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KUSH MEDIA GROUP BIOGRAPHY & SERVICES

 

SERVICES OFFERED BY KUSH PROMOTIONS:

KUSH IS PLEASED TO OFFER THESE SPECIALISED PROMOTIONAL AND MARKETING SERVICES TARGETED AT THE ETHNIC MINORITY COMMUNITIES OF THE UK, WHICH INCLUDES:

  • FILM EXHIBITION (we have an extensive & wide-ranging black film library for hire)
  • PUBLIC RELATIONS – SPECIALISING IN FILM RELEASES & EVENTS
  • EVENT MANAGEMENT (Film Screenings /Parties /Q&As / Shows)
  • URBAN GUERILLA MARKETING (Street Campaigns)
  • DIGITAL MARKETING (Online Marketing Campaigns)
  • FILM DISTRIBUTION CONSULTANCY
  • VIDEO PRODUCTION
  • PROMOTIONAL FLYER & POSTER DESIGN – PRINT & DISTRIBUTION
  • GRAPHIC DESIGN
  • VENUE FINDING
  • TALENT MANAGEMENT
  • YOUTH DEVELOPMENT TRAINING, PROJECT MANAGEMENT, CAREER GUIDANCE & START-UP BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANCY

 

KUSH MEDIA GROUP INCORPORATING: Kush Promotions & PR Ltd, Kush Community Arts & Media Development, Nu-Urban Image International Pictures / www.kushfilms.com & www.iluvblackfilms.com

Entrepreneur Marlon Palmer created the company Kush Promotions & from this launched the “Kush Film Club” in May 1998. Marlon had previously spent 16 years as an event/club promoter on the music entertainment scene.

Marlon, a great lover of the film industry felt that a promotional platform was very much needed in the UK to create widespread awareness of independent Black filmmakers & their films. Thus the new film exhibition screening platform, the “Kush Film Club” was launched. He also recognised that a new strategic and targeted style of marketing was needed to create widespread public awareness. Marlon decided to utilise various “urban guerrilla style marketing” techniques that he learnt whilst working in the nightclub promotions scene to create eventual widespread awareness of these disadvantaged and ignored filmmakers along with the necessary ‘hype’ required for the “Kush Film Club” & its unique platform.

The film club became very popular within the ethnic-minority communities of London, Bristol & other UK regions through its mixture of attending celebrities from the world of film & TV, guest hosts & performances, short films, premier & exclusive feature films, DVD giveaways, Q & A’s and after-parties.

Rapper and Hollywood actor Ice Cube’s directional film debut ‘The Players Club’ was the launch film that Kush premiered in May 1998 for major UK film distributor ‘Entertainment’. The screening was well received by a capacity audience of 500, which was amazing for the first ever Kush screening and included football stars like Les Ferdinand from Tottenham Hotspurs football Club. Marlon went on to organise numerous PR campaigns along with exclusive/premier film screenings for mainstream releases like; Eve’s Bayou, ‘Belly’, Bamboozled, Ghost Dog, The Hurricane, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Shaft, Scary Movie, Me Myself & Irene, Nutty Professor 2, Romeo Must Die, Down To Earth, The Brothers, Remember The Titans, The Best Man, The Wood and others, along with many exclusive independent short and feature films.

After 5 years of consistent monthly film screenings at various cinemas across London and other areas of the UK, Marlon took a break away from regular film screenings. This was mainly due to the short-sightedness of particular people within the film industry regarding supporting black/urban films, which led to persistent struggles of acquiring new films, and gaining access to additional cinema venues. In 2001 this led to Marlon setting up a new not-for-profit arm of the business ‘Kush Community Arts & Media Development’ where he focussed on giving back to his community and developing annual government funded community film screenings including “Sights & Sounds From The Past” a 1-week Black History Month film festival which ran for 3 years and was funded by Film London & Nandos the restaurant chain amongst others. He also developed the highly regarded video production training course “A Bridge to Normal Living” with the intention of equipping more young ethnic minorities with the necessary skills to gain employment within the UK film/media industries. ‘A Bridge To Normal Living’ was funded to the tune of £130,000 by various local government agencies & local Hackney borough businesses over a 3-year period.

