I first would like to really say Thank You for all the support we received this year, it was another trying year just trying to make a living in the UK film industry, and without your support we wouldn’t have been able to keep doing what we do best – creating a unique platform for black filmmakers and providing you with an alternative way of relaxing and watching the best International black films.
I would also like to apologies for the frustrated comments I made in my last email to our database. This was when a new email system we were trying out somehow became infected with a virus. When people started to complain about getting numerous emails created by the virus, I made comments about taking this as an opportunity to clean up some of the “deadwood” on my database. Yes I had planned to clean up our database (as all good businesses should do; every 3 years or so), because the true fact was, there were quite a few people on our database that appeared to not be too interested in our events and no longer came out or supported our work. Through a number of other things and then the virus attack, I got a bit frustrated and my cheeky side (or as some would say facety-side) came out, and people who know me, know I can be a bit straightforward and direct to the point sometimes. Which I can say hasn’t always harmed me – I know from past feedback a lot of people even appreciate me been straightforward and honest with my thoughts, but I also understand there are those that don’t appreciate it.
In a way I will always speak my mind – but I do understand we are all different and some will take offence to certain comments and more so especially in how they are said – So Please Accept My Personal Apology! (Feel free to send me back any comments – email@example.com)
What’s Next – 2011 & Beyond
In the context of everyday life in the UK, I suppose things were not great for a lot of people in 2010. The one thing I have learnt this year is, what really matters is my own personal happiness, and for me to truly be happy, I have learnt that I only have to banish all surrounding negativity, imagined fears and have unwavering belief in myself and the opportunities abound to me. Then I turn my mind towards been grateful for life as it is and been happy and “hey presto” happiness manifests.
I have learnt to not let exterior forces like: elements in the bias UK film industry, money, bills, friends, family and the Cam-Clegg (“Con-dem”) government influence how I feel, move or react to everyday life – in the past things used to be different and I would let things like these influence my thought patterns and dictate how I felt & moved – not anymore!
I have fully grasped the fact: I AM THE MASTER OF MY OWN DESTINY & SO ARE YOU!
It’s all about the mindset, learning to understand the mind, eradicating negative beliefs and manipulating your thoughts should be everyone’s clear daily objective; for only then, will you truly have control over your own happiness and ultimate destiny.
So in 2011 my focus shall not be on screening films on a regular basis anymore!
I do still intend to work in the global film industry but on a whole new level, its time to step-up once again and take up the mantle of leading the way for others to follow especially in the field of film distribution, which is where the real control & power of the film industry is based. Plus as many of you already know I want to travel – meet new people and reach out to a much more global audience. If I can spend 5-7 months out of the UK each year, I will be very happy.
If I can find the right people to takeover and run the film club – then we can look at continuing regular monthly film screenings so long as it’s viable and making a profit!
I have done my full apprenticeship as an Exhibition, Marketing & PR specialist – Its now time to fulfil my long-term ambitions & goals and one of those is to be an International Film Distributor & Producer, with an emphasis on International and be totally in control of own destiny – Unlike other newly started film clubs, Kush will no longer will be at all reliant on UK distributors bringing quality black films to the UK (not that I have been anyway reliant on them over the last 2 years – we have sourced our own quality black films).
MY OWN PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
Over the last 2 years I have also delved into the field of Personal Development, which includes Mind-Development, Wealth Creation, Universal Well-Being & Abundance. Then over the last year I finally realised that I have a great desire for everything involved with Personal Development and it was my gateway to fulfilment, happiness, success and the opportunity to help others globally as I have always wanted to do – hence the creation of Kush right from the beginning.
I now intend to fully take hold of everything I want to truly do in life (the things that make me happy) and explore life to the full. So even though I love to promote & show films and support black filmmakers, in life I never want to stand still (not expand, grow, explore, develop etc). I have now reached that stage in life where I want and need new challenges and I now realise there are so much more other things in life I want to do, especially around helping others, those that really need and want help (i.e. struggling disadvantaged people both young & old in Europe, Africa and other places around the world). To be honest I have lost patience and faith with life here in the UK and the plight of my own people – that’s enough said on that matter!
In the New- Year where, I will be re-launching a newly designed Kush online store retailing as previous DVD films along with new CD’s and Personal Development products.
YOUR PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
I will also be looking to help you (if you’re interested) in all matters pertaining to Personal Development including: Mind-Development, Wealth Creation, Financial Freedom & Spiritual Well-being.
I will be launching my new personal development site www.marlonpalmer.com & www.mindwealthdevelopment.com in the New-Year where you will be able to Buy Products, Read & Submit Testimonies, Download Personal Growth Items (like E-Books & MP3 recordings), Buy Internet Income Streams Products, Select and Purchase Life Success Coaching Courses, Watch Motivational Video’s and gain Universal Knowledge from some of the great Personal Development guru’s across the globe.
Some of the speakers, authors and coaches I will feature is: Napoleon Hill, Earl Nightingale, Bob Procter, Brian Tracy, John Assaraf, Anthony Robbins, Joe McClendon, Les Brown, Wayne Dyer, Joe Vitale, Deepak Chopra, Dr. John DeMartini, Jack Canfield, Dr Maxwell Maltz & Dan Kennedy, Dr, Rev Michael Beckwith, Dr Robert Anthony, Barefoot Doctor, Aine Belton and many others.
From studying personal development techniques over the last 2 years I have realised that for you to truly succeed in changing your life, you first and foremost NEED TO CHANGE YOUR MIND!
If you are finding aspects of life difficult – then remember it was your mind that created the environment you are in and it’s your mind that can change life for you completely!
Whatever is happening in your life you have to take full responsibility for it – own it and then you will be able to start dealing with it – ignore it and it will grow and fester into all aspects of your life!
