Spike Lee, Alfre Woodard narrate Ghetto Film School PSA

1+ Ghetto Film School’s new short film “What’s in a Name” amplifies GFS’s goal to give platforms to people whose stories are not always told and volume to voices often unheard. The film, via agency Wieden+Kennedy NY, edited by Cut+Run’s Aika Miyake and produced by Bryght Young Things, pushes against some of the stereotypes and … Continue reading “Spike Lee, Alfre Woodard narrate Ghetto Film School PSA”

HBO, Spike Lee in production on 9/11 doc

1+ HBO Documentary Films and Academy Award and Emmy-winner Spike Lee (HBO’s David Byrne’s American Utopia, When The Levees Broke, 4 Little Girls) are currently in production on NYC EPICENTERS 9/11 → 2021½, an epic chronicle of life, loss and survival in the city of New York over the twenty years since the September 11th attacks. The multi-part … Continue reading “HBO, Spike Lee in production on 9/11 doc”

Spike Lee & Budweiser create Jackie Robinson short film

3+ Budweiser celebrates the Centennial of Jackie Robinson’s birth with ‘Impact’, a short film on the American legend, directed by Spike Lee Jackie Robinson once said: “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives”. Since I’ve known Oscar Award-winning director and SpikeDDB creative director Spike Lee for a little … Continue reading “Spike Lee & Budweiser create Jackie Robinson short film”

Lee to receive Trailblazer Award at 2020 LMGI Awards

1+ Oscar-winning director Spike Lee, whose films have reflected significant cultural and historical content with the highest quality, will receive the esteemed Trailblazer Award from the Location Managers Guild International (LMGI) at the 7th Annual LMGI Awards celebrating the theme “2020 Vision: We See It First.”  The 2020 Awards, hosted by actor Isaiah Mustafa (IT: Chapter 2, Horrible Bosses), will honor the prestigious … Continue reading “Lee to receive Trailblazer Award at 2020 LMGI Awards”

Spike Jonze, Tide win best in show at AICP Awards

1+ BBDO New York earned 10 honors and Wieden+Kennedy earned eight honors, while TBWA\Media Arts Lab had seven honors at the AICP Awards last night. McCann New York had five honors, while Saatchi & Saatchi had four. Leo Burnett had three honors, as did the in-house agency at Apple. Apple’s “Welcome Home,” directed by acclaimed … Continue reading “Spike Jonze, Tide win best in show at AICP Awards”

Terrence Howard records “Empire” finale tune at CRC

It wasn’t too long ago that giant recording studios were the norm in Chicago. There was Streeterville, Universal and Paragon.

Now? All gone. But still left standing is CRC. Recently, the recording studio has provided ADR and mixing for films including Hidden Figures, Spike Lee’s Chi-raq and Michael Bay’s Transformers: The Last Knight as well as numerous commercials and podcasts even.

If you ask CRC business affairs director, Dave Dakich, CRC’s continued success is due in part to their constant mix of music artists, films and commercials.

Costello’s director journey continues, part 2 – an essay

So here we were. NJ Bourque and myself. Yep, we were going to do it. We were going to make a short film on our own and I was going to direct this puppy.

On the surface, I felt as confident as Jordan in the paint, as I had worked with some of the best in the business — Spike Lee, Michael Bay, Marcus Nispel, Jaume Collet-Sera, Pam Thomas and Malcolm Lee. I was ready. I could do this. Yes, yes.

All of that sounded great over wine with NJ. However, in the morning, while drinking coffee, I was more like, “What the fuck have I committed myself to?”

Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer, 91

1+ Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Christopher Plummer, who starred in The Sound of Music, died peacefully today at his home in Connecticut, at age 91, his family confirmed. Elaine Taylor, his wife and true best friend for 53 years, was by his side.  Along with becoming the oldest person to win an Oscar, … Continue reading “Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer, 91”

Golden Globes announce nominees for 78th show

1+ The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has announced the nominees for the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards. Six-time Golden Globe winner Sarah Jessica Parker and Golden Globe winner Taraji P. Henson announced the nominees. For the first time in the history of the Golden Globes, the nominations were announced virtually, following the current safety … Continue reading “Golden Globes announce nominees for 78th show”

Our top 15 Thanksgiving movies

3+ Thanksgiving has many traditions in not only food dishes, but also entertainment. And in a time where we are in the middle of a pandemic, we can use some entertainment. Some people enjoy watching endless hours of football, while others take the time to listen to Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant” in its entirety. I, … Continue reading “Our top 15 Thanksgiving movies”

