Monthly Archives: August 2013

AAWIC Presented a Conversation with Independent Filmmaker Lynne Forde in NYC

cd6dbc2652bb731f5ac9e43a7de2ee44African-American Women in Cinema (AAWIC) along with the Showbiz Cafe presented another great networking event for film industry novices and veterans.

The event was held on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 6:30 pm at the Showbiz Cafe which is located at 19 West 21st Street, between 5th and 6th Avenue in New York City. The most recent panel included at chat with Saffyre Entertainment Producer, Lynne Forde.
Ms. Forde currently produces both film and television projects. Saffyre Entertainment’s debut project “Lies of Blue” is based on the debut novel from Lynne Forde. She is also the producer and co-writer for the documentary “Grinding” up close and personal interviews with music legends. In addition, Ms. Forde have recently completed the web series, “Gray Area” and was accepted to the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France.

During the panel, she provided and wealth of knowledge for all who attended. She also discussed subjects such as:

*The independent filmmaking process

*Independent film marketing

*Independent filmmaking on a shoe string budget

The cost for these events only $10.00 which (Includes one cup of coffee or tea)

Attendees also have the opportunity to join AAWIC. This is event is one of many of a series which AAWIC will be holding. Foe more information on the next event, visit, the AAWIC website at:www.aawic.org.

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Actress Regina Taylor Directing a Play at Signature Theater in New York

2249736741814683417cf38254471b15As larger upcoming theater productions come to Broadway, there are a few independent stage plays debuting around the city. With that said, there is a new play from Residency Five actress and playwright Regina Taylor that comes to New York on August 20th. The Golden Globe and NAACP Image award winning actress presents a play entitled stop.reset.

Although, Regina Taylor is mostly know to her fans an outstanding dramatic actress in television series such as: “I’ll Fly Away.” and “The Unit”, but in this role she writes and directs the play. She also has an impressive amount of credits on the big screen.

 The stop.reset story takes places in Chicago around the life of Alex Ames, who is the owner of Chicago’s oldest African American book publishing company. Mr. Ames has a dilemma. As e-books outsell printed books, he finds that he must question each of his employees to determine who is still relevant in a rapidly changing world. When he meets J, a mysterious youth who works as a janitor and is plugged into the future, Mr. Ames is forced to discover just how far he will go to survive. The play stop. reset. asks powerful questions of legacy, identity and survival in a world where the real and the virtual are more closely tied than we think.

The cast includes: Michi Barall (Signature’s Queens Boulevard, An Oresteia) as Deb, Teagle Bougere (Wings, A Raisin in the Sun) as Chris, Ismael Cruz Cordova (“Sesame Street”) as J., LaTanya Richardson Jackson (The Fighting Temptations) as Jan, Carl Lumbly (Jitney, “Alias”) as Alex Ames and Donald Sage MacKay (“Scrubs”) as Tim.

All tickets for the initial run of the production are $25 as part of the Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access. The production runs August 20 through September 29, 2013 with a September 8 opening night inThe Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues).

For more information on Regina Taylor, visit her website at:www.reginataylor.com. You can also like her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter. For tickets to the show visit the following link at: The Signature Theater. The website for the play can be seen at:www.stop-reset.com.