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TV show ‘30 Frames a Second’ Interviews the Cast of TRUST NO ONE

23 Nov

Producer and Host Nat Wood of TV show 30 Frames a Second interviews the cast of ‘TRUST NO ONE’ about the dynamic stage play. Guests: Stephfon Guidry, Olu Gittens, Kai Baltimore and Mario Melgare.

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Olu Gittens talks film on WNYC-TV show “Brooklyn Savvy”

16 Nov

WNYC-TV show Brookyn Savvy dedicated an episode to my favorite topic: film. In “Advice for Emerging Filmmakers,” host Toni Yuill Williams talked with me, filmmaker Olu Gittens; Lisa Cortes, producer of the Oscar-winning movie Precious;  author Donna Walker Kuhne; BET senior vice president Depelsha McGruder and Sharon Simmons from The Brooklyn Chapter of The Links. The lively conversation centered around what filmmakers need to do to make their cinematic dreams come true. I even got to talk about Baby of the Family, Oh Gee Productions latest project in development.

Filmmaker Olu Gittens, Host Toni Yuill Williams, noted film producer Lisa Cortes

The episode was broadcast on the award-winning city-wide channel in all five boroughs and is available for on-demand viewing at http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycmg/nyctvod/html/home/brsa102.html.

Check it out! And “Like” it as a way of saying “keep this kind of programming coming!”

Byline + mention in Atlanta Post article on black film and TV producers working online

28 Jul

Instead of waiting for Hollywood’s permission — and dollars — black film and TV producers are giving themselves the green light to produce their own online series.

Black Filmmakers & TV Producers Taking Creative Control Through the WebThe Atlanta Post* article “Black Filmmakers and Producers Use the Web to Take Control,” penned by yours truly, takes an eye-opening look at African-American web series and digital content producers.

Al Thompson; Korey Coleman; Issa Rae; Pete Chatmon and Hannelore Williams; Brown Paper Dolls and Idris Elba, and many more are highlighted, along with the Black Women’s Entertainment Network online channel and media studies expert Aymar Jean Christian. There’s also a mention of me, writer/director Olu Gittens and Oh Gee Productions’ web series CHOICES.  Black digital producers are making moves on the web.

Great piece, if I do say so myself!

-O.G.

http://atlantapost.com/2011/07/28/black-filmmakers-tv-producers-taking-creative-control-through-the-web/

http://madamenoire.com/110580/black-filmmakers-tv-producers-taking-creative-control-through-the-web/

*The Atlanta Post is now Madame Noire, a division of Moguldom Media

Filmmakers Air Their “Dirty Laundry”

18 Jan

I had the pleasure of appearing on Dirty Laundry, a television program produced and hosted by Nathalie Thandiwe, who is also the host of Pacifica Radio/WBAI’s show Women, Body and Soul.  Dirty Laundry is broadcast cooperation with Manhattan Neighborhood (MNN)’s External Affairs Department.

I was joined by fellow filmmaker Dominga Martin, writer/director of the short film Yellow. We talked about our past work, the challenges facing independent Black filmmakers, and our upcoming projects.  It was great appearing on the show, getting a chance to share with viewers my journey as a filmmaker.  I also got to talk about BABY OF THE FAMILY, the feature film that Oh Gee Productions is developing.

There is such a huge and eager audience out there for stories that show the beauty and complexity of African Americans, and yet the Hollywood machine doesn’t seem interested in connecting the work with the audience.  I suppose it’s up to us filmmakers and our supporters to get these stories out.

Wish us luck!

-O.G.

LINKS:

Nathalie Thandiwe, WBAI

Manhattan Neighborhood Network

Olu Gittens, Oh Gee Productions

Dominga Martin, A House of Ming Films