Film Festival

Water In A Broken Glass was selected by the Reel Independent Film Extravaganza in DC.  We had a great time at the screening.  Billie Krishawn, who plays Tonya, was in the audience.  Here are a few pictures.

Baltimore International Black Film Festival

What’s Going On People 🙂

It’s been a minute because I’ve been so busy.  Water In A Broken Glass is keeping busy.  We have been accepted into so many film festivals.  It is incredible.  This is truly a dream come true.  I don’t really know how to process it all.  I try, but I don’t think I’m supposed to.

On Thursday, October 4th, Water screened at the Charles Theater as part of the lineup for the Baltimore International Film Festival.  It was awesome.  The love people have for this film is amazing.  I’m so happy for the cast and crew because all their hard work is paying off.

 

What’s Happenin’ People :)

It’s been a minute since I’ve been able to post.  So much has been happening that I haven’t had time.  These last few months, actually the last two years have been amazing.  Things are happening in my life that I never imagined would happen.  As writers, we always dream about something big happening in our careers but we never really believe they will or can come true.  Well, things that I dreamed and didn’t dreamed are happening.  It’s crazy.

Let’s see.  Where do I start?  I guess with May 11th.  That is the day Water In A Broken Glass screened at the DC Center for the LGBT Community.  It was an amazing night.  Candiace Dillard, who plays Nikki, was there with her family.  Jamelle, my husband, Michael, and I were there.  Kirby Griffin, who shot the film came.  And Wes Hall, who plays Malcolm made it.  The audience loved the film.  They were laughing, fussing, and crying throughout the movie.  That let us know that the film hit all the right cords with them.

A few days later, The Washington Blade wrote a wonderful review about the film.  Check it out. http://www.washingtonblade.com/2018/05/12/bi-love-triangle-explored-in-water-movie/

Then on June 16th, Water screened at the Rapport Film Festival in London!  London y’all!  http://rapportfestival.com/movies-16-june-2018-water-in-a-broken-glass/

That was incredible.  We weren’t able to attend, but at around 11 am our time, we all started tweeting, posting, and texting about our film playing in London.

Then on July 14th, Water screened at the CineOdyssey Film Festival in Charlotte, NC.  Jamelle, Emi, the script supervisor for the film, Michael and myself attended.  The cast was not able to make it because they were busy with other projects.  But we represented for them.  Jamelle participated in a panel discussion on diversity in Hollywood.  Then we returned for the screening of Water.  And guess what!  We won Best Film.  That was so incredible.  We were not expecting that at all.  Check out the picture of us during the Q&A and see the surprised looks on our faces.  We were like, Tre, for real?

I want to thank Tre McGriff for selecting our film.  It is an incredible honor.  It means so much because I watched how hard the cast and crew worked on this film and for them to receive this award is awesome.  They truly deserve it.  And a special thank you goes to Eternity Phillips who told Tre about Water.  If it wasn’t for her, he wouldn’t have even known about the film.

Congratulations Everyone!!!!

Busy, Wonderful Time

To say that life for me has changed would be an understatement.  So many wonderful things have happened in my life.   My family has been right here with me, which is so, so sweet.  My friends are with us on this incredible journey.  I’ve met some great, beautiful people.  You never know where life is going to take you until you just let life take you.  And it’s beautiful.  Hard, frustrating, scary, but beautiful.  Coppin State asked me to speak on a panel.  Woodlawn Page Turners asked me to speak at their anniversary.  Liberty Lite Book Club asked me back for their Book Club Extravaganza.  Reel Affirmation screened Water In A Broken Glass at the DC Center.  And it’s being shown in London!!  Come on.  London!!  I could cry some days.  All of this is so special and sweet and wonderful and awesome.  And I have my family, friends, and fans of the book to thank for all of this.

