Emerging Lens film fest starts April 18

Link to Original Article The eighth annual Emerging Lens Cultural Film Festival begins with a special National Film Day opening night at Pier 21 in Halifax on April 18 and closes with a special night of films at New Glasgow’s Ward 1 Community Centre on April 22 at 7 p.m. Each screening will be...

INDIE AFROFUTURISM ART IN “BROWN GIRL BEGINS”

Link to Original Article By: Carolyn Mauricette Starring Mouna Traoré, Nigel Shawn Williams and Shakura S’Aida Written and directed by Sharon Lewis urbansoul inc. From Blade to Black Mirror to the break out success of Black Panther and A Wrinkle In Time with a young black female lead, we’ve recently seen the progression of black protagonists on screen in parallel or near future worlds but more...

Afrofuturism, Black Resistance, and the Caribbean Dystopian Narrative in Sci-Fi Cinema: An Interview with ‘Brown Girl Begins’ Director Sharon Lewis during Black Futures Month

Read Original Article here WORDS AND INTERVIEW BY GENICE PHILLIPS In February 2015, the Movement for Black Lives, a collective of black organizations (comprised of the Black Lives Matter movement) launched Black Futures Month, a month-long observance that reimagines the black experience and perspective in new terms and new worlds. In tandem with (and not...

Brown Girl Begins is the sci-fi film Canada needs right now

Read Original Article HERE March 10, 2018 11:45 am· By Melissa Oro Photo by Prescylla Veronique. In an age where a massive box-office hit like Black Panther is celebrating black culture on the big screen, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect for Brown Girl Begins to air a special screening at the Yonge-Dundas Cineplex theatre. “Right now, people...

‘I’m the black Wonder Woman’: 2018 sees Afrofuturism go into orbit

Read Original Article here By John Bailey 9 March 2018 — 10:28am REPLAY Black Panther smashes box office, Hollywood norms Black Panther’s record-setting opening weekend is being welcomed from Hollywood to Africa’s Nollywood for its portrayal of Africans and African-Americans in the first blockbuster featuring a black superhero and an almost entirely black cast. This...

Brown Girl Begins builds its community

Read Original Article HERE Writer/director Sharon Lewis and her producing partners discuss the film’s upcoming theatrical run, Black Future Month and Black Panther. By Regan Reid February 23, 2018 It’s been a 15-year journey bringing Sharon Lewis’ debut feature Brown Girl Begins to screens. But its creators believe the upcoming theatrical run couldn’t have come at a better...

Brown Girl Begins — Telling Stories of Colour Sans Stereotypes

Read Original Article Here POSTED ON MARCH 6, 2018 BY CASEY E. PALMER This is more than just a movie review. CaribbeanTales couldn’t have known I was in the middle of deeply searching for a great connection to my roots when they reached out to collaborate. It’s a dope time for content creators who look like us with Jordan...

How Sharon Lewis adapted Nalo Hopkinson’s Brown Girl in the Ring to film

Ryan B. Patrick · February 22 Read Original Article HERE The Sharon Lewis film, Brown Girl Begins, adapts the Nalo Hopkinson novel for the screen. (Courtesy of Brown Girl Begins/Grand Central Publishing) 0 comments Sharon Lewis is a Canadian writer, director and former CBC host. Her debut feature film, Brown Girl Begins is an adaptation-cum-prequel of the 1998 Canadian sci-fi novel Brown Girl...

She’s the Black Female Superhero You’ve Been Waiting For

Watch Video here She’s the Black Female Superhero You’ve Been Waiting For We talk with director Sharon Lewis about her film Brown Girl Begins, an Afrofuturist story about a black female superhero living in a dystopic Toronto. She and costume designer Shannon Pomakov tell us about the film’s unique aesthetic, and why it needed...

What The Heck Is Afrofuturism?

