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Voodoo Macbeth

Now accepting Orders. Available for Public Performance / Exhibition Licensing on January 10, 2023.

Based on the true story of Orson Welles, Rose McClendon and their revolutionary Shakespeare production!

Produced by the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts in association with Warner Bros., this 14x Festival Winner tells the dramatic story of when, in 1936, Broadway star Rose McClendon and producer John Houseman convinced a gifted but untested 20-year-old Orson Welles to direct Shakespeare’s Macbeth with an all-Black cast in Harlem.

Set in Haiti, the production first earned the nickname “Haitian Vodou” fulfilling the element of witchcraft contained in the Shakespeare original. It later became more famously known as “Voodoo Macbeth”.

A box office sensation, the production, which toured the nation, was regarded as a landmark theatrical event for its innovative interpretation of the play, its success in promoting African-American theater, and its role in the development of Orson Welles as a new and powerful theatrical force.

It was before Citizen Kane and before War of the Worlds. It was dynamic and included Orson and Rose – who also played Lady Macbeth – clashing over everything from scene blocking to crew hires, while Houseman contended with a congressman hell-bent on shutting down what he deemed to be communist propaganda. In the end, Welles and McClendon overcame the political pressure, personal demons, and protests to realize their groundbreaking vision.

This 2021 film / 2022 theatrical release tells the story how Voodoo Macbeth was conceived and developed. Its dramatic and theatrical style is due, at least in part, to the extensive collaboration that went into the production itself. The large cast, numerous directors, multiple producers and the USC/Warner Bros. relationship results not only in incredible storytelling, but also in a new and exciting style of production itself.

The Volume of Festival Wins to Date Speak Loudly. Here are a few…

WINNER

  • Best Film – Harlem International Film Festival
  • Best Production – Harlem International Film Festival
  • Best Actress – Harlem International Film Festival
  • Best Film – Vail Film Festival
  • Best Director, Charlotte Black Film Festival
  • Best Ensemble Cast – San Diego International Film Festival
  • Director’s Choice Award / Independent Spirit Award – Sedona International Film Festival
  • Best Director – Catalina Film Festival
  • Best U.S. Feature – Catalina Film Festival
  • Best Actress – Catalina Film Festival
  • Best Actor – Catalina Film Festival

“A moving tribute to an indelible slice of history, that is finally being shared and celebrated! One of Orson Welles’ most pivotal moments, right before Citizen Kane, brought beautifully to life. This story was hidden for far too long, along with Rose McClendon’s wonderful legacy. Some say better late than never, but this story should be shouted from the rooftops, uncovering one of America’s hidden jewels, that was always meant to shine!” – Suzanne Marques, CBS Los Angeles.

“Impressive…the film’s production is itself a collaborative effort in the spirit of the Harlem theatre…”– J. Paul Johnson, 25 Years Later.

“This retelling of a very innovative part of theater and African American history is precious.” – Dwight Brown, National Newspaper Publishers Association.

“A fantastic example of team unity as there is never a sense of multiple voices trying to steer this project…with solid production design up and down the line and never a sense of doubt in the story that it is trying to capture.” – Dave Voigt, In The Seats.

“By all odds, my great success in my life was that play, because the opening night there were five blocks in which all traffic was stopped. You couldn’t get near the theatre in Harlem. Everybody who was anybody in the black or white world was there. And when the play ended there were so many curtain calls that finally they left the curtain open, and the audience came up on the stage to congratulate the actors. And that was magical.” – Orson Welles (1982 interview)

BONUS MATERIAL ON THE DISC VERSIONS

  • Audio Commentary
  • Actual 1936 footage from National Archives of the play that toured the country to interracial audiences.

2021 / Drama / 108 minutes / Color / English Language / A film directed by Agazi Desta, Sabina Vajrača, Hannah Bang, Christopher Beaton, Dagmawi Abebe, Victor Alonso-Berbel, Tiffany K. Guillen, Zoë Salnave, Ernesto Sandoval, Roy Arwas, and produced by Xiaoyuan Xiao, Miles Alva , Jason Phillips, John Watson.

HOW TO ORDER:

Public Performance and Digital Site Licenses are available through Soundview Media Partners. To inquire or to place an order, write to info@soundviewmediapartners.com or simply choose from the options below:

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Rain (90th Anniversary Edition)

Invisible Imprints

A troupe of spoken-word poets and modern dancers travel the Great Migration Trail with an original piece called Invisible Imprints of Racism.

This powerful documentary feature follows a troupe of twelve Boston-based spoken-word poets and modern dancers as they travel the Great Migration Trail from Jackson, Mississippi to Chicago, performing an original piece called Invisible: Imprints of Racism.

“Powerful dance explores issues of race…” — Sophie Flack, Boston Globe

After each performance, a talk-back with the audience gives space to the communal exploration of racial issues and the sharing of firsthand experiences with and reflections on racism, also yielding reactions to the performance itself.

As these dramatic moments unfold on the tour, the performers’ own struggles with race and identity, off-stage, are also explored, lending a deeper context.

A refreshingly humanizing, critical conversation emerges on the emotional challenges of overcoming racism in America.

“Invisible Imprints literally changed me.” — Sally Morgan, Critics Corner

“An earnest, authentic exploration of race in America” — Karl Hench, Long Island Film Critic

Produced by racially diverse artist collective BeHeard.World: Beheard.world is a racially diverse collective of performing artists, filmmakers, and educators. They create documentary films, live performances and workshops to engage a wide variety of communities in conversations that elevate people to advance social justice.

