New Movie Alert!!

Hey what’s up world!! I have some big news to share. The film “Everything But A Man” starring Monica Calhoun (The Best Man, Love and Basketball) & Jimmy Jean-Louis (Heroes, Joy), directed by Nnegest Likké, will be making its first public screening. We have 2 screening times, one on June 16th and one on the 17th at the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) in Miami, FL.

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ABFF-takes-place-February-2016The American Black Film Festival (ABFF), founded in 1997, is an annual event dedicated to showcasing entertainment content made by and about people of African descent to a worldwide audience. Today it is recognized as the premier pipeline for Black talent in front of and behind the camera. The festival is composed of five action-packed days of films, panels, parties and more…from the star-studded opening night screening to the closing “Best of Festival” Awards Ceremony.

If you are in South Florida and attending the festival, let me know what you think. Check the link above for the schedule. I’m not sure of the actual screening times at the moment. I don’t think I will be down there but I’m due a trip to Miami. Such a beautiful and unique city.

If you missed my previous post about the making of “Everything But A Man” click here!

Until next time, be blessed, be creative and #MakeMovies!

~Douglas

Grandmother’s Murder Club Movie Trailer & Kickstarter

Hey everyone! Here is another update from one of the projects I did last year in the “Show Me State” St. Louis, Missouri last year.

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Grandmother’s Murder Club is a dark comedy starring four grandmothers who accidentally kill a con man.  When the con man’s partner shows up, things go south quickly.  This film stars Florence Henderson, Pam Grier, Judge Reinhold, Randall Batnikoff, Susie Wall and Sally Eaton.

And the project is almost finished. We just need your help to finish this movie.

We are raising money for:

  • Music Licensing
  • Special Effects
  • Color Correction
  • Film Score Composition

Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Click on the picture for all the Kickstarter information and movie trailer!!

~Douglas 

 

“Grandpa’s Psycho” is out in Redbox!!!

Hey everyone! “Grandpa’s Psycho” is out and you can see it via Redbox! Go out and see it! Shout out to the director Danny LeGare for bringing me up to Connecticut to work on the movie with him. It was a pleasure to work with the cast and crew of this movie. I can’t wait to do it again!!

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#MakeMovies!

~Douglas (1st Assistant Director)

Movie Trailer for “My Brother’s Keeper”

I am very proud to share the movie trailer for the film “My Brother’s Keeper”!! Directed by
Samone Joyner Norsworthy.

~Douglas

That’s a wrap on “Tonight She Comes”

So I just finished up my 3rd feature film in St. Louis, MO this year and I have to say I finished with a bang and a lot of blood. The film is starring Cameisha Cotton, Nathan Eswine, Adam Hartley Breiman, Jenna McDonald, Dal Pelate, Frankie Ray, Brock Russell & Larissa White and directed by Matt Stuertz.

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This wasn’t Matt’s first feature film but this was his first feature film where he didn’t do everything by hisself. And I was very impressed with him as a director. He had a learning curve of not having to do everything and use me and the production team so he can just focus on the creative but he said he liked this process a lot better at the end of the day. He has a bright future in this film industry. Once you see this film you will see where I’m coming from.

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This was a really fun and crazy project. First we scheduled this movie in 2 parts. On each side of Thanksgiving which was kind of interesting and gave me a break to recover and get back into the madness, then on top of that our actors schedules were all over the place but we found a way to finish this project. It was a lot of hard work but I’m sure it will pay off in the end. One of the good things about having a break in the middle of production is that our Director/Editor Matt, edited everything we shot on the first half of the project and the footage looks incredible.

IMG_6264The team behind this project is starting to become my extended family. I meet Chris, Jay, and the rest of the Lamplight Films crew when I was hired on to the “Grandmother’s Murder Club” project and 3 films later we have already made some plans to possible do more work together in 2016 already. Meeting these guys and girls in St. Louis is what I’ve been looking for since I stopped working with the Asylum crew that I started out with. They are a bunch of like-minded crazy creative individuals that love to make movies. I am really thankful for the chance to meet them and work with them.

Oh and let me give a special shout out to my production team who did a great job. It was Jenn’s first time as a Production Manager and she did a fantastic job. Katie was my 2nd AD for the project and she did great! As well as my PA Nation for the project. Alex, Mellissa and Ryan killed it. They all stepped up big and their hard work was and is appreciated.

Until next time, enjoy pictures and links below.  Don’t forget to smile and #MakeMovies!!!