A lot of people make the mistake of trying to change undesirable things in their life, make lots of money, get better health etc, but they attempt to do this by quick-fixes like spending money to purchase products that purport to teach you how to gain these things – without realising that FIRST & FOREMOST FOR YOU TO CHANGE – YOU MUST CHANGE YOUR THOUGHT PATTERNS, WHICH INCLUDES LIFE-TIME HABITS & NEGATIVE BELIEFS! (Which many don’t even realise are there, blocking your chance of success).
In my case been African-Caribbean I grew hearing in the house things like: “You can’t have any money because money is hard to come by and doesn’t grow on tree’s”.
“Money is the root of all evil”
“You must go to school, get a good education and work hard for money!”
A lot of us don’t realise how a lot of these things we heard as we grew up have now developed our sub-conscious minds and are part of our underlying belief system – inhibiting you from finding true happiness and success without you even fully realising it.
That’s also why sometimes when you decide to try something new to change things for the better, after a while you give up and revert back to type – this is your sub-conscious belief system reminding you of what you actually believe you can achieve and then creating numerous ready-made excuses to stop you from realising these new goals. You sub-conscious beliefs have been created and built up since you were 5 years old, how do you expect to just all of a sudden start believing you can do this and that without changing how you sub-conscious mind thinks and reacts. You Sub-conscious mind control’s the majority of your behaviour; it helps you to do things without even thinking about it!
Therefore a lot of us live in perpetual PROCRASTINATION and go to our grave’s wishing we had done this or that in life and having regrets.
As Albert Einstein said “You Cannot Solve A Problem With The Same Mind That Created It”.
If I can help you in anyway or if you would like to make comment on anything I have stated or you would like to discus further my venture into the Personal Development field. Please send an email to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am also looking for progressive like-minded people to create our own Mastermind Group, where we can share and engage in: new ideas, knowledge, encouragement, wealth strategies and companionship. This will be an elite group of people that come together on a monthly basis to find the answers to a better more productive & rewarding life.
· Are you happy with just having your head just above water??
· Working hard for money??
· Relationships: that you just put up with?
Then now is the time for change – forget those crappy New-Year’s resolution’s, which are usually forgotten by mid-February – make an inner decision for change and start attracting everything you ever wanted in life! (Well that’s what I am doing – why not join me, lets be a part of that elite group in society that are able to truly enjoy life and help others to break FREE from the rat race.)
DO YOU WANT A BETTER LIFE IN 2011?
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You can treat yourself or family member NOW to one of the featured Personal Development products below, which I have personally selected from Nightingale Conant (the leaders in Personal Development products) one of my new partners.
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Thanks for your time – best wishes Marlon Palmer
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I hope you find something above that you like, which will help you move forward in life in 2011 – For “What your mind can conceive and believe, you can achieve!”
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“The Kush Film Boutique”
Film Programme: October – November 2010
07961 977 749
All screenings taking place at
The Manor Club,
277 Seven Sisters Rd, London, N4 2DE
(Situated at the junction of Seven sisters rd & Green Lanes)
Thursday screenings: *Doors Open: 7.30 pm / Show starts: 8.00 pm
Sunday screenings: *Doors Open: 4.30 pm / Show starts: 5.00 pm
All screenings incorporate guest performances/hosts, occasional Q&A’s & After-parties.
Admission: £10 – Non Members / £8 – Members (special events will be charged separately).
There is an initial one-off £10 membership Joining fee for new members that covers a 6 month period– see below (Membership is not compulsory).
Patrons must pay a one-off membership fee of £10, which will give you a 6-month membership. Fully paid up members pay the reduced members entry price of £8.
Our one-off membership fee covers Kush Promotions administration and marketing costs and entitle you to our Gold Membership Card giving you a £2 discount (members pay £8) on normal Film Boutique entry costs, Early notification of screenings, Priority entry & seating at all Kush events, Access to Members Only screenings, Free DVD’s, CD’s and other Discounted & Free gifts (tickets etc) from partner organisations
Kush Membership must be renewed every 6 months.
All attendee’s must show ID on his or her first visit, then patrons must sign our Membership book each week before entry to venue!
Buy advance tickets for all screenings from: http://kushfilms.shoobs.com
Film Boutique Programme:
For those still waiting to exhale, Soulmate is a gripping cinematic journey into the realities facing today’s successful, saved, and single African American women.
This deeply personal portrait reveals the trials, and triumphs of unforgettable women while offering hope and practical advice on such issues as loneliness, the desire for sexual intimacy, men on the “down low”, the ticking biological clock and the uncertainty of the future. This film offers uplifting revelations about the quest for your true… “Soulmate.” www.soulmatefilm.com
This award winning movie is followed by a dynamic Q&A with guest panellists: led by top comedian and actress Judith Jacobs; relationship coach Hilton ‘Dr Love’ Samuel; Oraclez Gospelfest founder Mikee Koos and Sonia Brown (founder, Sistatalk) debating the myths and realities of women attracting, creating and maintaining intimate relationships with their “ideal life partner, your soul mate, ” in today’s world.
Date to Be Confirmed
Cover is a compelling and frightening story of sexual betrayal and hidden lives which seek to destroy the very fabric of our notion of man & wife.
When someone is murdered on New Year’s Eve, the prime suspect is Valerie Maas, a church-going home-maker whose life unravels when she discovers that her husband of many years has been leading a double life. Her strength of character and faith keep her going as the revelation of her husband’s betrayal threatens to destroy all that they have known.
Starring: Vivica A. Fox, Raz Adoti, Louis Gossett Jnr, Paula Jai Parker, Aunjanue Ellis and Leon
98 mins / USA /2007
Betrayal can be murder!
*This program is subject to change without notice – please check program guide prior to attending screenings!
Kush: 07961 977 749
We would like to THANK these people who have proved themselves as leaders in our community – Thanks for supporting financially! God Bless!
Ms. P. Brown
Mr. J. Edgar
Ms. Petra Bernard
We are kindly asking supporters of Kush and black film lovers in general to help us by making a donation of whatever you can to support our work in this economic climate, we currently do not get any Government funding (and really do not want any, if it is also been used to tell us how to run our business) and I Marlon Palmer has more or less funded Kush out of my own pocket over the years.
