Local residents, OSR play key roles in new ‘Judas and The Black Messiah’ movie

Mansfield resident Damien Beauford (third from right) eats next to star Daniel Kaluuya during the filming from a scene of “Judas and The Black Messiah” at the Ohio State Reformatory in 2019. The film, which earned Kaluuya a Golden Globe nomination earlier this month, opened nationwide Feb. 12. (Photo courtesy of Damien Beauford)










SOURCE: Richland Source | Carl Hunnell
February 19, 2021

MANSFIELD — Damien Beauford sat next to him and shared a prison meal. Chris Hahn beat him with a baton outside a cell.

Both Mansfield actors shared scenes with star Daniel Kaluuya in the recently released Warner Brothers film “Judas and The Black Messiah,” a major motion picture that opened nationwide on Feb. 12.

The film, nominated for two Golden Globes by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, includes scenes shot during three days at the former Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield.



Ava DuVernay On Thursday’s Launch Of Array Crew: On-Set Inclusion, Getting Studios & Streamers Onboard & How “This Isn’t The Yelp Of Job Searches”








SOURCE: Deadline.com | Dominic Patten
February 18, 2021

DEADLINE EXCLUSIVE: “I have to create and be a part of the change that I want to see, and so, after I go through the period of being on every panel and being in every article about diversity, I stopped doing that a couple years ago, and I said, no more panels,” Ava DuVernay says of the impetus to create Array Crew, which launches online Thursday. “We’re going to just build something that people can no longer say I don’t know how,” the When They See Us creator adds.

“This is how. Now will you do it? And that’s the question.”

Evolving over the past two years out of the Oscar nominee’s decade-old film collective and backed early on by Warner Bros TV’s Peter Roth, Array Crew offers productions access to qualified but underrepresented below-the-line crew members for hiring searches.



‘One Night in Miami’, ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ Lead Nominations For 21st Annual Black Reel Awards

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SOURCE: Deadline.com | Amanda N’Duka
February 18, 2021

EXCLUSIVE: The Black Reel Awards (BRAs), an annual event that recognizes the excellence of African-Americans, as well as the cinematic achievements of the African diaspora in the global film industry, has unveiled the nominees for its 21st annual awards ceremony. The event, hosted by the Foundation for the Augmentation of African-Americans in Film (FAAAF), will take place on April 11 virtually across several media platforms.



97-year-old found film ‘The Heart of Cleveland’ now available for all to watch

SOURCE: FOX 8 Cleveland | Roosevelt Leftwich
February 17, 2021

CLEVELAND (WJW) — It is actually a 29-minute commercial of sorts.

The Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company was touting the magic and industry of electric power. And that power was generated at the time at its new, massive lakeshore coal fired plant, which then was the largest in the world … or, as the title suggests, was “The Heart of Cleveland.”

The 1924 silent film is a rare look at the city before Terminal Tower, before Interstate 90 and before movies even talked.



Screenwriter Danny Kravitz talks about his rise from Cleveland to Hollywood screenwriter with the release of “The Marksman”





SOURCE: 92.3 The Fan | Baskin & Phelps
February 17, 2021

Screenwriter and Northeast Ohio native Danny Kravitz joined Baskin and Phelps to talk about how his film “The Marksman” was sold and made. He talked about being able to shoot the film in his hometown of Pepper Pike and how exciting it is to have so many Cleveland natives in the film industry.

How the cast of ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ gave back to Cleveland

SOURCE: WKYC 3 Studios | Megan Gallagher
February 12, 2021

CLEVELAND — “Judas and the Black Messiah,” a movie adapted from a screenplay written by King and Will Berson and based on the story of the betrayal of Chicago Black Panther Fred Hampton in the late 1960s, is now out in theaters and streaming on HBO Max.

A majority of the film was shot in Cleveland in 2019, and stars actors like Lakeith Stanfield of FX’s “Atlanta,” Daniel Kaluuya from “Get Out” and Black Panther,” and Jesse Plemons of “Breaking Bad.” It also gave so many budding Cleveland actors a chance to stay in such a large film.

The cast and crew took in the city as they filmed, so much so that they also took time to give back. A majority of them stopped by the Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Ohio.




Cleveland International Film Festival unveils theme for 2021 virtual edition: ‘Bring Film Home’

The campaign “celebrates the connections we will form – even while we remain physically apart – when viewing the extraordinary on-screen stories created by our CIFF45 Streams filmmakers,” the Cleveland International Film Festival said in a press release.











SOURCE: Cleveland.com | Joey Morona
February 12, 2021

CLEVELAND, Ohio — “Bring Film Home.” That is the theme for the 45th annual Cleveland International Film Festival, which is being held virtually for the second straight year.

The logo for the festival, known as CIFF45 Streams, was unveiled Friday. Created by the graphic design team at Type Twenty Seven, the logo depicts movie marquees attached to people’s houses and apartment buildings.



Jessica Goldberg and Angela Russo-Otstot on co-writing the Russo Brothers’ ‘Cherry’







SOURCE: Final Draft | Vanessa King
February 10, 2021

Apple TV+’s new crime drama Cherry is a film directed by Anthony and Joe Russo (best known for their directorial work on multiple films within the Marvel universe) and from a screenplay written by Angela Russo-Otstot and Jessica Goldberg, adapted from the novel of the same name, a semi-autobiographical work by author Nico Walker. Cherry is a compelling film that stars Tom Holland as an army veteran who resorts to robbing banks to support his opioid addiction.

When the Russos acquired this project, Angela says, “We’re from Cleveland, so it’s a personal story.”



Cleveland ranks No. 14 on MovieMaker’s list of the best places for filmmakers to live and work

SOURCE: News 5 Cleveland | Kaylyn Hlavaty
January 27, 2021

CLEVELAND — Lights, camera, Cleveland.

Ranking 14th out of 25 cities, Cleveland has been named one of MovieMaker’s Best Places to live and work as a moviemaker in 2021, according to the Greater Cleveland Film Commission.

Since 2009, over 150 productions have filmed in Northeast Ohio.

While Los Angeles and New York City will always be known as notable movie cities, MovieMaker said strict lockdowns due to the coronavirus have opened up filmmakers to other cities for filming.



Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker, 2021







SOURCE: MovieMaker | January 26, 2021

This year’s list of the Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker is different than any we’ve done before, because never have so many moviemakers seriously considered changing their lives dramatically — starting with where they live.

Best Places Hall of Famers Los Angeles and New York City will always be our greatest movie cities, and the strong lockdowns they’ve instituted over the last year will make them stronger in the long run. But in the short term, they’re losing people to other great film cities, as many who have spent months inside insist on more space, lower housing costs, and more great outdoors.