MOTION, TARA CHASE, APANI SCREEN @ TIFF’S BLACK STAR

Really looking forward to Toronto International Film Festival’s BLACK STAR! A 6-week retrospective honoring groundbreaking Black film, Black Star will explore over a 100 years of Black filmmakers, actors and iconic films.

On Friday November 3, Black Star opens with a boom bap tribute to Toronto, featuring Love, Sex and Eating the Bones (by director Sudz Sutherland) with a trio of T.O. Hip Hop Classics spotlighting music on video. Can’t wait to see THE TRILOGY: 3MCz featuring Motion, Tara Chase and Apani B. Fly (Blacklist), directed by award-winning director Alison Duke,  screened alongside Northern Touch (Rascalz, Kardinal Offishall, Thrust, Choclair, Chekmate, Little X) and Started from the Bottom (Drake, Director X)!

Being a movie fiend, definitely about to overdose of many film favourites, and discover some rare classics!

“TIFF’s Fall ’17 season includes Black Star (running November 3 to December 22), a groundbreaking programme, in collaboration with the British Film Institute. (BFI Black Star opened at the BFI Southbank in October 2016.) TIFF is honoured to have programmer Ashley Clark, the curator of the series, to introduce the first weekend of screenings. It celebrates the unique icons of Black stardom like Eddie Murphy, Louise Beavers (who transcended the harmful “Mammy” stereotype with her vulnerable, Oscar-nominated performance in 1934’s Imitation of Life), and vaudevillian Bert Williams (who appears in the 1913 film Lime Kiln Club Field Day, the earliest documented film with an all-black principal cast). Guest speakers will frame the discussions: writer and Cleo editor Lydia Ogwang will introduce Haile Gerima’s stark 1975 film Bush Mama, and rapper Kardinal Offishall will speak on John Landis’ 1988 culture-clash comedy Coming to America, among other guest appearances. The sidebar programme Black Star Canada celebrates Black Canadian filmmakers who choose to document their own experiences with screenings that include Stella Meghie’s 2016 intergenerational comedy Jean of the Joneses, Charles Officer’s 2002 lyrical short drama Short Hymn, Silent War, and Clement Virgo’s boundary-breaking 1995 debut Rude.”

TICKETS now on SALE

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A MAN’S STORY IN ZANZIBAR

Impact Award-winning short film A MAN’S STORY had the great honour of joining films from around the world on the screens of the ZIFF (Zanzibar International Film Festival). Celebrating 20 years,  ZIFF is renowned all over the world for bringing focus to world-class African Film, Music, Art and Design.

ZIFF is the largest multi-disciplinary cultural festival of its kind in East Africa, bringing together the global film and arts industries for 9 days of immersion and promotion of the breadth of African culture.

With a film that explores the stories and experiences of Canadians with roots in Africa, our team is excited to know that A MAN’S STORY has reached the eyes of film audiences, artists and industry in East Africa and look forward to traveling to our next film festival destination in 2018. A Man’s Story: Coming to a screen near you!

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AWARD-WINNING FILM A MAN’S STORY LAUNCHED ON BRAVOFACT.COM

4 Film Festivals, 1 Best Short Film Award, and an online release! You can now watch A MAN’S STORY – directed by Fernando Arrioja, written by Motion, and starring Emmanuel Kobongo – on BRAVOFACT.com! Seven CFC (Canadian Film Centre) alums – including producer Jessica Adams, editor Simone Smith, composer Ben Fox and executive producer Charles Officer – present the ReelWorld Award-winning short, A MAN’S STORY.

“A sparring match takes an ugly turn when jarring memories of a traumatic childhood force young Kam Eganda to face his father, and the disturbing notions of manhood that they have both inherited.”

Director: Fernando Arrioja Writer: Wendy Motion Brathwaite
DOP: James Klopko  Editor: Simone Smith Composer: Ben Fox
Kam: Emmanuel Kabongo Father: Lucky Ejim Mother: Kim Roberts
Coach: Pedro Miguel Arce Young Kam: Thamela Mpumlwana
Producer: Jessica Adams Executive Producer: Charles Officer
Production Company: Arrioja Films Inc.
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POETS ACTIVATE BAND19 GALLERY WITH SPOKEN WORD

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ACTIVATE! SPOKEN WORD at #BAND19 July 7th 2017

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MOTION TALKS BALDWIN & EALEY-RICHARDSON ON CBC’S THE NEXT CHAPTER w/ SHELAGH ROGERS

Motion talks about the similarities between James Baldwin’s Go Tell It on the Mountain and Jael Ealey Richardson’s The Stone Thrower. (photo\Zahra Siddiqui)

The layers of Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin (exerpt)

“What I love about this work, particularly, is that we go so deeply into their personal selves. We see how race and racism has affected them, we see how they are trying to break out of the chains of segregation. He even travels us to when the great-grandmother of John Grimes leaves the plantation to find a new life on the day when the emancipation proclamation is signed. We see not only these historical things going on, but also how deeply personal the struggles and the fight and the redemption of each character is taking place within them.”

LISTEN to the complete Review on The Next Chapter w/ Shelagh Rogers on CBC Radio.

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50in50: WRITING WOMEN INTO EXISTENCE in NYC!

