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Watching the Miami game in Miami!

We just landed in Miami! We’re here to participate in the hbo American black film festival short film program!

nerdyjoq:

My Take On The Madness

This is ridiculous. Being a graduate student at USC has been an amazing experience thus far. I have thoroughly enjoyed by education and my multicultural class and learning environment. I have had some undergraduate students that helped on some of my projects get arrested and thrown into cars because of a party.

Now you can play devil’s advocate but the history of this environment and this community tells a true story of discrimination. This kid Jay Sneed is sited in the LA Times article and he was thrown in a car along with another kid named Ola. Now these students are high achieving scholars that were just honored a week ago for academic achievement. And that was a week after they spent their Sunday night helping me film my project Beast until 3 in the morning and they woke up and went to class hours later.

They are not slackers or thugs and they are not aggressive by any means. When I walk down 28th street and see other students literally tripping across the street in a drunken gambit, I chalk it up as college kids partying. I would never think it was normal to call a riot squad to one of those parties. This is not normal and we shouldn’t act like it

(Source: man--mohini)

I LOVE LANA: 
I absolutely love Lana Del Ray, in the most hetero way possible.  Actually I shouldn’t have to say that, it shouldn’t be considered gay for a dude to be such a fan of a female artist.  I just love everything about her.  I love her music, I love her style, I love her content, I love her stories, I love her perspective.  She is so real, and takes o many chances with her craft.  She’s beautiful and interesting.  I could stare at her for hours at a time and just listen to what she has to say about whatever she has to say.  I’m surprised how big she is, but i’m surprised she’s not bigger.  With the amount of views her channel on youtube receives you would expect her to be on every page of every tabloid.  She’s still extremely underground even though her videos garner more internet attention than those of Drake, Rihanna, and even Beyonce.  People probably think she’s from England because of the way she sings, and how soulful her tunes are.  People probably don’t associate her as a pop act because her music is filled with substance and meaning rather than sex on a  platter. Believe her sounds are plenty sexual but they garner the full range of human emotions that go along with sexual attraction.  Don’t get me wrong, I love substance less music just as much as the next man, but when someone makes a catchy tune about someplace you’ve been before it affects you in a different way.  I often find myself researching her lyrics, looking at the practical meaning and the subsequent underlying meaning.  She’s good because he music has a story that you follow on the surface but when you really think about it’s all subtextual and emotional.  The songs are usually so catchy and cool you don’t even catch what she’s talking about.  Her videos are mini movies, they inspire me to explore worlds that I would have in the past over looked.  I want to sleep with her, listen to her talk, and study her all at the same time.  I’ve talked to many women who feel the same as well.  I would let her take me shopping.  I would introduce her to my mom, or bring her to my brother’s little league game.  I would get into passionate arguments with in on the side of the road in a deserted So Cal town.  I would follow her to Nebraska on a harley davidson.  I would smoke in the front seat of car with her in the middle of the night.  I would buy a 16th century palace and two tigers, so she could sit on a throne between the two of them and sing sultry songs to me on the weekend.  It’s official I’m in Love with LANA DEL RAY.    
-REEK SPEAKS 

I LOVE LANA: 

