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!!


Lions Gate finds sucess targeting Latino audiences

“A lot of people will say this film came out of nowhere, but we spent a lot of time and energy marketing the film to our core audience.”
-Paul Presburger, Pantelion CEO

“Instructions Not Included” recently surpised the box office and became the #1 movie in America and highest grossing Spanish language film in the U.S. to date. Pantelion the Lions Gate-backed distributor targeting Latino audiences, marketed the film. The approach in releasing the film was a brilliant move on Lions Gate’s part to woo Latino audiences in a way that attracts families and women to the box office — not unlike their approach to marketing African American fims vis-a-vis Tyler Perry. 

Instructions Not Included vs Tyler Perry

Films geared to audiences of color with an interest in family — with the right balance of humor, culture, and compelling themes — can be a recipe  for success!


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.


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.

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.


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
Produced at the television studios of Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN), New York City.