia, Ventura | 7pm

Never Town Film | October 19th | The Sandbox, Santa Barbara | 7pm

Never Town Film | October 22th | Patagonia Denver, Denver, CO | 7pm

Never Town Film | October 22th | Patagonia Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz| 7pm

Never Town Film | October 23th | Patagonia Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA | 7pm

Never Town Film | October 23th | Proof Lab Surf Shop, Mill Valley, CA| 7pm

Never Town Film | October 24th | Patagonia Toronto, Toronto, ON | 7pm

Never Town Film | October 24th | Patagonia Portland, Portland, OR | 7pm

Never Town Film | October 25th |House of Independents, Asbury Park, NJ | 7pm

Never Town Film | October 25th | Patagonia, Seattle, WA | 7pm

Never Town Film | October 26th | The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH | 7pm

Never Town Film | October 26th | Patagonia, Vancouver, BC, Canada | 7pm

Never Town Film | October 29th | Patagonia, Boston, MA | 7pm

Never Town Film | October 30th | 100 Main St, Freeport, ME | 7pm

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Promise fulfilled 25 years later with TV film “My Dinner with Herve”

Sacha Gervasi brings the memoirs of Herve Villechaize to life, as he promised the diminutive ‘Fantasy Island’ actor 25 years ago, with a film about his life. Rough Cut – no reporter narration.

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Meet the Film Director Putting the Spotlight on Human Trafficking

Adisa Septuri is an award-winning director, producer, and philanthropist with a track record of putting the spotlight on traumatizing events and social injustices around the world. In 2009 he produced A Day Without Mines, a documentary on child miners in the Kono District of Sierra Leone. “I was in Sierra Leone as part of a film crew to capture something completely different but as fate would have it, I was exposed to the child miners,” said Septuri. While over there, I contracted the deadly Hanta Virus and nearly died over there as a result of it. After being hospitalized for several weeks on life support, I survived that incredible ordeal. While barely clinging onto life, I remember thinking in my darkest moments of the children that I met there and their innocent faces that gleamed with brightness when I gave them a soccer ball to kick around. It was those memories of children laughing and playing in Sierra Leone that pulled me through that ordeal, leaving doctors to refer to me surviving as nothing short of a miracle.” A Day Without Mines won Best Short Documentary at the Beverly Hills Film, TV & New Media Festival. It was also showcased on The National Black Programming Consortium, an affiliate of PBS.

The traumatic effects of babies born addicted to drugs are another issue Septuri has captured through the film. Now, with his recently released film Skin In the Game, he’s activating change by shedding light on human trafficking another topic affecting millions of people in the United States. While human trafficking is often thought of as something that happens overseas, a quick Google search tells a different story. Recently, Wisconsin and Tennessee have shown a spike in human trafficking and according to FBI statistics, Atlanta ranks among the top 14 cities in the United States for domestic minor sex trafficking.

Skin in the Game stars Erica Ash (Survivor’s Remorse, In Contempt) and is produced by Howard Barish and Kandoo Films, the production company behind 2017 Oscar-nominated, and BAFTA award-winning Netflix documentary 13th by Ava DuVernay. We caught up with Septuri to learn more about his career.

Where does your passion for putting the spotlight on traumatizing events and topics come from?

Although my parents were divorced, my brother, sister, and I had plenty of everything we needed—love, security, and a solid foundation. But growing up in West Oakland, I was surrounded by kids that were not as fortunate—kids that wore second-hand clothes, went to bed hungry or stole because they were trying to survive, so I kind of grew empathetic toward them. I always felt the pull to help and also wanting to be accepted played a big part. I would literally give someone the shirt off my back if they needed it. I saw so much at an early age that children always held a special place in my heart and that passion just continued to grow as I got older. So for me, vulnerable children are a top priority. I am drawn to their stories in a way that I can somehow help or shed light on or activate change.

Human trafficking came to my attention a few years ago and I have a deep compassion for the victims, which are mainly children. Again, I wanted to activate change, so I developed a script and directed a feature called Skin in the Game. I keep a healthy optimism. My work, although reflecting harsh realities, always leans on posting a vision of a future that can be shaped and altered.

Children don’t have many choices and it’s up to us as adults to assist them and give them the safety I felt as a child. So I guess I get it from my parents in that they blanketed and protected me, which is what I am continuously striving to do with them in my work and in my life.

What are the key messages that you want people to take away debut feature film Skin in the Game?

Human trafficking is a worldwide epidemic. It denigrates woman and makes us less than human. It destroys lives, families, and robs us of any hope for a future. The internet has grown so fast and so wide that predators, traffickers, and pimps are using it to recruit our children. They have all types of manipulative ploys such as “sexting,” which has to do with a young person sending a nude picture of herself or himself to them thinking they are sending it to a newfound love only to have that other person threaten to show it to their family, church, or friends if they don’t comply and many children fall victim to this type of manipulation. The threat is real and lasting and could happen to anyone of us or anyone we might know.

And just like our protagonist in the film Lena, who used to be an ex-prostitute and now rescues girls caught up in prostitution, never give up on our children. Lena may rescue a dozen girls and because of brainwashing, the girls often go back to their pimp, but Lena never surrenders her faith and belief in them. It can be an endless cycle, so try to always instill positivity in our young people and a sense that they are great and no matter what happens, we won’t give up on them.

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‘Wildlife,’ ‘The Bangle Seller’ in Competition at Mumbai Film Festival

Paul Dano’s directorial debut “Wildlife,” which has had considerable festival play including Sundance, Cannes and Toronto is among the titles in the international competition at the 20th Mumbai film festival. The festival runs Oct. 25 to Nov. 1, 2018. U.S. director, Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan”) will give a masterclass. Other international competition titles include deceased Chinese […]