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THE BRITISH URBAN FILM FESTIVAL Competition

– NOW CLOSED –

4th – 8th September 2014

2014 British Urban Film Festival announces 25 festival titles
www.britishurbanfilmfestival.co.uk

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Organisers at the British Urban Film Festival (supported by Channel 4) have announced a roster of 25 non-competitive films of which 5 feature-length titles will have their first UK screening during the festival, set to run from September 4-8.

The selections include Bill Siegel’s ‘The Trials of Muhammad Ali’ (Opening night gala), the World festival premiere of ‘Montana’ (Closing night gala) by Mo Ali, ‘Perceptions’ by Samuell Benta (6 September), David P. Campion’s ‘Woodfalls’ (5 September) and Adriel Leff’s ‘The Ballad of Johnny Windows’ (5 September).

Short film selections include ‘His New Hands’ (starring Andre Royo), Echo Road (starring Jay Brown), Bucky (directed by Danny John-Jules), The Initiative (starring Gary Beadle) & ‘Valediction’ (starring the late James Avery).

Channel 4 will host a double header of events to open BUFF 2014 on 4 September with a day of free panel discussions and live script readings (supported by Film4).

Still The Greatest: ALI

 

 

Written by: Graeme Woods
04.10.14

 

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Muhammad Ali – Sure is still the Greatest!

At the age of 72 and looking frail from the onset of Parkinson’s disease Muhammad Ali proved he could still command an audience when he attended the recent Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards service. Ali was guest of honour at the Awards held in Louisville Kentucky; also in attendance were actress Susan Sarandon and hip-hop artist Common. The award ceremony, now in its second year,S.Sarandon celebrates the greatness of people from around the world who are making differences in their communities and beyond.

Sarandon was honoured with a Global Citizenship Award for her work with UNICEF, while six young people from across the globe where also recognised for their efforts. At the event Ali was reunited with NFL great Jim Brown almost 50 years after the pair became involved in heated debates over Ali’s decision not to fight in the Vietnam War.Elderly-Muhammad_Ali

 

Ali’s conflict with the Supreme Court over his refusal to accept the draft formed the basis of last year’s HBO movie MUHAMMAD ALI’S GREATEST FIGHT.

Ali was drafted at the height of his boxing career, his claim to conscientious objector status led to a controversial legal battle that rattled the US judicial system up to the highest court in the land. The film uses archival footage of Ali and starred Christopher Plummer, Frank Langella, Benjamin Walker and Ed Begley Jr. Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight, directed by BAFTA winning, Stephen Frears is currently available to buy on DVD.

The cinematic fascination with this sporting legend doesn’t stop there however; released this year from Focus Features comes I AM ALI. An intimate look at the man behind the legend, the film features interviews with family members and Ali’s daughters for the first time ever, giving an intriguing insight into his life outside the boxing ring.AliFrazier

Unfolding the story of Cassius Clay from birth to his boxing beginnings in Louisville, Kentucky, to gold at the 1960 Rome Olympics; from beating Henry Cooper at Wembley to beating Sonny Liston for the heavyweight championship of the world; from changing his religion and his name to entering exile following his refusal to fight in Vietnam. It is the story of his great 1970s fights, the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ against George Foreman in Zaire and the ‘Thriller in Manila’ against Joe Frazier. And his final bout, at 39, a defeat by Trevor Berbick in the Bahamas.

Ali a father of nine–two sons and seven daughters–tried to cherish every moment spent with his children.

Muhammad-Ali“My father gave me some audio tapes that he made when we were young in the seventies,” said his daughter Hana. “He [recorded] us talking, going to school, playing, talking on the phone with my sister, and various things.” All of these personal audio journals will be paired with interviews from people within Ali’s close circle, to give the documentary a unique view from the inside.

Director Claire Lewis has assembled her film using these audio journals, along with home movies and interviews with the people who know Ali best – his brother, one of his ex-wives, his business manager, his trainer, his son and daughters. Those who have watched and loved him both inside and outside the ring, more importantly the film also uses the voice of Ali himself from audio interviews.

The film; which runs for 1 hour, 51 mins, will be released in cinema’s in the US on October 10th with a UK Release to follow on 28th November 2014

For more information visit the official site: www.focusfeatures.com/i_am_ali

 

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Away from Focus Features’ big screen release of I AM ALI – Indie film maker Kartemquin Films have produced THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI which turns the spotlight away from the boxing ring and instead focuses on, perhaps, Ali’s toughest bout; his decision to join a controversial religious group, his battle to overturn a five year prison sentence for refusing US military service and his struggle with Parkinson’s. The film looks at his relationship with the Louisville Sponsoring Group, the Nation of Islam, and his Muslim faith.

