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Saturday, February 16, 2019


I know, I know, it has been way too long. I'm sorry.  The universe has had me trapped in my apartment stuck to my chair and computer.  I have been creating like a maniac! I love being creative and I am learning to stay where my wheelhouse takes me.  I can't do it all even though I have tried.

My book, about the reason why copyrights are not really effective in protecting your work is coming soon. Very soon! Thank you for all the support thus far.  Also, look for my next book My Nine Eleven, my story about my experience in Manhattan when the Twin Towers fell and how it still haunts me after all these years.

Also, look for posts for the movie I script supervised called His, Hers and the Truth coming to theaters.  The cast is on a media tour and screening the film. If you live in Atlanta or surrounding areas I will post when screenings are coming.

I rocked out in 2018 and now I have time to create my own.  This year started phenomenally and it has not quit!

I appreciate all my friends and family that have supported me thus far.  I pray that I make you all proud!  Stay up and write on!!!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Life of the Independents: Screen, Screen and more Screenings

As an independent filmmaker, one of the best forms of networking is screening your projects. Screening Room ATL is always looking for the best in indie films. It is a great way to self-promote and it gets all facets of filmmaking folks in the same room to talk shop, partner up and promote each other's projects.

Yes, my cohorts at Eyes Entertainment and some of our crew screened the third film short Anacusis at SRATL. Click this video for the full interview⏩⏩⏩⏩⏩⏩
If you want to see Anacusis check it on YouTube

Do you have a film you want Filmmakers Lab to view and review? Send an email to lena.brown@filmmakerslab.com in the subject line type: Watch my Film.

Until, the next post Write On!!!

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Friday, January 12, 2018

FILMMAKERSLAB Film Review Friday: #Victoria

Screening Room ATL is one of my favorite networking events.  Every Wednesday, indie film shorts, and trailers are shown on the upper level of the posh restaurant, Negril Village, which boasts a cathedral-style building complete with an outdoor patio and metered parking lot.  The two-tiered establishment serves up affordable authentic Caribbean eats, while the best of indie film shorts play on two screens.


This week on the Filmmakers Lab roster is the action-filled drama #Victoria played by Vanessa Fant and written and directed by Mark Buddington.  This true-to-form tale tells the story of a daughter who moves from out of town, to live with her father, in a poor inner city of New York.  The story deals with Victoria's inheritance of her father's tainted legacy.  Victoria's father's shady reputation is littered with distrust, drugs and dirty money.

Fant did an awesome job of portraying a young woman, who is forced into the throws of an unfamiliar, dangerous world.  She makes you sympathize with Victoria and want her to get revenge.  Fant's performance pushes the audience to question how they would handle that kind of situation.  Fant's portrayal of Victoria was believable. We wanted her to win despite her tactics.
Click to see #Victoria trailer

Property of United Millions

Khalimah Gaston, who plays Victoria's friend, Kim, committed fully to her ride or die character.  Gaston said the hardest part was handling the gun, but without hesitation she pulls that hammer back with confidence, further showing her range.  Both Fant and Gaston's performances were spot on in their portrayal of na├»ve impressionable young women turned wanna be weight pushers.

All in all it was a solid, well-directed film.  #Victoria kept me engaged and unsuspecting. The action sequences were not overrun with beats and fluff.  I appreciate Buddington's straight-to-the-point writing style.  The subplots had loose ends, but for the most part, Buddington served us urban drama, raw and true.  Buddington has a solid handle on the art of storytelling.  Check out his website at unitedmillions.com.   Amongst Buddington's vast arsenal, I found a gem called Preto.  Look out for that review.  Check #Victoria on Amazon Movie and iTunes.

Thank you to all those that have been there to support Filmmakers Lab's quest to bring exposure to the independent artist.  Until my next post, write on!