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South Side youth star in CIFF CineYouth Fest and Loni Love stops by

By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, Chicago Crusader

South Side teens who got paid to learn how make a movie will get publicly recognized by their peers and family members on Friday, May 6, when their finished short film “Run With It” premieres at the Chicago’s CineYouth Film Festival.

High School students from the South Side of Chicago (including Englewood and Hyde Park) who want to explore their interests in media production were given the opportunity by Southside FYI to develop their craft from local pros.

Students commonly write personal stories about the challenges they face in their lives; which over the past 10 years has often taken the form of gun and gang violence faced by the youth.

The film “Run With It” depicts two young African-American males who stumble upon the aftermath of a violent crime. Their loyalties to each other are tested by an old acquaintance who shows up at their door. While filming a chase scene in Englewood, real, undercover police stopped the action after running right into what looked like a possible deadly situation. Fortunately, no guns were drawn.

With the support of local award-winning filmmaker John Mossman of Southside FYI and CineYouth Festival Director Rebecca Fons, these teens were given the chance to change the way they see the world, publicly be praised for their work and gain hope for a brighter future.

This film placed the two brothers in a quandary, as the older brother, who was fresh out of the military and a bit subdued and quiet about his experiences while enlisted, knows pretty well who the suspect is; he’s an old family friend. However, he doesn’t want to snitch on the family friend. The younger brother just yearns for the attention of his sibling, while the mother is shown going to work in the medical field, trying to keep her family afloat.

After the two witness the shooting, they are visited by the suspect who plays a game with the younger brother, while threatening the older brother that he must not rat him out to the cops. What evolves is a show of commitment to a life-long friend butting up against a commitment to protect family members against negative outside influences.

“Run With It” is a great short film that is part of a film festival that has really done well with working with youth and showing them real, life film making skills. This film and more like it offer something for everybody, and the kicker is that it is free.

As an internationally competitive film festival for students ages 22 and younger, the 12th annual CineYouth Festival will be presented from May 5 to May 7 at Columbia College Chicago (1104 S. Wabash, 8th Floor in Chicago). Plan to attend. For more information and a full schedule, visit http://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/cineyouth/schedule-and-films/

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The Real – premieres July 15th!

“The Real” is led by five bold, diverse and outspoken hosts — Tamar Braxton, Loni Love, Adrienne Bailon, Jeannie Mai and Tamera Mowry-Housley. These women reflect the home audience and unapologetically say what women are actually thinking. Their unique perspectives are brought to life through their candid conversations about topics ranging from their own personal lives to the news of the day to beauty, fashion and relationships.



These women are all going through varied life experiences, including new motherhood, new marriages, dating or singledom, that relate to every woman’s own trials and tribulations. Unlike other talk shows, each of the five hosts is admittedly a “work in progress” and fearlessly invites the home audience into their lives. Their fresh points of view, youthful energy and passion will turn the traditional talk show on its head.

“Tamar, Loni, Adrienne, Jeannie and Tamera are five amazing women of different ages and races, all at different places in their lives who reflect the experiences the audience is going through at the same time as they are. They have great chemistry, are fearless and so entertaining and they will bring a much needed younger point of view and sensibility to daytime this summer. We are thrilled to have the extraordinary leadership of SallyAnn Salsano, as she returns to her daytime talk roots after a very successful run in reality TV,” added Hilary Estey McLoughlin, President, Telepictures.

“Following our successful summer tests of ‘bethenny’ and ‘TMZ Live,’ with our partners at Fox, we have developed an exciting flexible business and creative model that works for particular projects,” said Ken Werner, President, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. “There is an opportunity in daytime for a series featuring a unique panel of out-spoken and diverse women. The point of view of this show will resonate and connect with an underserved generation daytime of viewers. We look forward to seeing how viewers in these seven markets respond.”

SallyAnn Salsano, Founder & President of 495 Productions (“Jersey Shore,” “Snooki & JWOWW,” “The Show with Vinny,” “Tattoo Nightmares,” “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette” and “Sally Jesse Raphael”), will serve as Executive Producer.

“The Real” will be broadcast from Los Angeles, CA, produced by Telepictures Productions and distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.

Tune in to “The Real,” beginning Monday, July 15th on:

New York WNYW FOX5 at 12:00pm
Los Angeles KTTV FOX11 at 1:00pm
Washington D.C. WTTG FOX5 at 11:00am
Philadelphia WTXF FOX29 at 11:00am
Phoenix KSAZ FOX10 at 1:00pm
Houston KRIV FOX26 at 1:00pm
Tampa WTVT FOX13 at 1:00pm

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