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

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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 unsupecting. 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 all in all, Buddington served us urban drama, raw and true.  Buddington has a solid handle on the art of storytelling.  Check out his website at   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!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Evolution of Eyes Entertainment: Screening of Artful Dodger at SRATL

Artful Dodger Cast/Crew 

It seems so long ago when we filmed Artful Dodger. I might not remember everything about that weekend, but I do remember it was one of the most mentally/emotionally challenging times of my life. I treated it as a gauge. If I made it to the end loving the process, then I would continue pursuing a career in writing. There were times when I wasn't sure if this was what I was supposed to be doing. When you ask God, he will reveal all.
It was not an easy task by any stretch of the imagination. We had so many obstacles. This was my teams' first time participating, but even with all its challenges, it was not our last.

Fast forward two years to the present and two 48-hour-films later, Eyes Entertainment sits down with Screening Room ATL to discuss their first film.

Screening Room ATL's Khalimahg Gaston
w/Lena Brown
Writer at Eyes Entertainment

This has been a personal journey for me as much as it has been rewarding. Finally, a screening and sit down, but a year ago, I would have run from the thought of public speaking.  I have to thank that person who helped me get there. She knows who she is.

Thank you Screening Room ATL for supporting Atlanta indie filmmakers! Thank you, Fourth Quarter Media Group for having my back and making this experience that much more worthwhile. Your support means everything. Okay, I know no one is going to read this, so just click the videos!

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Saturday, October 7, 2017


If you love to watch short films and interested in the local film talent in Atlanta, check out the Screening Room ATL at Negril Village, a chill, laid back space, that Atlanta folk come to talk film.

The film I co-wrote, will be showing, Wednesday, October 11, 2017!!  I am beyond stoked.  This is the first film I had the chance to write with some other talented writers.

It was a film for the 48-hour-film project produced and shot by  Eyes Entertainment, director, Hakim Robinson and actress, ReGina Nicole. It was film boot camp if you will, and when it was all over, you knew whether film was your chosen path.

Despite the challenges we encountered, we produced a great entertaining short! If you didn't get the chance to see it on the big screen, come see it at the Screening Room ATL where you can network, eat and drink.  Come out and support the arts!