SFTV kicked off the third season of The Hollywood Masters series with a visit from actor, writer and director Ethan Hawke. Hawke sat down with Stephen Galloway, executive features editor at The Hollywood Reporter, to talk about everything from his career in film to his personal beliefs.
Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution, a documentary created by SFTV Professor Glenn Gebhard, is airing on PBS through American Public Television.
The film tells a story of a school teacher named Frank Pais and an architecture student named Juan Antonio Echeverria, who were both critical figures in the overthrow of Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista y Zaldiva. Although not as well-known as the historically famous Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, both men played important roles in Batista’s eventual overthrow.
The film chronicles Pais’ and Echeverria’s roles through footage and interviews with family members, Cuban revolutionaries and a former CIA agent. It is commonly believed that Batista’s overthrow was a result of Fidel Castro’s actions alone. Gebhard’s documentary, however, illustrates how both Pais and Echeverria rallied for support against Batista. Above all, the film examines how we view and remember history and seeks to shed light on how Pais and Echeverria helped shape Cuban history.
Check out the documentary trailer below. Congratulations Glenn!
Hot off the heels of her critically-acclaimed film Dear White People, LMU alumna Effie Brown (Film and Television – B.A. ’93), has been tapped by Lionsgate’s Codeblack Films to produce the feature film adaptation of Omar Tyree’s bestselling book trilogy Flyy Girl. According to Deadline: “Brown and her banner Duly Noted will oversee development and recruitment of the creative team alongside Codeblack’s Jeff Clanagan and Quincy Newell. Nicole Jefferson-Asher is on board to write the script. The story explores the journey of Tracey Ellison, a successful businesswoman and workaholic who believes that money is always the key to happiness. In the midst of her life journey, Ellison is forced to reinvent herself and rethink her relationships, her career and her definition of success.”
Read our recent Q&A with Brown where she discussed the ins-and-outs of producing and provided useful advice to young filmmakers here. Congratulations Effie!