Friday, July 26, 2019

Tinsel & Tine Coverage of




By Le Anne Lindsay, Editor

SPRINTER is written & directed by Storm Saulter, a filmmaker and visual artist from Negril, Jamaica. Storm however, has a Philly connection as his film is Executive produced by Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith. Sprinter is a coming-of-age drama highlighting every-day Jamaican culture that is rarely seen on film. It follows a Jamaican teen, Akeem Sharp (newcomer Dale Elliott), nicknamed the Rasta Rocket, who is burdened by an unstable father and an unruly older brother; he hopes a meteoric rise in track-and-field can reunite him with his mother, who has lived illegally in the U.S. for over a decade.

SPRINTER is the Winner of the Best Feature Film, Best Director, and Audience Award at 2018’s American Black Film Festival, Jury Winner for Best Narrative Feature at the 2019 Pan African Film Festival, and is a feature narrative screening at Philadelphia's BlackStar Film Festival on Friday, August 2, 2019 5:30pm at the Lightbox Film Center. The film is also available via Gathr Films’ Theatrical-On-Demand.

Now onto our Signature 5 Questions for Filmmakers Interview...

T&T: In a nutshell what was the main inspiration for SPRINTER and/or the theme that is the heart of your film?

Storm Saulter: SPRINTER is a story about family, loss, redemption, and triumph. I’m using track and field as a vehicle to tell a story about a modern, complex Caribbean family.

T&T:  Was there a point where you almost didn't finish this film? And if so, what pushed you forward?

Storm: We had a break in production for a few months between our shoots in Jamaica and LA so that our Jamaican cast and crew could get visas etc. But at no point did I feel we wouldn’t finish the film. If you want to make film you can never give into that feeling. You have to finish what you start.

T&T: Give a quick shout out to your creative team and anyone who helped get your film from an idea, to having it picked up by Overbrook Entertainment and Produced by Will and Jada Smith?

Storm: Big up to my production team: Rob Maylor of Mental Telepathy pictures, Jamal Watson and Clarence Hammond of Overbrook Entertainment, and of course to Will and Jada. An extra special BIG UP to my Jamaican cast and crew for giving this their all, you really knocked it out of the park!

T&T: Tell us a bit about the music of SPRINTER? / Does food play a big part in your film? Or answer both.

Storm: The music is primarily a mix between Dancehall and more spiritual Roots Reggae which mirrors the journey of our protagonist moving between the grimy streets of Kingston and the spiritual heights of Rastafari on his journey to the finish line.

Storm: Food is very important if you are an athlete. What you put in your body will have a major impact on your performance. There are moments in the film where our protagonist doesn’t have consistent access to food. And other moments when a diet of Rastafarian ital food and bush tea is needed for him to heal. Food plays a big role in the film and in our characters’ journey.

T&T: What’s been the most memorable response you’ve received thus far from anyone after seeing SPRINTER

Storm: So many people are impacted by immigration issues and family separation. In every country and almost every screening someone comes up with tears in their eyes saying “that is my mother” or “that’s my father” or “that is me, trying to get back to them”. Our lead actor Dale Elliot reconnected with his mother and father in person for the first time in well over a decade while touring film festivals with SPRINTER. His own family is being re-united by the journey of this film and that I feel has transcended the film itself.

Storm Saulter is a filmmaker and visual artist from Negril, Jamaica, on a mission to create universal stories wrapped in the complex social and cultural dynamics of the Caribbean. Storm served as writer, director and cinematographer on his award-winning feature film “Better Mus’ Come,” hailed by critics as signaling a fresh new movement of independent filmmaking throughout the Caribbean.
a Film and Television company devoted to the creation of extraordinary entertainment art and its delivery to all people of the world - a vision shared and cultivated by Overbrook’s partners: James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Will Smith. Overbrook’s diverse slate of critically acclaimed and blockbuster feature films has grossed more than $2.5 billion in worldwide box office receipts. Some of Overbrook’s most notable projects include ALI, HITCH, THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS, I AM LEGEND, HANCOCK, the Tony-nominated FELA! musical, THE KARATE KID, Netflix’s TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE, and most recently, HALA, which world premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and sold to Apple.
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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Blackstar Film Festival Press Coverage

Tinsel & Tine Coverage of


August 1-4, 2019

By Le Anne Lindsay, Editor

Tinsel & Tine has gotten the opportunity to cover portions of The BlackStar Film Festival since its inception! Here's links to our 2017 | 2018 posts. I even met someone at last year's fest, which turned into a 6 month romance. Sadly, we didn't make it to return together this year - August 1-4, 2019; however, I'll be back to witness another stellar slate of black, brown and indigenous films from around the globe.