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Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X

The majority of interviewees in Trials have never been featured before and yet they are central to his life story and the global impact he has made.

The film delves deeply into a time when a sporting legend chose faith and conscience over fame and fortune. The outcry and fury he faced from an American public enraged by his opposition to Vietnam and their unwillingness to accept his conversion to Islam.

Interviews shot exclusively for the film include his brother, Rahman, his bride Khalilah Camacho-Ali, New York Times writer, Robert Lipsyte and Nation of Islam leader, Louis Farrakhan. The film shows the hidden history of Muhammad Ali and provides audiences with a chance to discover his spiritual journey and his humanitarian work around the world.

Laila Ali & Father

Laila Ali & Father

The film is directed by Bill Siegel (The Weather Underground) and executive produced by Justine Nagan and Gordon Quinn for Kartemquin Films, Kat White (KatLei Productions), and Leon Gast (When We Were Kings).

The film was released in the US in 2013 and is available on DVD/VOD it received a UK Première in September 2014 at the British Urban Film Festival (BUFF) in London.



Marlon’s blog – 15th Aug 2014

15.08.14

Hello, Hello, Hello,
Yes it’s me Marlon Palmer CEO of Kush Promotions & the Kush Media Group of companies, how are you my friends, supporters & colleagues – I pray life is good and all is well in your lives!

It’s been a while since I last communicated directly with you – so apologies; it looks like this will also be one of the last times I personally write to you! Other new staff members will take over the task of giving you all the latest film news and the inner-goings on at Kush.  Over the years I have enjoyed communicating with you and your responses have empowered, re-energised and inspired me to continue the good fight with the industry creating a platform for black films.

Wow; right now there is so much going on in the film world for black & so called ‘urban’ films. It’s already been a bumper year so far and the last half of the year looks very exciting also for fans of black/urban films. One of our subscribers Mr. Mo Ali (hope you’re reading) has a new British film coming out entitled “Montana” starring amongst others Ashley Walters, which will be the ‘Closing Night Film’ at the BUFF Film Festival, a British Urban Film Festival which Kush is supporting and starts from the 4th September – look out for Montana on general release later this year.

I’m excited even though distributors like Sony Pictures & Universal with their releases Think Like A Man Too & Get On Up (James Brown biopic) have turned their noses up at our marketing services and long-standing influential relationship with the black film loving community – the real sad thing about that for me is the fact some of the major distributors are reluctant to spend money with little ole black led companies like ours but they sure expect the black community on mass to march to the cinema and fill their distribution company coffers at the box office.

Should we as a community always support their films without them actually putting anything back into our communities, well if we didn’t it could obviously harm the release of black films in this country as it has in recent years, but should it always be a give, give relationship with these major international corporations? Shouldn’t they and major cinema chains give something other than films back to the local community where they make their money from annually? Wouldn’t we see their films anyway with the wide access available these days; what do you think?

Many of you know me ‘a bit of a trouble-maker me’ and as many will know Kush is always in the mix somewhere and we will also be bringing to you a new British comedy black film called “GONE TOO FAR” (above) due for release 10th October 2014 and directed by rising star Destiny Ekaragha and written by Bola Agbaje. This film is really aimed at a youthful audience and deals with racial stereotypes in a comedic fashion re-imagined by our present day young people. This film is released by Verve Pictures the same distributor that supported the successful release of community smash-hit The Story Of Lovers Rock.

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GONE TOO FAR
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When Peckham teenager Yemi meets his long-lost Nigerian brother Iku for the first time, his estranged sibling’s African heritage and unimpressive fashion sense soon start to endanger Yemi’s street cred, particularly when trying to impress local troublemaking temptress Armani.

Adolescent angst and cultural tensions erupt in this razor-sharp comedy from a team of vibrant new British talents, adapted from Bola Agbaje’s Olivier Award-winning play which premièred at the Royal Court and directed by Destiny Ekaragha director of award winning short Tight Jeans.

Starring: Malachi Kirby, O.C. Ukeje, Shanika Warren-Markland, Adelayo Adedayo, Golda John, Tosin Cole, Miles McDonald, Eddie Kadi, KG Tha Comedian & Bhasker Patel.

IN CINEMAS 10th OCTOBER 2014It’s Another Kush Promotion!

