USC Will Celebrate John Singleton All Year Long


USC School of Cinematic Arts, African American Cinema Society and Visions & Voices Announce “John Singleton: A Celebration” series of projections

The USC School of Cinematic Arts, African American Cinema Society, and Visions & Voices will present “John Singleton: A Celebration,” a year-long tribute to beloved filmmaker and SCA alumnus Elizabeth M. Daley. dean of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, announced Tuesday. Tribute events will include a series of special screenings of Singleton’s most notable films, featuring conversations with selected cast and crew. Screenings will take place on the USC campus and are free and open to the public, with RSVP required.

Singleton, a television and film director, screenwriter, producer and USC alumnus, died on April 29, 2019 at the age of 51. Television. While at USC, he won the Jack Nicholson Screenwriting Award, given to a promising film school student, two years in a row: first in 1988 for his screenplay “Twilight Time,” then the following year for the “Boyz n the Hood” screenplay. he wrote as his graduation thesis on a computer in the campus library.

The tribute events will kick off Friday, Sept. 9 with a screening of Singleton’s directorial debut “Boyz n the Hood,” for which he earned two Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. A conversation with selected cast and crew moderated by filmmaker Robert Townsend will follow the screening.

The full lineup for the screening series is listed below:

  • “Boyz n the Hood” (1991): 7:00 p.m. Friday, September 9, 2022 – Norris Cinema Theater
  • “Poetic Justice” (1993): 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 21, 2022 – Ray Stark Family Theater
  • “Higher Learning” (1995): 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 12, 2022 – Ray Stark Family Theater
  • “Rosewood” (1997): 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 9, 2022 – Ray Stark Family Theater
  • “Shaft” (2000): 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 30, 2022 – Ray Stark Family Theater
  • “Baby Boy” (2001): 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 25, 2023 – Ray Stark Family Theater. Guests include: Tyrese Gibson
  • “2 Fast 2 Furious” (2003): 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 22, 2023 – Location TBD
  • “Four Brothers” (2005): 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, 2023 – Ray Stark Family Theater

Hartbeat and Sundance Institute name three new Women Write Now Fellows for 2022

Mayanna Berrin, Kiana Butler Jabangwe and Danielle Solomon are this year’s recipients of the Women Write Now (WWN) Comedy Screenwriting Fellowship, Hartbeat announced today. Fellows will each receive a 12-month first-look contract with Hartbeat and showcase their completed shorts in a special exhibition during the 2023 Sundance Film Festival.

Fellows were chosen from hundreds of submissions from aspiring screenwriters seeking to develop their screenplays under the guidance of Hartbeat’s panel of advisors, including Leigh Davenport, Kay Oyegun and Yamara Taylor. Logan Browning, Tika Sumpter and Nicole Byer signed on to direct the shorts.

“The Women Write Now program prepares its participants for success by prioritizing the development and distribution of these short films while connecting these storytellers to a broader community of mentors and industry allies,” Michelle Satter, founding director of artist programs at the Sundance Institute, says. “It’s a holistic approach to supporting artists and we’re thrilled to partner with Hartbeat again for this incredible and well-deserved opportunity for Black women in comedy.”

The Women Write Now Fellowship – founded by Heartbeat CEO Thai Randolph alongside Candice Wilson Cherry, Jennifer Kushner and Satter of the Sundance Institute – aims to champion the next generation of black women in comedy by bringing together writers, directors, producers and Accomplished black frames to frame emerging storytellers. Each project will be distributed on Hartbeat’s flagship consumer brand, the LOL Network. Through the First Look Agreement, Fellows can also submit original projects for production consideration and network distribution.

As part of the development process, each Fellow will also participate in a Career Development Lab, where they will receive mentorship from creative advisors working across the industry. After completing the screenwriting lab, fellows will bring their original projects to life under the guidance of Hartbeat’s creative team and guest directors.

DNEG Adds Gabby Gourrier and Diana Ibanez Executives to VFX Leadership Team

DNEG, a leading visual effects and animation studio, expanded its VFX leadership team on Wednesday with the hire of two new executives. Gabby Gourrier has been named co-president of VFX, and Diana Ibanez is now executive vice president of motion pictures and episodic special effects.

Gourrier and Ibanez each join DNEG from Method Studios, where Gourrier served as Executive Vice President of Global Features and Special Projects. Ibanez served as Vice President of Global Features, Episodic and Special Projects. Both executives will be based in DNEG’s Los Angeles studio, with Gourrier working alongside current chairman Josh Jaggars and reporting directly to the company’s CEO and chairman, Namit Malhotra. Ibanez will work closely with Gourrier and Jaggars.

“I am delighted to welcome Gabby and Diana to our leadership team as we continue to strengthen our position as VFX leaders,” said Malhotra. “With every day and every project, DNEG pushes the boundaries of what is possible when it comes to visual effects and animation. The expertise, knowledge and experience that Gabby and Diana bring to their new roles will help DNEG to further expand its industry-leading offering and provide even higher levels of service to our customers.

In his new role, Gourrier will partner with Jaggars to oversee the company’s client relations and its team of VFX supervisors. The executive will also use DNEG’s production capabilities to generate new business and partnerships.

Ibanez will work closely with Gourrier and Jaggars in customer relationship management, serving as a point of contact for customers and internal teams. She will also help manage the transition of projects through DNEG’s production pipeline, working closely with production teams to plan the slate of upcoming projects.

Amazon Shares Nikyatu Jusu’s ‘Nanny’ Official Trailer

Nikyatu Jusu’s ‘Nanny’, which won the Sundance Drama Grand Jury Prize, has a new trailer from Amazon. The film is set to hit theaters on November 23, followed by a Prime Video streaming premiere on December 16.

Jusu’s film follows Aisha, played by Anna Diop, a recent emigrant from Senegal who is hired to care for a wealthy couple’s daughter, played by Michelle Monaghan and Morgan Spector, living in New York. Haunted by the absence of the young son she left behind, Aisha becomes increasingly disturbed by the family’s unstable home life. As her son’s arrival approaches, a violent presence begins to invade her dreams and reality, threatening the American dream she is working to piece together.

Check out the full trailer below.


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