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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

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!

GAFFER Needed for Short – Paid Job

Gaffer needed for a short film in Melbourne with a top creative agency.

Paid job. Please send me your CV and letter of interest asap.

Ebony@atlanticstarproductions.com

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