From Urban Media Makers

Industry News 
The independent film “Preacher’s Kid” starring LeToya Lukett, Kiki Sheard, Durrell Babbs, Clifton Powell, Gregalan Williams and Sharif Atkins will get a theatrical release in October 2009. … Screen Daily reports that Alcon Entertainment, based at Warner Brothers, has acquired Abdul Williams’ script “Lottery Ticket,” in turnaround from Rogue Pictures. Alcon will finance and produce the urban comedy as a starring vehicle for Bow Wow (Shad Moss) and Ice Cube. Music video veteran Erk White, who has worked with Chris Brown, OutKast and P. Diddy, will make his feature directorial debut with the project, set to shoot starting in October in Atlanta. … BV Newswire is reporting that filmmaker Will Packer (Stomp The Yard, Obsessed) wants to adapt Steve Harvey’s best-selling book “Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man” for the big screen. An official announcement hasn’t been made yet, however, BV says that Packer and Screen Gems have already acquired the film rights to the book, which has been atop the New York Times Best Sellers List for the past six months. … Bootleg DVDs … Now picture this. I went to a supposedly “nice” art gallery last week in Atlanta, and it blew me away that there was a vendor there selling bootleg movies with a photo album used as the catalog of select films for purchase. A known Atlanta actor was looking through the make-shift catalog. Go figure!

Casting Calls, Events,  Grants, Jobs, Submissions
Cast and Crew Call
Cast and crew needed for Outbound, the upcoming independent feature film. This is a low budget film. Production begins late October 2009 in Norcross, Georgia. Actors of all nationalities needed (English and Spanish speaking; union and non-union). Most roles have dialogue. Previous telephone, telemarketing, and/or call center experience is going to give you an edge. Low/no pay. If you are interested in being an actor or part of the production crew/staff, please forward your headshot and/or resume or call Cheryle at 404.460.2793.   

Our friend Stephaun Pender is performing in The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon play directed by John Sennett Lee, August 7-9, 2009 at The Academy Theatre at 119 Center Street, Avondale Estates, Georgia. [more]
Maurice Sims is inviting you out to The Art of Stand Up Comedy at Taboo 2 on Thursdays in Atlanta. Come out and laugh the night away. [more]
Back Your Block Grant Program. Nike is investing up to $650,000 in community grants. Nominate, apply, and vote today for organizations using sports to change your community for a shot at winning. The Moulding Curve for Boys and Girls, Inc. is a friend of the Urban Mediamakers and needs your vote. This grant program is open to 501c3 organizations. Team up with Nike to improve your community.
Syracuse University has 10 full scholarships for African American men and women interested in studying architecture. This is a five-year professional degree. Contact Mark Robbins, Dean, School of Archiecture at 315.443.2256.
Intermediate and Advanced Level Writers Wanted for the Guy Hanks and Marvin Miller Screenwriting Program. Established by Drs. Bill and Camille Cosby in 1993 at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, the Guy Hanks and Marvin Miller Writing Program is a 15-week intensive workshop designed: (1) to assist writers in the completion of a film or television script; and (2) to deepen the participants’ appreciation for and comprehension of African American history and culture. Application accepted from July 15 to September 15, 2009. [more] 

Assistant Editor needed for Zuffa, LLC in Las Vegas. Knowledge of AVID and Final Cut. Fully paid position. Starts immediately. [more]
Cinematography Instructor wanted for Los Angeles-based film school. Fully paid. Apply to Kristen Abitabile, 100 Universal City Plaza Drive, Building 9128, Universal City, CA 91608. [more]
After Effects Artist wanted at Digital Juice, Inc. in Lake Mary, Florida. Fully Paid. Send resume and demo reel to Digital Juice, Inc., Attn: Creative US, 600 Technology Park, Suite 104, Lake Mary, FL 32746.
DP/Cameraperson wanted by Michele Grey in Atlanta, Georgia for several projects. First shoot August 12th. Fully paid. Starts immediately. [more]
All Crew needed for Mothman Production for a feature 35mm shoot in Baton Rouge/Denham Springs, LA. Fully paid. Send resume, references and samples (as needed).
Allen Films in Charlotte, NC, is looking for a Director for upcoming SAG feature film. Fully paid. Send your resume and link to reel.

The American Indian Film Institute is seeking film and video entries for the 34th American Indian Film Festival. All genres. Entry deadline is Friday, August 7, 2009. [more]
The 8th Urban Mediamakers Film Festival is seeking film, television, video, web series, as well as script submisions for competition. Over $20,000 in prizes for 12 categories. Regular deadline August 21, 2009. Late deadline September 10, 2009. Download the submission form today! 
This and That…
New York City spaces available for rehearsals, performances, auditions, classes, and events. New Midtown New York City location. Special four-hour performance block for $175. Rates start at $14 per hour. Facility also includes three small music practice rooms with pianos at $8 per hour. [more]

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Filmmakers! Cast for actors and extras for free with today. Place your free casting notice and manage your applications online. Actors of all ages, appearances, experiences and locations available now. From no/low budget to blockbuster. [more] 
Peace and blessings,