Gravity ushers in a new frontier for women in science fiction films.
Today’s host, Sha Hayes connects with our panelist, Safiya Songhai in Clinton HIll, Brooklyn, New York at the literary bar, The Emerson, to discuss and review the science fiction adventure, Gravity, written by Alfonso Cuaron and Jonas Cuaron, directed by Alfonso Cuaron.
Is Gravity a science fiction or an adventure film? What it is for sure is a non-stop roller coaster ride charged with incredible special effects on a level rarely seen. Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, it is triumphant in every way imaginable and beyond. In this episode’s video review, today’s host, Sha Hayes and panelist, Safiya Songhai, discuss these issues and so much more about this film which sets a new standard for women in science fiction films.
To understand how any society functions you must understand the relationship between the men and the women. -Angela Davis
Today’s host, Sha Hayes, meets up with our panelists, Lauren Hard and Theresa Anderson, at the British fish and chips hotspot, Atlantic Chipshop in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, NY, to review the mesmerizing documentary, Free Angela Davis and all Political Prisoners.
Imagine being an outspoken and prolific young black female in America at a time when Ronald Reagan is Governor of the State of California, Richard Nixon is President of the United States and Herbert Hoover reigns over the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This triad set the tone for one of the most sinister periods in the history of this country. During this time, a series of events took place where the social activist and educator Angela Davis, ultimately found herself on the “FBI Top Ten Most Wanted” list in America.
That story is the basis for this documentary which offers a well executed historical verite of these events through the eyes, words and voice of Angela Davis herself. Expect to also hear from her then legal counsel, journalists, family members and even retired governmental officials who had a stake in the outcome of this historic trial. This monumental legal case managed to grab the attention of the whole world; something that was unprecedented at that time.
Shola Lynch, the film’s writer and director, does an impressive job with the stock and archival footage she utilizes throughout the documentary which offers validity and authenticity to this re-telling. Don’t be surprised to find yourself sitting on the edge of your seat about events of which the outcome has long been determined and you have long known the verdict. Executive produced by Jay-Z, Jada and Will Smith, Free Angela Davis and all Political Prisoners is a documentary that needs to be seen, heard and passed on and on and on.
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Our host, Stefanie Alleyne, chats it up with today’s panelists, Joanna Rudolph and Sha Hayes in the East Village in Manhattan at the gourmet burger restaurant favorite, Stand 4 as they discuss and review New Year’s Eve and what it takes to make this holiday memorable.
Pegged as a romantic comedy, New Year’s Eve is director Gary Marshall’s follow up to his film, “Valentine’s Day.” With an all-star ensemble cast and endless cameos, it intertwines numerous storylines about singles and couples as they prepare for New Year’s Eve in New York City. Heavies in the cast include Oscar winners Robert De Niro, Hillary Swank and Halle Berry. You can also expect to see Zac Efron, Sarah Jessica Parker and many, many, many (…yes, that really was three) more.
More About our Fabulous Panel
A graduate of Union College (Schenectady, NY) and member of New York Women in Film and Television, Joanna Rudolph has completed stints at October Films, Scott Rudin Productions, Bigel/Mailer Films, Cowboy Pictures, and USA Films (now Focus Features). In 2003 she received associate producer credit on the award winning film short VERONIKA’s BIRTHDAY, which played in numerous film festivals worldwide receiving audience and critical praise, including Best Direction and Performance at the Arizona International Film Festival and Best Student Film at the New Jersey International Film Festival.
Joanna’s production company iCatcher Films was formed in 2003, and its first short film YIN/YANG (2006) had its world premiere at the Los Angeles International Shorts Film Festival. iCatcher’s most recent film SUMMER WITH MRS. VON MAUSCH has screened at the Los Angeles International Shorts Film Festival, NY Hell’s Kitchen Film Festival, and the Prescott Film Festival. She is currently developing a feature film tentatively titled BEACHWOOD and is attached to produce the feature film BLUEBERRIES FOR MAL. Her company’s website is www.icatcherfilms.com
Sha Hayes was born and raised in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. She is a graduate of Bowie State University, Maryland with a degree in Communications. She has written for Streetz Magazine where she coined the column, “Sex and the Streetz” and has had the opportunity in her career to interview such celebrities as Janet Jackson, Loretta Devine and Kerry Washington.
In 2001, Sha made her first national television appearance on TV One’s dating game show “Get the Hook UP.” She has tackled the comedic stage and performed at local comedy shows along the East Coast. Currently, she has been cast as a chef and waiter on the second season of “24 Hour Restaurant Battle” on The Food Network slated to air in Spring 2012. She was also featured in New Year’s Eve as an extra. To learn more about Sha, check out her website www.shahayes.com.
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