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Dark Angels Trailer

Last year Atlantic Star Productions produced the 20 minute short film (musical drama)  ‘Dark Angels‘. Produced by Ebony Butler and Directed by David Raynor, this fantasy-thriller style musical drama also features the producer, Ebony Butler, and Australian actress Kate Neilson in the lead roles.

Check out the trailer below:

Dark Angels – Trailer from David Raynor and Ebony Butler on Vimeo.

DARK ANGELS is an edgy contemporary pop / musical drama.

Led by the enigmatic and charismatic ‘KEY’, the Dark Angels are a gang of young all-female vigilante spirits who terrorise men guilty of crimes against women: wife-beaters, sexual abusers, rapists and pedophiles.

Accompanied by music the Dark Angels execute well-choreographed dance routines as they capture and strip their victims before KEY, their, leader sits in judgement and administers punishment. The DARK ANGELS gain notoriety by tipping off a TV journalist who records the ritual humiliation for broadcast. They become a ratings sensation.

Now a social and public phenomenon, the Dark Angels are loved and loathed in equal measure: loathed by the authorities, who have failed to catch them and loved by a large following of female fans who feel the Dark Angels offer some hope of justice and healing for the abuse they have suffered at the hands of men.

When the authorities put up a reward for the gang’s capture a young, rising-star criminologist hatches a plan to infiltrate the cult. She is thrown together with her former lover, an arrogant detective; in a sting operation the authorities hope will crush the Dark Angels forever.

The Dark Angels, however, are on to the authorities’ plan and turn the tables on the criminologist and the detective in spectacular fashion.

The Border

The Border from Ebony Butler on Vimeo.

This film is a video montage from my time on the border of Thailand and Cambodia. Filmed in Poipet, the video attempts to express what life is like for the innocent children forced into slavery and child labour and also those dying from AIDS, which is an ever-growing problem in the region.

Child labour, sexual exploitation, human slavery, child trafficking, disease, poverty and famine is rampant and destroying thousands of lives everyday, damaging the social fabric of society.  The children and women are the ones who suffer the most and much aid and international action is needed to help this troubled nation.

Our community projects, both local and global, involve activities that promote social change, for the betterment of society and for the protection of our planet. We recycle, restore and deliver bicycles to the most marginalized and isolated groups affected directly by war, poverty or disease. Furthermore, we use the power of media to raise awareness of the most important, under reported and time critical issues. We aim to create a more positive attitude toward caring for people in need, regardless of race or religion, promote action within the community and strive to bring about social change.

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Uganda: The Pearl of Africa

Uganda: The Pearl of Africa from Ebony Butler on Vimeo.

Forest Whitaker’s Latest Projects

Forest Whitaker on Better Angels: “The movie asks, When is the right time to step in?… The journalist gets captured by the Lord’s Resistance Army and is taken to a camp where he finds their leader, Joseph Kony, who hasn’t been seen for years.”

Forest Whitaker Reveals Plot Specifics For “The Butler” + Talks Kony Project & More…

Forest Whitaker

Was reading this Vanity Fair profile of Forest Whitaker and picked up some items worth repeating here on S&A; specifically about projects Whitaker is attached to star in/direct.

First, The Butler – Lee Daniels’ drama based on Eugene Allen, an African American who worked as a butler in the White House for over 34 years, serving 8 presidents from 1952 to 1986.

All we’ve really known about the project is what I wrote in the last sentence, and many of you have expressed your disatisfaction with seeing another film about a black person in a “service” position.

By the way, it’s inspired by a 2008 Washington Post article by Wil Haygood titled A Butler Well Served by This Election (read it HERE); it pretty much summarizes Mr Allen’s many years of service in the White House, leading up to President Obama’s election.

In the Vanity Fair piece, here’s what I think is a crucial bit of info on the project that I haven’t seen reported anywhere until now; Whitaker states:

“It’s a movie about the issue of how you protest… My son [to be played by David Oyelowo] is an activist who is repeatedly arrested. My character is a conformist, but in his own way, he influences presidents. Eugene becomes more active, particularly at the end of his life, when he makes a decision to fight.”

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Bikes 4 Life Uganda Video

Bikes 4 Life Promo Uganda 2012 from Ebony Butler on Vimeo.

A short promotional and thank you video for the successful 2012 Bikes 4 Life Uganda Project.

Featuring the honorable Dr. Olara Otunnu, UPC President and former U.N Under Secretary General for the Office of Children and Armed Conflict.

Copyright: Atlantic Star Productions 2012.

See: www.bikes4life.com.au and www.facebook.com/bikes4lifeorg

The Real News: 10 Recent Videos

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A Creative Spin on Little Red Riding Hood

A gorgeous retelling of Little Red Riding Hood,

using silhouettes and plenty of horror

This is Red, a phenomenally atmospheric take on Little Red Riding Hood from directors Jorge Jaramillo and Carlo Guillotand composer Manuel Borda. In this five-minute animation — which seeks to “explore more thoroughly the drama, horror and realism of the story” — we learn how the fairy tale‘s protagonist earned her namesake. Hats off to the creative team.

[Via Cartoon Brew]

Protests at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, Canberra.

Protests at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy… I filmed this a couple of years ago but I guess it’s relevant to what’s going on at the moment in Canberra!

Always Was, Always Will Be from Ebony Butler on Vimeo.

The aboriginal ‘Tent Embassy’ directly opposite Parliament House in Canberra is an interesting and vibrant place, where Australian Police are not even allowed to enter, nor stand on a piece of their land, unless given permission by the elders. I happened to be in Canberra for a climate action summit, and spent two days at the ‘tent embassy’ with the elders who took a liking to me. The police crossed the line onto aboriginal soil that day and I captured a rare piece of footage, the filming insisted by the elders and leaders of their ‘tent embassy’.

Africa Part 2

Late next month we will be returning to Africa to complete filming for our documentary, Child Troopers, which has been three years in the making.

We will be spending most time in Uganda again, however are trying to get access into the DRC or South Sudan. It’s not going to be easy but we feel it is important to get closer to the war and current rebel activity.

Thanks to an amazing supporter and dear friend who is helping out financially, Sanne Kurz, an award winning cinematographer from Berlin, will be joining our team and shooting for us in East and Central Africa.

Wish us luck… Hopefully all goes well and we’ll be back in Australia or the US for post production around April/May!

Mad World

Mad World from Ebony Butler on Vimeo.

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