Judas and the Black Messiah received five Academy Award nominations. Photo: Glen Wilson
SOURCE: Architectural Digest | Mekita Rivas
March 18, 2021
When production designer Sam Lisenco found out that Judas and the Black Messiah had been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, he happened to be on the phone with director Shaka King.
“The two of us just started screaming,” Lisenco tells AD. “And I was like, ‘All right, you have phone calls to make,’ and hung up on him. Crazy morning. I’m really happy—it’s a story that needed to be told.”
SOURCE: WKYC Channel 3 | Stephanie Haney
February 23, 2021
CLEVELAND — When Cleveland native Danny Kravitz set out to write ‘The Marksman,’ he never dreamt his first major motion picture would star Liam Neeson, and that it would top the box office for its first two weeks in theaters.
In a wide-ranging interview, Kravitz gets candid about what it was like to see his dream become a reality near his hometown of Pepper Pike, Ohio, and the nuances of the message behind what could be easily dismissed by the naked eye as “just another action film.”
SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly | Clarissa Cruz
February 22, 2021
As a drug-addicted war veteran struggling with PTSD in the new movie Cherry, Tom Holland’s searing portrayal is worlds away from Peter Parker. But the common thread between the two performances is Anthony and Joe Russo, who directed the star in both the Apple+ drama and The Avengers films. “Making a $500 million box office movie and making a small independent movie is so different, but the way they approach making them is exactly the same,” says Holland, 24, who joined EW’s The Awardist to discuss his dark new project. “The respect they had and the way they were able to galvanize everyone and have a really fun and positive experience while the subject matter was so dark and difficult to swallow was amazing.”
SOURCE: WKYC Channel 3 | Hope Sloop
February 21, 2021
Once a Clevelander, always a Clevelander.
Ahead of the premiere for their latest movie, Cherry- which was filmed in Cleveland- Joe and Anthony Russo decided to take a walk down memory lane on Instagram this week, sharing behind-the-scenes content from the projects that they have been able to work on in Northeast Ohio.
“From our first film to our latest film, we have had the pleasure of shooting some of our projects in our hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. The city and it’s people mean so much to us and our career,” the directors wrote on Instagram. “This week we’re going to go on a little journey of the films we were able to bring back home. In the meantime, enjoy this photoshoot of us as young and hungry Ohio directors in the neighborhood of Little Italy, Cleveland.”
Tom Holland in “Cherry,” premiering globally March 12, 2021 on Apple TV+.
SOURCE: Cleveland.com | Joey Morona
February 21, 2021
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland-born directors Anthony and Joe Russo could’ve done anything they wanted after their last film, “Avengers: Endgame,” wound up becoming the highest-grossing movie of all time.
They chose to come home.
The brothers spent several months in late 2019 shooting “Cherry” in Cleveland. The movie, starring Tom Holland (”Spider-Man: Far From Home”) and in theaters on February 26 and on Apple TV+ on March 12, is set in their hometown and based on a book by a fellow Clevelander, Nico Walker. The directing duo’s younger sister, Angela Russo-Otstot, co-wrote the screenplay.
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.
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.
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.
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.