On my daily visits, I found First Weekend Club’s Pick of The Week.
First, @AVADVA (Ava DuVernay) hit us with the critically acclaimed hip-hop documentary, This is The Life: How The West Was One (’08). For those of us who were part of the budding hip-hop scene in Los Angeles during the early ’90’s, will agree with me when I say, this docu gave props to some of hip-hop’s GREATEST lyricists and portrayed the LA movement with much respect. Then she moved to the small screen with 2 network music docus. Continuously showing hip-hop love, DuVernay turned her lens to focus on the females in the male dominated genre with “My Mic Sounds Nice” and then she gave viewers an inside look at one of America’s largest Black music festivals; “The Essence Music Festival”. Now, Ava is bringing us her second film (first screenplay), I Will Follow. This triple threat talent wrote, produced, and directed the flick. Filled to the gills with stellar talent (Beverly Todd, Blaire Underwood, Omari Hardwick, Michole White), the story follows a grieving woman, Maye (Salli Richardson-Whitfield) and the twelve people who assist her through her lost. It is scheduled for release this month (3/11/2011). The film has already been making noise at some of the film festivals.
OK, now that my sharing is caring moment is out of the way. I wanted to vent for a second. Remember when I wrote about my family being competitive when it comes to seeing films first…well, if you forgot here it is. Anyway, just to show you how bad it is, my father knew about a private screening of this movie and didn’t tell anyone because HE couldn’t go!!! WAWAWACKKK, right?! That’s cool, I’ll catch it on the 11th of this month with everyone else! Showing support for indie films and filmmakers.