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Kush ‘HarlemNights’ FancyDress Party – Sat 16th Sept 2017

Get your tickets and come join us as we celebrate 19 years of creating a platform for urban films – we will also announce the launch our new membership based Sidestreet Cinema.

It’s going to be a fun night out! 

Kush Films Presents a #HarlemNights themed #FilmParty Celebrating 19 Years of been the leading UK authority at the forefront of international Black film marketing and exhibition!

On Saturday 16th September 2017 we want you to come join us at our Fancy Dress 1930’s #HarlemRenaissance Jazz themed Film & Party event where we aim to party the night away

So Get Your Tickets Now and Join us in Celebrating 19 years of bringing the best urban Films to UK audiences. Also we have a special sale offer on the night to attendee’s only of this event – We are offering a One-year SideStreet Cinema Membership for only half price on the night.

Sidestreet Cinema will be our new flagship membership film screening and event based cinema programme which will take place at venues like the Whirled Cinema, Brixton and also at other venues – Once a member you will be able to attend all regular film screenings at no extra cost and some other larger Sidestreet Cinema events at half price.

So Get Your Exclusive One-year Half-Price Membership On The Night!  

On This Night Enjoy!

  • Harlem Nights film (comedy-drama)
  • Party until 3.00am
  • 1930’s Fancy Dress (get your hire outfit from Angel’s)
  • Learn how to play Craps/Dice on our Craps Table with Croupier
  • Join in group tuition and learn the enjoyable & exciting ‘Lindy Hop’ Jazz dance!
  • Get your 1930’s Costume-dress from Angels Fancy Dress with a 10% Kush discount


Doors Open: 9:00pm
Film: 9:30pm – 11:00pm
Party: 11:15pm – 3:00am
Tickets:
£20 (Film only: £10 / Party Only: £10)


Event Ticket Options



Further info:
Email: info@kushfilms.com
Tel:  0203 070 3200 / 07961 977 749

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The only film written and directed by Eddie Murphy (1989)

Hard Time Bus – Romance at Kush Film Boutique – 17 March 2016

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We are back and in full swing with the UK’s leading exhibition platform for urban/black films; the people’s favourite film club the ‘Kush Film Boutique’ 

Join us in March for fun and games (find a gentlemen seat-filler), enjoy lovely soft soul and reggae music in the bar from our DJ, Take part in our filmmakers Q&A and get ready for the after-film panel discussion on the hot topic of “Relationship Commitment” led by comedian Kojo – Oh and don’t forget the great new British Romantic Drama Hard Time Bus.

This all takes place at our new London home the plush and historic Regent Street Cinema (the UK’s historical first ever cinema where the first film ever screened in the UK by the pioneer Lumière Brothers was screened in 1896).

Join us for our next exciting fun-filled romance-themed screening event on Thursday 17th March 2016.


Kush Films
presents a UK exclusive screening of award-winning indie brit-flik Hard Time Bus.
This award-winning romantic-drama focusses on the relationship issue of long-term commitment, an issue that affects many a relationship in 2016.

HardTime_Bus_PosterSo come along and join in the debate as after this film; there will be a special panel discussion on present day ‘Relationship Commitment’ with our invited guest all-male panel.

Invited Panel Guests:
Comedian KOJO 
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Along with lead HTB actor
Neil Reidman
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&
Sports-model/Broadcaster
Darren Placid
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Along with Hard Time Bus screenwriter
Owen Mowatt.

Guest Host for the night will be the lovely:
Ms Jenni Steele
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Before the film there will be fun and games in the bar and just for you our patrons a live DJ set with lovely romantic music (soft soul, lover rocks etc)  played in the bar.

Fun and games include: Kush finding single ladies (including pairs or groups) a vetted gentleman seat-fillers to sit close to them (can be right next too also?) to keep our lady guests entertained throughout the night.

Music by Jazzy D.

Book Tickets Here: https://www.regentstreetcinema.com/programme/hard-time-bus/

Don’t MISS this fun-filled screening event – you know we screen films like no-one else in the UK, what we do is unique, sheer entertainment and always centred around you; our patrons – You the audience comes first!

After a rude awakening, Mark Bishop`s carefree and complacent lifestyle comes crashing back to reality, forcing him to make hasty plans to marry devoted girlfriend, Denise. He turns to best mate Fitzy for advice only to be ridiculed for not following the ‘Fitzy Rules’ – “never marry and never settle”. Mark’s life begins to unravel as he tries to manage the expectations of those closest to him and soon learns that with complacency comes risk.