Acting legend Sir Sean Connery passes away at 90

2+ He immortalized the line, “Bond, James Bond.” Legendary Scottish actor Sir Sean Connery has died at the age of 90 on Halloween. The somber news was confirmed by several sources, though no further information on his passing is available at this time. Mr. Connery was one of the last true icons of modern film. He … Continue reading “Acting legend Sir Sean Connery passes away at 90”

tinygiant signs trailblazing director Jenn Shaw

1+ Brooklyn-based production company tinygiant is pleased to announce their newest roster addition, director Jenn Shaw. Her emotive storytelling draws out the humanity and identity within the supportive structures created by family and close friends.  Shaw is a New York-based filmmaker with roots in the bluegrass of Lexington, Kentucky. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of … Continue reading “tinygiant signs trailblazing director Jenn Shaw”

Bob Industries signs two young filmmakers

1+ Alissa Torvinen-Kouame and Randy Wilkins join Bob Industries for US commercial representation, having already made names for themselves in music videos, television, and film. Randy Wilkins is a three-time Emmy award-winning writer, director, cinematographer, and editor from the Bronx, New York. As a burgeoning filmmaker, Wilkins has come up the ranks as a Spike … Continue reading “Bob Industries signs two young filmmakers”

New version of Jackson’s ‘They Don’t Care About Us’

3+ Director Spike Lee yesterday revealed a new version of Michael Jackson’s They Don’t Care About Us short film during his annual Brooklyn Loves Michael Jackson block party celebrating the King of Pop’s birthday, which this year took place virtually.  “Great protest songs can’t get old, stale or non-relevant because the struggle still continues,” he said.  “That’s … Continue reading “New version of Jackson’s ‘They Don’t Care About Us’”

Chadwick Boseman ‘Black Panther’ dead at 43

1+ The Reel 360 team is heartbroken. Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman has died at 43. His Twitter account reported that he had been battling colon cancer. Boseman also appeared in Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods, Get on Up, 42 and Draft Day. “It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” the … Continue reading “Chadwick Boseman ‘Black Panther’ dead at 43”

Public Enemy drops ‘Fight the Power 2020’ remix

2+ Here we go again. Public Enemy‘s Fight The Power is one of the most important, exciting and truthful anthems of all time. Since first introduced in Spike Lee’s brilliant and hyperkinetic opening to the 1989 classic Do The Right Thing, it has become protest song that has resonated with audiences seeking change. In the … Continue reading “Public Enemy drops ‘Fight the Power 2020’ remix”

Jay Nelson on ‘Da 5 Bloods’ short documentary

1+ Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods is enjoying a spectacular run on Netflix. The film, currently at 92% on Rotten Tomatoes, is about four African American vets who battle the forces of man and nature when they return to Vietnam seeking the remains of their fallen squad leader and the gold fortune he helped them … Continue reading “Jay Nelson on ‘Da 5 Bloods’ short documentary”

GAP enlists RadicalMedia’s Gálvez to relearn khakis

2+ The GAP has been fairly quiet for a long time. Once, the brand was everyone’s jam from Madonna to Spike Lee to Charlize Theron. It was “our casual chic.” While GAP is still sported by the likes of Mindy Kaling, Kate Middleton and Selena Gomez, the brand finds itself in financial trouble. Most of … Continue reading “GAP enlists RadicalMedia’s Gálvez to relearn khakis”

Geoffrey Edwards, making Black History all year long

4+ Editor’s Note: “The Reel Black List” is our annual spotlight of brothers and sisters in the worlds of advertising, film, TV, music, radio and media who are making a difference through their contributions and creativity. For the next 29 days, you will be able to celebrate these wonderful personalities with us. Think of Creative … Continue reading “Geoffrey Edwards, making Black History all year long”

Watching stars on the beach – The Spirit Awards|Gallery

4+ From Hustlers’ Jennifer Lopez to Better Call Saul’s Bob Odenkirk, the stars were out on the Blue Carpet early Saturday afternoon to help support their films as well as friends’ projects at the 35th Film Independent Spirit Awards. The awards, which always precedes the Oscars, featured such presenters as Zazie Beetz, Rachel Brosnahan, Carrie … Continue reading “Watching stars on the beach – The Spirit Awards|Gallery”