The future is now: Blacks in sci-fi, Afro-futurism on film

I’m so excited about Afro-futurism and glad to see that the visionary writings of Octavia Bulter, and the global  hit movie  Black Panther are joined by a growing body of work in all genres that affirms and celebrates  black people in imaginings of  the future and in alternate renderings of the universe.

Afro-futurism definition I was amazed and delighted to attend Far Out Black, a screening a panel curated and moderated by my friend and colleague, filmmaker Celia Peters at the California African American Museum (CAAM) in Los Angeles.

CAAM Far Out screening and Panel
Top row, L to R: Donovan Vim Crony, Keith Josef Adkins, Buki Bodunrin, Ezra Claytan Daniels, and Celia Peters; Celia Peters and Olu Gittens. Bottom row: CAAM event flyer, Celia Peters enging with audience members

Far Out Black featured Afrofuturist short films with visions of the future that are complex, unique, and vibrant. The packed audience had an opportunity to engage in conversation with these cinematic innovators about their films and their perspectives on working in the dynamic and quickly changing film industry.

Sorry to Bother You movieI also joined my friend, actress Monica Parks Simon, member of the Screen Actors Guild Film Nominating Committee, for a special early screening of Sorry to Bother You, directed by Boots Riley and starring Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson. “In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a macabre universe.”

The SAG-AFTRA screening was followed by a very well moderated and lively Q & A featuring Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler and Writer/Director Boots Riley.

The future is now and we are in it!!

-O.G.

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Production wraps on ‘Brothers on the Phone’

Corwin Moore
Comedian Corwin Moore

This weekend, we wrapped production on the short film Brothers on the Phone: What About Her? written and executive produced by comedy writer Corwin Moore (Saturday Night Live, Uptown Comedy Club) and directed by yours truly. Brothers on the Phone: What About Her? is the first in the Brothers on the Phone series, and it centers on two best friends, a likeable homeboy who is single and his best friend, a married guy with an “I don’t give a f*” approach to life. These two brothers on the phone talk about the single guy’s tough time finding Ms. Right, a new spin on the topic of finding The One, with flashbacks to his experiences with different women.

After meeting with Moore and finding out what he wanted to accomplish with the piece, I was excited to once again direct comedy. For those who’ve been following my work, you know that last year I directed the comedy thriller Trust No One.  As a director whose authored work is dramatic, I enjoy these opportunities to direct comedy. The two genres actually have some similarities when it comes to directing (more on that later). What’s best is the chance to make people laugh.

-O.G.

Brothers on the Phone: What About Her?  Executive Producer Corwin Moore. Producers Ty Powell and Nicole Sylvester. Directed by Olu Gittens. Starring Corwin Moore, Shanise Beck, Mia Anderson, Mieke Stapelton, Afiya Wilson and James Egbute.

CHOICES TV and Web Series Official Selection to LA Web Fest!

CHOICES in LA Web Fest 2012We’re happy to announce that CHOICES TV and Web Series is now an Official Selection in LA Web Series Festival 2012.

There were a whopping 178 entrants into the festival, a testament to the abundance of talent on the web.  CHOICES is 1 of 8 in the “soap opera” category.

Produced by Oh Gee Productions, by writer-director-producer Olu Gittens, CHOICES is a series of soap-style flash dramas with intertwined story lines.

LAWWEBFEST III WILL BE HELD AT THE RADISSON LAX FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY APRIL 6-8, 2012.

CHOICES web series trailer

CHOICES, the new dramatic web series!! Online soap!! 17 characters. 8 dramas. 7 webisodes. CHOICES. Sometimes life will make you do things you never thought you would do. CHOICES. CHOICEStheSeries.com

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CHOICES is a series of soap-style flash dramas with intertwined story lines. The series highlights top notch acting with writing and direction by filmmaker Olu Gittens. CHOICES shows characters from all walks of life who are somehow connected to each other…as we all are. CHOICES is about the options life puts before us and the decisions we make along the way. Life is a series of CHOICES.