Featuring music from Grammy nominee Andrew Bird

  • Award-Winner – Best Short of the Season, IndieX Film Festival
  • Award-Winner – LA Sun Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Socially Relevant Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Miami Indie Film Awards

The DVD version includes a special Award-winning short film bonus segment entitled ‘Together – 6 Feet Apart’.

2021 / Documentary / 60 minutes / A film by Jay Paris

HOW TO ORDER:

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Samira’s Dream

Shots: Eugenics To Pandemics

Two is a Magic Number

A day at the lake becomes a series of betrayals among friends and business partners alike in this new German language mystery.

A love triangle is the focus of this calmly told and at the same time exciting film about a complicated relationship among friends. The title of the film already suggests that this ménage-à-trois has enormous destructive and equally explosive power. “Two is a Magic Number” also means that “three is one too many”.

However, the film is more than a relationship drama. It’s about a woman between two men, but also about a chemical formula that promises success and wealth. The interconnection of these story arcs contains a lot of fuel for love, betrayal, resentment and greed.

While the lines of guilt and innocence blur in the murky waters of a day at the lake, Two is a Magic Number is also a film about inclusion and both physical and emotional disabilities… and the challenges faced by those affected.

A simple day at the lake? Maybe not so simple at all! After all, The Mastery of Suspense Lies in the Complication of Relations.

Two is a Magic Number has been playing festivals around the globe and picking up some nice very awards along the way including, but not limited to:

  • Winner: Best Feature Narrative, Festival of Cinema NYC
  • Winner: Best International Feature Film, Vancouver Independent Film Festival
  • Winner: Black Swan International Film Festival
  • Winner: Outstanding Achievement Award, Tagore International Film Festival
  • Winner: Out of the Can International Film Festival
  • Winner: Goldenstake Award, Shockfest

Featuring a wonderful ensemble cast that includes Phillip Dechamps, Sonka Vogt, Tim Borys and Phillip Dechamps, Two is a Magic Number is a perfect example of contemporary independent German filmmaking.

Mystery / 2021 / 84 minutes / German w/English subtitles / A film by Holger Borggrefe and Stefan Hering.

HOW TO ORDER:

Public Performance and Digital Site Licenses are available through Soundview Media Partners. To inquire or to place an order, write to info@soundviewmediapartners.com or simply choose from the options below:

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Nobody Famous

DSL available now. DVD and Digital December 13, 2022!

Her name is Susan Taylor. She goes by Pie and she travels on the folk wind…

NOBODY FAMOUS is the story of Susan Taylor and The Pozo Seco Singers.

The Pozo-Seco Singers were an American folk band that experienced national commercial success during the 1960s. Comprised of Susan Taylor, Don Williams and Lofton Kline, the trio hailed out of Corpus Christi, TX, but once they signed to Columbia Records, their music went national. They are perhaps best known for their 1966 hit “Time“ but that was just one moment in their acclaimed history.

Susan Taylor was the lead singer. She is best known as Taylor Pie, but with her overly friendly, always smiling, and lighthearted humorous persona she prefers to simply be called “Pie”.

When The Pozo-Seco Singers were signed by Columbia Records, they joined a folk force of artists that included Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Barbara Streisand and more. “I felt like I’d made it to the top of the mountain,” says Pie reflectively.

This film is really about Pie and the folk wind she’s traveled on.

Taylor “Pie” (born 1947) hailed out of Jacksonville, Texas, and is most well known as Susan Taylor, a founding member of the Pozo-Seco Singers, whose recording of Michael Merchant’s song “Time” topped the charts in Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles at number one. After the group disbanded, she helped launch the country music career of fellow Pozo, Don Williams. In the 70’s she formed a group called The City Country Band with Richard Frank in New York City. Bette Midler used one of her songs, “Back in the Bars Again” in her “Clams on the Half Shell Review”.

After moving to Stockbridge, MA, Susan took the name Taylor Pie as her professional handle and wrote “Full Grown Fool” with Allen Reynolds which became a country hit for Mickey Gilley. “Just Like Angels,” penned with Dickey Lee, was nominated for a Gospel Dove Award. Tanya Tucker, The Oak Ridge Boys, Don Williams, The Forester Sisters, John Connely, Terri Hendrix, Valerie Smith, The Tuttles, The Lewis Family, Cluster Pluckers and others have recorded Pie songs.

In 2015, Taylor was inducted into the National Traditional Country Music Assn Hall of Fame.

The Cast of Nobody Famous includes:

  • Taylor Pie
  • Don Williams
  • Kathryn Harrison
  • Jan Collins
  • Ron Shaw
  • Jerre Haskew
  • Ruby Lovett
  • Michael Merchant
  • Allen Reynolds

Nobody Famous on the festival circuit includes

  • WINNER: Best Music Documentary Feature, Seattle Film Festival
  • WINNER: Best Documentary, New Jersey Film Festival
  • Official Selection: Nashville Film Festival
  • Official Selection: Toronto Lift-Off Film Festival
  • Official Selection: Sweden Film Awards
  • Official Selection: Festival of Cinema NYC

A few stats worth noting…

  1. “Time” #3 Easy Listening 1966
    • The 51-week charting “Time” was actually the B-Side of a 45.
  2. 8 Songs in the US Pop Charts
  3. “I Believed it All” #8 Easy Listening 1967
  4. “I Can Make it With You” #32 US Pop 1966

2020 / 69 minutes / Color and Black & White / English Language / A film by Elizabeth Ahlstrom

HOW TO ORDER:

Public Performance and Digital Site Licenses are available through Soundview Media Partners. To inquire or to place an order, write to info@soundviewmediapartners.com or simply choose from the options below:

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Hard Road of Hope

LEDA