The not-for-profit arm of Kush has since sought to lead the way in tackling major community issues thus organising major events around gun/knife & gang crime using educational documentary films as a means of engaging & educating young people about the negative impacts of “gang life” on our community. In 2008 Kush obtained funding and organised two major community events, 1st; “Check Yourselves Before You Wreck Yourself!” a specially targeted forum event aimed at tackling the raising gun problem in North London and featuring the UK premier screening of powerful US documentary “Bastards of The Party” (history of African-American gangs). 2nd; Kush rallied the whole North London borough of Haringey to support a community talent & independent film show event entitled ‘Show Da Youths Love’ which was designed to place a positive spotlight on the creative & talented youths in our community. The event showcased talent like young Leon “Harmonica” Maddy. It is planned for this to be an annual event.

Marlon Palmer is dedicated to personally supporting young people and leading from the front to seek better educational opportunities for within the community!

The “Kush Film Club” was eventually re-launched in 2004 as the Kush ‘Film Boutique’ at the Prince Charles Cinema in London West End’s, an area Marlon always wanted to see black film titles up in lights! It was here Kush organised a UK exclusive screening of the Oscar® winning film ‘RAY’ to a near capacity 400 people. Marlon then went on to take Kush screenings to a new home at the prestigious Odeon Cinema in London’s Covent Garden once again, in the heart of central London. Kush members were some of the first to see films like: Ray, Coach Carter, Bullet Boy, Beauty Shop, The Four Brothers, Hustle & Flow & Crash. UK distributor Pathè then hired Kush to organise a specialised & targeted urban marketing campaign for the release of the fantastic Oscar® winning film ‘Crash’, this included Designing, Printing & Distributing 50,000 Promotional Flyers, Designing a mini Crash website, Organising an Exclusive Screening and After-Party, Online PR & Promotions & offline ethnic Press Advertising.

Over the years Kush Promotions has also worked on many home entertainment DVD release campaigns with film distribution & PR companies like; (Distributors/Labels) Medusa/Hong Kong Legends, M.I.A, Snapper Music, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros, Twentieth Century Fox, Contenda / PR Companies: The Associates, New Media Maze, Green-Room Digital, Ketchum Life, Media Communications, New Media Maze, DSA & Macdonald & Rutter along with others.

Evolution: New Beginnings:
In 2012 parent company Kush Media Group Ltd was set up along with new independent distribution company Nu-Urban Image International Pictures Ltd. Kush Promotions was also renamed Kush Promotions & PR Ltd, now in its 14th year and with a good body of work behind the business, Marlon Palmer is surely recognised as the UK’s leading authority on promoting and showcasing black films and acknowledged as the leading independent, PR/Marketing and Exhibition specialist of black-urban films.

After the successful distribution and marketing of the independent documentary film “The Story of Lovers Rock” in 2011, Kush has now moved into film distribution with the intention of filling the void that is stopping International & national black filmmakers from reaching their deprived target market. Kush will also continue to produce high quality film events across the UK and consolidate all its elements of service through the soon to be launched Kush TV.

Leading Independent PR Agency
Since 2013 Kush Promotions & PR has become the UK’s leading specialist Marketing/PR Agency marketing urban/black films and has worked non-stop with major UK film distributors on the PR/Marketing Campaigns for: Baggage Claim, The Butler, Black Nativity, 12 Years A Slave, Starred Up, Half A Yellow Sun, Fruitvale Station, The Maze Runner, Gone Too Far, Selma & Top Five.

WWW.KUSHFILMS.COM & WWW.ILUVBLACKFILMS.COM
Kushfilms.com was the first urban/black film entertainment website in the UK that specifically targeted the UK’s film-loving ethnic minority community with all the latest international/national black film news, reviews, events, industry jobs & funding opportunities.

www.iluvblackfilms.com was officially launched in October 2009 and is currently the only online retail DVD urban/black film website site in Europe. This is now the new one-stop shop for old, new & classic black film DVD needs. iluvblackfilms.com also supplies selected books and other specialist genre DVD titles including: Martial Arts, Self-Development and selected popular mainstream TV programs & films.

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List of feature films Kush Films has exclusively screened or organised marketing campaigns for: 1998 - present..