  Screening at the DC Center 

The Writer’s Haven

Last night, Jamelle and I were interviewed by V. Helena of the Writer’s Haven Show.  We had such an amazing time.  V made us feel welcome and at ease.  She asked some great questions and had the conversation flowing.  I thank her so much for inviting us and allowing us to share our journey with her audience.  I will be sure to keep you posted about when the show will air.

Water In A Broken Glass Premiere

On Thursday, March 1, 2018, Water In A Broken Glass premiered to a sold-out crowd at the Historic Senator Theater in Baltimore. Based on the novel Water In A Broken Glass by Odessa Rose, the film was directed by Jamelle Williams-Thomas,  and stars Billie Krishawn, Wes Hall, Toni Belafonte (Last Love Lost), Candiace Dillard (The Real Housewives of Potomac), Shani Ashley, Lee Avant, Carlyncia Peck, Renea Brown, Omar McClune, and Victoria Rowell (The Young and the Restless and Diagnosis Murder.)

The Red Carpet was hosted by KSal and filmed by Leonard Scovens (All Things Baltimore) and Vaughn Mason.

Click on this link to see scenes from the Red Carpet: https://youtu.be/yr1Qxuj8xBc

I want to thank the 650+ people who attended the premiere and made it such a memorable night for us all.

For more information about Water In A Broken Glass, please visit https://www.waterthefilm.com/

Water In A Broken Glass Premiere

Well, it happened!  Water In A Broken Glass the film premiere on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at the historic Senator Theater in Baltimore.  The Red Carpet started at 6 pm and let me tell you, we sold the theater out.  650 people came out to support the film.  It was a spectacular night.  The entire cast was in the building–Billie Krishawn, Wes Hall, Candice Dillard, Toni Belafonte, Lee Avent, Carlyencia Peck, and Victoria Rowell. It was an incredible night. I want to thank everyone who came out, especially in the rain.  The best thing is afterward, people begin spreading the word about how great the film was so now people are asking when and where they can see it.  So I’ll keep you posted about that.  In the meantime, here are some pictures from that awesome night. Enjoy.

   

Tickets! Get Your Tickets!

All right.  So it’s official.  The tickets for the Water In A Broken Glass premiere are on sale right now.  Please, click on the link and get your tickets early because they are moving fast.  I want to sincerely thank you all for the support you’ve given me and this project.  I dreamed that something like this could happen but didn’t truly believe that dream would ever come true.  Now, Thursday, March 1, 2018, Water In A Broken Glass the film will premiere at the Senator in Baltimore at 7 pm.  I would absolutely love for you to share this special day with me.  So get your tickets as soon as possible.  Thank you a thousand times.  See you on March 1st.

Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/water-in-a-broken-glass-premiere-tickets-41138699959?aff=efbeventtix

Indiegogo Campaign

Well, the Indiegogo Water In A Broken Glass Finishing Funds Campaign has wrapped.  And thanks to the generosity of our friends and family, we raised $5,140 of our $45,000 Goal, and we had 99 Backers.  It was a great campaign.  And while we did not reach our goal, we truly appreciate each and every person who shared and contributed to our campaign.  So now we are getting ready for the premiere, which will be Thursday, March 1, 2018 at the Senator Theater in Baltimore, 7 pm sharp.  The red carpet will be rolled out and we hope to see you strutting your stuff on it.  Stay tuned for information about tickets and the after party.    Once again, thank you so much for all your help.

Journey From Book to the Big Screen

On Saturday, December 2nd, a few friends and I got together with the Black Writers Guild of Maryland to form a panel entitled From Journey From Book to the Big Screen.  It was one of the best meeting the Guild has ever had.  In addition to myself, the panel featured author and filmmaker, Teresa Davis, rapper, videographer, and filmmaker, Kang Cole, Filmmaker and designer, Devin J. Ricks, and filmmaker Jamelle Williams-Thomas.

We discussed everything from when Jamelle first read Water In A Broken Glass to how to write a screenplay.  Also, several members of the Guild pitched their novels to Jamelle, Devin, Teresa, and Cole to get feedback on what it would take to adapt their books to a movie.

