Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Is There a Filmmaker in the Obama Family? The 1st Daughter is Working as a P.A. on 'Girls' Is There a Filmmaker in the Obama Family? The 1st Daughter is Working as a P.A. on 'Girls' The Music Video Rihanna Could Have Made.... The Music Video Rihanna Could Have Made.... Marvel Should Consider These 5 Directors for its Black Panther Movie (Chime in with Yours) Marvel Should Consider These 5 Directors for its Black Panther Movie (Chime in with Yours) Misty Copeland Will Make Her Broadway Debut, Joining the Cast of 'On the Town' Misty Copeland Will Make Her Broadway Debut, Joining the Cast of 'On the Town' It Looks Like Falcon (Played by Anthony Mackie) Will Appear in 'Ant-Man' (Video) It Looks Like Falcon (Played by Anthony Mackie) Will Appear in 'Ant-Man' (Video) Now We Know for Certain Whether Ava DuVernay Will be Directing Marvel’s ‘Black Panther' Now We Know for Certain Whether Ava DuVernay Will be Directing Marvel’s ‘Black Panther' Revolution Cinema: 5 Films to Put on Your "To-See" List This July 4th Holiday Weekend Revolution Cinema: 5 Films to Put on Your "To-See" List This July 4th Holiday Weekend Donald Glover's FX Project 'Atlanta' Casts its Leads as Production Gets Underway (Atlanta is *Hot* This Year) Donald Glover's FX Project 'Atlanta' Casts its Leads as Production Gets Underway (Atlanta is *Hot* This Year) ABC Is Rebooting 'To Tell the Truth' with Anthony Anderson & NeNe Leakes ABC Is Rebooting 'To Tell the Truth' with Anthony Anderson & NeNe Leakes ‘Little White Lie' - Engrossing Look Into One Family's Silence, Secrets & Denial of Race - Now Streaming on Netflix ‘Little White Lie' - Engrossing Look Into One Family's Silence, Secrets & Denial of Race - Now Streaming on Netflix "Your Legacy Is More Than a Name" - Watch Michael B. Jordan in First Trailer for 'Creed' "Your Legacy Is More Than a Name" - Watch Michael B. Jordan in First Trailer for 'Creed' Issa Rae's HBO-Bound 'Awkward Black Girl'-esque Comedy Gets a Director Issa Rae's HBO-Bound 'Awkward Black Girl'-esque Comedy Gets a Director The Irresponsibility of 'What Happened, Miss Simone?' The Irresponsibility of 'What Happened, Miss Simone?' Starz Announces Return Date for Original Series 'Power' + New Key Art + Trailer Starz Announces Return Date for Original Series 'Power' + New Key Art + Trailer Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates 'Supremacy' Director Deon Taylor Talks Race, Horror, and Working With Lela Rochon (LAFF Premiere) 'Supremacy' Director Deon Taylor Talks Race, Horror, and Working With Lela Rochon (LAFF Premiere) Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Is Al Roker Leaving 'The Today Show'? (Maybe...Maybe Not) Is Al Roker Leaving 'The Today Show'? (Maybe...Maybe Not) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

2013 S&A Black Cinema Database Entry #5 - 'Wards Island'

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act January 10, 2013 at 9:01PM

Recapping... As I noted in an entry towards the end of last year, 2013 should be an interesting year for black cinema (at the studio level, indie, and across the disapora). Looking down my continuously-growing list of black films scheduled for release (theatrical, TV, or home video), as well as those that will debut on the film festival circuit this year, it's quite long, and, as noted, is still growing.
1
Dennis Ernie Bill

Recapping... As I noted in an entry towards the end of last year, 2013 should be an interesting year for black cinema (at the studio level, indie, and across the disapora). Looking down my continuously-growing list of black films scheduled for release (theatrical, TV, or home video), as well as those that will debut on the film festival circuit this year, it's quite long, and, as noted, is still growing.

In fact, I'd say that we might find ourselves in one of those rare years, when there's a fuller than usual slate of studio-backed black films, to complement the indies - an indie slate that, given what we know so far, should be strong - and foreign (to the USA) titles from Africa, Europe, South America, Canada, etc.

As I usually do at the start of every year, I take a long, hard look at everything we should look forward to for the year; but given how lengthy my list is, and the fact that it continues to grow the more research I do, I'm taking a different approach this year. 

Instead of compiling a single list into one lengthy post, I'm going to highlight each film individually, 1 per day, until I've listed them all. No worries, there won't be 365 titles; I'm still going to be somewhat selective in deciding which titles to highlight. But not too strict, so as to include as many as possible. We'll just see how it goes, and take it a day at a time, as the database is built.

#1 was Bow Wow's military thriller, Allegiance, opened (last week); #2, Marlon Wayans' found-footage horror-comedy, A Haunted House; #3, Tina Gordon Chism's We The Peeples; #4 was Chadian filmmaker Mahamat Saleh-Haroun's Grisgris.

Entry #5 is a thriller titled Wards Island, which we first alerted you to last October.

The film, which stars Dennis HaysbertAriana RichardsErnie HudsonCraig Scheffer, and Bill Dukecenters on a viral outbreak in New York City that turns the infected into werewolves.

Alexander Yellen is its director - a cinematography primarily, making his directorial debut.

The film was shot in Buffalo, which stood in for New York City, where the real Ward Island is located.

Haysbert plays Lt. General Christopher Monning; Bill Duke plays President Donald Sheridan (I'm guessing the president of the USA); and Ernie Hudson plays a character named Max Stevens.

I sent out emails hoping to get more information on this project, but no replies.

However, a werewolf outbreak in New York City, with Dennis Haysbert, Ernie Hudson and Bill Duke, all in it? Say no more. It could be an old-schoolers banding together and smashing heads kind of affair. 

We'll see...

The film is currently in post-production, and we should see it some time this year.

Luckily, I did find the below fan-shot on-set footage of a car crash scene being filmed for the movie.

This article is related to: 2013 Black Cinema Database


Shadow & ActNewsletter