I absolutely love Lana Del Ray, in the most hetero way possible.  Actually I shouldn’t have to say that, it shouldn’t be considered gay for a dude to be such a fan of a female artist.  I just love everything about her.  I love her music, I love her style, I love her content, I love her stories, I love her perspective.  She is so real, and takes o many chances with her craft.  She’s beautiful and interesting.  I could stare at her for hours at a time and just listen to what she has to say about whatever she has to say.  I’m surprised how big she is, but i’m surprised she’s not bigger.  With the amount of views her channel on youtube receives you would expect her to be on every page of every tabloid.  She’s still extremely underground even though her videos garner more internet attention than those of Drake, Rihanna, and even Beyonce.  People probably think she’s from England because of the way she sings, and how soulful her tunes are.  People probably don’t associate her as a pop act because her music is filled with substance and meaning rather than sex on a  platter. Believe her sounds are plenty sexual but they garner the full range of human emotions that go along with sexual attraction.  Don’t get me wrong, I love substance less music just as much as the next man, but when someone makes a catchy tune about someplace you’ve been before it affects you in a different way.  I often find myself researching her lyrics, looking at the practical meaning and the subsequent underlying meaning.  She’s good because he music has a story that you follow on the surface but when you really think about it’s all subtextual and emotional.  The songs are usually so catchy and cool you don’t even catch what she’s talking about.  Her videos are mini movies, they inspire me to explore worlds that I would have in the past over looked.  I want to sleep with her, listen to her talk, and study her all at the same time.  I’ve talked to many women who feel the same as well.  I would let her take me shopping.  I would introduce her to my mom, or bring her to my brother’s little league game.  I would get into passionate arguments with in on the side of the road in a deserted So Cal town.  I would follow her to Nebraska on a harley davidson.  I would smoke in the front seat of car with her in the middle of the night.  I would buy a 16th century palace and two tigers, so she could sit on a throne between the two of them and sing sultry songs to me on the weekend.  It’s official I’m in Love with LANA DEL RAY.    

-REEK SPEAKS 

fatbitch-skinnybitch:

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(Source: iraffiruse, via s-tayinbed)

Tupac had a party on a holographic Yacht at Cannes…And I missed it!

Tupac had a party on a holographic Yacht…And I missed it! L

The Cannes Film Festival is one of the busiest events of the year.  At any time at the festival there can be up to 50 events happening at once, from screenings to celebrity sightings, to break out musical numbers and of course elaborate parties.  Because there is so much going on your always feeling like you’re missing something.  For instance a typical day at Cannes you may want to check out a screening, attend a seminar, check your email at the American pavilion and have drinks at the pub with your friends.  Now this is a great day but while you were doing this there were tickets released for tonight’s premiere, Jaws is being screened on the beach, Kanye and Kim walk past on their way to Diddy’s yacht.   Then while you’re sleeping Tupac is having a party that you don’t need an invite to get into.  The worse feeling is waking up and hearing the new Pac song about his party from the night before and you weren’t there.  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C56slKhtiNw) I feel like I have been as many places as I could while here but I still feel like I’m missing stuff.  My only solitude to missing these events would be that I was meeting someone that could potentially further my career, but man I would have loved to be in that holographic Pac party. 

Beast of The Southern Wild Panel Discussion 

Since winning the Grand Jury award at this year’s Sundance film festival the buzz around Ben Zeitlin’s “Beast of the Southern Wild” has been growing bigger than the hair of it’s lead actress, Quvenzhane Wallis. The film has played twice here at Cannes to two full audiences, and has been the talk of the festival.  The poetic film shot on a very low budget with a cast of non-professional actors got a distribution deal through Fox Searchlight shortly after it’s Sundance premiere and should be released later on this year.  

Yesterday, the American Pavilion hosted a panel discussion with the main creative team of the film, about their journey to get the film made.  The panel consisted of the two producers Dan Javney and Josh Penn, the film’s cinematographer Ben Richardson, the film’s co writer Lucy Alibar, and the writer/director Ben Zeitlin.  John Cooper director of the Sundance film festival moderated the discussion.

The group began the discussion with the beginning of their journey.  The idea for the film came from Ben and Lucy who had been collaborators since meeting in a playwriting contest back in high school.  Ben had met Dan Javney in college and the two collaborated on the short film “Glory at Sea” along with Penn and Richardson.  Once the script was complete the creative teams went up to the Sundance lab to develop the project even further.  The producers were members of the producer’s lab while Ben and Lucy were in the writer’s lab.

After the completion of the labs Ben and Lucy went to the delta region (Louisiana specifically) to further develop the story and build relationships with the people of the area.  Ben decided early on that he wanted to shoot a film with non-union actors, using the people from the region in the film.  This included looking at over 3,500 kids before landing on Quvenzhane to play the role Hushpuppy.   

During the course of the film the team dealt with numerous production issues but felt that they were able to get through them because the had a team that respected one another and were not afraid to be honest with one another.  Ben had even said that the best thing he could hear from a crewmember is “I don’t know”.  Not to mention the fact that they were all friends helped them make it through the tough hurdles of their production.  Once the film was wrapped they spent about two years editing the film before it was ready for Sundance.

