Hey there Music Movie family! How has 2013 been treating you so far? Did anyone watch the Grammys or BET Honors earlier this month? How about the Oscars last Sunday night? I managed to catch all three, and a few of the other award shows, although this month has been extremely hectic for me. In addition to travelling out-of-town to finish up a book edit, I loss a very dear friend, and learned of the deaths of two others, earlier this month. Coping with the deaths of loved ones is something we all must face at some point and, while it seems quite tragic when they leave at a young age or without warning, is a reminder of the precious importance of now. What are those things in life you are passionate about but keep putting on the back burner? What is that one thing you want to do but haven’t yet stepped out on faith to attain?
Local filmmaker, Reelblack founder, and friend Mike D. (Philly Boy and Ladies and Gentleman, Jordan Rock) recently stepped out on faith and started an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds towards completion of a feature-length documentary on the state of African-American film called Black Film Now. Let me further clarify – Black Film Now will be the FIRST full length documentary on this subject, and will include rare interview footage including chats with Spike Lee, Kimberly Elise, Kevin Hart, Kerry Washington, Lee Daniels, Ava Duvernay, and Haile Gerima just to name a few. I’m excited for Mike and the making of this film and I encourage everyone reading to share and support this campaign. You can watch the video below and go to http://www.indiegogo.com/blackfilmnow to donate. Every amount counts, and for just $10 your name will be added to the end credits as a thank you for your support. How cool is that? There are 13 days left in the Indiegogo campaign, but after that you can check my blog roll (to the right) and click on the Reelblack link to get info on how to support.
Although it’s hard to understand the losses, I’m grateful for the reminder that I must appreciate now more. Thank you Mike D. for being a current example of the power of now, and for the passion you exude to bring good Black film to the masses. To Bridgette and her family, and to the memory of Karen and my dear friend Shelice, I simply say God is still in control.
Until next thought family, Thomasena