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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A MAN’S STORY EUROPEAN PREMIER AT THE AFRIKA FILM FESTIVAL!!

1A MAN’S STORY, directed by Fernando Arrioja and written by MOTION features in the 2017 AFRIKA FILM FESTIVAL in Berlin. Starring Emmanuel Kobongo and produced by Jessica Adams, A Man’s Story makes it’s European premier April 21st through May 6th, amongst “an attractive programme of the best African films.”

Watch A Man’s Story Trailer HERE:

Gesproken: Frans/Engels. Ondertiteld: Engels. Tijdens een oefenwedstrijd boksen komen bij Kam plots traumatische jeugdherinneringen naar boven. Hij gaat de confrontatie aan met zijn vader…

  • Genre: Short Film
  • Runtime: 11min
  • Country: DR Congo, Canada
  • Cineast: Fernando Arrioja   Writer: Wendy MOTION Brathwaite
  • Cast: Emmanuel Kabongo, Kim Roberts, Pedro Miguel Arce
  • Producer: Jessica Adams
  • Editor: Simone Smith
  • Score: Ben Fox
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#HOWSHEHUSTLES Presents HERSTORY IN BLACK on CBC

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Black women making history

In celebration of Black History Month, HERstory in Black shares the experiences of 150 women who excel in their field, who push for greater diversity and who help build vibrant communities.

Emily Mills initiated the project as an extension of How She Hustles, a network of more than 5,000 women from diverse backgrounds. In a series of photo shoots, based in Toronto, she brought together these women to showcase their lives and expertise. The initiative comes in time for Canada’s 150th anniversary as a country.

“HERstory in Black is intended to shine the light on black women – right here and right now,” Mills said. “I know how critical it is honour pioneers of the past, but also how important it is that we continue to tell new stories and hear different voices.”

The participants range from the first black woman to become an elected Law Society of Upper Canada bencher for the Toronto region, to a dedicated volunteer who works with several not-for-profits. They come from the arts, media, science, engineering, law and many other fields. These women live in the Greater Toronto Area and other parts of Ontario.

You can learn more about each participant by clicking on their photo below (headshots courtesy of Leilah Dhore) :

READ more about the 150 Black Women making Herstory HERE: www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/multimedia/herstory-in-black-1.3988476http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/multimedia/herstory-in-black-1.3988476

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BLACK LIVES BLACK WORDS HITS TORONTO

 

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So EXCITED to join the artists, playwrights, actor, directors of the worldwide Theatre Movement! Chicago to UK to Toronto, and beyond…

Black Lives, Black Words
THE 38TH RHUBARB FESTIVAL
12 ALEXANDER STREET //
TORONTO M4Y 1B4
Phone: 416-975-8555

February 24 + 25, 2017 // 10:00PM // in the chamber

Local black playwrights write ten-minute plays responding to the theme “Do Black Lives Matter today?” The project that has explored the Black diaspora experience in Chicago, Minneapolis, and London, UK, gets its first Toronto iteration, in a partnership between Rhubarb, Obsidian Theatre, and the National Arts Centre.

THE ARTISTS

project creator Reginald Edmund
organizers Reginald Edmund + Luke Reece
writers Leelee Davis, Kanika Ambrose, Jordan Laffrenier, Tawiah Ben Eben M’Carthy, Motion, Luke Reece + Meghan Swaby
performers Akousa Amor-Adem, Shomari Downer, Virgillia Griffith, Cassandre Mentor + Nabo Nabea
directors Audrey Dwyer + Jamie Robinson

http://buddiesinbadtimes.com/show/the-38th-rhubarb-festival/#weektwoprogram
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In rehearsal for LIVING THE BLACK BODY by MOTION, at the Rhubarb Festival 2017.

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LADIES FIRST: BEFORE THE 6IX – #BHM2017 SERIES

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LADIES FIRST: BEFORE THE 6ix features influential women in the evolution of Canadian Hip Hop culture – G98.7 radio personality/poet Jemeni, playwright/emcee Motion, filmmaker Alison Duke and DJ/ producer L’Oqenz. The panel discussion visits the stories, events and musical contributions of hip hop artists Michie Mee, Fresh Arts and Honey Jam, and the critical  role women have played in the history of Toronto’s Hip-hop music scene. The Before the 6ix Black History Month Series is curated by editor/journalist Del Cowie.

http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMEVT272645&R=EVT272645 Monday, February 13 at 7 PM – 8 PM EST
Toronto Public Library
789 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario M4W 2G8

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NEW SE7ENS MIXTAPE ‘A SUH WE STAY’!

