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And The Winner Of Round 2 Of The Inaugural Shadow & Act Digital Filmmaker Showcase Is...?

by Tambay A. Obenson
January 19, 2012 9:52 AM
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The results are in!

The winner of Round 2 of the Shadow and Act Digital Filmmaker Showcase is Tags, written & directed by Dominique DeLeon (above).

The film is about a young graffiti artist who squares off with police and a bitter rival to complete a prized piece.

It stars Adepero Oduye (who you should recognize as the star of Dee Rees' Pariah) as the graffiti artist.

The top 3 films, Tags, R.L. Scott's Tribu de Combat and Cole Wiley's Quietly, accounted for over 50% of the total votes.

All 3 films were competing for the first time. The overall number of votes was down significantly from Round 1 since we restricted voting to once per person.

There were a number of films that didn’t place in the top 5 but, from viewer comments, were very well received. These included Hug (by Khary Jones), Loo$e Change (from Mykwain Gainey), Men In Love (from Keith Davis), Knock Off (by Rosanne Flynn) and In The Wind (by Martin Papazian).

As in Round 1, the adroit use of social media by filmmakers to rally support for their films continues to be a key factor to success. As we enter the final 3 rounds, we are working on getting filmmakers social media tools they can use to expand their audience and attract more votes.

Stay tuned for further developments.

Round 3 will start on February 1, 2012.

Dominique DeLeon is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker originally from Washington, DC. An award-winning musician, writer and filmmaker, DeLeon got his start producing for Bad Boy Records and writing reviews for URB magazine before a chance meeting with famed writer Jamaica Kincaid spurred him to turn his interest in writing into long-form storytelling. A recent graduate of NYU's graduate film school and winner of a 2011 Spike Lee Production Grant, DeLeon is currently in post-production for his thesis film, Rez, which centers around the eviction of an Ojibwe Indian teen living on the Leech Lake reservation, and is developing Chocolate City, an American folktale about three generations of a black family that can fly. He sincerely thanks the Shadow and Act community for supporting his film.

Watch Tags HERE if you haven't already.

A preview of his thesis film Rez follows below:  

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  • R.L. Scott | January 19, 2012 9:03 PMReply

    Congrats to Dominique DeLeon and the cast and crew of "Tags" for a job well done. And special thanks to the Shadow and Act team for advancing the movement taking place in Cinema the world over.

    R.L. Scott - creator of "Tribu De Combat" and "Champion Road".

  • Joe Doughrity | January 19, 2012 4:07 PMReply

    Looks great! Thank you S&A for shining a light on the next generation and providing these talented filmmakers with exposure. You guys are constantly "part of the solution"

  • lil nut | January 19, 2012 12:34 PMReply


  • Mecca | January 19, 2012 11:26 AMReply

    Looks good!

    There is a Canadian play by the way entitled "Rez Sisters" by Native Canadian author Tomson Highway. This short some what reminded me of it.

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