Today’s panelists, Tavie Barnes, who specializes in philanthropy and Melissa Scott, a digital media owner and ethicist, converse with our host, Stefanie Alleyne in the back garden of the sexy West Village lounge, Madame X to review the science fiction thriller, “Prometheus.”
Co-written by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof and directed by British director, Sir Ridley Scott, “Prometheus” forces us to ask many questions about how we came to be and to ponder over a plethora of possible answers. Titled after the Greek god who gave mankind fire, it is inspired by writings on ancient astronauts by Erich von Daniken, the Swiss author best known for his controversial claims about extra-terrestials influences on early human culture.
This is a smart high concept film that demands to stand on its own two feet rather than being viewed as a prequel to the Aliens franchise as it seems to have been marketed and packaged here in the United States. Anyone with those expectations will not only be sadly disappointed but will miss out on what is a highly ambitious film that ultimately may have bitten off more than it can chew. Is this part of a ploy or simply a set-up for a sequel? You decide.
Visually stunning, it was shot on locations in Iceland, Scotland, Spain and England. The art direction, production design and visual effects are some of the most innovative and what one has come to expect from a creative such as Sir Ridley. One of his earlier science fiction film, “Blade Runner,” is still one of my favorite films of all time. Cast to perfection with Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace (of the original “Girl with the Dragon Tatoo” fame), Guy Pearce and Idris Elba, this is one thrill ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat and deep (and dark) in thought once you leave it.
More About our Fabulous Panel
Kavie Barnes is a native of Chicago, Illinois. She moved to New York City in 2006 to pursue a Master’s degree in Visual Arts Administration. She is currently involved in philanthropy and art development fields.
Melissa Scott is an award-winning classically trained investigative journalist in the tradition of Edward R. Murrow. Her work at 60 Minutes, Dateline, 20/20 and Nightline reflects her efforts to elevate and preserve constitutional rights. Arianna Huffington credited Scott’s story in Tulia, Texas as the reason for the creation of the Huffington Post. Scott’s undercover story in Cuba was the first to reveal the truth about the Cuban health care system.
Her policy and civic work in the area of communications support the hightest ethical standards and best practices to foster the professional development and empowerment of Fifth Estate. Her fellowship programs include the Poynter Instituet, the National Association of Television Programming Executives. Scott recently received her Master of Science in Strategic Communications from Columbia University, New York.
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