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/
Detroit native and comic Loni Love brings her show to Chicago area
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Thank you to Psychology Today for this wonderful profile. Check out the excerpt below, to read the full article including my interview, head to Psychology Today:
Not only does she co-host the television talk show “The Real” and co-host the radio show “Café Mocha with M.C. Lyte, but she will also host the Ellen DeGeneres-produced TV show “Heads Up” She has been a stand-up comedian for years and has appeared in several movies…including the upcoming Garry Marshall-produced Mother’s Day, and has a new documentary Being Loni Love on Centric TV.
Shout out to my hometown paper, what a wonderful article!
“The Real,” her daytime talk show on Fox, returned for season two earlier this month with a 1.1 rating, a nearly 40 percent improvement over last season’s debut. It was ranked No. 1 in it’s time period in New York, beating out all other programming (most notably, “The View”). Ratings were also high in Love’s hometown.
“When we got the ratings back, Detroit was the highest and everybody (on the show) was like ‘oh yeah, Loni!’ I was like ‘oh yeah, my people come through!’ I want to thank Detroit for coming through. Some of the highest ratings in the country were from Detroit,” she said in a telephone interview last week with The Detroit News.
On Saturday, Love will be the subject of the Centric network show “Being Loni Love.” In the episode she revisits her childhood in Detroit, including the Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects, where she grew up.
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The ladies of “The Real” and I took a little trip to the Big Apple! We’re so thankful to our fans and you can tell we’re very excited for Season 2 starting September 14th!
We made a few stops, first up we headed out to the O Magazine HQ and later, and with Essence Magazine for Essence Live.
Next up was Vibe Magazine. Here’s an excerpt from our roundtable with Vibe:
Yesterday, Tamar Braxton, Adrienne Bailon, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai and Tamera Mowry-Housley came together at NYC’s Red Stixs to enjoy fine asian cuisine, laughter and a little bit of girl talk with a handful of publications. But more importantly than all of those things, they came to stress just how thankful they are to their viewers for allowing them to have a second season of The Real, their daytime show.
“Really we want to thank all the fans. We could not do this Season 2 without them, soplease let everybody know we really thank them and they’re going to see a riot if the mother lets us,” Loni joked before teasing Tamera. After that, all the women chimed in, finishing each others’ thoughts like sisters.
Read the rest of the article here!
Can’t wait to come back! It was a long summer! Hope you all enjoyed Labor Day!
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Hey Lovebugs! Just a little update I’ve been in Atlanta filming “Mother’s Day” with legendary director Garry Marshall and a crazy, amazing cast! Julia Roberts! Jennifer Anistin! Kate Hudson! Shay Mitchell! Timothy Olyphant! The list is long, honey… more importantly it’s going to be hysterical!
I’m so thrilled to be a part of the film and can’t wait for y’all to see it. I’ll have an update on that REAL soon! I’ve been having a ball down here – going to post more photos this week but I wanted you to see this great article in Variety below! Check it out! And share this cute picture of me and my boo, Mr. Marshall! Aren’t we cute!? And that’s Amina Neal, my movie daughter!
Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Jason Sudeikis have already been announced for “Mother’s Day,” which started shooting Aug. 19 in Atlanta, with Garry Marshall directing.
Jack Whitehall, Aasif Mandvi (“The Brink”) and Loni Love have also joined the cast. The script was written by the team of Anya Kochoff-Romano and Lily Hollander, along with Matt Walker and Tom Hines.
Olyphant plays the ex-husband of Aniston’s character and Mitchell will play his new wife, who wants nothing more than to be the perfect stepmom. Robertson plays a slightly neurotic new mother to a year-old girl. Whitehall will play an aspiring standup comedian and boyfriend of Robertson’s character, Kristin.
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Hey Lovebugs, last week before my gig at Lipshtick Lounge, I had the honor of hosting a Twitter Q&A #AskLoni PLUS while at The Venetian Las Vegas, I got to unveil a new variety of rose, The Venetian Rose, named for the resort. Such a fun day!
Here I am with Dana Beatty, head of floral and horticulture. This new breed of rose has warm coco peach undertones and champagne hues. (That sealed the deal! LOL!) They chose it to complement The Palazzo Rose that debuted in 2012!
They smelled so good! Make sure next time you’re in Vegas, you check it out, it’s exclusively available at The Venetian and you can buy it in the floral department! What a treat!
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