With the right community investment we can take the work we do promoting and exhibiting black films onto a whole new business level!
HSBC / Sort: 40.06.20 / Account No: 81529846
The community’s support is always appreciated and most definitely needed – please see it in your heart to support our cause!
PLEASE SUPPORT WITH WHATEVER YOU CAN – WE ARE SURE THE BLESSING WILL BE RETURNED TO YOU!
The “Lions Gate” Watch
Diary Of A Tired Black Film Promoter – Continued
Greetings & Good Day My Friends, Supporters & Patrons.
I hope at this moment life for you feel’s good and your eyes are set firmly on your goals and objectives!
As some of you will know I have recently been venting my frustrations at Lions Gate Films (who are releasing the Tyler Perry films here in the UK) and the industry as a whole regarding the lack of opportunities and fair treatment for black led companies in the UK’s film industry.
Well, I can now inform you that after my initial consternation regarding Lions Gate Films the big CEO and Mr. Christopher Bailey (head of Theatrical) have heard my cry out and responded favourably to a direct letter sent to the CEO (if you want results you go to the top).
They also saw my complaints on the website and have made good and remunerated me for my submitted proposals and addressed the confusion I encountered when dealing with their marketing team.
And as the professional and fair people the management are, they have also granted Kush the permission to screen the Tyler Perry film “Madea’s Family Reunion” on Sunday 19th September (5.00 pm).
In regards to supporting the Tyler Perry releases on DVD and at the cinema, as you already know we have waited a long time for these titles to be released here in the UK, finally they are here and I hope you all put your hands in your pockets and purses and financially support the UK release of these films. This will in return encourage Lions Gate Films UK to release all the other Tyler Perry films here in the UK, especially as they have already done so well on release in the US.
As they say: All’s well, that ends well!
Kush the originators of the film club format – brings to you a new season of the best INDEPENDENT black films from the Caribbean, US, UK & Africa, along with Guest Performances, Great Music, After-parties, Debates, Q&A’s, DVD Giveaways and a lot more!
The All-New Carib Theatre & Kush Film Club
New Venue – New Films – New Direction………….
FREE FILM – ENJOY THE FIRST WEEK FOR FREE!
Tuesday 3rd Aug 2010
Come & Enjoy our special screening of an audience favourite!
(More info call 07961 977 749)
But ssshh! Its a secret (spies are watching)
Starting next week Tuesday 3rd Aug 2010 (fortnightly)
Doors open: 7:30 pm / Film starts: 8:30 pm (have a meal prior to films)
Admission: FREE (6 mth membership £10 – see note below)
Venue: Manor Club, 277 Seven Sisters Rd, London, N4 2DE
All we ask this first week is you make a reasonable donation to the work Kush does – its up to you and your conscience (in the past we have done this and some have disrespected it – pls don’t be like them – I will be checking anyway lol!)!
(For all future screenings there will be a one-off £10 Membership/Administration charge covering a 6-month period, which will contribute to our marketing and administration costs. After this there will be a £10 entry fee to all screenings except our occasional complimentary FREE screenings. Your £10 membership fee will also entitle you to: priority entry & seating at all Kush events, Free DVD’s, CD’s and other free tickets/gifts from partner organisations – Membership must be renewed every 6 months).
All attendee’s must show ID and sign our Membership book before entry to venue!
*Help us pack this venue out regularly & we move to a Thursday night!
All taking place at the plush nightclub “The Manor Club”
3 large projection screens / 2 large TV’s and a VIP section
As well as a great selection of Caribbean films there will be our usual UK & US indie films, alternating fortnightly!
Choose from action films for the guys, music documentaries for music lovers, Jamaican comedy for all, drama & romantic comedies for the ladies; Yes, we have a little something for everyone!
*Help us pack this venue out regularly & we move to a Thursday night!
Look out for
Special Exclusive Weekly Screenings of
The hit 12-part Jamaican comedy series:
“Me & Me Kru”
Starring: Benzly Hype & The Innocent Crew, Vaz Blackwood, Professor Nuts, Spragga Benz, Sly & Robbie & Audrey Reid
Doors open: 7:30 pm / Film start: 8.30 pm
Music: 10.30 pm – 12.00 pm (on particular night)
Get VIP status for 20 friends & yourself with your own private Screen,
20 piece chicken platter & Champagne.
Also come along and try out the many different flavoured chicken wings from
“The Manor House Of Wings”
Call: 07961 977 749
The Manor Club
(Nearest tube: Manor House – Piccadilly Line /
Buses: 279, 259, 141, 341, 29, 253, & 254)
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2011 is going to be a hard year for some, but those who prepare their mind, body and spirit will be ahead of the game and ready for a fabulously progressive and harmonious year.
So I have a Free Gift for you click this link and get your free e-book copy of Mind Beliefs.
Join our mastermind group (a new group of like-minded people coming together to discover, discuss, support and stimulate each other to succeed in all areas of life and achieve all their goals and objectives)
For they say: The season of failure; is the best time to plants the seeds of success!
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We wish you the best for 20111 and beyond. Go on INVEST in yourself!
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I hope you find something above that you like, which will help you move forward in life in 2011 – For “What your mind can conceive and believe, you can achieve!”
Thanks Marlon Palmer
Kush is looking for voluntary members of staff to assist at Kush Film Club Screenings currently taking place at The Manor Club, 277 Seven Sisters rd, London, N4 2DE.
We are looking for confident, outgoing, professional young people to fill these positions:
2x Customers Service Personnel (ushering / mailing lists, customer queries etc).
Event Organiser / Team Leader (take lead in implementing new ideas, manage events).
Host (host film club – introduce films & other activities / conduct Q &A’s).
These will lead to paid positions once applicants have proved their competence & reliability over a 6-month period) and the film club is financially viable.
