Friday, February 15, 2013
I'm still getting the hang of creating audio/videos on Windows Live Movie Maker, this was my first time doing it by myself. It's not that difficult, and it becomes fun, it just takes a bit of grit to commit to working with it. I also had major issues uploading it to Youtube, so for the first time had to use Vimeo instead. No matter, I'm quite pleased with the end result:
The Next Step: Black Filmmaking in Philadelphia from Le Anne Lindsay on Vimeo.
The audio is a little difficult to hear over the din of the crowd in all three vids below, but you can still get a “taste” of each establishment:
This is Jason Mercado of Just Cookies. His Philly based cookie company provided dessert at the reception following the panel discussion. I ate 3 large Sugar Cookies! Now, if I could claim for professional reasons, I needed to sample all 3 varieties of his cookies, that would be one thing; but 3 of the same cookie is just gluttony. I happen to have a weakness for sugar cookies and I can honestly say these were the best I'd ever had.
It's always great when I'm given the opportunity to add a food in film aspect to the post, but I got more than expected from Jason who is famous for starting his cookie business while being homeless!
- He partnered with a local community-based organization which allowed him to use their kitchen for free to make cookies and baking goods.
- He took a few free business courses through local community organizations to learn the basics of business and applied those principals to his business.
- He assembled a small team of volunteers from his community to help him make, produce, and market his business in return for a future paid position if the business takes off.
- He continued to increase and tap into his network to raise the limited, but still much needed, $100 to $200 to purchase the products and start operations.
- He printed some free business cards with a custom made logo design which was donated and he handed me one on the spot. READ MORE on Huffington Post with CNN's Ryan Mack
This is David chef with Eatible Delights (2338 Ridge Ave Phila PA 19121), Founded by David K. Simms (not interviewed). I noted the service seemed to be organized and well prepared. The menu this night wasn't anything that wowed me, (no 4 Tines) but I would still check them out for your next large or small affair. Here's a link to their testimonials.
Poor audio and lighting aside, here's a catering company with a unique style of cuisine. (7251 Ogontz Ave Phila PA 19138). Mwaza Catering specializes in Afrofusion recipes which creatively mingle staple ingredients found throughout the Afrakan diaspora with international culinary techniques.
The sweet potato meatballs were amazing! I plan to feature Mwaza again on Tinsel & Tine as I've chosen them for my Academy Awards 2013 Oscar Party. See their menu on Mwaza's facebook page.
Added Note: Mwaza only offers platters on Fridays and Saturdays and must be ordered on Thursday, so, that makes them a no go for Oscar night :(
And finally, speaking of Reelblack, Mike D is in the middle of a Indiegogo campaign to fund his documentary “Black Film Now”. Visit Reelblack TV to hear his pitch about the doc, which includes: Kerry Washington, Spike Lee, Kevin Hart and more...after watching the video pitch, hopefully you'll then want to visit- http://www.indiegogo.com/blackfilmnow
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