The team let us know during the discussion that the path should be the story itself, and that the intention shouldn’t be to get into a great festival but to make a great movie.  That philosophy seemed to guide the team in all major decisions as they took 52 days to shoot, and over a year and a half to edit the film.   Not letting a strenuous schedule or deadlines drive the film, but taking the time to tell the best story possible.  This is a rare in today’s movie business because films are made to meet a release date that can determine how much money a film can make.     

As an emerging filmmaker stories like “Beast of the Southern Wild” serves as inspiration that it is possible to make good films in a non-traditional way.  Having a strong core team, a good script and a good cast is all you need.  The tragedy with a lot of filmmakers today is that we forget that fact, and we overwhelm ourselves with what is not essential to telling a powerful story.  If there is anything to be learned from the Beast crew it is that fact, and we should all take notes.

-Reek Speaks 


Ben Talking about the creative process:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UB3vpfoU60

Trailer to Beast of the Southern Wild 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZF7i2n5NXLo

 

Cannes security-

Some may say that France does not have a strong army but my friends who ever says that is sadly mistaken.  If you ever attempt to attend a screening late, take the wrong entrance to the Palais, or forget your tuxedo the France national guard will come down on you faster than you can say REEK!  I myself have had numerous run-ins with the Cannes security.  None have been physical or over the top but we have had our share of disagreement.  It is almost as if each security guard has been prepped to treat each situation as life or death, and to carry out with extreme tactfulness.  The worst part of dealing with the Cannes security is that they all pretend to not speak English to prevent any attempt for some slick talking American to get past their their post.  As a slick talking American this is my kryptonite! How dare you do such a good job at guarding your post that I can’t get into an event without an invite!

Jokes aside the Cannes security does a great job at serving their nation; I mean festival.  The funny thing is that the audiences at home watch a well ran show on their t.v. screens and unaware that the Cannes security goes through extreme measures to prevent some crazy fan from touching Sean Penn’s glorious lion mane. 

Before this post is ran and I end up on every guards short list I must let it be known that if I were building a castle in France I wouldn’t build a moat to keep intruders from entering but I would hire the Cannes security team to keep the Germans from invading! 

-Reek Speaks 

THIS JUST ENDS I REPEAT THIS JUST ENDS!!!!!! 
KANYE WEST WILL BE PREMIERING HIS NEW SHORT FILM CRUEL SUMMER HERE IN CANNES AND YOURS TRUELY WILL HAVE ACCESS TO SAID SCREENING.
TAKE COVER FOLKS YEEZY IN FRANCE! 

THIS JUST ENDS I REPEAT THIS JUST ENDS!!!!!! 

KANYE WEST WILL BE PREMIERING HIS NEW SHORT FILM CRUEL SUMMER HERE IN CANNES AND YOURS TRUELY WILL HAVE ACCESS TO SAID SCREENING.

TAKE COVER FOLKS YEEZY IN FRANCE! 