12 Years A Slave (Digital Marketing)
42 (Regional Exclusive Screening)
4 Little Girls (Spike Lee / Feature Films Doc)
Adwa (Haile Gerima / Independent)
Asunder (Millennium Studios / Indie) *Premier
American Violet * Premier (US Indie feature)
Amistad *Exclusive
Baby Boy (Columbia)
Baggage Claim (UK Exclusive & PR / 20th Century Fox)
Bamboozled (Entertainment Distributors) *Premier
Bare Knuckle Boxer (Fulcrum TV/Channel 4 / Doc)
Bastards of The Party (Fuqua films) *UK Premier
Beauty Shop (Verve Pictures) Premier
Beef (Image Entertainment / BMG Doc) *Premier
Belly (Atlantis Alliance) *Premier
Beloved (Oprah Winfrey / Buena Vista International)
Better Mus’ Come (UK Exclusive / Indie)
Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life Of Hattie
McDaniel (M. Davis Lacy / PBS doc) * UK Premier
Black Nativity (PR / Preview Screening)
Blind Faith (Showtime) *Exclusive
Blue Hill Avenue (US Independent) *UK Premier
Bullet Boy (Verve Pics) Exclusive
Burning an Illusion (Menelik Shabbazz / BFI)
Catch a Fire (Menelik Shabbazz / Indie Doc)
Cherps (UK Indie / BBC)
City of God (Miramax)
Coach Carter (UIP) Exclusive
Crash (Pathe) Urban Marketing/* Exclusive
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Sony) *Press Scr
Daughters of the Dust (Julie Dash / BFI)
Diary of a Tired Blackman (US Indie Doc)
Disappearing Acts (High Fliers) *Exclusive
Down In the Delta (BET) *Premier
Down to Earth *Exclusive
Drive (Medusa Pictures) *Exclusive
Eves Bayou (Entertainment) *Exclusive
Face of an Angel (High Fliers) * UK Exclusive
Freedom Riders (US Documentary) * UK Premier
Free To Dance (PBS/Independent) *UK Premier
Fruitvale Station (Altitude / Urban Marketing)
Ghett A Life (Kush UK Distribution)
Ghost Dog (Channel 4 Films)
Gone Too Far (UK Marketing & PR)
Hustle & Flow (UIP) Exclusive
Half Of A Yellow Sun (*UK Premiere full Marketing)
Into Africa: The Kingdoms of the Nile (Wall To Wall Television / PBS)
I’m Through With White Girls (US Indie) *Premier
In Too Deep (Miramax)
John Henrik Clarke: A Great & Mighty Walk (Doc - Amen Ra / Wesley Snipes)
Kafri’s Story (Arthur Howes / Indie Doc)
Kirikou & the Sorceress (BFI) *Exclusive
Ladies’ Man (Columbia)
Let’s Do It Again (Warner Bros) * UK Exclusive
Life (UIP) *Exclusive
Look For Me in the Whirlwind (Indie Doc) *Exclusive
Love & Basketball (Entertainment Distribution)
Love Jones (Entertainment Distribution)
Me, Myself & Irene (20th Century Fox) *Exclusive
Me & Mi Kru series (Jamaican TV production) *Premier
Mr & Mrs Jones (US Indie feature) * Premier
My Brother (US Independent) *UK Premier
Madea’s Family Reunion (Lions Gate Films)
Next Friday (Entertainment Distribution) *Premier
Nuba Conversations (Arthur Howes / Indie Doc)
Nutty Professor 2 (UIP) *Exclusive
Once Upon A Time When We Were Colored (Tim Reid / Winstone Film Distributors) *UK Premier
One Love (One Love Films)
Prince & Princesses (BFI / Animation feature)
Pressure (UK/BFI – Horace Ove)
RAY (UIP) *UK Exclusive Preview Screening
Rebel Music (Indie Doc/Channel 4)
Rebound (Fox Home Ent) *UK Premier
Red Tails (Momentum Pictures)*UK Premier
Remember the Titans (Buena Vista International)
Respect (Indie Feature) * UK Exclusive
Roll Bounce (Fox Home Ent) *UK Premier)
Romeo Must Die (Warner) *Exclusive
Roots (Warner / Complete Series – 25th Anniversary Promotional Screening)
Roots Time (Mystika Films) * UK Exclusive
Rosa Parks (BET)
Rush Hour (Entertainment Dist) *Exclusive
Sankofa (BFI) *Exclusive
Scary Movie (20th Century Fox)
See Dick Run (US Indie feature)*UK Premier
Selma (Pathe / National Targeted Marketing/PR)
Seven Songs for Malcolm X (J. Akomfrah / Indie Doc)
Shaft (UIP) *Premier
Soldiers without Swords (S. Nelson / US Indie Doc)
Sons of Abraham (Channel 4 / Cicada Films Doc)
Soulmate (US doc)*Premier
Starred Up (Fox / Urban Marketing/PR)
Stepping Razor Red X (Feature Films)
The Best Man (UIP)
The Black Mummy (Fulcrum TV / UK Doc)
The Brothers (Columbia) *Premier
The Butler (Marketing / Screening)
The Four Brothers (UIP) *Exclusive
The History Makers Series (Image Ent/US) *Premier
The Hurricane (UIP)
The Last Fall (UK Premier 2013 / Distribution)
The Maze Runner (20th Century Fox: Urban Marketing)
The Murder of Emmitt Till (S. Nelson / Indie doc)
The Original Kings of Comedy (UIP) *Premier
The Players Club (Entertainment Dist) *Premier
The Seat Filler (US Indie Feature) * Premier
The Story of Lovers Rock (UK Marketing & PR)
The Wonderful World
of Louis Armstrong (Smoking Dogs films / Doc)
The Wood (UIP) *UK Exclusive
Third World Cop (Optimum Releasing)
Thug Angel: Tupac Shakur (DVD/BMG) *Premier
Top Five (UK urban marketing management / Paramount Pictures)
Welcome to Deathrow (MIA) *UK Exclusive
When We Were Kings (UIP