Link to Original Article Jamie Broadnax Guest Writer ILLUSTRATION: GABRIELA LANDAZURI/ HUFFPOST IMAGES: GETTY IMAGES WALT DISNEY PICTURES 2.7k Many of us blerds (black nerds, to you) who have read the Black Panther comics never thought the day would come when we would finally see this story adapted for the big screen. With the...

BROWN GIRL BEGINS SCREENING

Link to Original Article If you visit my blog regularly you may have read about my excitement for the film Brown Girl Begins. I finally saw it on Saturday and then I had the pleasure of moderating a panel discussion after the screening! I was joined by Quentin Vercetty an award winning afrofuturistic visual griot, art educator...

Brown Girl Begins rethinks Black History

By Breanna Whipple  CALGARY – “Where my mother ends, I begin.” – Here lies a powerful message introduced at the inception of director Sharon Lewis’ debut full-length feature, Brown Girl Begins. Set in 2049, addiction has led to the segregation of the wealthy from the poor. The post-apocalyptic tale follows Ti-Jeanne, a young priestess faced...

‘Black Panther’ is not the first black superhero film

Read Original Article HERE By Sara Stewart February 2, 2018 | 4:48pm As the world gears up for “Black Panther,” Brooklyn Academy of Music takes a look at the movie’s forebears with “Fight the Power: Black Superheroes on Film.” “This is a story about what led up to ‘Black Panther,” says Ashley Clark, the BAMcinématek senior programmer...

Intro for February 6, 2018

Read Original Article Here Posted by Lainey8:55 AMFebruary 6, 2018 Dear Gossips, Sharon Lewis is the first woman of colour to host two national live TV programs in Canada. She’s a broadcaster, an author, a playwright, an actor, and a director. Her new film, Brown Girl Begins is screening this month and next across Canada to celebrate...

‘Black Panther,’ Caribbean ‘Brown Girl Begins’ at BAM

Read Original Article HERE BY VINETTE K. PRYCE Marvel Comics “B;ack Panther” a superhero adventure set on the continent of Africa. Black History Month arrived with a calendar laden with a plethora of films aimed at empowering a race and gender-conscious audience long awaiting the New Year and particularly the 28 days devoted to...

In dystopian science fiction, one thing is clear: it doesn’t end well for women or people of colour

Read Original Article HERE But in world of Brown Girl Begins, actor and filmmaker Sharon Lewis is showing a possibility beyond that Lucius Dechausay · CBC Arts · An hour ago Brown Girl Begins. (CBC Arts) made by Canadian filmmakers, Blade Runner 2049 from Denis Villeneuve and Brown Girl Begins by Sharon Lewis, both presented their vision for what 2049 would look like...

Marketing a Low-Budget Indie Black Sci Fi Film

January 31, 2018 | By Sharon Lewis Sharon Lewis Discusses Marketing and Distribution Strategies for Brown Girl Begins The lack of distribution opportunities for black female filmmakers can feel daunting. The challenges translate to the subject of my recent feature film, Brown Girl Begins. The movie focuses on the coming of age of a black teenage girl living...

CBC ARTS: EXHIBITIONISTS

Click here to see original post Black History + Future DESCRIPTION Explore the future with sci-fi legend Nalo Hopkinson and filmmaker Sharon Lewis. Amanda interviews Lena Waithe. CAST Nalo Hopkinson Sharon Lewis Lena Waithe

Brown Girl Begins

Link to Original Article Story by Claire  Miglionico It’s 2049 and we’re in post-apocalyptic Toronto. A wall has been built around the city. The wealthy have taken over. The poor have been expelled to the Burn – an island where its secluded dwellers are forced to live off bartering, recycling and farming. Ti-Jeanne, a...

Brown Girl Begins: Screening and Reception

Read Original Post HERE Join us for the gala premiere of Brown Girl Begins, director Sharon Lewis’ Afrofuturist feature debut, and a prequel to Nalo Hopkinson’s award-winning novel Brown Girl in the Ring. Celebrate Black Future Month with director, Sharon Lewis, author Nalo Hopkinson and stars of the film, Brown Girl Begins. Join them...

