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OUT NOW: ‘For Your Consideration’ on Omeleto

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After enjoying much acclaim and a warm reception on an extensive run on the film festival circuit, the comedic short film by Poppy Gordon, For Your Consideration is now available in wide release on Omeleto and Vimeo. Gordon’s live-action short For Your Consideration asks: whose Hollywood agenda are we being manipulated by and who’s pulling the strings?

Poppy Gordon’s For Your Consideration focuses on a group of young women who come together with a mission to make an Oscar-winning film. Determined to party at Sundance, three entitled young women meet up at an LA member’s only club to make a selection-worthy film. In an unholy fusion of wokeness and cluelessness, they build a narrative from atop the high perch of their privilege. And piece-by-piece, they almost, almost, almost give a voice to the voiceless — just without ever having any idea what they’re talking about. But they are perfectly positioned to make it happen.

This fantastic short, which takes a snapshot of current monetized, performative ‘woke’ pop culture and dares viewers to laugh and cringe at its manufacturing, screened at the Oscar-qualifying festivals Rhode Island and Odense, Cinequest, HollyShorts as well as Nashville International and LA Shorts. As of today, June 28, 2021, the film is available on Omeleto and Vimeo.

Director Poppy Gordon is NYC based and excels at visually driven narratives that combine bold cinematic style with pop influenced VFX. Poppy has directed work for brands such as NIKE, WAV, PayPal, Pond’s, TRESemmé, and many more. She is commercially represented by Hey Baby and also leads her own creative studio Feral. For Your Consideration was co-written by Poppy’s longtime collaborator Aldo Arias who is a New York City writer by way of Texas.

Writer Aldo Arias is an NYC-based writer by way of Texas. But he wasn’t always a screenwriter. The only son of immigrants (who weren’t going to risk their child’s future on creative writing), Aldo did the next best thing: advertising. Over the years, he’s made beaucoup campaigns, commercials and experiences — all incorporating his knack for storytelling and narrative rhythms. Now, through his company Only Child, Aldo finally has the flexibility to work on his own projects while still paying the bills.

Producer Lysette Urus is a multi-faceted producer whose most recent credit includes Co-Producer on a Quibi documentary Blackballed that covers the players’ side of the 2014 NBA race scandal. She is passionate about stories that frame the underdog and human resilience above all else.

Cinematographer Matthew Schroeder’s work has screened at The Berlin Film Festival, New York Fashion Film Festival, Ciclope, LFFF, amongst others. He lensed the pilot for Front Row, which is being developed by HBO and also shot Fabled which premiered at Tribeca.

Praise from the film festival circuit:

“This film truly is phenomenal!” – Film Snob Reviews

“A stylish, snarky, and satirical short film on how a film idea comes to life in Hollywood.” – Film Threat

“This is essential viewing for those who adore and obsess over awards season.” – Awards Daily

“Those who enjoy satire that confronts the ignorance that is often present in the film industry will appreciate For Your Consideration.” – Picture This Post

“This little film wraps it all into a tight package that makes its point, while delivering laughs.”

– Red Carpet Crash

“The performances are great all round with Samantha Robinson’s performance as Heather being particularly outstanding.” – The Consulting Detective

“Gordon’s film is pleasingly to-the-point and holds no punches. Even the title grabs you by the collar.”

– BRWC

“This film expertly highlights the hypocrisy and tokenism rampant in the entertainment industry.” – RIIFF Filmmaker Spotlight

“A time capsule of the motivations and moral dilemmas at play during our current seismic shift of consciousness.” – Hollywood Times

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HBO Max Acquires Morgan Freeman & Lori McCreary’s THE KILLING OF KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN For Streaming Starting November 19

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Following the Gravitas Ventures day and date theatrical release, HBO Max has acquired exclusive streaming rights to the award-winning, critically-acclaimed film THE KILLING OF KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN. The film will debut on the platform Friday, November 19. Based on a true story, the film was directed by David Midell (NightLights), produced by Midell and Enrico Natale of Redbird Entertainment, and executive produced by Lori McCreary, Morgan Freeman and Gary Lucchesi of Revelations Entertainment, along with Sharad Chib, Chris Paladino and Milan Chakraborty.

THE KILLING OF KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN, which won a bevy of prestigious awards during its festival run, tells the heart-breaking true story of the events that led to the death of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., an elderly African American veteran with bipolar disorder who was killed by the police during a welfare check after his medical alert device was accidentally activated. Through a series of unfortunate circumstances and the overly aggressive policing tactics that make the news on an all-too-frequent basis, the life of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. ended at the hands of those who were sworn to “protect and serve.”

The film’s HBO Max debut date, November 19, 2021, is the 10-year anniversary of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr.’s death.

While the title of the film gives away its tragic end, the real-time reenactment of Chamberlain’s final moments alive are a powerful reminder of how interactions with the police can, and do, end for many people of color, and people with mental health challenges, in the United States.

As a former behavioral therapist, and on the autism spectrum himself, director David Midell comes to this material with an added layer of personal experience. “Our goal all along has been to ask important questions about how our criminal justice system treats people of color, people in low-income areas, and people living with mental health challenges.

“I always say it’s bigger than my dad,” Kenneth Chamberlain Jr. said. “It’s about all the lives that have been lost in this pandemic of killing black men, women and children. And I just hope that the film is…going to force a discussion.”

Producing partners Freeman and McCreary were incensed that the film could not find distribution, and immediately offered to help by using Freeman’s voice and Revelations’ brand to help amplify the story. “We simply could not stand by and see this film ignored. Kenneth Chamberlain Sr.’s story, whose death in 2011 was largely ignored by the national media, deserves to be known by the world,” states Freeman and McCreary.

THE KILLING OF KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN comes at an important time in the national conversation about systemic racism and is a searing example of law enforcement’s sometimes callous and cruel treatment of people of color, echoing recent high-profile incidents involving George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, among countless others. THE KILLING OF KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN world-premiered at the Austin Film Festival and won the Audience Award and the Narrative Jury Award there. At the Urbanworld Film Festival last year, it claimed the Jury Award for best US Narrative, and continued winning at festivals, and led to an independent Spirit Award Nomination for David Midell in the “Someone to Watch” category.

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