There will also be lots of others benefits like; Event Organising, Build a strong International film industry contacts lists, Learn the art of film exhibition, Meet celebrities, Bring independent black films to new audiences, Using film to engage & educate other young people within the local community. Gain a basic foundation in Film Marketing & PR, Learn the pitfalls of the UK film industry plus lots more.
It is hoped that we can encourage and train more young people to get into the field of Film Marketing & Exhibition and some of these will eventually take over the running of the Kush Film Club or start new branches themselves stemming from the foundations we have laid over the last 12 years.
Its time for a new generation to take over!
All interested parties please call: 07961 977 749
Happy Summer everyone, I hope its hot enough for ya!,
I would like to apologies for my lengthy absence in writing a new blog.
2010 has been a very trying year for me with serious thoughts of getting out of the UK and seeking pastures anew, I have finally made up my mind I do need a new challenge in my life and would like to see what opportunities are available to me elsewhere.
I can only see things getting worse economically here in the UK; especially within the black community as a whole. But that’s not the main reason for wanting to be away from the UK for most of the year, I mainly want to be able to help and provide a service to others elsewhere and right now Africa is very appealing to me – where in Africa is another story – I have decided to let “The Almighty Father” guide me.
All I know is I am out of here in 2011 on a new adventure in life, making the most of the life I have left; whatever that may be?
I don’t believe I will be missing much here anyway, it almost feels like I have done it all here, plus there is no steady work, with hardly any new black films been released here anymore. Also the industry is now totally fragmented with no big support or comradeship amongst other fellow black film organisations – To me things are worse now for black film organisations & filmmakers than when I first started in 1998 (anyone says anything else is having delusions).
This is mainly why I haven’t written a blog over the last 2 months plus I have been dedicating time to sorting out my own personal life. Something I haven’t done over the last 12 years, since I started Kush.
Strangely enough the releasing of new black films has suddenly changed for the better over the last 6 months, well; basically from the beginning of this year with the release of the film “Precious”. It didn’t appear as if there would be a sustained flow of new films releases especially since over the last 4-years we have had about 1 new black film release per year, I mean mainstream American black films.
Maybe it was myself not doing the research and probably giving up hope that things would improve; but all of a sudden there has been a rush of new black films, which just suddenly started to be released all starting with Chris Rock’s new film “Death at a Funeral” which followed the earlier release of his comedy documentary “Good Hair, which was first seen in 2009 but just fully released in 2010.
All of a sudden we now have a spate of releases with “Our Family Wedding” and the new Queen Latifah & Common release “Just Wright”, due to be released here shortly.
With these few releases things are looking a bit better, but I have to regress a little, to be able to bring you some GREAT NEWS!
In May of this year I was astonished to belatedly hear that the man himself Mr. Tyler Perry would be here in the UK for the first time with star Janet Jackson at the Brixton Ritzy for a special screening of his new film “Why Did We Get Married Too”.
Mr. Perry was quietly flown in for an undercover press screening of his new film and seating was allocated in short notice, disqualifying most of his true fans from attending the screening and even been aware that the man was going to be here in the UK. Over a couple of days prior to the event the news spread fast but by then all the tickets for the event had gone and seemed to be only given to a lucky few who probably worked for certain companies involved in the marketing-promotion of the event alongside mainstream press.
You know I was vexed, and I mean vex (Jamaican style). For the last 4 years I have been doing everything I can get to get the Tyler Perry bandwagon here in the UK, The man, his films, his plays; the whole lot. I wrote to his distributors on a number of occasions, when I had no luck with that I wrote to his American publicist, I left long letters on the Tyler Perry website and I called his studios in America. The only thing left was for me to go and camp outside his studios and jump on the bonnet of his car as it whizzed out of the studio gates. lol!”
Anyway it looks like my persistence (as usual) has paid off and The Almighty Father must have been watching me – because a few weeks after Tyler Perry 1st coming to the UK I received an email from his distributors who must have remembered the guy causing a nuisance writing them letters over the last 4 years, they invited me to come along to a meeting to discuss the much anticipated release of the Tyler Perry films and brand here in the UK.
All I can say is; you will all soon be able to enjoy viewing and buying Tyler Perry releases here in the UK, as of August 2010. I can tell you “Diary Of A Mad Black Woman, Why Did We Get Married & Madea’s Family Reunion” will be released here just in time for carnival (August 23rd) along with the theatrical (cinema) release of “Why Did We Get Married Too” (September 3rd).
I hope to be bringing to you an exclusive screening of “Why Did We Get Married Too” and also enable you to buy the DVD releases through our website www.iluvblackfilms.com
Your comments would be appreciated – because as I see it this is surely good news and I would like your feedback, which I will pas onto to the film company – for them to see the level of demand here for Tyler Perry films. .
I can only hope and pray that more quality black films are now going to be released here as they were last back in 2005.
Thanks for listening and listen-up for more news coming soon.
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“The Kush Film Club” 2010
The longest running & renowned black film club in the UK is back with a new season of exclusive & premiere films! (Some films exclusive to Kush only)
Kush Films is back with a new 2010 season of films at a number of brand new venues across London. With less and less black films been released by major UK distributors, Kush has taken up the mantle to fill the void and provide you, our community with a network of screening venues showcasing the best in black films.
Unfortunately we have decided not to continue regular screenings at the Black Grape Venue, the venue and it’s management are not quite ready yet for such a commitment sadly.
We would like to take this time to apologies to all those that came out to support Kush at the premier screening of “See Dick Run” for the late serving of food by The Black Grape Venue and the knock-on effect it had on everything else. I am just glad you all enjoyed the film so much it took away the annoyance of having to wait endlessly for Soon come Food!
We would like to support members of own community through business collaborations and other beneficial avenues; but if these intended collaborations end up hindering Kush, then its better we take our services elsewhere.
There are still possibilities of us using the Black Grape venue, but only if we are in total control over everything needed to organise events there.