Reek In Cannes Day 1
As I approach my 24th year of life on this earth (May 21st) I have been blessed with the opportunity to leave the country for the first time in my life as an attendee at the 65th annual Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France.  Since arriving in France late last night I have not been able to stop obsessing over the minute details of this foriegn land.  The traffic signs, the single mothers, the vespa drivers.  I even saw a group of black teens dressed just like me, vintage snap back, skinny jeans and north face book bag, but were fluent in French.  That was cool.
Aside from the wonders of the South of France, the festival itself is a labrynth of markets, films, and opportunities.  My first day at the festival consisted of getting familiar with my home for the next two weeks.  I started in the Short film Corner, located in the basement of the Pallett, where my program Real Idea Studios is stationed.  Once I got an understanding of where we would be stationed my good friend Erica Watson, gave me a grand tour of the festivities.  Erica has had two shorts play int the corner and has one playing this year.  She walked through the international market place where each country has presence to sell and buy foreign rights of their films.  She then walked us to the Grand Lumiere, the main theatre where all the premieres would take place.  
Tonight Wes Anderson screened his newest film “Moonrise Kingdom” starring Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton and Bill Murrary.  The tickets for the opening ceremony sold out almost instantly so we weren’t able to attend, but luckily the festival has day after screenings where we can re watch films we have missed.  Walking pass the  Lumiere the day of a major premiere you can see many people dressed in tuxedo holding up signs that read “Moonrise Kingdom Bilet”, which means “Tickets for Moonrise Kingdom”.  This is a ritual that many local residents partake in as an attempt to get into very exclusive screenings.
Though I couldn’t get tickets into the screening I still decided to watch Wes Anderson and his cast strout up the red carpet into the theatre.  Watching Wes’s crowning moment made me realize what the Cannes film festival is all about.  It’s not about wheter your film wins the Palme D’ or or not, but rather being able to enjoy that moment when the entire international community of filmmakers recognizes your work.  Being able to appreciate that people will travel from miles away in Tuxedos to stand in long lines to watch your film first.  People will stand outside your screening begging for tickets to view your screening.  As an up and coming filmmaker we beg people to watch our films hoping for the day people will beg to see to our films.  Being able to see Wes embelish in that moment knowing he stood in the same place I and countless other filmmakers stand is beyond encouraging.  
All in all the first day of Cannes was pretty low key, there were rumors of a midnight Diddy party but I didn’t attend nor can I confirm that actually happened.  The rest of the festival looks like it will be amazing and I will update you guys on everything that I witness! 
-Reek Speaks

Reek In Cannes Day 1

As I approach my 24th year of life on this earth (May 21st) I have been blessed with the opportunity to leave the country for the first time in my life as an attendee at the 65th annual Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France.  Since arriving in France late last night I have not been able to stop obsessing over the minute details of this foriegn land.  The traffic signs, the single mothers, the vespa drivers.  I even saw a group of black teens dressed just like me, vintage snap back, skinny jeans and north face book bag, but were fluent in French.  That was cool.

Aside from the wonders of the South of France, the festival itself is a labrynth of markets, films, and opportunities.  My first day at the festival consisted of getting familiar with my home for the next two weeks.  I started in the Short film Corner, located in the basement of the Pallett, where my program Real Idea Studios is stationed.  Once I got an understanding of where we would be stationed my good friend Erica Watson, gave me a grand tour of the festivities.  Erica has had two shorts play int the corner and has one playing this year.  She walked through the international market place where each country has presence to sell and buy foreign rights of their films.  She then walked us to the Grand Lumiere, the main theatre where all the premieres would take place.  

Tonight Wes Anderson screened his newest film “Moonrise Kingdom” starring Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton and Bill Murrary.  The tickets for the opening ceremony sold out almost instantly so we weren’t able to attend, but luckily the festival has day after screenings where we can re watch films we have missed.  Walking pass the  Lumiere the day of a major premiere you can see many people dressed in tuxedo holding up signs that read “Moonrise Kingdom Bilet”, which means “Tickets for Moonrise Kingdom”.  This is a ritual that many local residents partake in as an attempt to get into very exclusive screenings.

Though I couldn’t get tickets into the screening I still decided to watch Wes Anderson and his cast strout up the red carpet into the theatre.  Watching Wes’s crowning moment made me realize what the Cannes film festival is all about.  It’s not about wheter your film wins the Palme D’ or or not, but rather being able to enjoy that moment when the entire international community of filmmakers recognizes your work.  Being able to appreciate that people will travel from miles away in Tuxedos to stand in long lines to watch your film first.  People will stand outside your screening begging for tickets to view your screening.  As an up and coming filmmaker we beg people to watch our films hoping for the day people will beg to see to our films.  Being able to see Wes embelish in that moment knowing he stood in the same place I and countless other filmmakers stand is beyond encouraging.  

All in all the first day of Cannes was pretty low key, there were rumors of a midnight Diddy party but I didn’t attend nor can I confirm that actually happened.  The rest of the festival looks like it will be amazing and I will update you guys on everything that I witness! 

-Reek Speaks