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Before we get into the latest film and event news I am going to personally and directly communicate with you our fantastic supporters as I have done over the last 16 years, so all new subscribers please excuse this month’s long newsletter.

PERSONAL TALK!
After a mad (but good) last 9-months in “Black Film Heaven” I basically was forced to take some time out recently – time for self!

With all the excellent black films flooding through Hollywood and elsewhere – I have been engaged in work overload, now I am trying my best to not make it sound like I am complaining (I ain’t), was very happy actually after a number of barren years for major black films; but after 9-months of back-to-back film marketing work with my team I woke up one morning back in May this year and realised I couldn’t walk freely it was like my lower back was fused & locked into my hips – then after walking around painfully for about 20 minutes, it would just dissipate by itself and I was able to walk normally like nothing was wrong – it was like that every morning for around 6-weeks, but in reality I knew it was caused by years of muscle tension caused by working long stressful hours and a lack of exercise.

This is what happens when you ignore your body and what it is trying to tell you; well my body has been trying to tell me things for a long time now after been sat on my derrière 12-14 hours per day, 4-5 days per week for the last 16 years, trying hard to bring about new opportunities for black filmmakers.

Many of us are getting older and need to take better care of ourselves and even put ourselves first a good deal of the time which is difficult to do when you are running your own business and passionate about what you do. But there comes a time when a lack of fitness & good health walks up to you and slaps you in the face with a great wake-up-call!

Anyway after seeing a sports massage therapist and enduring some dam serious massage pain (my previous massages were lovely occasions performed by gentle female hands, LOL!) things are now much better but still an ongoing issue when I try to get on the computer and do any long periods of typing, I now even stand-up whilst working on the computer.   Repetitive Strain Injury is now a serious ailment for many office workers and this has made me realise I need to spend time sorting myself out and getting back to a level of fitness and manageable stress-free work, so I am now letting others take over the day-to-day activities while I manage things from upstairs in the executive office. (Sounds nice eh! Richard Branson, I wish, LOL!)

I thought I would relay this message with the intention of encouraging or even inspiring someone reading this message to also take action because there are most likely some of you out there that are also facing a stressful daily work environment, health issues and not looking after yourself properly.


Please my friends; TAKE TIME FOR SELF!
You and your life is most important and no business can be successful with the owner in ill health or not fit enough to stand the daily pace – if you work for someone else, then how can you also function fully and make the money you need to cover your bills if you are not able to work the way you need to or at all!

I have had this series of quotations on my wall for years and every now and again I look at it – now time to live it fully!

My YOUNG (ish) colleagues reading this – please also take heed and take care of yourselves now whilst you have your health and strength – things can change quickly!

Make Time:

Make Time To Think, It’s The Root Of Your Power.
Make Time To Read Because It Is The Foundation Of Your Wisdom.
Make Time To Play Because It Is The Secret Of Staying Young.
Make Time To Be Quite Because It Is Your Chance To Find God.
Make Time To Be Aware Because It’s Your Opportunity To Help Others.
Make Time To Laugh Because It Is The Music Of Your Soul.
Make Time To Love And Be Loved Because It’s God’s Greatest Gift.
Make Time To Dream And Vision Because That Is What The Future Is Made Up Of.
Make Time To Be Friendly Because It Is The Road To Happiness.
Make Time To Pray Because It Is The Greatest Power On Earth. 

Make Time For Health For It Is the Engine of Progress.
MAKE TIME!

Life is an adventure; which is a daily time elapsing journey, and time waits for no man, so do your very best to embrace & enjoy each and every single day!

Wishing you the very best

See ya!
Marlon ‘Kush’ Palmer

 

Get your submissions in for the 9th annual British Urban Film Festival

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The British Urban Film Festival is still accepting script and film submissions for the 9th annual British Urban Film Festival #BUFF2014. 

Scripts must be no less than 20 pages/no more than 60.

Films must be no less than 3 minutes/no more than 120.

The early bird deadline for submissions has now passed.

The final deadline for submissions is 5.00pm, Monday 9 June 2014
(Fees are non-refundable at £50).

All forms of narrative style and all genres are accepted – the definition of an urban film… is down to you!

Payments can only be accepted via www.paypal.com using the email address screeniq@yahoo.com

Films & trailers can only be submitted via private digital links to info@buffenterprises.co.uk

*DVD masters will be requested if submissions make the shortlist.

EPK’s must include 5 publicity stills (film submissions only), a synopsis and a cover letter with at least 1 social network point of contact

Scripts must be submitted via PDF to pressoffice@buffenterprises.co.uk 

The BUFF mailbag awaits!