But as they say Life Goes On and we now will begin regular monthly screenings at the West Green Learning Centre (West Green Cinema – WGC) & the very plush Court House Hotel Just off Oxford Street starting in May & June respectively.
Enquire about Kush membership and enjoy!
Support Black Films – with Kush!
Welcome once again to another Kush blog,
Yes, written by me the CEO of Kush, Marlon Palmer.
This is my opportunity to clear my head and get all junk floating around in there out and into the universe, where hopefully some of them can manifest into been (now what I mean?).
Well, where do I start, so far this year it’s been a long hard slog, but now January the month of bills, bills, bills is right behind us, things are looking exciting and blessed even with the continuous cold UK weather.
As some of you will already know Kush Promotions will this year step up what we do best; that’s promoting black & urban films. We are currently seeking to create our own network of community screening venues (purpose built venues & particular indie cinema’s) across London thus creating our own little distribution network enabling us to bring the best of black films to the community in their local areas.
No longer do we have to wait for major distributors to bring quality black films to the UK, no longer do we have to go to them on one knee begging them permission to screen their films, no longer will they use us to promote their films whilst not wanting to pay us adequately to do so, and last but not least; no longer will we be searching for a cinema that will let us in to screen black films there….. A New Time Is Coming – Its Time For Change!
With new digital technology and old distribution models no longer viable, the art of distribution is evolving due to technology, the Internet and social media networks across the globe. Promoting one’ products to a global audience is now much more easier and accessible to others.
It’s about time we did for ourselves and that’s exactly what I intend to do with the intention of creating a path for others in the future to follow.
But I need you the people to clearly ponder on this; we cannot make our endeavours successful if you do not support us. Black people need to realise the significance of what we are trying to do and support us financially & morally by attending screenings and spreading the word about what we are doing – encouraging a respectful, loyal and continuous cultural support right across the UK.
It is also good for me to see others like, Sylviane at Images Of Black Women, Priscilla at Rapture and Cheryl at Adrinka films doing their stuff and creating more access to global black films. I am not sure why there seem to be so few men involved in showcasing black films but my hats off to the women. I just wish though some of them sort to be more financially independent and were not so reliant on Government funding!
Anyway Good luck to them all!
New Screenings & Films
(See evens page for trailers etc)
On Thursday 8th April we officially launch one of the first dedicated black cinema venues in Europe. We are pleased to invite you to the Black Grape Music Venue & Cinema, 268 West Green Rd, Tottenham, London, N15 3QR.
This is where we will be in our element screening black and other urban films 2-3 days per week. We are also now able to repeat film as and when we like, just like a cinema.
We start on Thursday 8th April with the UK premier screening of “See Dick Run” a new crazily funny Romantic comedy from US filmmaker Dwayne Alexander Smith. See Dick Run stars Kel Mitchell from the old American teenage comedy show “Keenan & Kel”.
We expect this film to go down well with young people and people who like comedies like; Friday, I’m Gonna Get You Sucka and the new soon to be released (in UK) “Black Dynamite”.
So make sure you spread the word and help us to get “Bum on Seats” on our opening night!
Below is our line up for April/May 2010
The Kush Film Club at the Black Grape Cinema
268 West Green Rd, Tottenham, London, N15 3QR
See Dick Run
Thursday 8th April 2010 (7.00pm / Films starts: 8.00pm)
& Wednesday 14th April
Richard (Kel Mitchell) is a fast-talking ladies man whose life takes a hilarious turn when a voodoo priestess casts a spell that takes away his manhood. His manhood will be lost forever unless he can reverse the spell before midnight. Now, in a race against time, this notoriously deceitful womanizer must revisit all the women in his life he has wronged and apologize for his lowdown ways. Starring Kel Mitchell (“All That”, “Kenan & Kel”) and Page Kennedy (“Weeds”).
Starring: Kel Mitchell, Page Kennedy, Todd Bridges, Phyllis Yvonne Stickney, Chico Benymon, Brooklyn McLinn, Shelli Boone, Heidi Marie Wanser, Trinecia Moore-Pernell
Directed by: Dwayne Alexander Smith
89 mins / 2009 / USA / 15
Disoriented Generation & Q&A with Wil Johnson
Friday 8th April 2010 (8.00pm / Films starts: 9.00pm)
& Thursday 15th April
“Disoriented Generation” is an enthralling new light-hearted comedy/drama which follows the fortunes and misfortunes of Ishmael (WIL JOHNSON) as he tries to keep his life on the emotional roller coaster we call love…
The film, spanning 5 years of Ishmaels life, follows his attempts to stay on track as he navigates through three very different life changing relationships in his quest to find love and the perfect family.
Sharon, Kenisha and Bola are the women who embark on this extraordinary journey with Ishmael and through these people we experience the slings and arrows, the highs and the lows and those rare moments that can truly be called happiness in the eternal search for love…..
Starring: Wil Johnson / 2009 / 89 mins / 15
Directed by Christian Ashaiku
Rebound - The Legend of Earl ‘The Goat‘ Manigault
Wednesday 21st April 2010 (7.00pm / Films starts: 8.00pm)
& Wednesday 12th May
Rebound: The Legend of Earl “The Goat” Manigault based on the life of real-life Basketball legend and community activist Earl Manigault. Whose drug addiction destroyed his hopes of a professional basketball career, but who went on to become one of Harlem’s most influential citizens after his recovery from drug abuse.
In this dramatisation much-loved actor ‘Don Cheadle’ gives an amazing performance.
Award winner James Earl Jones also adds life and warmth to this incredible story of a man’s determination to rise above poverty, his mistakes and the hand life has dealt him. His experiences encourage him to help others through sport and enable them to not follow the same perilous path.
This film also sees some truly outstanding performances from Eriq La Salle, Loretta Devine, Michael Beach, Clarence Williams III, Colin Cheadle and Forest Whitaker.