List of short films Kush Films has exclusively screened: 1998 - 2011

12 Minutes (Raymond Thomas)
A Moment in History (Chinedu Umenyilora)
Amanzi Project (Wayne Saunders)
Andre Rayo’s Big Scene (Andre Rayo)
A Riot In The Dark (Mike Davis)
Back in The Day (Femi Kolade)
Barrie The Barber (John Giwa-Amu)
Black Gold – The Colour Of Steel (Chinedu Umenyilora)
Blood, Sweat & Tears (Sam Addo)
Breakdown (Jeff Byrd-USA)
Cereal Killer (Rob Heath)
Constance (Cyril Nri)
Dance (Paloma Etienne)
Date From Hell (Rashidi Natara Harper)
Deadmeat (Q)
Deception (Charles Thompson)
Driving Miss Crazy (Trevor Etienne)
Fallen Seed (Steven Rudder)
Father, Son & Unholy Ghosts (Danny Thompson)
Franklin Haywire (Sinclair Obiora)
Go with The Fro (Marianne Lewis –USA)
Gully (Clarendon Ent)
Hit Me (Morraca Omari)
Home away from Home (Maureen Blackwood)
House of Usher (Avril Russell)
Male Groupie (Christopher Scott - USA)
Mangwana (Manu Kurewa)
Morally Speaking (Lawrence Cooke)
Milk (Tony Cealy)
Money Talks (Alrick Reilly)
Ocoee: Legacy of The Election Day Massacre (Bianca White /Sandra Krass -USA)
One of Us (Clint Dyer - UK)
Once Upon A Time (Kwame Kwei-Armah)
Out-of-Body Experience (Van Elder -USA)
Over The Edge (Newton Aduaka)
Paradise (Leon Herbert)
Peepin Tom (Jason Toddlpson –USA)
Public Enemy, Private Friends (Danny Thompson)
Rappin Granny (Tim Greene –USA)
Restore (Bradley Smith/Madbrad)
Rooted (Victor Opeyekun)
Rouge Noir (Leon Herbert)
Secrets (Sheryl Lee Ralph –USA)
Step Up (Adrian Browne)
Step UP - Jus Squares (Adrian Browne)
Sweet Obsession (Adrian Browne)
Squirrel Man (Morraca Omari)
Target (Dee Allen)
Ten Steps: 10 Easy Steps to Contemporary African
The Birthday Treat (Dean Charles)
The Collector (Ade Adepegba)
The Date (Roderick Giles)
The Phone Call (Julius Amedues)
The Return Leg (Tuggstar)
Urban Romance (Wayne Campbell)
Urban Slam (selection of US Indie shorts)
Unjust Cause (Ed Banuel)
Velma’s Drink Up (Adrian Browne)
Vivienne Gibson-Forbes: Portrait Of A Film Extra (Abi Fisher / Beverley Willie)
Who Can You Trust (Andy Frith)
Franklin Haywire (Sinclair Obiora)