Foxy Faves of 2017: “Brown Girl Begins”

Read Original Post here FoxyJB Late September 2017, I was lucky enough to score a free ticket for the premiere of “Brown Girl Begins” at the UrbanWorld Film Festival. I looked forward to exposing myself to more contemporary Afrofuturist stories with Black girls and women in the lead, and with this film, that’s exactly...

Meet the director behind the Afrofuturistic film “Brown Girl Begins”

Read Original Article Here As I wrote earlier, Brown Girl Begins, inspired by the book Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson, will make its world premiere at the UrbanWorld Film Festival in New York Friday. For fans of the afrofuturist movement, this is the kind of film that’s been sorely needed; it combines classic fantasy and post-apocalyptic elements, as...

Urbanworld 2017 Preview: Brown Girl Begins

Read Original Article Here Posted by Wilson Morales Playing at the 2017 Urbanworld Film Festival is the sci-fi, fantasy film Brown Girl Begins, the afrofuturist feature film inspired by Nalo Hopkinson’s novel Brown Girl in the Ring. The film was written and directed by Sharon Lewis and stars Mouna Traoré, Emmanuel Kabongo, Shakura S’Aida, Nigel Shawn Williams, Rachel Crawford, opera...

Caribbean female superhero saves her community

Read Link to Original Article Here Brendan Adam-Zwelling Caribbean superhero Ti-Jeanne wears her power controlling vest in the film “Brown Girl Begins,” a film inspired by the book “Brown Girl in the Ring” by Jamaican-Canadian author Nalo Hopkinson. The film will debut at AMC Empire Theatre in Times Square on Sept. 23.   A...

THE SHARON LEWIS

Click here to listen podcast Written by: Petula Neale I take a break at the 15 movie mark to talk to Sharon Lewis, director of the upcoming Brown Girl Begins, based on the novel Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson. We have a great talk about representation, the genius of Bradford Young...

Watch The Trailer For @BrownGirlBegins #BlackGirlMagic

Read Original Article Here  Back in 2015, writer/director Sharon Lewis launched a campaign on crowdfunding site IndieGoGo, to raise funds to create film, Brown Girl Begins. The campaign proved to be successful, and the film is just weeks away from making its debut.Brown Girl Begins is an afro-futurist feature film about a young black woman who is trapped in...

“Brown Girl Begins” Has Real Black Girl Magic

Read Original Article Here Written by: Naomi Kinsey More than a decade before #blackgirlmagic became a movement, a young black heroine was commanding the magic of her ancestors in the award winning novel “Brown Girl in the Ring” by Nola Hopkinson. This year at the Urbanworld Film Festival in NY, a feature film inspired...

Movie Trailer: ‘Brown Girl Begins’

Read Original Article Here Written by: David Epic movie alert! Heading to theatres soon is ‘Brown Girl Begins’ inspired by Nalo Hopkinson’s ‘Brown Girl in the Ring’ penned in 1998. Built on the back of crowdfunding the movie tells the following tale.. In 2049 the poor are confined to an island off the mainland of Toronto renamed The Burn....

Sharon Lewis’s film Brown Girl Begins: here’s how this works

Read Original Article Here Written by: Nalo Hopkinson The quick and dirty version: My first novel was titled Brown Girl in the Ring. It was published in 1998. A few years ago, Caribbean-Canadian actor/director Sharon Lewis asked my permission to make a film inspired by that novel. I replied, as one does, “Talk to my agent.”...

“Brown Girl Begins” Based on Afro-Futuristic Novel

Read Original Article here Brown Girl Begins, a feature film directed by Sharon Lewis will have its world premiere at the 21st annual Urban World Film Festival in New York City, a five day festival event sponsored by founding partner, HBO and featuring an array of powerhouses such as Ava DuVernay and Chadwick Boseman....