Starring: Don Cheadle, Loretta Devine, Michael Beach, James Earl Jones, Eriq La Salle & Forest Whitaker
HBO / 15 / 90 mins
Tuesday 4th May 2010 (7.00pm / Films starts: 8.00pm)“My Brother” is an inner city story of two impoverished boys, Isaiah and James. James is developmentally disabled. Their mother, L’Tisha, finds herself in a tragic situation. Dying of tuberculosis, she desperately tries to get her two boys, eight and eleven at the time, adopted into a new home together. Finding that only Isaiah can be adopted. L’Tisha makes the only choice she feels she can make; creating an unbreakable bond of love between the boys, and hoping that bond will get them through life together. Her prayers are eventually answered as the boys overcome impossible odds on their way to adulthood, staying as close as ever as young men dealing with life’s obstacles.
Starring: Vanessa Williams, Tatum O’Neal, Fredro Starr & Nashawn Kearse
Director: Anthony Lover / PG / 2007 / 90 mins / 12
In Prison My Whole Life
Tuesday 25th May (7.00pm / Films starts: 8.00pm)
A look at the life of imprisoned political activist and former Black Panther member, Mumia Abu-Jamal, who’s death sentence for killing a police officer was overturned in 2001 due to errors made during his original 1982 sentencing hearing.
Featuring: Mumia Abu Jamal, Snoop Dog, Mos Def, Russell Simmons & William Francome.
Directed by: Marc Evans / 90 mins / 2008 / PG
I’m Through With White Girls!
Wednesday 26th May (7.00pm / Films starts: 8.00pm)On a quest to find the perfect woman, Jay Brooks must deal with his commitment issues in order to win his love.
The only black guy in his indie-rock social scene, Jay Brooks (30 going on 21) is witty and opinionated. A storyboard artist by trade, and sci-fi junkie, he is quite the sexual overachiever in his indie rock world. Still, Jay feels unfulfilled as he watches Drake, a high school buddy, preparing for marriage.
Drake Moore, a tall and handsome black lawyer, has Alpha Male credentials, but is nevertheless controlled by his fiancée, J.C. who comes from a high strung, well-to-do family. Drake wants to give J.C. the wedding of her dreams, but he sweats over juggling their families’ economic and class prejudices of one another.
As Jay takes stock of his many failed relationships, he notices a common denominator: all the women were white. Matt, Jay’s best friend and roommate, calls him on blaming his issues on white women, but Jay insists he is right. Jay gives up dating white women “cold turkey,” and goes in search of the perfect “sistah.” Unfortunately, he doesn’t fit the current stereotype of the hip-hop loving, baller from rap videos. Jay crashes and burns with the “sistahs” and, quite by accident, his quest leads him to Catherine, an un-Orthodox black woman.
As Jay’s feelings deepen for Catherine, he must address his commitment issues, the real root of his problems, in order to win her.
Turn Soul Films/USA/89 mins/ 12
Starring: Anthony Montogomery, Ryan Alosio & Lia Johnson
Written by: Courtney Lilly
Thursday 13th & Wednesday 19th May (7.00pm / Films starts: 8.00pm)After returning to her hometown to contemplate her troubled marriage, a woman finds renewed hope as she and the cousin with whom she was once best friends slowly reconcile their own fractured relationship.
Cast: Alfre Woodard, Loretta Devine & CCH Pounder
Directed by Julie Dash / 108 mins / 15
Me & Mi Kru (12 part series)
This celebrated sitcom stars well-known music group the “Innocent Kru”
and centres on their exploits to make it big in the music business. When one of the Kru wins the lottery its time to move out of the ghetto with Mother in-tow and move up-town – what a ting!
Starring Hemsley Morris Jnr, the Innocent Kru, Audrey Hall, Vaz Blackwood, Professor Nuts, Sly & Robbie & Spragga Benz. Directed by Rick Elwood (Dance Hall Queen & One Love).
Running time: 25 mins / 2008 / 12
What Goes Around (UK Premier)
Written and Directed by Steve “Tehut-Nine” McAlpin, WHAT GOES AROUND is a twisted tale about male/female relationships, that looks at the issues of infidelity, safe sex and HIV awareness. Denzel a committed one-woman man is accused of cheating and is unexpectedly dumped by his low self-esteem girlfriend, Lucille.
He is devastated and confused and after sharing the news with his brother Sylvester, (an unabashed playboy), who also lost his girlfriend in a sordid affair, they both visit a clinic to get checked out; only to find out that one of them has a curable STD and the other is HIV positive.
Filled with anger and bitterness the HIV infected brother decides to spread the virus to as many women as possible, while the other takes advantage of his brother’s misfortune. Brimming with suspense and drama the film takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride with each character, it will have you feeling sorry for some, angry at others and bracing for the outcome, because in the end, What Goes Around…
Written & Directed by Steve “Tehut-Nine” McAlpin / USA / 2009 / 90 mins / 18
Another Kush Exclusive
“The Story Of Lovers Rock” – A Moment in History!
On Tuesday March 16th 2010 Kush presents a special exclusive preview screening of the new film “The Story Of Lovers Rock”. This film is still in production and we need to raise a final amount of £60,000 to finish the film, but we wanted to show interested select Investors and small Donators what we have so far with the hope you will want to be a part of this historic cinematic production and make a donation (Great benefits attached to donations of £250 and larger equity investments).
This is a private event – Invites only!
Do you remember those youthful & loving days in the 70′s & 80′s when British reggae music ruled the world. When Love was abound and girl power ruled? Do you also remember, the afro’s, guys having contests to see who could dance with the most girls, holding on close to your man and rubbing all night long, friends Mum’s or dad’s coming into the dance and grabbing the mic and telling them children to make sure them get home fast, rubbing off the wall paper on the wall? Do you remember the styles & fashion, Gabbici, Farrah slacks, Silk shirts, pleated skirts; oh wow those where the days!
This film features the best of all the Lovers Rock artistes of the daylive in concert and comedic memories from the likes of Rudi Lickwood, Angie Lemar, Glenda Jackson, Wayne “Dibi” Rollins, Eddie Nestor & Robbie Gee.