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STARRING:
Mark Ellmore as Gov. Gary Mitchell
Ellen Haynes as Margaret Mitchell
Tiffani Coleman as Carmen
Gabe Vargas as James
Adam Shuty as Paul
Debra Jans as Mary
Graham Powell as Peter
Ivy Livingston as Olivia
Elizabeth Powers as Jane
Erik McKay as Mike
Alexander Mulzac as Keith
Kristen Hung as Cathy
Danyel Fulton as Shanelle
Kianne Muschett as Shervonne
Elisa Pupko as Regan
Scott T. Miller as Chapman
Joshua Feinberg as Motulsky
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Produced at the television studios of Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN), New York City. http://www.choicestheseries.com http://www.ohgeeproductions.com

Adventures in Multi-Camera Televsion Part IX: CHOICES Webisode 6

A powerful episode of the CHOICES web series!

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Oh Gee Productions presents…CHOICES: A Soap-Style Web Series

CHOICES is a series of soap-style flash dramas with intertwined story lines. CHOICES highlights top notch actors with writing and direction by filmmaker Olu Gittens.

CHOICES Webisode 6 – I Made My Own Luck

Cathy and Shanelle wrestle with ethical questions surrounding their pregnancies, while Shervonne, a nanny’s daughter, and Regan, her charge, discover they have very different views of this woman who was “the help.” We also meet business magnate Chapman and social activist Motulsky, two old prep school buddies who reconnect after 10 years.

Starring:
Kristen Hung as Cathy
Danyel Fulton as Shanelle
Kianne Muschett as Shervonne
Elisa Pupko as Regan
Scott T. Miller as Chapman
Joshua Feinberg as Motulsky

17 characters. 8 dramas. 7 webisodes. CHOICES.
Sometimes life will make you do things you never thought you would do. CHOICES.

CHOICEStheSeries.com
CHOICES was written, directed and produced by Olu Gittens and produced at the television studios of Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN), New York City.

-O.G.

Adventures in Multi-Camera Televsion Part VIII: CHOICES Webisode 5

Another amazing episode of the CHOICES web series!

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Oh Gee Productions presents…CHOICES: A Soap-Style Web Series

CHOICES is a series of soap-style flash dramas with intertwined story lines. CHOICES highlights top notch actors with writing and direction by filmmaker Olu Gittens.

CHOICES Webisode 5 – Funny Seeing You Here takes us on a trip to a nail salon and a boutique where two sets of friends meet. Manicurist Cathy hears exciting news from recently-engaged Shanelle. Meanwhile, Shervonne, a nanny’s daughter, reconnects with Regan, the woman her mother took care of as a child.

Starring:
Kristen Hung as Cathy
Danyel Fulton as Shanelle
Kianne Muschett as Shervonne
Elisa Pupko as Regan

17 characters. 8 dramas. 7 webisodes. CHOICES.
Sometimes life will make you do things you never thought you would do. CHOICES.

CHOICEStheSeries.com
CHOICES was written, directed and produced by Olu Gittens and produced at the television studios of Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN), New York City.

-O.G.

Adventures in Multi-Camera Televsion Part VII: CHOICES Webisode 4

Another episode of the CHOICES web series!

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Oh Gee Productions presents…CHOICES: A Soap-Style Web Series

CHOICES is a series of soap-style flash dramas with intertwined story lines. CHOICES highlights top notch actors with writing and direction by filmmaker Olu Gittens.

CHOICES Webisode 4 – I’ll Take Care of Her brings us to the stories of Mike and Olivia, two talented musicians and the parents of a daughter caught between their custody struggle. Each side believes they’re the best one to take care of little Lisa, but who will win?

Starring:
Ivy Livingston as Olivia
Elizabeth Powers as Jane
Erik McKay as Mike
Alexander Mulzac as Keith

CHOICES was written, directed and produced by Olu Gittens and produced at Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN).

-O.G.