Life’s Differences And Similarities Are Front In Center In “Driving While Black”

Rating: 3/5
Review by Richard Caldwell

Life in the modern world can easily become complicated. Individuals walk amongst the planer constantly comparing their differences and similarities. This can result in a feeling of insanity being felt by many. Our differences are what make us unique, but also misunderstood by one another. “Driving While Black” attempts to explain those differences and similarities.

Dimitri is a young African American man. Since childhood, he has had his share of run-in’s with law enforcement. Those experiences have led to Dimitri not trusting many members of law enforcement. His job as a pizza delivery driver tests his trust and faith daily. As the film progresses, Dimitri attempts to better his life while avoiding the obstacles of law enforcement in his life.

Overall I enjoyed this film. I thought it told Dimitri’s story well. Dominique Purdy did a good job of bringing his vision to the film screen. I think audiences will enjoy this film. The funny moments are definitely apart of the film, but I think the meaning behind the story is what is truly important. Hopefully audiences will feel the same way after watching this polarizing tale.

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Horror Film “Isolation” In The Works For Blumhouse-Inspired Continuance Pictures

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Continuance Pictures have announced production on upcoming horror film ISOLATION, which Tristan Barr attached to write and direct.

The film tells of a seemingly lone survivor of a plane crash that meets a wild woman in the Australian wilderness when he is thrust against a familiar demonic bearing that haunts his refuge.

Barr will produce with Continuance Pictures’ partner David Gim.

ISOLATION will be a Korean-Australian co-production.

Meanwhile, Continuance has also announced a new filmmaking initiative inspired by the horror maestro himself, Jason Blum.

Continuance’s Tristan Barr and David Gim were speaking to Blum (“Halloween”, “The Purge”) at the recent Busan Film Market where he inspired the prolific producing unit to get a film fund going.

“Jason gave us incredible advice on shooting with low budgets and testing contents with short films”, says Barr, co-founder of the company.

The chat led to a new film ‘Continue’ initiative, in which budding filmmakers will have the chance to produce their own short with feature film or TV series potential.

Through their new initiative, Continuance Pictures will foster the untapped creativity of new writers, directors and producers by assisting them in the development and production of a film through a short film initiative.

Continuance Pictures are looking to offer qualified, high-concept proposals up to $10,000 to spend on the production’s budget. Writers, directors and producers who have bold and innovative ideas are invited to submit their scripts to the Continue Short Film Initiative via the Continuance Pictures website before 5 pm AEDT on the 1st of February 2019.

HEAD TO https://www.continuancepictures.com/short-film-submission/ TO SUBMIT.

Paul Sapiano’s Acclaimed Dark Rooted Comedy “Driving While Black” Premieres On Demand And Digital HD This February

Coinciding with Black History Month, Paul Sapiano’s acclaimed dark rooted comedy Driving While Black premieres on Demand and Digital HD this February from Artist Rights Distribution, Inc.

Based on the real-life experiences of writer and lead actor Dominique Purdy, Driving While Black is an arresting film that explores Purdy’s real life experiences growing up as a person of color in LA and his run ins with police.

With February Black History Month, honoring the triumphs and struggles of African Americans throughout U.S. history, Driving While Black will be available digitally from February 1st.

Dmitri is a pizza guy who would rather smoke weed and suffer for his art, but his mom and his girl won’t stop nagging him to get a real job. When he’s offered a gig mouthing off to tourists behind the wheel of a Hollywood “star tour” bus, it looks like everyone might get what they want. Trouble is, our man can’t seem to step out the door to get to the interview without endless complications: busted radiators, simple weed scores gone sideways and LAPD cruisers seemingly everywhere. Dmitri’s skill at going unnoticed by cops is honed by painful experiences growing up Black in L.A., but even his keen survival instincts won’t save him from the week from hell.

With a jovial swagger to its walking pace, Driving While Black is half comedy of errors and half hard-bitten realism, tucked into a sly treatise on 21st-century over-policing.

The ALIENS Return This February! “FIGHTING THE SKY” Invades North America This February

Conrad Faraj’s otherworldly sci-fi horror film Fighting The Sky, an alien invasion film starring Angela Cole (White Boy Rick) and Roger Conners (The Curse of Lilith Ratchet), is set to invade North America this February from High Octane Pictures.

Strange other-worldly sounds are echoing around the world. A group of researchers, led by expert ufologist Lorraine Gardner, begin an expedition to track down the point of origin from which the sounds emerge. Yet as their journey deepens, they begin to discover more than they bargained for.

