ABFF 2018: HBO’s Short Film Competition Review

BGN is highlighting HBO's Short Film Competition shorts presented at the 2018 American Black Film Festival (ABFF). The festival runs June 13th-17th in Miami Beach, Florida.  This is the same competition that awarded director Ryan Coogler back in 2011. The following are five short films in competition in which one lucky filmmaker will earn a...

“We Belong Together” BET Network’s First Original Film Debut

“Raw. Animalistic. Distraction!” is how Thomas Louis describes his attraction to his crazed student. But she doesn’t see it that way… This July BET premiers its original film, We Belong Together, starring Draya Michele as Tracy Jacobs a deranged college student, obsessed with her professor Thomas Louis played by Charles Malik Whitfield. Caught up by the...

BGN Interview: Director X on directing ‘Superfly’

BGN contributor Jeandra LeBeauf talks with Director X about how he remixed the original film to make his version of Superfly. Superfly – the film that helped define a genre in its characters, look, sound, and feel – is reimagined with Director X, director of legendary music videos (Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna), introducing it to...

BGN Film Review: ‘One Last Thing’

From Screen Media Films brings us the heart-warming drama One Last Thing. The film stars Wendell Pierce,Jurnee Smollett-Bell, and Joanne Froggatt. The story is centered on protagonist Dylan Derringer (Wendell Pierce), a reclusive dentist who loves golf and lives in Florida. For over 20 years he's been searching for his long-lost daughter Lucy (Jurnee Smollett-Bell). The two meet...

BGN Film Review: ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’

It begins like Jaws with the ominous track, the deep seascape. People who are in a place that they should not be in and doing things they know should be left alone. Pretty soon, the creatures attack and the humans are tossed around the screen like bloody toys. It’s an “us” versus “them” kind...

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Young Melinda is like a panther, she focuses on her prey and then attacks. Interesting enough, her prey is her husband in this film. Ajiona Alexus, the actress who plays young Melinda, discusses how her cat-like prowess works as protection as well. Even more interesting is how the young version of her husband, played by Antonio...

Making Franklin: A Peek Behind the Scenes with Justice Smith

In 10 days, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will make its mark on the summer, and so many of you will know and love the character Franklin played by Justice Smith. He is the tech guru who hates all things--natural. The dirt, the dinos, and the bloody messes that he will find himself in during the...

BGN Film Review: ‘Superfly’

Premiering this week in wide release, award-winning video director Director X presents Superfly, an updated version of the Blaxploitation original starring Trevor Jackson and Jason Mitchell. For X, like Gordon Parks, Jr. in 1972, Superfly marks his big screen directorial debut. Just as in the original, the story centers on the big city cocaine trade...

BGN Interview: Trevor Jackson and Jason Mitchell talk ‘Superfly’

  BGN correspondent Jeandra LeBeauf sits down with Trevor Jackson and Jason Mitchell, the two stars of Superfly. Superfly – the film that helped define a genre in its characters, look, sound, and feel – is reimagined with Director X, director of legendary music videos (Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna), introducing it to a new generation. The...

Michael Myers Has Returned! ‘Halloween’ Is Here!

As a fan of the Halloween franchise, I was beyond excited to hear about the new Halloween movie with Jamie Lee Curtis reprising her role as Laurie Strode. On Friday, June 8, Universal and Blumhouse introduced the world to the first official trailer for 2018’s Halloween and it is horrifying, and I mean that...
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