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Say Her Name

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From Social Construct’s joint venture, Convergent Media

STATUS: In Development

SYNOPSIS:

Based on the critically acclaimed memoir by Francisco Goldman. In this autobiographical love story, 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.

CAST & CREW:

Director: Leena Yadav
Writer: Scott B. Smith (script), Francisco Goldman (book)
Producers: William HorbergRussell SmithMichael Cleaver, and Zak Kilberg.

NEWS:

Francisco Goldman’s Love Story ‘Say Her Name’ Set Up as Movie (EXCLUSIVE)

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Untitled 1921 Tulsa Race Riot Project

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STATUS: In Development

SYNOPSIS:

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.

CAST & CREW:

Director: Tim Story (“Fantastic Four,” the “Ride Along” franchise, the two “Think Like a Man” movies, “Barbershop.” Also directing and executive producing Showtime’s upcoming comedy series “White Famous,” based on Jamie Foxx’s personal experiences.)
Writer:  Christopher Kubasik
Producers: Zak Kilberg of Social Construct, Blue Ridge Media Capital, Tim Story and Doug Griffin of the Story Company, Christine Holder and Mark Holder of Zero Gravity.

NEWS

Read the project announcement on Deadline Hollywood or Variety.com – May 17, 2017

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Buena Vista Social Club Adios -Released

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BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB™ – ADIÓS, from Social Construct’s joint venture Convergent Media, is now streaming online, worldwide!

SYNOPSIS:

BVSCA posterProduced by Social Construct founder and CEO Zak Kilberg and directed by two-time Academy Award nominee Lucy Walker, the film is also executive produced by Wim Wenders, and distributed in the U.S. by Broad Green Pictures. 16 years after the previous Academy Award nominated film by Wenders, this latest project follows the five surviving original members of the world-changing Cuban band, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club™, during their final, international tour, culminating in a massive celebration in Havana. The film will include mesmerizing concert footage and poignant reflections on the astounding success of the band and the loss of several of its members. It also will be set in the context of the historic changes in the relationship between Cuba and the United States, undoubtedly influenced by the vibrant music and culture of Cuba epitomized and brought to the world stage by this band.

CAST & CREW

Director: Lucy Walker (Waste Land)
Producers: Julian Cautherley, Christine Cowin, Asher GoldsteinZak Kilberg, Victor Moyers
Executive Producers: Andrew Baker, Daniel Hammond, Gabriel Hammond, Bill Lord, Jason Lust, Russell Smith, Lucy Walker
Co-Producers: Michael Cleaver, Tom Colbourne, Brian Johnston, Iz Web
Associate Producers: Daniel Florestano, Arantza Benito Melgar, Juan Carlos Zaldivar
Starring: Ibrahim Ferrer, Omara Portuondo, Gaujirito Mirabal, Manuel “Guajiro” Mirabal

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Would You Rather -Released

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Now available streaming on iTunes, Amazon, Netflix, Google Play, and Showtime!

SYNOPSIS

would-you-rather-alt-posterDesperate to help her ailing brother, a young woman agrees to compete in a deadly game of Would You Rather, hosted by a sadistic aristocrat…
WOULD YOU RATHER is a psychological thriller that explores economic inequality, the potential consequences of Social Darwinism, and power games. The film has been compared by critics to a less controversial version of Pasolini’s SALO, or a current reality version of  HUNGER GAMES. Other critics have described the movie as a “financial morality play with spirit and wit” — one that is “guaranteed to rile up even the most jaded viewer,” while presenting a “portrait of human nature as it is faced with a cold reality of choice and survival.”

“A bloody rare turn at classic murder mystery…”
-Rex Reed, New York Observer

CAST & CREW

Starring: Brittany Snow (Prom Night, Hairspray)Jeffrey Combs (Re-AnimatorThe Frighteners), Sasha Grey (The Girlfriend Experience),Larry Cedar (The CraziesDeadwood), Larry Gillard Jr. (The WireThe Machinist), Robb Wells (Trailer Park BoysBoondock Saints II), Eddie Steeples (My Name is Earl), John Heard (Home Alone), Enver Gjokaj (Dollhouse), and Robin Lord Taylor (Another Earth)
Director: David Guy Levy
Writer: Steffen Schlachtenhaufen
Producers: Zak KilbergMaura AndersonDavid Guy Levy
Executive Producers: Brittany SnowAndre Royo
Cinematographer: Steven Capitano Calitri
Distributor: IFC / Sundance Selects

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Alyce Kills -Released

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Now available streaming on Google Play, YouTube, and Amazon!

SYNOPSIS

alyce-alt-posterSomewhere between a crack-addled ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and a modern vision of ‘Taxi Driver’, ALYCE KILLS runs riot as a gritty psychological thriller set against the backdrop of Echo Park, Los Angeles’ pinnacle of urban hipster culture.

After accidentally causing her best friends horrific death, Alyce is haunted by guilt and delves into a brutal nightmare wonderland of sex, drugs and violence, her mind tearing itself apart… Along with anyone else who gets in her way.

ALYCE KILLS serves as an antidote to Generation X and Y movies that tend to either celebrate young “slackers” as heroic anti-heroes, or portray them as stereotypical oppressed victims. Comparing the film to Polanksi’s REPULSION, Slant magazine glowingly reviewed ALYCE KILLS as a “parody of unearned self-entitlement, of people who feel tricked into a lifestyle they refuse to challenge for the comforts it still offers.” Critic Chuck Bowen went on to note that the film “coaxes out the anger that is latent in the prototypical middle-class arrangement, allowing worker-bee frustration to manifest itself as a palpable cloud of madness…. Alyce is clearly a blossoming psychopath from minute one, but no one notices because they’re too busy tending to their own relentless self-regard.”

Variety listed ALYCE KILLS as one of “15 Scariest Halloween Horrors” and noted Actress Jade Dornfeld’s “tour de force performance as the guilt ridden title character. Her descent into a maelstrom of drugs, sex and psychotic violence is equal parts twisted and tragic…. ‘Alyce Kills’ is a challenging and original work of avant-garde horror.”

CAST & CREW

Starring: Tamara Feldman (HatchetGossip Girl), James Duval (Donnie DarkoDoom Generation), Eddie Rouse (PandorumUndertow), Larry Cedar (The CraziesDeadwood), Yorgo Constantine (Fast Five), Megan Gallagher (Millenium24), Rena Owen (Once Were Warriors), Tracey Walter (Repo ManBatman), Bret Roberts (MayNightstalker), and introducing Jade Dorfeld as ALYCE.
Writer/Director: Jay Lee (New World Order – Sundance Premiere, Zombie Strippers – Sony)
Producers: Zak KilbergLinda L. Miller
Executive Producer: Duncan Blake
Distributor: US: Bloody Disgusting Selects / Vivendi Universal/ UK: Lionsgate


Believe The Beat -Post production

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STATUS: FESTIVAL TOUR

SYNOPSIS:

Believe the Beat is a tender rites of passage tale that follows a crew of Brazilian street dancers. As they take their dance from city park to global stage, an independent filmmaker discovers the challenge and promise of digital storytelling. ​Jocelyn Edelstein’s premiere, feature length documentary, ​celebrates the potent language of dance, friendship and perseverance.
CAST & CREW

Director/Producer: Jocelyn Edelstein

Executive Producer: Zak Kilberg


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