What we’re loving this week is the film White Water making history with a festival screening in an unlikely part of the world, top-level Pauline Fischer making moves, and last but not least the honor of legends in music and film. Take a look and see if you don’t fall in love too!
1. ‘White Water’ Makes Waves
The film White Water premiered on American cable channel TV ONE in 2015, and will screen at the Jasmine Film Festival in Tehran, Iran next month. This is no small feat, as White Water will be the first African American film to do so. White Water is based on a children’s book written by Michael Bandy and Eric Stein, and based on the true events of a young black boy in the segregated south, who braves various chances to drink from the “whites only” fountain. Previously the film has screened at the Rwanda International Film Festival, Montreal Black Film Festival, and the Blue Nile Film Festival in Ethiopia.
2. Pauline Fischer leaves Netflix
Pauline Fischer, VP of original films at Netflix, will leave her role to start her own business development consultancy firm. Fischer joined Netflix in 2008, and worked to bring Beasts of No Nation to the streaming service as one of its first offerings. The film was released both in theaters and on Netflix, starring Idris Elba and directed by Cary Fukunaga. No successor has been named for Fischer and she will continue to consult on active productions.
3. Blues Legends Doc
Two Trains Running is a documentary feature that follows young activists and musicians searching for blues legends Son House and Skip James in the summer of 1964 Mississippi. The documentary is set during Freedom Summer, a volunteer campaign to get blacks registered to vote in Mississippi. Two Trains Running is executive produced and narrated by rapper and actor Common. Sam Pollard, former editor on Spike Lee films, directed the documentary.
4. Tyler Perry Remakes Popular South Korean Film
Tyler Perry’s Tyler Perry Studios will co-produce a U.S. remake of the South Korean dramedy Miss Granny. The film tells the story of a grandmother who is somehow turned into her twenty-year old self, and takes the opportunity to form a band with her unknowing grandson. Miss Granny has previously been adapted in six Asian languages and will set a record as the world’s most adapted film with Perry’s U.S. version, plus another Spanish version. Miss Granny is slated for a 2018 release.
Last but definitely not least…
5. Stand Out Documentary Filmmaker Stanley Nelson Honored
Award-winning director and producer Stanley Nelson will receive the Lifetime Achievement award at DOC NYC, America’s largest documentary film festival taking place November 10th – November 17th. Nelson’s work includes his 1999 The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords, which chronicles the history of African-American journalism and will be screened at the festival. In current production is Nelson’s Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Screenings of the festival’s other feature documentaries and documentary shorts will take place at the IFC Center, Cinepolis Chelsea and the SVA Theatre.
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April Guscott is a Brooklyn native and creative writer who has a love of storytelling across all mediums. April has written short stories, poetry, essays and now turns her attention to screenwriting and blogging. April is an active member of the Black TV & Film Collective.