Starring: Neil Reidman, Roger Griffiths, Naomi Ryan, Michael Ellis, Tashan Sinclair-Doyle, Anthony Warren & Bailey Patrick.

Written by Owen Mowatt and Directed by Dean Charles
Produced by: Nicola Gregory
2014/ UK / 15 / 85 mins

  • Winner Best Feature – Hollywood Black Film Festival
  • Nominated in several categories at the American Black Film Festival
  • Best Feature at MVSA

Book Tickets Here: https://www.regentstreetcinema.com/programme/hard-time-bus/

Date: Thurs 17th March 2016
Time: 7.30pm – Bar/Networking / 8.30pm: Film starts
Venue: Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2UW
Tickets: £15 (student £11)

Music by: Jazzy D

For more info:
T: 0203 070 3200
M: 07961 977 749
E: info@kushfilms.com

Twitter: @KushFilmsOnline@Kush_Online
FB: KushFilmsOnline

 

Supported by Media Partners:

www.colourfulradio.com | www.voice-online.co.uk | www.pridemagazine.com
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2015 A Good Year – Happy Hols/New Year From Marlon Palmer (Kush Director)

Marlon Palmer
Director
18.12.15

 

Happy-Holidays

 

Greetings and salutations (Friends, Fans, Associates & Film Lovers),

It’s December (once again, LOL!) and almost time to end this year and bring in another New Year. Well after we have stuffed our faces, drank more than we can handle and immersed ourselves with family we both love and hate – well it’s got to be done!

This year from a film standpoint of view has been good, starting off with the January release of the much-talked about Selma and then Chris Rock’s ‘Top Five’ in May; two films we worked on. Paramount Pictures actually hired Kush Promotions & PR to market Top Five in 7 cities of the UK and allowed us to manage the budget. To allow us to manage the budget and nationwide-wide campaign was a justification of the 17 years of hard work and determination I have put in developing this business. After May PR work kind of dried up for us as the next big urban releases were from distributors who appear to have an issue with me/Kush; LOL! It appears I have told off the Head of International Marketing at both Sony Pictures and Universal over the years and I have not been forgiven TopFivePoster_smll(daam, I only told them the truth about their poor marketing of particular urban film) well seems like i’m “Blacklisted” – so be it – I will always speak my mind and tell the truth if some don’t like it, so be it! Was upset though, that we missed out on hip-hop films Dope and Straight Outta Compton; Sony & Universal film releases respectively.

Anyway the break away from Film-Marketing/PR was a Godsend (it was needed) as it allowed me to get back fully-focussed on the wide-ranging development of Kush Media. Something I wasn’t truly able to do for two straight years from October 2013 – May 2015 as Kush Promotions & PR became the go-to Specialist Independent PR Company marketing all black films month-after-month here in the UK (shhh! The remuneration was nice though). We also got to work on films like ‘Starred Up’ starring Jack O’Connell and The Maze Runner.

The breakaway allowed me to re-assess things and from that the ‘Kush Film Boutique’ was relaunched and in all that I do (even though it can be hard work) these days; I get the most satisfaction out of seeing the joy, dismay, shock, horror and amazement on patrons faces at our screenings – the wonders of film!

PR/Marketing work paid Kush well, and I strived hard to get to that position and be paid well but during the Top Five campaign earlier this year I realised that I wasn’t enjoying the work, it wasn’t why I started Kush Promotions back in 1998 and sitting in my office managing people (especially some of the difficult people I had to manage across the UK) became all so ‘Soulless’.

I had lost the joy of what I was doing daily and to wrap this part up – I believe in life to truly be successful you have to be fulfilling your life’s purpose and embracing daily the joy of all that you offer – once you lose that joy it’s time to reassess!

Anyway it’s going to be a very exciting end to the year with the massive impending release this week of Star Wars: The Force Awakens starring local Peckham Lad John Boyega whom we star-wars-force-awakens-posthankfully had time to meet whilst managing PR/Marketing for the film “Half A Yellow Sun” last year.

Straight away from speaking to John I knew he would be a star he was so down to earth, well-spoken and assured in his manner – definitely a star in the making and I said so at the time.

I can’t wait to see how well he exudes his persona off the big screen as the character ‘Finn’ in this massive blockbuster film; I’m sure he has done a fine job otherwise we would have heard already especially with all the earlier ignorant social media commotion about a “Black Stormtrooper”.

I won’t even go into that foolishness as it will bring down the tone of my newsletter and inveigle me into talking about dumb people from another galaxy!