Founded in 2012 by Maori Karmael Holmes, BlackStar has become the hottest event on the film festival calendar. Exposing and providing its audience with must-see film premieres, poignant artist discussions, and discoveries of emerging filmmakers. Remember, artists like Terence Nance (An Oversimplification of Her Beauty; HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness), Matthew A. Cherry (9 RIdes; ABC's Whiskey Cavalier), Nijla Baseema Mu'min (Jinn) and more have shared their work at the festival, and from BlackStar cultivated a fanbase that has grown with their careers.

Here's some highlights to look out for this year: 

BlackStar Film Festival Opening Film Jezebel

The festival kicks off with JEZEBEL (narrative feature) written and directed by Numa Perrier, explores the complex young life of a 19-year-old, introduced to the world of internet fetish cam girls. The screening will mark its Philadelphia premiere.

BlackStar Film Festival Luminary Award 2019

BlackStar will present the LUMINARY AWARD to Marcia Smith, President of Firelight Media,
a nonprofit production company dedicated to using historical film to advance contemporary social justice causes, and to mentoring, inspiring and training a new generation of diverse young filmmakers committed to advancing underrepresented stories.

BlackStar Film Festival Panel Spike Lee and Tarana Burke #Metoo

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of  DO THE RIGHT THING, filmmaker Spike Lee and activist Tarana Burke will discuss the possibilities of using radical storytelling to center social justice and foster narrative change.

BlackStar Film Festival Apollo Doc by Roger Ross Williams

The Philadelphia Premiere of  THE APPOLLO, a documentary feature from Academy Award-winning director, Roger Ross Williams (Music By Prudence, God Loves Uganda).

Award-winning feature drama SPRINTER by Storm Saulter, produced by Overbrook Entertainment and Executive produced by Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith, SPRINTER is a coming-of-age drama highlighting every-day Jamaican culture that is rarely seen on film. Winner of the Best Feature Film, Best Director, and Audience Award at 2018’s American Black Film Festival, and Jury Winner for Best Narrative Feature at the 2019 Pan African Film Festival, SPRINTER will screen during the BlackStar Film Festival.

I got a chance to ask SPRINTER writer/director Storm Saulter my 5 Signature Questions
in a interview click HERE to view
#BSFF19 Screening Date/Time: Friday, August 2 at 5:30 pm

Don't Miss the YOUTH PROGRAMS 1st one starts on August 3rd 11am

New this year BlackStar Pitch Filmmakers can win $1000

BlackStar Film Festival will host the inaugural BLACKSTAR PITCH. Filmmakers will pitch their projects in front of a live audience and a panel of judges to receive feedback and have an opportunity to win a cash prize of $1,000. This first BlackStar Pitch will be focused on feature documentary projects and is open to any filmmaker who identifies as a person of color.

BlackStar Film Festival Questlove new show Hip Hop Shook America

Sneak Preview of HIP HOP: THE SONGS THAT SHOOK AMERICA  a New Documentary Series from Executive Producers Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson (from the band, The Roots), Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter (also from the band, The Roots), Shawn Gee, and Alex Gibney
each episode of the series focuses on a groundbreaking song pivotal to the evolution of American music and culture.

Blackstar Film Festival Solange Knowles closing night When I Get Home

Solange Knowles to screen WHEN I GET HOME on August 4th, as part of BlackStar’s Closing Night Film Presentation of films that examine cultural history through music, and/or collaborations with musicians who are also directors.

And SO MUCH MORE Visit and be sure to return to Tinsel & Tine and our social media channels @tinseltine and @tinsel_tine (IG) during the festival!

