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Film Review: BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD is a bayou jewel



Our host, Stefanie Alleyne, comes together with today’s panelists, Kyla Upshaw, a musician and fitness trainer; and Micheline Hess, an illustrator and graphic designer; to discuss the award winning independent film, “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” at the ambrosial Brazilian bakery and restaurant, “Bee’s Desserts,” located in Greenwich Village in New York City.

A winner this year at both Sundance Film Festival (Grand Jury Prize and Cinematography Award) and Cannes Film Festival (Best First Feature), “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” is melting hearts and receiving critical praise from around the globe. Co-written by Lucy Alibar, utilizing elements from her play, “Juicy and Delicious” and storyline ideas from Benh Zeitlin, who is also the film’s director, “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” Continue reading

Film Review: PROMETHEUS questions our evolution, existence & purpose



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 Continue reading

Film Review: INTOUCHABLES transcends lives and life





Our host, Stefanie Alleyne meets up with today’s panelists: filmmaker and web content creator, Olu Gittens; editor and author, Valerie Petersen; and on-air personality and host, Yael Read; to discuss the very funny and sincere French film, “Intouchables,” at the cool downtown-vibed Tribeca cafe, Love Peace.

Based on a true story, the film, “Intouchables,” is written and directed by the super, successful French cinematic duo, Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano. The story follows an affluent Parisian quadriplegic,¬†played by Francois Cluzet as Phillippe, who after becoming paralyzed during a hang gliding accident, is in need of replacing his 24 hour live-in caretaker. Much to the dismay of friends, family, and associates, Continue reading