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    Posted April 27, 2014 by
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    Scandal's Joe Morton Discusses His Early Film Brother From Another Planet


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    Director John Sayles and actor Joe Morton attended a screening of Sayles’s cult classic film The Brother From Another Planet at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in Brooklyn, New York, recently.


    Morton, who currently plays the remorseless father of Kerry Washington’s character Olivia Pope – Rowan Pope – in Shonda Rhimes and ABC’s popular television series Scandal, discussed his role in the film. Sayles, who wrote and directed Brother From Another Planet, talked about the challenges of getting an independent film made at that time - challenges that have only grown since 1984 when the movie first premiered and became a runaway hit.


    The Q&A was moderated by filmmaker Warrington Hudlin, known for making his own headway in the indie film world, with films such as House Party.


    While today’s climate may be more difficult than ever for independent filmmakers, speaking from my own experience trying to complete Blvd. Warriors, opportunities to hear directly from those who have successfully navigated the industry's risk-filled waters are more important than ever. Fortunately, organizations such as ActNow Foundation, which organized this screening and Q&A event, focus on making such opportunities a reality for filmmakers. ActNow president Martin Majeske, who oversees the program “New Voices in Black Cinema”, works to set up these events on a regular basis. Along with a series of filmmaking workshops, Majeske relies on organizations such as BAM, to assist by donating their vast facilities and resources to the cause.


    My hope is that more resources are put on the table in an attempt to save the culture of independently created art, film and music that feeds the soul of our nation and always has.

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