This Weekend's movies: Nerve, Bad Moms, & Jason Bourne

I visited the set of Let's Talk Live DC today to talk about the movies you can see in theaters this weekend. I know you have to beat the heat, so here are some options to think about:

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Kevin Sampson

The fact that Kevin Sampson is not just a film critic, but a writer, producer, and director as well makes his understanding of cinema even better. Coming from a theoretical and hands on approach, he understands both sides of the struggle of viewing and creating great works. After receiving an MFA in Film & Electronic Media from American University in Washington, D.C in 2011, Kevin took his love for film to the next level by creating and producing Picture Lock, an entertainment website, podcast, and hour long film review TV show that runs on Arlington Independent Media’s public access station in Arlington, VA. The show covers new releases, classic films, and interviews with local filmmakers in the DMV area. He is also a member of the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association and African American Film Critics Association. He is currently looking forward to filming his first feature film in the near future. He believes that film is one of the most powerful art forms in the world, and he hopes that he can use the craft to inspire others and make a difference in it.

Awesome Filmmakers: Making It Happen Panel at Awesome Con

Awesome Filmmakers: Making It Happen

Saturday, June 4, 2016 

8:15PM-9:15PM

Room 149

The legendary Awesome Con filmmakers panel that had everyone talking has returned! Join filmmaker panelists Jai Jamison (TRI, Speak Now), Drew Bolduc (Assassinaut, The Taint), Kevin Sampson (Picture Lock), Cinematographer - Kunitaro Ohi, and Director of the DC Web Fest - Otessa Marie Ghadar (20/20 Productions) as they break the 4th the wall and reveal the realities of being a filmmaker and making it happen in today’s media consuming society. You might see an exclusive trailer or two.

 Rated: PG-13

Moderator: Joe Carabeo (Astray Productions)

Panelists: Jai Jamison, Drew Bolduc, Kevin Sampson , Kunitaro Ohi, Otessa Marie Ghadar

Check out more of what's happening at this year's convention: http://www.awesome-con.com/schedule/

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Kevin Sampson

The fact that Kevin Sampson is not just a film critic, but a writer, producer, and director as well makes his understanding of cinema even better. Coming from a theoretical and hands on approach, he understands both sides of the struggle of viewing and creating great works. After receiving an MFA in Film & Electronic Media from American University in Washington, D.C in 2011, Kevin took his love for film to the next level by creating and producing Picture Lock, an entertainment website, podcast, and hour long film review TV show that runs on Arlington Independent Media’s public access station in Arlington, VA. The show covers new releases, classic films, and interviews with local filmmakers in the DMV area. He is also a member of the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association and African American Film Critics Association. He is currently looking forward to filming his first feature film in the near future. He believes that film is one of the most powerful art forms in the world, and he hopes that he can use the craft to inspire others and make a difference in it.

GI Film Festival: Discount Code

You heard me talk with Brandon Millet and Laura Law-Millet, founders of the GI Film Festival, last week on the radio show! They're offering a 20% discount on tickets to all GIFF events for this year's festival which lasts May 21-29, 2016. Listen to the podcast (link above) to hear more about the festival, but here's a little description: 

The GI Film Festival (GIFF) is a 501 c(3) non-profit educational organization dedicated to sharing the military experience in and out of the arena of war.  The festival is the first in the nation to exclusively celebrate the successes and sacrifices of the service member through the medium of film.

The GIFF presents films from new and established international and domestic filmmakers that honor the heroic stories of the American Armed Forces and the worldwide struggle for freedom and liberty.  Some of the films screened are voted on by fans.  Others are screened for the first time.  All will in some way express the courage and selflessness of our fighting men and women and the value of their work.

In addition to presenting feature, documentary, and short film screenings, the GIFF also presents panel discussions, educational forums and special events, including:

  • Movie screenings by international and domestic filmmakers.
  • Awards presentation featuring a special celebrity major motion picture screening.
  • Kick-off cocktail party and red carpet events
  • Special exhibitions
  • Hollywood “meet and greets,” and more…

Use Discount Code: allix2016

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Kevin Sampson

The fact that Kevin Sampson is not just a film critic, but a writer, producer, and director as well makes his understanding of cinema even better. Coming from a theoretical and hands on approach, he understands both sides of the struggle of viewing and creating great works. After receiving an MFA in Film & Electronic Media from American University in Washington, D.C in 2011, Kevin took his love for film to the next level by creating and producing Picture Lock, an entertainment website, podcast, and hour long film review TV show that runs on Arlington Independent Media’s public access station in Arlington, VA. The show covers new releases, classic films, and interviews with local filmmakers in the DMV area. He is also a member of the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association and African American Film Critics Association. He is currently looking forward to filming his first feature film in the near future. He believes that film is one of the most powerful art forms in the world, and he hopes that he can use the craft to inspire others and make a difference in it.

3rd Annual Indiecapitol Awards Open for Submissions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 4, 2016

 

3rd ANNUAL INDIECAPITOL AWARDS (ICA)

3rd Annual ICAs Are Open for Submissions

Washington, DC 4/11/16 – The 3rd Annual IndieCapitol Awards are accepting submissions from April 11 to July 31, 2016 through the www.indiecapitol.org and www.filmfreeway.com websites.  Winners will be announced at the IndieCapitol Awards Ceremony, held on October 9, 2016, from 1:00pm-3:00pm at the Angelika Mosaic in Fairfax, VA.

 The Washington Metro area “Oscar” equivalent awards ceremony recognizes independently produced media exclusively created in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia. The event awards 22 categories including the newest additions “Best Student Film”, “Best Animation” and “Best Innovative New Media”.

 “The definitive purpose of the IndieCapitol Awards is to simultaneously strengthen and champion the local film community. 

Its goal is to create a milieu for area filmmakers to be noted for exceptional work

while inspiring one another to push the creative boundaries of locally produced content.” 

– Anthony Greene (creator of IndieCapitol).

Those interested in submitting their content or learning more about the IndieCapitol Awards are advised to visit www.indiecapitol.org.

If you would like more information about this, please contact: 

Devin Nikki Thomas via email at indiecapitolinfo@gmail.com.

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Kevin Sampson

The fact that Kevin Sampson is not just a film critic, but a writer, producer, and director as well makes his understanding of cinema even better. Coming from a theoretical and hands on approach, he understands both sides of the struggle of viewing and creating great works. After receiving an MFA in Film & Electronic Media from American University in Washington, D.C in 2011, Kevin took his love for film to the next level by creating and producing Picture Lock, an entertainment website, podcast, and hour long film review TV show that runs on Arlington Independent Media’s public access station in Arlington, VA. The show covers new releases, classic films, and interviews with local filmmakers in the DMV area. He is also a member of the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association and African American Film Critics Association. He is currently looking forward to filming his first feature film in the near future. He believes that film is one of the most powerful art forms in the world, and he hopes that he can use the craft to inspire others and make a difference in it.