Best Picture Nominees are IN!

Best Picture Nominees for the BlogAt last! The Best Picture nominees for the Philadelphia Independent Film Awards have been announced! Visit the website to watch the trailers for all five films. Download the complete list of nominees in all categories.

Order your tickets online at Eventbrite. Remember, just 35 days left until the awards ceremony. Get your tickets NOW as no tickets will be sold at the door.

And don’t forget to look for the write-up Tinsel & Tine Editor-in-Chief Le Anne Lindsay’s interview with awards founder Floyd Marshall later this week.

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38 Days to the Philly Indy Film Awards!

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Phila. Independent Film Awards founder Floyd Marshall (photo, left) with film blog  Tinsel & Tine editor-in-chief Le Anne Lindsay – Photo: Terri L. Heard

The countdown to the Philadelphia Independent Film Awards has begun! To get the word out, awards founder and Gazelle Films LLC producer-screenwriter Floyd Marshall checked in with Tinsel & Tine blog Editor-in-Chief Le Anne Lindsay at the International Café in International House, 3701 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. Awards for Best Picture, Director, Lead and Supporting Actors will be presented May 22, 6 pm at International House. BET “Comic View” comedian TuRae Gordon (“Soul Comedy” standup show at Warmdaddy’s weekly) and actress Alice Wills (“Luv Don’t Live Here Anymore”) host. UK celebrity journalist and activist Jenni Steele (“Keeping It Real With Steele” and “Steele Got It” on Juice radio) will co-host from the red carpet. Get your tickets online today through Eventbrite! And check in with Tinsel & Tine later next week to read Le Anne’s write-up of her interview with Floyd.

Two Cool Cats & A Kitten!

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Actor-comedian Jordan Peele (left) and rapper Method Man (right) pose with writer Terri L. Heard during a promo stop for the comedy-action film “Keanu.” Heard interviewed them at Le Cat Café in Philadelphia (4/11/16).

Actor-comedian Jordan Peele and rapper Method Man stopped by Le Cat Café in Brewerytown (2713 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19130) to do press and promo for the upcoming film, “Keanu,” which opens April 29. Look for my write-up on Tinsel & Tine around April 25.

“Keanu” is the action-packed adventure of two average Joes braving LA gangs to rescue a stolen kitten, Keanu. It’s a hilarious take off of the Keanu Reeves action thriller “John Wick” in which Reeves played it straight as a man seeking vengeance for the death of his puppy.

Le Cat Café is a recently opened cat adoption service. Patrons can come in and get to know multiple felines before deciding which one to adopt. Activities include cats and mats yoga and cat Pilates. They are open Tuesday – Thursday, 12 noon to 6 pm; Friday – Saturday, 12-7 pm; and Sunday 12-6 pm. Call 267-800-PURR (7877) for more information.

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Terri L. Heard is a former TV Guide writer and assignment editor who lives and writes in Philadelphia, PA. She is currently working on a feature-length screenplay, “Game Change,” which combines James Brown’s “The Big Payback” with the 2015 film “The Big Short.” Visit her online portfolio at www.tlheard.weebly.com.

Happiness is a finished film project

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Scribe Video student filmmaker David Walls flanked by Scribe Screenwriting Workshop instructor Sloan Seale (left) and former workshop classmate Terri L. Heard (right). Walls’ film “Home(less)” was one of six Scribe student films showcased at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Friday, March 25, 2016 in Center City Philadelphia. – Photo copyright owner Terri Heard

 

The good vibe level was high at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Center City this past Friday (March 25) where a packed house of family, fans and friends attended the Scribe Video student film showcase. The films are the finished works of students enrolled in Scribe’s 14-week Production Workshop taught by Aleks Martray. The lineup featured six short films on an array of topics, including allegations of corruption in correction facilities, childhood trauma transforming into a college graduate’s triumph, and magical romance in the midst of the ghetto.

Tops for me was “Home(less)” written by my former Scribe screenwriting workshop classmate David Walls. “Home(less)” (22 minutes) follows the journey of gay teen Ben, 17, who is coping with being ejected from yet another foster home even as he comes closer  to aging out of the system. It brings home the plight of too many lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered teens who wind up kicked out of their homes and on the street because of family rejection of their sexual orientation. The film is poignant without being preachy and offers moments of sweetness to soften the heartbreaking pain.

Other standouts included “Through It All,” (15 minutes) by Marva Sumlin which chronicles one young African-American man’s journey from overburdened childhood to college graduate and “It Starts With Me,” (14 minutes) by Nicole Kenney, which examines how one generation of African-American women shows a member of the younger generation how to cherish her heart and soul amidst the pressures of modern life. For more information about the 14-Week Production Workshop, visit Scribe Video or view video coverage of the post-showcase Q&A.

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Above, filmmakers (from the left) Nicole Kenney (“It Starts With Me,” 14 minutes); Philip Asbury (“En Clave,” 4 minutes); Sheila Quintana (“Un Reclamo Alegre,” 11 minutes); Marva Sumlin (“Through It All,” 15 minutes); David Walls (“Home(less),” 22 minutes); and Rob Bell (“UN-JUST,” 14 minutes) discuss their inspiration behind their films. Production workshop instructor Aleks Martray (black shirt) is on the far right. – Photo copyright owner Terri L. Heard

 

Terri L. Heard is a former TV Guide writer and assignment editor who lives and writes in Philadelphia, PA. She is currently working on a feature-length screenplay, “Game Change,” which combines James Brown’s “The Big Payback” with the 2015 film “The Big Short.” Visit her online portfolio at www.tlheard.weebly.com.

Celebrating the Timeless Beauty of Nichelle Nichols

Years ago, I got the chance to not only meet but have dinner with Ms. Nichols. There was a whole group of us and all of us were just on a cloud of joy at getting to hear this lovely lady, this PIONEER, drop knowledge on us. I was privileged to tell her how watching her on Star Trek every day stoked my passion for TV and led me to become a TV Guide writer and assignment editor. So I just had to share this gorgeous portrait of her and her touching reaction to seeing it. Enjoy!

https://youtu.be/gOL1PPjfYVg