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~Douglas

“Grandpa’s Psycho” in Redbox

Extremely excited to announce that REDBOX has purchased the film “Grandpa’s Psycho”. It will be in 20,000 locations across the country in 2016. This is the film I 1st AD’d at the end of 2014. Very proud of Danny, the cast and the crew involved in this film!! Congrats Team!!

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~Douglas

“My Brother’s Keeper” poster

Every now and then I log on to Facebook and I’m hit with an awesome surprise. This time it is from a short film I just worked on October. The poster looks wonderful and I can’t wait to see the movie!! Props to everyone involved!

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Be sure to follow our fan page for updates about the film on Facebook. Look out for announcements in the near future!

~Douglas

That’s a wrap on “My Brother’s Keeper”

IMG_5941So during my last project in St. Louis (No Good Heroes), I received an email from a producer who I worked with last year (Samone Norsworthy) about working on a short film. I haven’t done a short film in a few years but when Samone calls me, I’m going to answer that call. She is an awesome Producer/Writer/Director out of Savannah, Georgia and her positive attitude towards life and filmmaking is crazy contagious.

This short faith-based film tells a story based on real events of how a forbidden friendship between two boys (Addison and Winston) turns into an epic tale of lives changed forever.

So usually I was told short films should be done in 2 or 3 days but we shot this one in 5 days and it was fantastic. We were able to be super creative and have plenty of time each day to cover everything and 1 day we had a company move that was over an hour and a half move with a 45 min lunch and the day was no problem.

IMG_5936I know this project is going to turn out great. We had a great team, most of who I worked with last year on “Ben & Ara” were on this with a couple of new faces. I’m a little bias to Georgia. My auntie from Augusta taught me how to make grits there and every morning for breakfast we had grits and they were amazing. If you didn’t know, I love grits! LOL! The future of this project is happening in 2 parts. This short version is going to run the film festival circuit and I talked with Samone and asked her if she planned on during the long version of this story and she said she planned on it. So we might have a feature-length version of this story. I think it would be great too!

Well that’s all for now. Until next time, enjoy pictures and links below. There are a lot more pictures on the Facebook page. Go over there give the page a like. Don’t forget to smile and #MakeMovies!!!

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Before I left town, our EP and her husband took Kevin (Sound Mixer) and I out on their boat and showed us around some gorgeous parts of Georgia that I didn’t know about. Check out some of the pictures I took.

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~Douglas

There are “No Good Heroes” in St. Louis

me and johnSo a couple of weeks ago I wrapped another feature project in St. Louis called “No Good Heroes”. John Xeno directed the
film. I met John on the set of “Grandmother’s Murder Club”. One of the producers Brian Jun thought I was doing a great job on the project and he was one of the EP’s on “No Good Heroes” and he thought I would be a good fit for John and his project. I am extremely thankful for that. That made me feel like I was doing a great job. Side note: a lot of time as an AD, no one really tells you; you are doing a good or great job. You just hear when something is messed up.

A little bit about the film: After living peacefully in the caverns of a small town, a stranded group of aliens turn deadly as they fight for their existence, betraying the compassionate chief of police who has protected them for 28 years.

This was a really fun and ambitious project. There were a lot of things fredthat could have been crazy during this production but I was able to bring a great 2nd AD (Frederick Gourgue) on the project. I met Fred at the top of the year with the “Everything But a Man” film I did in LA. And after that project I told him that I would try my best to get him on every project I could. He is really great at what he does. We had a lot of different elements on this project that I couldn’t not handle by myself during the production, that was just completely impossible to do with a green 2nd AD. Thanks Fred and my 2nd 2nd AD Katie Keppel.

And we did finish the project. We had a couple of pick up days because one of our main talent got sick during the production but I have a lot of faith in this project and I know its going to be good. John and the crew did a lot of hard work on this project and all that hard work will be seen when the movie is premiered and I can’t wait!

Oh and another exciting thing happened while I was out there in St. Louis. I snapped a picture of the arch and was contacted by the good people at the St. Louis Magazine asking can they use one of my pictures for the magazine. I thought it was pretty cool. This is my first photo ever published. So that makes me a published photographer and that is pretty awesome. Check out STLMag.com

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Until next time, enjoy pictures and links below.  Don’t forget to smile and #MakeMovies!!!

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~Douglas 

Ben & Ara Movie Trailer!!

I am very proud to share the movie trailer for the film “Ben & Ara”!!

Also in the other news, the film will be making its rounds on the film festival circuit. Below are some of the film festivals the film has already been accepted too!!

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For more news and updates on this film be sure to add the FaceBook page.

#MakeMovies

~Douglas