Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
HBO Boss Says Issa Rae's Series Casting Now, Slightly Different in Tone from Web Series, Don't Expect Until 2016/2017 HBO Boss Says Issa Rae's Series Casting Now, Slightly Different in Tone from Web Series, Don't Expect Until 2016/2017 Nice! Lupita Nyong’o Will Star in Danai Gurira's Liberia Civil War Drama ''Eclipsed' Nice! Lupita Nyong’o Will Star in Danai Gurira's Liberia Civil War Drama ''Eclipsed' S&A Call for Films That Speak to the #BlackLivesMatter Movement - Cash Award for the Strongest S&A Call for Films That Speak to the #BlackLivesMatter Movement - Cash Award for the Strongest Watch Episode One of Controversial Caribbean-Set TV Series ‘Chee$e’ Watch Episode One of Controversial Caribbean-Set TV Series ‘Chee$e’ John Legend and His Get Lifted Production Company to Executive Produce WGN America's 'Underground' John Legend and His Get Lifted Production Company to Executive Produce WGN America's 'Underground' Marvel Hopes to Release a New Netflix Series Every 6 Months - Including 'Luke Cage' & 'The Defenders' of Course Marvel Hopes to Release a New Netflix Series Every 6 Months - Including 'Luke Cage' & 'The Defenders' of Course Queen Latifah Will Play Wiz and Mary J. Blige Is Evillene in NBC's Musical Production of 'The Wiz' Queen Latifah Will Play Wiz and Mary J. Blige Is Evillene in NBC's Musical Production of 'The Wiz' 'Shaft' Reboot Draws 'Black-ish' Creator Kenya Barris as Writer - Studio Aiming for Something More Comedic 'Shaft' Reboot Draws 'Black-ish' Creator Kenya Barris as Writer - Studio Aiming for Something More Comedic 5 Tips on Writing No-Budget/Low-Budget Feature Screenplays... Back (or Rather Black) By Popular Demand... 5 Tips on Writing No-Budget/Low-Budget Feature Screenplays... Back (or Rather Black) By Popular Demand... What's Wrong with Being Black and Chasing Your Hollywood Dream? What's Wrong with Being Black and Chasing Your Hollywood Dream? NBC Rethinks Broadcast Runs for New Summer Comedies, 'Mr. Robinson' & 'The Carmichael Show' NBC Rethinks Broadcast Runs for New Summer Comedies, 'Mr. Robinson' & 'The Carmichael Show' Here's the List of Films & TV Series Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix's Streaming Library in August Here's the List of Films & TV Series Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix's Streaming Library in August 'Key & Peele' Will End After Its Current Season 'Key & Peele' Will End After Its Current Season Check Out the Official Theatrical Trailer for Stanley Nelson’s 'The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution' Check Out the Official Theatrical Trailer for Stanley Nelson’s 'The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution' 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 Third 'Best Man' Movie Gets a Title, an Official 2016 Release Date & A Most Unexpected Wedding Third 'Best Man' Movie Gets a Title, an Official 2016 Release Date & A Most Unexpected Wedding Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' 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...

NY Times Best-Selling Author Pearl Cleage Teaming w/ Ayoka Chenzira To Bring Novels To Screen

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act August 20, 2012 at 12:23PM

We often lament the lack of novels by black authors attracting film producer interest - especially in Hollywood. So it's always wonderful to learn about initiatives like this one.
9
Pearl, Ayoka

We often lament the lack of novels by black authors attracting film producer interest - especially in Hollywood. So it's always wonderful to learn about initiatives like this one.

Just how fantabulous is this? Courtesy of an email I just received from Bridgett Davis, professor at New York's Baruch College, and filmmaker as well (see Naked Acts, 1996)... I'll just give you the news for now, and we'll return later for a much more comprehensive look at this:

Professor Ayoka Chenzira Partners with Pearl Cleage to Produce New Film Project

New York Times best-selling author Pearl Cleage... has teamed up with award-winning filmmaker Ayoka Chenzira, Ph.D., founder and director of the Spelman College Digital Moving Image Salon, to bring her novels to the screen, in what has been dubbed The Pearl Cleage Film Project.

The first film adaptations on the slate are two of Cleage’s most popular novels: Babylon Sisters, which was featured on the Essence Book Club list, and What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day, which was an Oprah's Book Club pick and stayed on the New York Times Best Seller list for nine weeks.

Cleage and Chenzira’s collaboration is considered historic as it marks the first time an African-American female novelist and an African-American female filmmaker have joined forces to bring entertaining and thought-provoking, multidimensional characters who are African American to the screen as feature films.

Become a part of The Pearl Cleage Film Project by visiting its site at www.pearlcleagefilmproject.com.

What you can expect: 

A VLOG section of the website that will feature video interviews with Pearl, the producers, industry guests and others associated with the project, as they come on board; and a BLOG section, in which visitors are invited to help us think through ideas, as the crew turns to you for suggestions and comments.

Of course, they are also looking for INVESTORS; so if you are interested in investing in the project, you can let them know by emailing pearlcleagefilmproject@gmail.com. That's always the challenge isn't it - financing.

Let's hope this is able to attract interest and move forward...

And if you've never read a Pearl Cleage novel, now's a good time to catch up!


Shadow & ActNewsletter