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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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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!

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BioPic’s Aboard ‘Child Soldier’ Story – Variety

BioPic’s aboard ‘Soldier’ story – Entertainment News, Film News, Media – Variety.

 

Will Raee to direct Uma Thurman starrer

BioPic Entertainment has joined forces with Caspian Pictures to co-produce indie drama “Girl Soldier,” with Uma Thurman to star and Will Raee to direct.

The film will depict the true-life plight of 30 Ugandan girls who were abducted by rebel soldiers. Project’s been in development since 2009, when Caspian announced it had attached Thurman to the project (Variety, July 21, 2009).

Story’s based on Kathy Cook’s book “Stolen Angels,” which follows the 1996 raid at a boarding school in which armed rebels abducted young girls to turn them into soldiers and sex slaves. A teacher tracked the rebels back to their camp to demand the girls’ release; 110 were returned to the nun, who then began a crusade over the next few years as she rallied parents, the government, the U.N. and the pope to aid in rescuing not only her girls but other children in rebel captivity.

Producers are aiming to begin shooting in March in South Africa.

BioPic Entertainment, founded by Michael Hennessy, Brian A. Bullock and Robert G. Edner, is focused on TV and film based on iconic personalities and historic events. BioPic also recently announced the development of Wendy Randall’s “Mahjong Wives,” a series set in the 1960s about the five Jewish mob wives who covertly ran Las Vegas through their husbands, as well as “Black Rangers.” Latter is the untold story of the U.S. Army’s only all-black company of elite Airborne Rangers who helped turn the tide of the Korean War.

Child Troopers Film Crew in California, Heading to NYC

Child Troopers director Ebony Butler has taken her human rights documentary project to the United States of America, where she has found a whole new host of supporters and interested parties.

Ebony is currently working from Hollywood Los Angeles with her local crew where she is working on Child Troopers second phase of production. She is also being mentored by some leading industry players. The impressive list of international film and TV professionals she has mustered include Shine Global CEO Mark Fennessy and Australian born, LA based director Rod Hardy. Ebony’s has 5 official mentors who have each signed on as industry specific advisors to the young director for her debut feature documentary film Child Troopers, slated for release in 2012.

As of next week Ebony will leave Los Angeles for New York and Washington DC where she has scheduled in meetings and on camera interviews with some of the world’s leading humanitarian organizations, NGO‘S, political figures and other child soldier and human rights lobby groups. The line up includes: the United NationsHuman Rights WatchAmnesty International, OXFAM and Resolve (formerly known as Resolve Uganda). There are a number of other key players, analysts and experts in the arena of international and African politics, American foreign policy and geopolitics set to meet with Ebony over the next month to discuss her film and offer unique insights into the conflict in Uganda and beyond.

We will be back with more information about the progress Ebony and her crew are making soon.

Excited times ahead so stay tuned and if you like what we are doing please sign up to our blog and share this with friends or on your favorite social networking site!

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US Producer Takes on ‘Child Troopers’

Child Troopers and Atlantic Star Productions are excited to announce producer Alec Pedersen to the team.

Director of Child Troopers, Ebony Butler, will be traveling to Los Angeles next week where she will work with Child Trooper’s U.S Producer, Alec Pedersen (The Cove; Unity). She will then head across to New York and Washington DC to conduct interviews and further research issues related to the film.

Research for the upcoming trip to America will focus on children in conflict & child soldiers, peace & justice, civilian protection & security, aid & development, modern day child slavery & child trafficking.

More information regarding Child Troopers will be released soon so keep checking in for updates! See: http://www.childtroopers.wordpress.com

If there is something you would like to know, or an opinion you would like to voice, please do as we encourage dialogue and promote discussion on all issues!

Follow Child Troopers on Facebook.com/childtrooopers or check out the blog atlanticstarproductions.blogspot.comfor information on human trafficking, slavery, human rights, child soldiers and much more!

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Social Media: Giving a Voice to the Silenced

Social Media Analyst from Exclusive Analysis talks about the importance of social media.

Social Media Revolution… On your watch, and mine. Trends are changing and news agencies and traditional media publishers / broadcasters are having to move with the times, putting a lot more emphasis on social media outlets like facebook and twitter. Social media plays such a vital role in society today and no one can disregard the benefits it brings, such as transparency and good governance… Social media in many senses has become much like a corporate or government watch dog. Beware: Big Brother is watching you. The best quality would have to be the way in which is gives people a voice. More importantly, it gives a real voice to the most oppressed, marginalized and underreported people in the world who would never have had a chance to tell their story or expose one’s suffering… That’s why I like social media. It really has the power to bring about positive change. Social media and the social media revolution has the power to mobilize the masses with information that can bring about change. Social media is instrumental in exposing crimes against humanity and oppressive governments and regimes around the world. With social media you can shine a light on global issues of significant import that would never have garnered the interest from traditional media agencies. The underreported and underrepresented can now have a face, and a voice. There may be a lot of not so good points regarding social media, but no one can deny that the good outweighs the bad!

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