Please note: Tinsel & Tine is in the process of moving our content to a newly designed site with a featured section for Film Festival Coverage.  The URL may change on individual posts, however our domain name will remain the same

The 2019 BlackStar Film Festival is generously supported by John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, William Penn Foundation, Cinereach, Wyncote Foundation, Color of Change & Open Society Foundations, HBO, Barra Foundation, Annenberg School for Communication at University of Pennsylvania, PECO, Comcast/Xfinity, Crux, Fractured Atlas, and individual donors; as well as a gracious network of partners including Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, The Barnes Foundation, Institute of


O'Shea Jackson, Jr - A Few of His Favorite Things - Long Shot Interview

Sunday, May 5, 2019


Interview with O'SHEA JACKSON, JR

By Le Anne Lindsay, Editor

Tinsel & Tine #MiniMovieReview LONG SHOT (Jonathan Levine) Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen) is a far left journalist with principals and a ridiculous jacket who quits his job when a Rupert Murdoch type takes over the newspaper. Fred turns to his friend Lance (O'Shea Jackson, Jr) for a little support and best friend night out - only, instead of going to a bar to hammer back a few, Lance takes Fred to a fancy fundraiser featuring none other than Philly's own Boyz II Men.  It's here that Fred runs into his old babysitter Charlotte (Charlize Theron) who is now Secretary of State and thinking of a run for the Presidency. (She's American in the movie, not South African :)  One thing leads to another and he becomes her speech writer...

I really like Seth Rogen's "This is the End" and "Sausage Party" (click for T&T reviews) both filled with frat boy humor, but just enough intelligence and slapstick to appeal to a wider audience, so I figured I'd be going in for something like that with "Long Shot", and to some extent it is, but to my delight and surprise, it's also a true rom/com. There's a lot of travel which leads to romantic moments. They make reference to other classic rom/coms of the 90's, even using Roxette's - It Must Have Been Love song from "Pretty Woman".  There are fun side characters which make up Charlotte's staff, speaking of which, I like that actress June Diane Raphael from "Grace and Frankie" and she plays a similar role in this movie, but because she resembles Charlize Theron, even though they color her hair dark, I expected there would be a scene where she switches places with her boss, but it doesn't happen, making me wonder why cast someone with such a similar look?  At any rate, the most important aspect of a rom/com is chemistry, which Theron & Rogen possess, allowing me to be invested as to whether or not they end up together.

T&T's LAMB rating: 3.5 outta 5

Now onto the interview w/ O'shea Jackson, Jr
during his press tour in Philly for LONG SHOT

In the movie, Fred asks Charlotte a series of likes and dislike questions to get a feel for how to be her speech writer. so, I thought it would be fun to do something similar with O'shea

T&T: to O'Shea:

a. What ‘s your favorite smell?

b. What’s your favorite feel-good movie, even if it’s not a good movie?

c. If you were on death row what would you choose as your final meal?

d. who's your favorite new musical artist on the scene less than 5 years?

I also got to ask him about the type of roles he's looking for in the future, and about being a part of the Indie darling (2017) INGRID GOES WEST

Check out my video below or click HERE for Shea's answers:

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...young Hassan, a soulful-eyed boy with lush, thick eye lashes, places his face into the sea urchin basket, and breathes in the exotic briny scent. He sticks his fingers into the aquatic ooze, takes it to his mouth and is transfixed by the taste. The vendor, oblivious to the thrusting arms of frenzied women, notices the boy and realizes he is the only one worthy of this oceanic prize; he is the one who can “truly taste.” ... READ MORE

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Personally, I like the unevenness of it, because I fell in love with the post World War II, Parisian sights, sounds, food and romance between Julia and Paul. I always felt a bit jarred back into reality when the scenes returned to Julie's meltdowns and cramped kitchen.READ POST

Food n Film: EAT PRAY LOVE

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Six months into my 38th year of this life, I had my first panic attack. I didn't know that's what it was until months later. Symptom after symptom starting piling up on me until there were days I could no longer move my arms or neck. The doctors told me I was suffering from an auto-immune condition that they felt was most likely Lupus. And so began my much deeper journey and exploration into the world of spirit, alternative medicine, yoga, meditation and Eat, Pray, Love. READ POST


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In this 2007 film, Keri Russell stars as Jenna - a desolate diner waitress seeking solace in the art of pie-making. Trapped in an unhappy marriage, she’s eager to escape her husband and her small-town hell and sets about to make a run for it by entering an out of town pie baking contest. READ POST


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is about discovering what I find pleasing in screening & eating - in case you missed it, the name is a play on Tinseltown using the Tines of a Fork.

Feel free to send me info on a film or new restaurant you'd like me to highlight.

Will there ever be a cap on movie prices?

Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
Sept - November 15th $3.50 - $4
Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?

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