Brueggergosman stars in Brown Girl prequel

Brueggergosman stars in Brown Girl prequel THE CHRONICLE HERALD Published November 18, 2015 – 6:36pm Measha Brueggergosman, shown in March 2013, will star in a film co-produced by Floyd Kane. Singer Measha Brueggergosman stars in writer-director Sharon Lewis’s debut feature film, Brown Girl in the Ring: The Prequel, inspired by the novel by Nalo...

Production wraps on Brown Girl in the Ring

Read the original article here The debut feature from writer/director Sharon Lewis was shot in Toronto. By Jordan Pinto November 16, 2015 Production has wrapped in Toronto on writer/director Sharon Lewis’ feature film debut Brown Girl in the Ring: The Prequel. The feature, based on a Nalo Hopkinson’s novel Brown Girl in the Ring, is produced...

TIFF Pitch This!

Brown Girl Begins wins Honorable Mention at Telefilm Canada PITCH THIS! Presented by TIFF Industry, Telefilm Canada PITCH THIS! returns for its 16th year and takes place during the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.  Six teams had six minutes to pitch their feature film idea to a live audience of industry delegates and a jury...

SHARON LEWIS + BROWN GIRL IN THE RING, THE PREQUEL

Read the original article and listen to the podcast here SHARON LEWIS + BROWN GIRL IN THE RING, THE PREQUEL (MF GALAXY 035) Maverick writer-director making indie film predecessor to Nalo Hopkinson’s groundbreaking Africentric SFF novel Brown Girl in the Ring is Nalo Hopkinson’s 1998 breakthrough novel that revitalised Africentric science fiction and fantasy....

TO THE BIG SCREEN: BROWN GIRL IN THE RING-THE PREQUEL

Read the original article here TO THE BIG SCREEN: BROWN GIRL IN THE RING-THE PREQUEL WORDS BY NNEKA SAMUEL “It was like nectar after being starved for so long,” says writer/director Sharon Lewis about discovering Jamaican-born writer Nalo Hopkinson’s sci-fi novel Brown Girl In The Ring. The Toronto, Canada native was living in Los...

CFC lends support to Sharon Lewis’ ‘Brown Girl’

Read the original article here CFC alumnus Sharon Lewis on the centre’s role in developing and raising funds for her long-gestating feature, Brown Girl in the Ring. By Jordan Pinto July 13, 2015 Brown Girl in the Ring, a novel by Nalo Hopkinson, has been an ongoing preoccupation of Sharon Lewis’ for the past decade...

Filmmaker seeks to create first Caribbean-Canadian sci-fi movie

Read the original article here By Admin Wednesday July 01 2015 in News With crowdfunding standard for independent film projects, filmmaker Sharon Lewis has turned to Indiegogo to raise financial resources to create the first Caribbean-Canadian sci-fi feature film. The federal, provincial and municipal arts councils have committed $105,000 to the project with the...

Award-winning Writer And Director, Sharon Lewis, Launches Funding Campaign For “Brown Girl In The Ring: The Prequel”

Read the original article here Award-winning Writer And Director, Sharon Lewis, Launches Funding Campaign For “Brown Girl In The Ring: The Prequel” in Arts & Entertainment June 25, 2015 0 1582 Views FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedInPinterestEmailShare240 TORONTO, Ontario — Director Sharon Lewis has launched a crowd-funding campaign to create the first Caribbean-Canadian sci-fi feature film, Brown Girl...

#CrowdFundThis: Brown Girl in the Ring by Sharon Lewis

Read the original article here POSTED ON JUNE 21, 2015BY ROMOLA LUCASIN BLOG, CAFA NEWS, CARIBBEAN, CARIBBEAN FILM, CROWDFUNDING, FILMMAKER RESOURCESAND 1738 VIEWS #CrowdFundThis: Brown Girl in the Ring by Sharon Lewis Caribbean-Canadian filmmaker, Sharon Lewis, has launched an IndieGoGo campaign to raise funds for her latest project, Brown Girl in the Ring –...