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So great to hear the new SE7ENs Mixtape ‘A Suh We Stay’ that just dropped this weekend. 21 tracks of lyrics, beats, muuuusik for the heads, body and soul! Features include Frankie Payne, Eklipz and NuBreed MC. And to get to join in on the mix on the “Time Machine” TO to JA collabo with SE7EVs (Kolor Brown & J Wyze), Kabaka Pyramid and Five Steez is bless! Big Up ((DTS)) -Deep to the Soul- SE7EVs and SpottMuzik! Cop it! https://soundcloud.com/…/a-suh-we-stay-se7ens-mixtape-201617

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CELEBRATING THE DEBUT CLASS OF ‘GRIOTS TO EMCEES’ AT YORK U!

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Dept. of Humanities
Culture & Expression
presents

GRIOTS TO EMCEES
Spoken Word, Culture & Performance Showcase

Date: Thursday, December 1st, 2016
Place: Senior Commons Room
Address: 010 Vanier College
Showtime: 7PM – 9:30PM
Hosted by Motion

Join the debut class of GRIOTS TO EMCEES 2016 for a special presentation of new creative work celebrating the Art and Power of Spoken Word!

12 weeks, 12 classes, 12 topics, a journey through the genres, history, art and legacy of Spoken Word! It’s been great to teach and work with the students of York U in this intensive exploration of orality in the African Diaspora and beyond! And nothing better than seeing  some of my favorite people & poets – from D’bi Young to Nth D’gri, Nas and Mathematik, Dionne Brand and Sonia Sanchez – being read, watched and studied throughout the course. And even better, Griots to Emcees will be back again, Spring 2017, at York U.

SPOKEN WORD, CULTURE & PERFORMANCE is a new course that explores the past/present/future of Diasporic oral culture – from ancient storytellers to spoken word, rap, dub, slam, lyricism, and performance poetry – as well as the socio-political, historical and cultural contexts that inspire and amplify artists’ voices on stage, page, theatre, mixtape and digital media.
#griotstoemcees #YorkU #spokenword

For INFO: http://cltr.huma.laps.yorku.ca

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Thank You MONTREAL! #CINARS 2016

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DJ L’Oqenz behind the Oraltorio sound controls at CINARS 2016, Montreal

It was great to hit Montreal for the latest stop on the Oraltorio: A Theatrical Mixtape Tour at CINARS 2016. With 3 shows at the renowned L’Ecole Nationale De Theatre Du Canada, the Off-CINARS Presentation was a music-filled double-bill with Volcano Theatre’s Century Song.

Thank you to the road team – Tara Mohun (Stage Manager), producer Samantha Holland, Andre Du Toit (Lighting Designer) Rebecca Vandevelde (Associate Lighting Designer), soundman Eddy DaOriginalOne David, and Kaitlin Hickey (Associate Video Designer) for keeping Oraltorio moving on the road!

Oraltorio: A Theatrical Mixtape is written & performed by Motion, composed & performed by DJ L’Oqenz, directed by Mumbi Tindyebwa-Otu and choreographed by Roger C. Jeffrey.

Supported by Obsidian Theatre Company, KABIN, Pirates Blend, Toronto Arts, Ontario Arts & Canada Arts Councils.

For INFO: www.ORALTORIO.com

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ORALTORIO HITS MONTREAL FOR CINARS 2016

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ORALTORIO: A Theatrical MixTape is excited to hit our next stop – MONTREAL – for the CINARS Biennale. Catch our live and electric double-bill with Volcano Theatre’s CENTURY SONG November 17th, 18th and 19th in the Pauline McGibbon Theatre at the renowned Ecole National de Theatre! Special Afterparty feat. DJ L’Oqenz Friday Nite!! Presented by IFT Theatre & MotionLive. See link for details!

DIRECTOR: Mumbi Tindyebwa-Otu
CHOREOGRAPHER: Roger C. Jeffrey
PERFORMER & WRITER: MOTION
PERFORMER & COMPOSER: DJ L’OQENZ

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A MAN’S STORY PREMIERS AT 2016 REELWORLD FILM FEST!

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A gripping meditation on masculinity and violence, A Man’s Story follows young painter Kam after a triggering boxing practice forces him to confront his father about his domestic abuse. Directed by Fernando Arrioja and written by Motion, the film stars Emmanuel Kabongo and is produced by Jessica Adams.

The creative team, all alumni residents of the seminal Canadian Film Centre includes composer Ben Fox and editor Simone Smith.

A Man’s Story premiers at the 2016 ReelWorld Film Festival on Saturday October 15th, 2016 at the Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre. Short Film program commences at 11:45 AM.

CREDITS

Editor: Simone Simth

Cinematographer: James Klopko

Principle Cast: Emmanuel Kabongo, Kim Roberts, Lucky Ejim, Pedro Miguel Arce, Thamela Mpumlwana

Producers: Jessica Adams, Emmanuel Kabongo, Wendy Motion Brathwaite, Fernando Arrioja

Executive Producer: Charles Officer

Production Company: Arrioja Films

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