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Showing posts from January, 2018

#SciFiSunday: Spark (2010) Ignites Hope In An Environmental Dystopia

2017 bared national attention yet again to the devastating effects of wildfires in California, shattering records for this particular environmental disaster. A science fiction short film,  Spark forsees the definitive end in the escalation of the damage through the eyes of a young lady, while hands frantically gather belongings and loved ones hug with the images of smolder and decay in the background, says that she's seen the end of the world.

Exposing Your Fears With Filmmaker Tristian Montgomery

By Sonia Lupher  ( @SoniaLupher ) Among the first things you notice about Brown Wreck-Loose is its soundtrack. The echoing tones of Childish Gambino’s “No Exit” ring out against the deep hues of writer/director Tristian Montgomery’s camera and the nuanced pacing of her film’s editing. Music is crucial to her visualization of ideas; among her career goals is to create music videos. Telling stories through image and sound, together and separately, is at the heart of her artistic style. Brown Wreck-Loose is dialogue-free and rich in color contrast. As a viewer, you must piece together the story, and the experience is at once haunting and exhilarating.

Z-Stuy (2017): Movie Review

One Halloween in Brooklyn, strange things begin to happen to certain would-be Bed-Stuy residents. Only one woman notices the threat and tries to fight to keep herself and neighbors on her way home, safe. Written & Directed by Devan Gallagher New York. Brooklyn. This was an area that bled into my consciousness at a very early age because of its cinematic representation. The number of films that make the borough and the island itself a character that the entire world recognizes are countless. I can imagine, because of its decades long cultural allure and potential for opportunity (especially for artists who actually want to make a living as artists) is the spark that invokes a real fear that translates well in the horror canon: gentrification. It's a scale which positions itself being on the heavier side of economics and bulldozes in order to selfishly utopianize. Grabbing on to those bright eyed dreams of NYC seen on movie screens and television to taste the "cool&qu

Black Women Horror Writers: Interview With Rasheedah Prioleau

By Eden Royce ( @EdenRoyce ) Rasheedah Prioleau is a super hero. I don’t know how she does it. She’s a self-published writer of dark fiction novels, a ghostwriter, a scriptwriter and filmmaker. After working in the corporate world for several years, she left and became an unpaid intern for a literary manager. She hasn’t looked back. Since then, she’s published three novels and written several screenplays for TV and the big screen. One of her TV pilot scripts, URBAN DYSTOPIA, won BEST Urban Action Script at the Urban Action Expo Film Festival this year. She is also, like me, a descendant of the Gullah-Geechee people and includes the culture in her work, aiming to bring focus to our heritage using the medium of dark fiction. As such, I felt an immediate kinship with her and decided to reach out and ask if she’d be willing to do an interview. I was pleased to see she was not only willing, but also open, friendly, and eager to chat about her inspirations, our shared heritage, an