If you would like to attend this screening on Tuesday 16th March please call Marlon Palmer (Producer) on 07961 977 749
THE STORY OF LOVERS ROCK – Synopsis
Director Menelik Shabazz returns with his first theatrical film in over two decades since the acclaimed film “Burning An Illusion”. His new offering is “The Story Of LOVERS ROCK”.
Lovers Rock was the British made romantic reggae music that defined a generation in the late 1970s and 80s.
Lovers Rock was initially led and defined by female artists whose lyrics reflected the lives and experiences of many black British youths, though not exclusively. Lovers Rock was also about lifestyle, fashion and sensual dance. Close intimate dancing known as a ‘rub-up’, was the initiation into the world of embracing another and the sweetness of youthful love.
Beyond the live performances from the “Kings and Queens of Lovers Rock” we understand how the music was created, the key players and the social backdrop, in the late 70s and 80s. The internal and external dynamics affecting its success and the limited impact on mainstream music.
Underlying this is a portrait of the post Windrush generation. A generation that influenced and transformed British youth and mainstream culture as well as creating it own unique music genre.
Through interviews and comedic reflections we gain insights into an era and generation not seen before on the big screen.
Contributors include: Janet Kay, Denis Bovell, Angie Le Mar, Dr. Lez Henry, Linton K Johnson & Ava Leigh. Comedic touch provide by: Eddie Nestor, Robbie Gee, Wayne Rollins & Glenda Jackson.
Kush: 0800 999 3033 / 07961 977 749 / email: email@example.com
HAPPY NEW YEAR – 2010
Greetings My friends & loyal supporters!
I first would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year and may all of you reading this blog enjoy: Good Health, Happiness, Wealth, Love & Prosperity in 2010.
May you life be abundantly good in this New Year!
Well, where do I start, secondly I should thank everyone that supported Kush in 2009, without you we would not be here now and I surely would have packed my bags and looked for creative satisfaction somewhere other than the UK, so THANK YOU MY BROTHERS & SISTERS.
I really do have to thank you because there are so many brothers & sisters here in the UK that do not support black businesses or even contemplate the sorrowful plight here of black people (whether African or African-Caribbean’s). Its like many of us here in the UK are living in a state of illusion – believing things are better than what they actually are. At the same time I am also aware that many of my brothers & sisters here are totally ignorant of what they can truly be. Too many of us are content with having their head above water and just surviving, whilst everyday on TV they see others prospering and earning wealth they could only dream of – without realising dreams are created; to eventually manifest & become reality!
For as the ancient Egyptians used to say: As You Believe, So Shall You Become!
Live your dreams my Brothers & Sisters, believe and you shall prosper! And remember the more you give; the more you will receive, don’t stop the flow!
Okay, I hope I have inspired at least someone out there to make change and to support his fellow man in one way of another – so on to the film news.
2009 Xmas Film Boutique Screening Event
Our Xmas screening of the excellent film “American Violet” went very well and was well attended with a packed venue. Everyone loved this true-to-life story of one woman’s battle against corrupt elements in the DA’s office in the US state of Texas.
It’s so sad that things like that are still going on in this day and age in the United States the country supposedly leading the way for Democratic reform in the so called Third-world (If you do not know what I am talking about try to see the film or go read up about it).
Unfortunately “American Violet” was never released in the UK theatrically or on DVD, like so many other films made in America each year (will touch on this fact again a bit further down blog).
I am pleased it appears everyone liked the films including the first ever UK screening of the new Jamaican comedy series Me & Mi Kru. We plan to screen the whole series over a 6-week period starting next month, February 2010. We are still not sure of the venue yet this is still been discussed, but as soon as we know you’ll be the next to know.
We plan to organise another small screening of “American Violet” at the end of this month (Jan 10) – check this blog site for further details.
Our newly re-branded online DVD store site is gradually picking up and we have a small bunch of loyal supporters who are consistently buying their favourite black films and helping us to grow this venture – Thank You!
PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD AND TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS & FAMILY ABOUT WWW.ILUVBLACKFILMS.COM.
Four reasons for supporting www.iluvblackfilms.com
- iluvblackfilms.com is unique as one of the very first online e-commerce websites in the UK to specifically provide Europe’s African & African-Caribbean communities with access to mainstream & Independent black films past & present.
- Where else in the UK can you go and purchase your favourite black films (apart from Amazon – as some of you will tell me, still they only have some titles)?
- iluvblackfilms.com is efficient and cost-effective whilst at the same time able to compete on prices with Amazon for many titles. Even though we have just started up and do not have the brand name like Amazon and cannot command the dealers discounts Amazon can (but with your continued support we will gain widespread international awareness in the next 5 years).
- iluvblackfilms.com will preserve selected black films and make them readily available to you and our younger generation. Without a site like iluvblackfilms.com many of our classic and much loved black films will disappear and become hard to find or even become deleted on DVD forever – help us provide this much-needed service and help us preserve black films for the next generation.
Please do not compare us to Amazon, I am only using them as an example as they are the obvious leaders in the market. Amazon has had a 10 year (if not longer) start on us and it will take many years for us to get anywhere near their size, so please don’t go to Amazon and checkout their prices and then come back to us and say we can get it cheaper on Amazon.
All I would say there is; If you do not realise the significant of what we are trying to achieve along side the symbolic nature of www.iluvblackfilms.com then I wish you all the best and can only hope you one-day realise that without ownership of our own cultural identity we will always be open to other’s manipulation of our place in world history. Hopefully for you it will not only be about the money! Not withstanding that we will always endeavour to be competitive and in most cases more cost-effective than others.
Kush & Kush TV
I am currently looking at the very realistic possibility of launching Kush TV by Summer 2010. Currently in the UK there are no dedicated distribution outlets or public viewing platforms for black films. For many years we have been hearing about diversity on British TV and channels like Channel 4 were going to provide more opportunities etc, etc, etc. 10-15 years later nothing! Absolutely nothing!
