Category Archives: Interview

Matthew Cherry, Diary of a Filmmaker (Cinema In Noir)

Matthew Cherry is a man on a mission. The independent filmmker and friend of Cinema in Noir is on a quest to create more content by filming a year long daily vlog entitled Diary of an Independent Filmmaker.  On the latest Cinema in Noir, Matthew chatted about his motivation for the vlog, his upcoming projects, and his unbeleiveable social media game (I have crowned him the King of Periscope).

Matthew Cherry

Additionally, my co-host Candice reviewed the Amy Winehouse documentary and Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez’s latest film Lila and Eve. My co-host Rebecca reviewed the film Inside Out. We also discussed the highly anticipated trailer to Superman vs Batman that premiered over the weekend at Comic-Con 2015.

Penny Dreadful

Lastly, special guest caller Daniel Jose Older called in to discuss the season finale of the Showtime drama Penny Dreadful and it’s magical Negro problem. We also discussed the distinctions between tokenism and diversity.

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Eljon Wardally: A Q&A (Cinema in Noir)

Eljon Wardally is an inspiration. And on the latest edition of Cinema In Noir, we had a great chat with the talented playwright and screenwriter.

Eljon WardallyEljon Wardally discussed her short film turned webseries Docket 32357 . She also discussed getting back to writing after having a stroke at age 29. Eljon Wardally has a story that you need to hear.

We were also joined by actress Pia Glenn when we discussed the racially charged casting notice for women in the upcoming NWA biopic, Straight Outta Compton.

Pia GLennPia shared her experience as a black actress in Hollywood and how she deals with the drama.

In addition to the latest in film and television news, we also reviewed The Purge: Anarchy and the premiere episode of WeTV’s The Divide.

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Ernest Dickerson: A Q& A (Cinema in Noir)

Ernest Dickerson is a legend. And on the latest edition of Cinema in Noir, my co-hosts and I had the amazing opportunity to chat with the legendary cinematographer and director, Ernest Dickerson.

Ernest DIckerson

Ernest Dickerson discussed his illustrious career. He also discussed his collaborations with Spike Lee.  Ernest Dickerson also talked about the process of getting the classic film Juice made, the current state of television, and what it’s like to direct for The Walking Dead.

We also gave our thoughts about the 2014 Emmy nominations that were announced this week. While we all agree that the list is better in terms of diversity, we still have a few issues with the list. We break it all down…the good, the bad, and the snubbed.

In addition to the latest in film and television news, we also reviewed three new releases (Boyhood, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and Life Itself) and the trailer to the new Jimi Hendrix film, All is By My Side. 

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Cinema in Noir – Q & A with Alysia Rogers

In the latest edition of Cinema in Noir, we chat with actress Alysia Rogers. Best known for her roles in Boyz N The Hood and Class Act, Alysia is returning to acting after a 20 year absence. Today, Alysia discussed her role in the upcoming short film Beyond Merritt.

Alysia Rogers

The film, which is currently in pre-production is described as “a heart-wrenching film that explores the harsh realities of drug addiction, poverty and single motherhood, Beyond Merritt is a gripping story of one mother’s courage to reclaim her life and overcome her own demons. ” The film is the true story of Lynda Merritt, a recovering addict.

In our interview, Alysia discusses why she has been absent from Hollywood for 20 years and what drew her to the Beyond Merritt project.  She also talks about what it was like filming Boyz N The Hood, the progression of “black films”, and the evolving presence of darker skinned actresses in Hollywood.

As usual, we discussed the latest in film and casting news (which Bridesmaid’s is slated to star in the latest TP film? And Omar Tyree hits the big screen). Lastly, we discussed the trailers for Despicable Me 2 and World War Z.

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Cinema in Noir – Q & A with Kim Williams and Aasha Davis

The Unwritten Rules

In today’s SUPER SIZED episode of Cinema in Noir, we welcomed special guest host Daryle Lockhart of The Black Box Office. We chatted with Kim Williams, creator and writer for the hilarious webseries The Unwritten Rules.  The show is an adaptation of her 2004 book 40 Hours and an Unwritten Rule: The Diary of a Nigger, Negro, Colored, Black, African-American Woman. The show is described on the Web site as “examining the comedic realities of being a black co-worker in a predominantly white workplace.”

Kim Williams, creator of The Unwritten Rules

Our second guest was Aasha Davis, the talented star of The Unwritten Rules.  You may remember Aasha from her role in last year’s critically acclaimed film Pariah.  In the webseries, Aasha plays Racey, the lone black woman in her office.  After watching the series, it is apparent that Aasha has a bright future as a comedic actress.

Aasha Dais as Racey

We also discussed the upcoming adaptation of Zane’s novel Addicted. The film is being directed by Billie Woodruff.  This film news lead a discussion on whether or not male directors are adept at portraying black female sexuality on film.

This week we also reviewed Cloud Atlas and Matthew A Cherry’s feature film debut, The Last Fall.  As usual, we discussed the latest casting and film news and discussed the recently release photos of Zoe Saldana as  Nina Simone.

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Cinema In Noir – Q & A with Latoya Morgan

Latoya Morgan

In the latest edition of Cinema in Noir, we chat with television writer Latoya Morgan. Latoya has written for Showtime’s mega hit Shameless and currently writes for NBC’s amazing family drama Parenthood.

Joy Bryant stars in Parenthood as Jasmine (pictured with Dax Shepard and the adorable Tyree Brown)

Today we chatted about Latoya’s journey into the world of television writing, her penchant for dysfunctional family dramas, and her advice to aspiring writers.

This week we also reviewed Ava DuVernay’s latest film, Middle of Nowhere, which is currently the #1 independent film in the country. We were also joined by Wilson Morales of BlackFilm.com. He weighed in with his review of Tyler Perry’s latest film, Alex Cross. As usual, we discussed the latest in film and casting news (another TP film is headed your way and David Oyelowo tackles a boxing legend). Lastly, we discussed the trailers for A Haunted House, Bad 25, and Carrie.

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Cinema In Noir – A Chat with Issa Rae

In the latest edition of  Cinema in Noir, we chat with Issa Rae, creator, writer, and star of “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.”

We first met Issa back in 2011 shortly after she launched  Awkward Black Girl (listen here).  Over the course of the last year and a half, the popular webseries has blown up and Issa has become a well known figure with numerous interviews and guest appearances including a recurring spot on the new BET talk show Don’t Sleep! hosted by T.J. Holmes.

Today,we chatted about some viewers confusion between Issa and her ABG character Jay, her love of ratchet hip-hop music,  and her latest venture “I Hate LA Dudes” a show she is working on with mega producer Shonda Rhimes.

As always, on Cinema in Noir, we  give our reviews of the latest film releases and discuss the trailers for Hitchcock, The Lone Ranger, and A Good Day to Die Hard.

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