Congratulations to rising star John Boyega and all the other British actors in the film (Daisy Ridley), and as a Star Wars fan it’s also great to see the old stars back; Harrison Ford as Hans Solo, Mark

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Hamill as Luke Skywalker and Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia and of course Chewbacca.

As you may have guessed I’m a sci-fi nut and love all films that expand our psyche to places unknown in the big ole galaxy. Bring on Superman vs Batman, Captain America: Civil War, Suicide Squad, Star Trek Beyond (with Idris Elba) and daam give me Black Panther now!!

Don’t forget get your tickets for ‘The Force Awakens’ this weekend! I’ve Got Mine

Wishing you all a fantastic Christmas, a blessed Kwaanza and a harmonious Eid plus a totally great New Year.

Keep Believing and doing!
Marlon Palmer

The New Black Panthers Doc @The Kush Film Boutique

 Come and Join us for a special themed film screening of
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of The Revolution

 

Kush Films Presents
A day of ‘revolution’ at the Film Boutique
a day commemorating the revolutionary
‘Black Panther Party’

@ The Regent Street Cinema, London – Tuesday 17th November 2015

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“If you have that revolutionary spirit and sympathises with movements and icons like; The Black Panthers, Flower Power, Malcom X, Karl Marx, The Suffragette’s, Marcus Garvey, Che Guevara and others then get ready for this themed event get ready with your: Afro’s, black leather jackets, berets, flak jackets, hippie-threads, dresses, hats & boots – for a day of symbolism: Remembering the revolutionary Black Panther Party and historical acts of revolution!”

Kush Promotions, Choices Consortium & media partners present on Tuesday 17th November a special themed film screening event for the acclaimed and newly released American documentary film Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution directed by Stanley Nelson.

On this day the patrons of the Film Boutique will be able to enjoy great networking whilst enjoying a special revolutionary soul, funk reggae DJ set by the renowned Ronnie Herel plus a special live performance by World-Changer Rapper Mikel Ameen (brother of actor Aml Ameen).

There will be invited guests from the world of film/TV and a special discussion after the film (which we hope will be more of a rallying call for all revolutionaries to step up and state how they plan to make a positive difference in today’s traumatic world).

This will be a reflective event but everything will also be done in an appreciative joyful manner!

For tickets to this event please contact the Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2UW

Bookings:
http://www.regentstreetcinema.com/programme/the-black-panthers-vanguard-of-the-revolution/
Tel: 0207 911 5050

For more information & press enquiries please contact:

Kush Promotions & PR
Tel: 0208 618 2204 or 0203 070 3200
Email: info@kushfilms.com

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Watch our promo for the event (Checkout our competitions page and win a pair of tickets)

Kush Film Boutique Event:Black Panthers: Vanguard of The Revolution -17Nov2015
from Kush Films on Vimeo.

SELMA Out Today: Here is where You Can BOOK YOUR TICKETS

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Find your cinema and book your tickets here:
http://www.findanyfilm.com/Selma~61985

In spring of 1965, a series of dramatic events changed the course of America and the modern concept of civil rights forever — as courageous marchers, led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., attempted three times to carry out a peaceful procession from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama on a quest for the basic human right to vote.   The shocking confrontations, the triumphant final march and the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that followed are now an indelible part of history. But the vitally relevant, vitally human story of Selma – from the political battles in the halls of power to the grit and faith of people on the street to the private, inner struggles Dr. King faced – has never been seen on the movie screen until now.

Starring: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson, Tim Roth, Oprah Winfrey, Common, Wendell Pierce, Tessa Thompson & Cuba Gooding Jnr.

Distributor: Pathe UK
Urban Marketing by Kush Promotions & PR

www.facebook.com/SelmaFilmUK

#MarchOn
#SelmaFilmUK

‘Intense, engaging, inspiring… Oyelowo gives one of the greatest performances you’ll ever see’ (Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter)

‘Oyelowo is magnificent… one of the best films of the year’ (Rolling Stone)

‘A scorching, full-bodied, flat-out great film… Oyelowo is electrifying as Martin Luther King… Tremendous’ (5 stars, Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph)

‘A triumph… Oyelowo’s performance as Martin Luther King is stunning’ (Baz Bamigboye, Daily Mail)

‘An astoundingly powerful piece of film-making… David Oyelowo is phenomenal as Martin Luther King. A film everyone should see’ (James Williams, Glamour)

‘Incredibly powerful… a deeply affecting inspirational movie’ (4 stars, Chris Hewitt, Empire)

Kush Marketing ‘Selma’ which hits UK Cinemas 6th Feb

Selma: the Oscar nominated film (best Picture) is coming to the UK, and we are pleased to say once again Kush Promotions & PR the UK’s N0 1 Marketing/PR & Film Exhibition specialists have been called upon once again to support this release and bring it to the urban/black public of the UK.