This is our opportunity to disseminate quality black programming to a starved public. Our children also NEED positive images of people like themselves to create inspiring role models from.
The funny thing is; and I believe I am correct in saying this; we had more black faces on TV in the 1980’s than we do currently now (please correct me if you think I am wrong?) and they weren’t all murderers & robbers.
As I see it, it is well-overdue time that we stop waiting for others to do for us, isn’t it about time we did for ourselves, and stop walking around with our hands out begging for support. It must be absolutely clear now that support will never truly come. Yeah of course you can get the usual derogatory handout – accompanied by Jump-Through-Hoop regulations. But how will that really help you especially when you go back a second time, to only get a slapped wrist saying naughty boy, you had some already, the pot is small and we have to spread it around to keep you all quite to meet government statistics.
What would happen if we reversed the psychology and instead of waiting for handouts, we went off and did our own thing and created sustainable ventures?
I believe the so-called mainstream hierarchy would take serious interest (not liking to be left out of the picture) and would come to us with offers of support simply to allow them to be apart of the process and get a foothold in our viable market place.
There is no one better to make black films viable than black filmmakers themselves, promoters & the African & African-Caribbean community. We know what we want and how best to give it to us. The mainstream industry is currently walking around saying black films are not viable (that’s why you are no longer seeing mainstream American black films been released in UK cinema’s).
I say it’s not viable for them, for they simply do not know what they are doing and do not understand the black marketplace – that is quite evident to me been 11 years in the film business.
It is amazing to me that multi-talented actor/filmmaker Tyler Perry has released around about 6/7 films with at least 4 of them going to No 1 in America and not one of his films have been released theatrically or on DVD in the UK – WHY IS THIS????
I am currently trying to get access to him, but this is proving very difficult. I have spoken to his distributors in the UK & the US, one of his producers Mr R. Bob, left a long message on Tyler Perry’s blog, called his LA offices, sent a letter to his US publicist, but all to no avail. Maybe Tyler is also been told the UK is not a viable marketplace and his has decided to overlook us. Still I will carry on trying to make contact and hear what he has to say personally!
Since 2005 we have had roughly 3 mainstream American films released here in London (can’t speak for the rest of the country, because a lot of the time distributors do not release films outside of a small select group of main cities): The films were: Dreamgirls, Notorious & Obsession starring Beyonce & Idris Elba – and that’s all I can remember!
So if they are no longer releasing mainstream American black films, what chance is there for UK Independent black filmmakers – weigh that up!
Well, for me “Its Time To Put A Stop To This Lack of Vision” and get jiggy and start doing things for ourselves and that’s why I intend to launch Kush TV bringing to a worldwide audience quality Black British films & lifestyle programming.
We will need all the help we can get with FINANCE, EXPERIENCED & SUPPORT STAFF, and the cooperation of black FILM/TV INDUSTRY PERSONNEL.
So if you would like to support this will-happen venture please give me, Marlon Palmer a call on 07961 977 749. I am especially looking for people who would like to invest in this essential & profitable venture.
Yours support is needed and would be most greatly appreciated.
To make this a permanently sustainable venture we all need to come together, industry, public & Kush!
HELP US TO DO THE RIGHT THING – IT’S A NEW YEAR, ‘IT’S TIME FOR CHANGE!
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Greetings & welcome to the Kush blog spot!
Sorry folks I was meant to have written this sometime ago, but I have been so busy couldn’t seem to squeeze it in (bad time-management). I also moved home and my life was up side down for a minute.
Well finally here I am writing a blog. I plan to engage with you our loyal Kush followers every fortnight in this Kush blog-spot, while throughout the month my vast array of bloggers will keep you up-to-date with all the latest film news & events.
You also can leave comments and engage others in topical conversation relating to the UK & US film scene, go on don’t be shy, get these opinions out – this is your space to say what you like (no bad words mind, I’m the only bad boys around here).
This is where I tell you all that is happening with Kush and spill my guts (ala movie style – Kill Bill) about what its really like to try and make a living in the UK film industry, and I will try my best to not go on and on and on and on…. (nuff whingeing)
Well where do I start, oh I know, the beginning, well, it was in 1998 that I decided I wanted to do something, anything, to help black filmmakers create a platform for themselves as I felt they weren’t been afforded opportunities that were readily available to others. Back then still there was a vibrant underground black film scene happening, with various promoters/filmmakers organising regular screenings & film related events that were all well attended. There were people like filmmaker Adrian Browne, and organisations like: The Black Audio Collective, BFM, Film Daze, Nubian Tales and others.
Here you can find all the latest topical news from within the black film industry both in the UK and globally.
Kush has been operating for 10 years now; and we are leaders in the field of independent film Marketing/PR & Exhibition, so in this weekly blog space we will be doing provocative, revealing & educational interviews with independent filmmakers with an emphasis on the UK market.
You can also catch up with the opinionated views of our confidential black film ghost guest writers, who won’t be afraid to tell it like it is….
Above all else, this is your space!
Please do engage in the debate and comment on what you read here and if you’re interested in being a guest blogger, please get in touch.
Marlon Palmer of Kush Films says “its about time black filmmakers here in the UK stood up to be counted, we have a voice, but currently it cannot be heard, I say lets make it be heard by standing as one, the UK film industry should be inclusive of all filmmakers, but if this continues not to be the case, can we not create opportunities of our own by coming together and creating an industry of own?
When our black brothers & sisters in the United states were excluded from mainstream industry what did they do? They created their own industry, which proved successful until segregation was eradicated, and many forgot the power of doing for oneself and their community.
Kush refuses to walk around with our hand out begging for ‘controlled support’ when we have the knowledge and will to do things for ourselves, thus, as we have been doing for 10 years and will continue to do so, as long as we prosper as a business providing this much-needed service.”
We need your help to get the debate about the direction of black British cinema off the ground and if that’s going to happen, you all need to be a part of it.
So let your voices be heard, have your say!
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