I had an absolute ball and so did the members of the Guild.

Indiegogo Finishing Funds Campaign

What’s goin’ on, People?  As you know, we are in the middle of our Indiegogo Finishing Funds Campaign for the film version of Water In A Broken Glass.  Our goal is to raise $45,000, most of the money will go to paying the wonderful cast and crew who worked on this film.  So far we’ve raised 10% of our goal, $4,375.  We have about two weeks to go.  I know that we will get the funds we need to bring Water In A Broken Glass to the big screen.  The premiere is set for Thursday, March 1, 2018 at the Senator Theater in Baltimore City at 7 pm.  It’s going to be a wonderful event.  To help support the film, Click the Link and Pick A Perk.  It’s that easy.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/water-in-a-broken-glass-finishing-funds#/

I will see you all on the red carpet. 🙂

Indiegogo Campaign for Water In A Broken Glass

A few weeks ago we launched an Indiegogo Campaign to raise finishing funds for the film Water In A Broken Glass.  So far we have raised $3,070 of the $45,000 needed.  We are so thankful and happy for the support we are receiving.  We couldn’t do this without it.  So, I’m happy to announce that the premiere for Water In A Broken Glass will be Thursday, March 1, 2018 at the Senator Theater, 7 pm sharp.

For those of you have contributed to our campaign we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  For those who have shared it with your friends and family, thank you as well.  Word of mouth goes a long way in the world.  We still have time, so please click on the link and support our campaign.  See you on the red carpet.

Link: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/water-in-a-broken-glass-finishing-funds#/

Thanks you 🙂

Water the Film Name Change

Big Announcement.

On Sunday, Jamelle, Tekoa, and I shot the crowdfunding video for the film.  Right before the shoot, Jamelle announced that she’s decided to change the name of the film to match the book.  So Water the Film is now Water In A Broken Glass.  Yea!!  So stay tuned for other great news about the Water In A Broken Glass the film.

 

Book Cover Reshoot: Third Time Around

Okay, so they say that the third time is a charm.  I believe who said this is right.  In my previous post I talked about the two different covers I had for my novel In the Mirror and how something is missing from both.  Well, this time I got it right.  Everything I wanted for this cover I got and more, much, much more.  And guess what!  For you viewing pleasure, I recorded some behind the scenes footage that puts you in the middle of that wonderful shoot.  I do have to warn you, though.  While this video shows several photographs, I do not reveal which picture I chose for the cover.  You’ll have to wait for the re-release to see that.  So click on the link below and enjoy.

https://youtu.be/XN0QZ2Jt3nU

The Artist Exchange Radio Show Interview

Jamelle and I had a wonderful time with host Nate Couser and Big Mama Ama on the Artist Exchange Radio Show.  We talked about everything having to do with my novel, Water in a Broken Glass and the film Water, based on book.  Nate and Ama asked some very intriguing questions.  They did their homework and had a genuine interest in the novel and the film.  I’m usually very nervous during an interview, but they had me completely at ease.  Please take some time to watch us and continue to support The Artist Exchange Radio Show.

Click on the link below for the interview.

https://youtu.be/VXegli5ghtQ

The Artist Exchange

Hey Everyone!

Nate, the host of The Artist Exchange Radio Show, will be interviewing me and Jamelle on Friday, February 17, 2017.  We will discuss everything from writing, acting, movie-making, and of course how Water in a Broken Glass made its way to the big screen.  Tune-in and call in.  Thanks in advance.  I be listening for your call on tomorrow night.

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Liberty Lite Bookclub

I had an absolute ball with the Liberty Lite Bookclub.  Everyone was so welcoming and we had a great discussion.  I love it when readers can tell me things about my work that I didn’t even see.  I want to thank Liberty Lite Bookclub for featuring Water in a Broken Glass and for loving it as much as I do.