After last year (2014 in case you’re still dizzy from Christmas), who would have thought things would carry on in this mode?

To explain last year was crazy and went by in a blur but there was a dawning upon Kush (all aspects of the business) and it was like been in a chauffeur driven car where you are just been taken where you want to go and given what you need and all you have got to do is do what you do best by doing what you love to do!

Last year we were called to work on: 12 Years A Slave, Starred Up, Half A Yellow Sun, Fruitvale Station, Gone Too Far & The Maze Runner – it was non-stop 4-week campaign marketing all last year – wow!

The year went by so quickly and now we are here in January 2015 and back with another sensational new lauded film – one that again lifts up the spirit and reminds us of what we are still fighting for each day as minorities here in the UK and also in the united states.

I hope you appreciate SELMA as I do and you also totally appreciate the rising director Ava DuVernay and the talent of Nigerian-British actor David Oyelowo – his performance as Dr. Martin Luther King is phenomenal!

Marlon Palmer (Kush Promotions & PR Director)


In spring of 1965, a series of dramatic events changed the course of America and the modern concept of civil rights forever — as courageous marchers, led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., attempted three times to carry out a peaceful procession from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama on a quest for the basic human right to vote. The shocking confrontations, the triumphant final march and the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that followed are now an indelible part of history. But the vitally relevant, vitally human story of Selma – from the political battles in the halls of power to the grit and faith of people on the street to the private, inner struggles Dr. King faced – has never been seen on the movie screen until now.

Starring: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson, Tim Roth, Oprah Winfrey, Common, Wendell Pierce, Tessa Thompson & Cuba Gooding Jnr
Distributor: Pathe UK

Released: Friday 6th February 2015

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Sony Pictures Wallows In Their Own Mire!

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Sony Pictures internal systems hacked by an unknown group of hackers called “GOP” the FBI says are affiliated with the North Korea government, unhappy about the new Seth Rogan comedy film “The Interview”  which in a mock CIA assassination attempt ridicules their leader Kim Jong-un .

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Seth Rogan & Amy Pascal

Wow; what a terrible last two weeks it has been for multi-conglomerate film distributor Sony Pictures Entertainment!

Cyber-terrorism, internal email system hacked, revealing financial information, high-profile star payments, employee’s private details and email communications all released to the world and then on top of all that new film release ‘The Interview’ pulled from theatrical release after national security threats from hackers GOP (Guardians of Peace) supposedly based in rogue totalitarian country North Korea.

As we now know big boss and co-chairwoman Amy Pascal and fellow super-producer Scott Rudlin also regularly sent each emails which can be considered racially insensitive, others where they appeared to mock the taste of none other than the president of America or slandered the standards of high-profile actors like Angela Jolie, Denzil Washington & rising comedic star Kevin Hart amongst others.

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Scott Rubin & Amy Pascal

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Sony was last week forced to pull the release of the “The Interview” from cinemas, as more and more cinemas said they would not take the risk and show the film due to threats from GOP to take action (including bomb threats) against any cinema showing the film.

This has all lead to a big furore about filmmakers and ‘creative freedoms’ and Sony Pictures giving in too easy against the GOP cyber-terrorists especially with the government saying there was no real credible threat. For a full view of The Sony hack, exposure of their personal emails and accusations of racism and the President Obama & FBI agency government threat response see the links below – you will also find various other pages here on www.kushfilms.com featuring interesting news relating to African-American stars caught up in Sony Gate.

Kush Promotions & PR Past Dealings With Sony
We ourselves as a leading film Exhibitor & PR/Marketing company working in this industry for 16 years know to well what lies behind the veil of illusion manufactured by multi-conglomerate film distributors under the guise of Hollywood.  We ourselves over the years have encountered many issues of ignorance and the closed doors of a institutionally racist UK film industry.

We also had a serious falling out with Sony Pictures right here in the UK; this happened a few years ago when Kush Promotions & PR CEO Marlon Palmer was asked to support the marketing of theMarlonPalmer2012_Headshot film ‘Step UP 2’ by the then marketing manager (her name is absolutely not worth mentioning – she matters not now!).

