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Wonderful Films and Convergent Media team up to produce Francisco Goldman’s Love Story “Say Her Name”

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A new project from Social Construct’s joint venture, Convergent Media:

From Variety.com article, Francisco Goldman’s Love Story ‘Say Her Name’ Set Up as Movie (EXCLUSIVE)
by Dave McNary – May 17, 2017 

Francisco Goldman’s autobiographical love story “Say Her Name” is in the works as a feature film with Wonderful Films and Convergent Media.

Leena Yadav (“Parched”) is set to direct from a script by Oscar nominated screenwriter Scott B. Smith. Wonderful FilmsWilliam Horberg is producing. Russell Smith, Michael Cleaver, and Zak Kilberg are executive producing on behalf of Convergent Media, which is financing development of the project.

Goldman married young writer Aura Estrada in a romantic Mexican hacienda in 2005. A month before their second anniversary, she passed away after a body surfing accident. Goldman was blamed by her family and himself and wanted to die but wrote “Say Her Name” as a novel chronicling his love and loss. It was designated a “Best Book of the Year” by The New York Times and Publisher’s Weekly.

“This is a beautiful and deeply romantic cross-cultural love story, and a suspenseful drama of life and death, all at the same time,” said Horberg. “I got to know Leena working with her on ‘Parched” and I am really excited to see where she takes this true and timeless story.”

“Parched” premiered at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival and won the Impact Award at the Stockholm Film Festival. Convergent Media’s credits include “Buena Vista Social Club: Adios” and “Guantanamo Diary.”

Horberg’s credits include “Kite Runner,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and “Cold Mountain.” Smith received an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for “A Simple Plan.”

Yadav is repped by Gersh. Scott B. Smith is repped by ICM Partners, Circle of Confusion and law firm, Behr Abramson Levy.…


New York Times Gives Glowing Review of “Buena Vista Social Club Adios”

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“Review: ‘Buena Vista Social Club: Adios,’ Analytical but Still Loving”

From the New York Times, May 24, 2017
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  • NYT Critic’s Pick
  • Directed by Lucy Walker
  • Documentary
  • PG
  • 1h 50m

“In Wim Wenders’s 1999 documentary, “Buena Vista Social Club,” Ry Cooder, who helped unite once-forgotten masters of Cuban popular song for an album, told of something he learned to do early in the project. Upon hearing a particularly great tune, he would ask two questions: “Who wrote it?” and “Is he or she still alive?””

“At that time, so many of the writers and players and singers were indeed still alive. Ibrahim Ferrer, the singer referred to in Mr. Wenders’s movie as “the Cuban Nat King Cole,” was making a meager living shining shoes a few blocks down the street from the studio where Mr. Cooder and Juan de Marcos González were working on what would become the 1997 album “Buena Vista Social Club.” That record, and Mr. Wenders’s subsequent film, made international stars out of Mr. Ferrer and several other Cuban musicians who had thought time and the world had passed them by.””

““Buena Vista Social Club: Adios,” directed by Lucy Walker (and of which Mr. Wenders, among others, is an executive producer) is both an exemplary sequel and a vital, informative companion piece. It not only chronicles the late-life careers of the “Buena Vista” stars, many of whom have since died. But it also tells some painful and fascinating back stories, and insists on putting the music in its social and historical contexts.”

“Mr. Wenders’s film didn’t do much of that; it was content to be a kind of hangout movie, capturing musicians playing dominoes while awaiting their turns at the microphone. “Adios” shows furious arguments at sound checks and reveals the ambivalence with which some of the musicians viewed newfound fame. It’s not as poetic or immediately enjoyable as the first film. But it is tougher and more analytical, with real challenges embedded in its pleasures.””…


Social Construct to Produce “Black Wall Street” with Director Tim Story

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From Variety.com article, “Tim Story to Direct, Produce Movie on 1921 Tulsa Race Riot”
by Dave McNary – May 17, 2017 

Tim Story, helmer of the three “Ride Along” movies, is directing and producing a feature film about the deadly 1921 Tulsa Race Riot.

Story and Doug Griffin are producing through the Story Company with Christine Holder and Mark Holder of Zero Gravity. Zak Kilberg is also Producing via his Social Construct banner, with Blue Ridge Media Capital serving as executive producer. Christopher Kubasik has been hired to write the screenplay, inspired by Corinda Marsh’s historical novel “Holocaust in the Homeland: Black Wall Street’s Last Days.”

The book’s account, seen through the eyes of a fictional reporter, focuses on the Greenwood section of Tulsa, Okla., which was called “Black Wall Street” because of its economic success. The riot completely razed Greenwood, destroying the lives of its 10,000 residents.

The riot was mostly ignored until 1996, when the state legislature authorized the Oklahoma Commission to Investigate the Tulsa Race Riot. HBO aired “The Tulsa Lynching of 1921: A Hidden Story” in 2000.

Story’s directing credits include the two “Think Like a Man” movies, “Fantastic Four,” and “Barbershop.” He’s directing and executive producing Showtime’s upcoming comedy series “White Famous,” based on Jamie Foxx’s personal experiences.

Story is repped by UTA. Kubasik is repped by Zero Gravity and Rob Szymanski of Eclipse Law. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

 

IMDB Official Movie Page to be posted soon!…


The Song of Sway Lake Premieres at L.A. Film Festival in June

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The Song of Sway Lake will be premiered on June 21, 2017 at the LA Film Festival!

A young record collector, haunted by his father’s suicide, brings a bombastic Russian drifter to his family’s lake house to help him steal a one-of-a-kind record from his own grandmother.

From 4x Sundance alumni, director Ari Gold.
WRITERS: Ari Gold, Elizabeth Bull
PRODUCERS: Michael Bederman, Zak Kilberg, Allison Carter, Ari Gold
CAST: Rory Culkin, Robert Sheehan, Mary Beth Peil, Isabelle McNally, Elizabeth Peña, Jack Falahee, Brian Dennehy)

Read the Announcement on FilmIndependent.org

Get info about the premiere by joining the Song of Sway Lake Los Angeles Film Fest Premiere Facebook Event Page!

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Rolling Stone article: release date set for Buena Vista Social Club Adios documentary

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On May 11, 2017, Rolling Stone released the trailer for the Buena Vista Social Club Adios documentary, and announced the planned release date of May 26. The film is a production of Social Construct’s joint venture, Convergent Media, and is Produced by Social Construct founder and CEO, Zak Kilberg.

The article also includes quotes from Kilberg and a video of the band’s performance in the White House in 2015.  Stay tuned for more about the film over the coming months!…


Benedict Cumberbatch Joins GUANTÁNAMO DIARY

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It’s official: Benedict Cumberbatch’s debut as a feature film producer will be GUANTÁNAMO DIARY, which his company is producing with development funding from Social Construct’s film/TV joint venture, Convergent Media. Social Construct and Convergent Media founder Zak Kilberg is Executive Producing. Other producers include Michael Bronner (CAPTAIN PHILLIPS), Michael and Christine Holder of Zero Gravity (BEASTS OF NO NATION), and Lloyd Levin (GREEN ZONE, UNITED 93). The film is based on the New York Times best-selling book of the same name, by current Guantánamo prisoner and acclaimed author Mohamedou Ould Slahi. The Times calls the book “the most profound account yet written of what it is like to be collateral damage” in the “War on Terror.”

See full article on DEADLINE.…


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