The new award-winning documentary, The Prison Within, asks viewers to change what they think they know about incarcerated people. In the gripping film, narrated by Hill Harper, survivors of brutal crime and prisoners gather to share their respective untreated trauma by participating in the Victim Offender Education Group (VOEG). The group is described as a restorative justice program that helps incarcerated individuals understand and gain insight into the underlying … Read the rest
In So Booking Cool’s continuing conversation, get to know Emmy-winning editor Nena Erb, ACE. The film and television professional, whose career spans beyond a decade, just earned a 2020 Emmy nomination for her work (alongside assistant editor Lynarion Hubbard) on the HBO series Insecure’s Lowkey Trying episode, directed by Kerry Washington. Erb discusses her foray into the industry; her favorite genre to work on; her thoughts on award shows; … Read the rest
The Animal People documentary raises conversations about activism and using one’s voice. While it may seem easy to connect the two, there are strong opinions about there being a difference between a Twitter Warrior and an activist, the belief that social issues and causes are more than hashtags, and praise should be reserved for those who are actively working to make change, whether they choose to broadcast it or not. … Read the rest
Supreme Models: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Fashion author, Marcellas Reynolds, is enjoying the reception he continues to receive for his debut book—legendary models like Iman and Pat Cleveland have praised it; production companies are reaching out to adapt it for the screens; and more models now want to be featured and interviewed by Reynolds. Needless to say, the Chicago native has more in store including plans to write … Read the rest
Though it is never too late, filmmaker Chris Kenneally originally thought he would be an author. Instead of writing screenplays, he’d be writing short stories. His passion for developing stories for screens began during his days as a bartender when one of his co-workers, a film student, had to write a script. Kenneally took over the task. He wrote and helped make the movie.
“I was like ‘wow, this is … Read the rest
Black Star is a captivating short-film that explores why and how artists are prone to addiction. The documentary, which was created by Artists for Addicts, recently debuted at the Boston International Film Festival. Just last year, it won the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the Illuminate Film Festival. Check out our Q&A below with the film’s director, Akira Chan, to learn more about the … Read the rest
1 Billion Orgasms is more than a documentary about sexual intercourse. It is about one following one’s dream, entrepreneurship, and perseverance among other things. “What Aaron’s story really represents is to some extent, is a reflection for all of us to think about what are our hopes and dreams? What do they mean to us and why are we really pursuing them?” co-director Brent Kinetz said when he and co-director … Read the rest