Featuring high end visual effects from Corey McCauley (Kevin Smith’s Tusk, Mike Mendez’s Don’t Kill It), and co-starring Matthew Ward, Nicole Ann Hicks, Alison Headrick, Jinette Faraj, Judith Faraj, Brianna Burke, Bailey Weaver, Logan Roberts, Ed Conrad, and Larry Cahill, Fighting the Sky invades digital and DVD February 5.

“The 6th Friend,” From Star, Producer And Writer Jamie Bernadette, Opens Theatrically January 11, 2019

The highly-anticipated horror film The 6th Friend, from star, producer and writer Jamie Bernadette, will open theatrically January 11, 2019 via The Asylum, it was announced today.

For Bernadette (I Spit on Your Grave: Déjà vu, “Midnight, Texas”), news of a theatrical for the film is the best Christmas present she could’ve asked for. “Having co-written the screenplay, I’ve lived with the 6th Friend – figuratively speaking – for a long time. I guess you’d say it’s my wonderfully wicked horror baby – I’m so darn proud of it. Hearing news of a theatrical from our distributor, The Asylum, is music to my ears and I just know audiences are going to love seeing the six of us try and evade the uninvited guest of the movie together in a theater! Here’s to offering horror fans their first bigscreen scream of the new year!”.

To celebrate the theatrical, a new poster has been released.

“The poster tips audiences off to what they can expect – – a fun, frightening mix of everything from Wes Craven’s Scream to the Halloween films embossed in a nice coat of girl power! “, says Bernadette, “The Asylum have nailed it!”.

Directed by and co-written by Letia Clouston, and starring Bernadette, Chantelle Albers, Dominique Swain, Jessica Morris, Tania Nolan and Monique Rosario, the slasher film with a supernatural twist tells of six college best friends that throw their own private graduation only to see it go terribly wrong when an uninvited guest arrives. Five years later, the girls gather once again and endure a night of far more horror and bloodshed.

Producers are Jamie Bernadette and Chantelle Albers, with Lyle Albers executive producing, Richard D.Erlich and Marlene Hagerott as associate producers, Dawn Manning as line producer, and Jim Towns as co-producer.

Vivica A. Fox Stars In New Science Fiction Thriller “Crossbreed”

Screen superstar Vivica A.Fox (Independence Day, Kill Bill) stars in the sci-fi thriller Crossbreed, invading VOD this February Uncork’d Entertainment.
Marine takes on monster in an action-packed throwback in the tradition of Aliens and Escape from New York.
In the near future, the President of the United States of America hires a team of military veterans to retrieve an alien bio-weapon from a top-secret research facility orbiting the Earth. These highly trained mercenaries must infiltrate the space station and recover the deadly experimental alien cargo located onboard. All is going according to the plan until the cargo escapes.
Daniel Baldwin (John Carpenter’s Vampires), Stink Fisher (“Gotham”), Devanny Pinn (Party Bus to Hell), and Vernon Wells (Commando) star in a Brandon Slagle film, Crossbreed premiering February 5, 2019 on VOD from Uncork’d Entertainment.

A Who’s Who Of Horror And Sci-fi Team For A Brand-New Creepshow, “TERROR TALES!”

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A who’s who of horror and sci-fi team for a brand-new Creepshow, TERROR TALES!

From writer-director Jimmy Lee Combs, a film that brings together cast from Friday the 13th, Maniac Cop 1 & 2, George Romero’s The Crazies, Wes Craven’s The People Under the Stairs, Sleepaway Camp, Critters 2 and more, on VOD January 8 from High Octane Pictures!

When Michael wakes up he is horrified to find that he is riding shotgun with a psychopath (Christopher Showerman, “Supergirl”) who reveals to him that his wife and daughter are held captive in the attached cargo trailer. The trailer is rigged to release a deadly toxin when triggered by a switch in the car. Thinking of his family’s safety, he cooperates with everything the psychotic driver asks him to do even if it means breaking the law.

During this bizarre ride, the driver subjects Michael to three horrific tales of the macabre including a demon that takes a mother (Lynn Lowry, “Shivers”) on a journey of self-discovery and reveals to her the horrifying truth behind her son’s suicide. The next tale transpires in the ’80s where a Detective is hot on the trail of a serial killer known as The Sledgehammer (Jonathan Tiersten, “Sleepaway Camp”) who is terrorizing a video store owner and his wife. In the final tale, an evil deity (Yan Birch, “Wes Craven’s The People Under the Stairs”) is using the human body as a host to possess its victims. When the deity destroys one victim it jumps to another causing an epidemic of possessions being reported.

With a burning desire for the truth behind his abduction and the safety of his family, will Michael have the will to survive the madness? Your sanity will be tried and tested in Terror Tales.