Published by Clay Cane on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 12:00 am.
Anyone who has trekked through Brooklyn over the past ten years might notice a distinct change — it’s not the Brooklyn you know and love. Brooklyn has birthed legends like Notorious B.I.G.,Spike Lee and Rosie Perez but some of the soul that made BK urban folklore has vanished. What’s happened to Brooklyn and, many cities across the country, is gentrification.
Filmmaker and historian, Nelson George, has a documentary, Black Boheme, on the black arts community that came from pre-gentrified BK, which includes commentary from Chris Rock, Spike Lee, Talib Kweli and many others.
Check out the trailer below — and like many independent projects, the funds need to be raised. If you can donate to the cause, click here – if not, be sure to pass this to someone who might be interested.
Published by Clay Cane on Friday, July 2, 2010 at 11:00 am.
Ever wondered what’s behind someone’s Facebook profile? While many are revelatory on social networking sites, the web series, Left Unsaid, is exploring what’s beyond a profile, proving Facebook should not be our only identity.
The 19-episode series is written and directed by Nelson George (Good Hair, Life Support) and debuted at the American Black Film Festival. The series takes place on a Sunday in Brooklyn with 15 women meeting via one woman’s Facebook account. A standout episode, Alive in Cuba stars Chyna Layne, from the Oscar-winning Precious, is a quirky take on if 2Pac is alive and well in Cuba. Left Unsaid teaches us that we are more than a profile or a status update, in this technology driven world we forget the importance of human interaction.
Published by Clay Cane on Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 12:00 am.
In a limited release, Chris Rock’s Good Hairbrought in over one million at the box office, even though it was only playing in 186 screens. The film’s producer, Nelson George, told BET.com, “We did well over $1 million in only five markets in the opening weekend with high per screen averages. We are extremely pleased with that start. Word of mouth about the film online has been amazingly positive.”
From Oprah to Wendy Williams, everyone has been talking about Good Hair. In addition, the film has received rave reviews from nearly every major outlet: The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and the legendary Roger Ebert.
George continues, “This Friday we open up in Canada and then Octobr 23rd we go wide in the States, hitting 600 theaters every place black folks rest their head. We hope to go down as one of the most important docs of 2009 and feel we are well on our way to fulfilling that goal.”
Congrats to Nelson George, Chris Rock, Nia Long and everyone else involved in Good Hair. The movie is clearly one of this year’s best.
Published by on Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 3:59 pm.
Tuesday was the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States. You don’t need me to tell you what went down in Washington, D.C. It was a moment of triumphant American history. I watched this amazing event from a bar in Park City, Utah, where I was a small part of American cinematic history. I was in Park City to screen a film I executive produced titled Good Hair at the 25th Sundance Film Festival, an annual event that is America’s leading showcase for independent filmmaking. This was my fourth time out there.