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Really EXCITED to join 50 Black Women Writers for the internationally curated 50in50: WRITING WOMEN INTO EXISTENCE!

This special event featuring an esteemed collective of women actors takes place on Sunday May 14th, 2017 in New York City, at the legendary Billie Holiday Theatre – 1368 Fulton St., Brooklyn, NY. Showtime: 3PM.

Curated by acclaimed playwright Dominique Morriseau

Fifty writers have had their say,  in response to the powerful statement shaped by curator Morriseau which partially reads, “As Black Women writers, we fulfill a unique and un-duplicated role in theatre. We are telling the stories that represent us with balance and complexity and illuminate our side of the human experience.” Join us for a groundbreaking event that places the diverse, rich and challenging perspectives of women and girls from all walks of life at the center. These stories will be read by an ensemble of women performers in an astounding 90-minute journey of truth, humor and strength.

Cast: Simone Missick ( Luke Cage), Pauletta Washington ( Beloved, NY Premiere of Autumn), Phyllis Yvonne Stickney (How Stella Got Her Groove Back), Marsha Stephanie Blake (Getting On, Orange is the New Black) and more.

And joining the 50 women writers, Toronto’s-own playwrights MOTION and Meghan Swaby!

A partnership with Frank Silvera Writers’ Workshop and the Billie Holiday Theatre.

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TORONTO HIP HOP CELEBRATES DJ RON NELSON!

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Walking on #CollegeStreet, bumped into #streetpromo for Thursday Nite’s #iwasthere event! Celebrating #Toronto #HipHop #radiohost #promoter and #pioneer DJ RON NELSON! Hosted by Theo3 & Motion >> See you there! #fantasticvoyage #CKLN881 #hiphopradio #ourstory

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YORK U. STUDENTS STUDY THE POWER OF SPOKEN WORD

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GRIOTS TO EMCEES: Spoken Word, Culture and Performance returns to York University this Spring, 2017. 

During the 6-week credit course, York U. students explore the form, function and content of Spoken Word through the Diaspora – from language to rhythm, historical developments, social-political contexts, as well as key artists of poetry, rap, dub, slam, lyricism and spoken word as live and direct purveyors of culture.

By examining performance as text and artist/creator narratives, commentaries and cultural discourse, students survey the continuum through African storytelling traditions to contemporary global evolutions of lyricism and spoken word. Students explore the varied modes of oral/aural dissemination – including the stage, the page, audio recording, theatre, film and digital media – and analyze orality and voice as tools of cultural affirmation and resistance. The course includes a writing/performance intensive component.

SPACE LIMITED – INFO & REGISTRATION for AP/HUMA 3165 3.00 Griots to Emcees: Examining Culture, Performance & Spoken Word HERE.

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WRITING THE WEB SERIES AT REGENT PARK FILM FESTIVAL!

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Are you a young emerging filmmaker looking to get your web series off the ground? Have a great idea that you need help developing into a web series? The Regent Park Film Festival is currently looking for 6 talented young filmmakers to join our Writing the Web Series Intensive!

Along with artist, writer and educator Motion, the Regent Park Film festival will be running Writing the Web Series Intensive which will take place over 7 months and will offer sessions to support emerging filmmakers in creating the best foundation for their web-series creation, and access to some of the best film festivals and conferences in Toronto.

Writing the Web Series Intensive will guide 6 emerging filmmakers to:

-Create character and story arcs over an entire season of their developing web series
-Work through issues of representations to create complex and rich characters and storyline
-Write a pilot episode
-Host a public reading of their pilot episode at the 15th annual Regent Park Film Festival
-Gain familiarity with and access to the web-series and filmmaking world by providing passes to film festivals and conferences in the city.

Timeline & Dates:

Every Thursday evening in May and June, from 6:30pm-9:30pm at the Regent Park Film Festival offices (Exact dates: May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29)
Writing Break: July & August
3 additional sessions in the fall (TBD)
The 15th annual Regent Park Film Festival will take place Nov 15-18.
Participants will attend the following festivals and conferences:

T.O WebFest – May 25 – 27
TIFF – Sept 7 – 14th
Reel World Film Festival – Oct 11 – 15

cropped-26-web.jpgMotion is an award-winning screenwriter, playwright and storyteller. Her work has been screened at the ReelWorld Film Festival and Africa International Film Festival, and staged at Factory Theatre, Theatre Center, bcurrent’s Rock.Paper.Sistaz, Rhubarb Festival’s Black Lives, Black Words and Obsidian’s International Black Playwrights Festival. She is also an alumna of the Canadian Film Center. Motion is our lead facilitator, guiding participants through the process of developing their stories and scripts, and navigating new interactions and opportunities made available through the Intensive.

raniaphoto-e1490146075518-150x150Rania El Mugammar is a Writer, Arts Educator, Community Organizer and Equity,Anti-Oppression and Inclusion Educator, who will engage with participants in working through difficult questions of representations as they set out to write their scripts and create their arcs.

Photos by: Zahra Siddiqui

APPLY TODAY
This writing intensive is FREE for participants. To apply, participants must fill out the following application form and submit all related materials by 12am on April 9th, 2017.

If you require accommodation at any stage of the application process, or have any questions regarding appropriate/possible accommodations please contact us at info@regentparkfilmfestival.com

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