This marketing manager asked Marlon Palmer to come up with a concept to promote the film. An idea was developed by Marlon which involved elements of a national dance finals event, but soon thereafter the marketing manager was influenced by Sony Pictures main regular PR company who appeared to be envious of Kush’s involvement. The marketing manager head was turned and she decided to jump into bed with an alternative street dance promoter who was doing his own thing and running his own already established dance competition event. What they didn’t know was that Marlon Palmer had already made contact with this promoter through his research work for the job and was in communication with the promoter. After the marketing manger went ahead and agreed a deal with this new promoter she then in a bear-faced and unprofessional manner completely denied that she had ever engaged Kush (Marlon Palmer) in any work – even though there was plenty of email evidence that she had & there was obviously the actual work that had been already been carried out.

This all ensued into a serious argument where court action was threatened after it was clear this woman would lie,lie & lie even more!

In the end Marlon Palmer decided to walk away as the whole thing became very negative and counter-productive and it would have been too financially costly to take Sony to court and the only other alternative was to turn Schwarzenegger, go down to their offices to confront her and kick the hell out everyone who got in the way, as recently described by Marlon Palmer he honestly felt this way as he had worked hard over many years to get Kush Promotions into the position it was in at that time and he was definitely not used to people taking mind-boggling liberties like that but in the end he thought better of his course of action!

The simple fact of the matter is right now; Kush has no animosity towards Sony (well, may be with “The Liar” if she was to be met somewhere, especially on a cold dark night, LOL!), what actually happened was the great catalyst for Marlon Palmer to go away, re-think life in general and create the path to conquer what he saw as the institutionally racist UK film industry at that time & hey-presto here we are today with Kush as the NO 1 Marketing & PR specialist of black (‘urban’) films in the UK and the go-to-company for most UK distributors for the marketing & PR of so many major black film releases here in the UK.

Its funny how life works out eh!

Sometimes in life its the negative things that happen that teaches you how to deal with aspects of life and helps you to clearly see your path forward. Kush says: Thank you “Liar, Liar” the lesson was appreciated!

Here are some links to some of the recent catastrophic Sony Pictures happenings taking place in America.

Sony Pictures’ Amy Pascal and Scot Rudlin’s Racist emails…
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2869917/I-bet-Obama-likes-Kevin-Hart-Sony-Pictures-chair-Amy-Pascal-producer-Scott-Rudin-s-racist-email-exchange-President-revealed-latest-hacking-leak.html

Sony Hack: Carmike Cinemas Drops ‘The Interview:
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sony-hack-carmike-cinemas-drops-758444

The Hollywood Reporter: Sony Hack (a collection of their articles)
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/topic/sony-hack

Kevin Hart Responds To Slam In Sony Email Leak
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/11/kevin-hart-sony-hack_n_6311400.html

Leaked Sony Email Challenges Denzel Washington’s Overseas Box Office Appeal
http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/the-gift-that-keeps-on-giving-leaked-sony-email-challenges-denzel-washingtons-overseas-box-office-appeal-20141217

Sony Hack Fallout Includes Unraveling of Relationships in Hollywood
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/19/business/media/sony-attack-is-unraveling-relationships-in-hollywood.html?_r=0

Fruitvale Station Finally Hits UK Cinemas

KUSH PROMOTIONS & PR

The UK’s leading promoter of urban cinema
in association with new UK distributor Altitude Films
presents the UK release of the multi award-winning film.

FRUITVALE title Orange on Black

Quad_Fruitvale-Station_loreThis poignant award-winning film hits UK cinemas from 6th June 2014

The multiple Independent Spirit Award, Cannes and Sundance Film Festival winning film follows the true story of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old Oakland, California resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air.

Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother (Octavia Spencer), being a better partner to his girlfriend Sophina (Melonie Diaz),  and being a better father to Tatiana (Ariana Neal), their beautiful four year-old daughter.

Crossing paths with friends, family, and strangers, Oscar starts out well, but as the day goes on he realises that change is not going to come easily. As he and Sophina celebrate the New Year and a fresh start, one truly shocking, tragedy shakes his community – and the entire United States — to its very core.

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 Director Ryan Coogler

Produced by Forest Whitaker

Featuring rising star
Michael B Jordan
&
Academy Award Winner
Octavia Spencer

FRUITVALE STATION is one of this summer’s must see movies.
For more details stay tuned to KUSH FILM

see the full cast list here
read an inteview with the film’s director here
follow @fruitvalemovie on twitter
for a list of nationwide cinemas check the special facebook page