Looking to be SEEN: Rami Dilagani

Rami Dilagani would love to have the opportunity to implement his skills and dedication in any acting / modeling production. Currently, he works as an extra in Showtime's new series "Homeland" which is being shot here in Charlotte N.C. and set to air October.

Rami refuses to take no for an answer, DREAMS + ACTION = REALITY. And thats the motto he goes by. Ramie says, "everything starts with a dream and its my job to make action in order fulfill my dreams and aspirations."

He is very outgoing, outspoken and outdoorsy type of person. He loves entertainment, loves to laugh and lives life to the fullest. Rami likes working out and absolutely loves running.  He is also sports, hair, fashion and loves to go shopping.

Brandon Solomon: An Indie Film Actor

Brandon Solomon is an actor out of Greensboro, NC. He as been acting for almost 2 years, and he enjoys every minute of it. For most of his life basketball has been what he loved doing more than anything else, and he couldn't imagine anything ever taking its place. However, he can say that acting has done that now. He has been studying under Keith R. Harris at the Triad Actors Co-Op for the past year and he has really learned a lot! According to Brandon he says "the school really challenges me and continues to help me improve as an actor. My confidence in my abilities has definitely grown as a result of taking his classes. I'm working hard everyday to become the actor I envision myself to be---one who can do it all. I want to be able to make people laugh, cry, smile, cheer, feel good, and believe the impossible is possible. I want people to be able to watch me and lose all of their cares for awhile. I hope to touch people's lives in a meaningful way as an actor."

 The next step he is looking to take in his career, is obtaining representation. He wants to make a living as an actor full-time and obtaining an agent would take him one step closer to that dream. His goal is to have an agent before the end of the year.

Brandon is currently on IMDb at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3918303/. Some of the things he's been involved in this year that will be coming soon are two web series, 'The Body' by Greene Films and 'The Bold & The Spicy' by Process Pictures, a feature film 'Because You're Too Nice' also by Process Pictures and Dan Parra and more. Athletic, outgoing, sweet, genuine, funny, driven, a dreamer and courageous---that's Brandon.

Feel free to follow Brandon Solomon on Twitter www.twitter.com/bsolo365 and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bsolo365

The Interview: Issa Rae

If you haven't already heard of the sweeping web phenomena of The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl webseries, then let's help you get up to speed as to what this show is all about. Here we go:  

J is a girl who decided to cut her hair which ultimately led to her breakup with her ex.  She works at a job that she hates and can't stand her co-worker Nina who makes a conscious effort to make her life miserable.  However, J stays because her other co-worker Fred is absolutely georgeous and she is completely smitten by him.  However, she's not quite sure if Fred likes her or if he's just being a gentleman towards her.  Fred invites J to his birthday party and this is the moment where she believes he may just feel the same way.

At the party, Fred is ambushed by Nina and he can barely breathe with her hands and kisses all over him.  At this point, J feels this is a lost cause and decides that she should give up.  She runs into another guy ---also named J, who is just as awkward and nerdy as she is.  The two are instantly attracted to one another, although J still feels for Fred whom she's not quite certain is all that interested in Nina. What is an awkward girl to do?!?

This series created by Issa Rae (who also plays the role of J.) is getting several hundreds of thousands of hits on YouTube and other social networking sites.  The power of social networking has allowed this series to become popular and NCIndieSeen sat down with Issa Rae to discuss this exciting new web series!

NCIndieSeen: I'm here with Issa who is the creator of The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl that is doing phenomenally well on YouTube and the website awkwardblackgirl.com.  Issa thank you for taking the time to talk to NCIndieSeen today.

Issa: Thank you so much for having me it's my pleasure.

NCIndieSeen: Great.  Tell us first of all what the Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl is all about?

Issa: The show pretty much follows J who is a self-proclaimed awkward black girl.  She navigates through life through her horrible job and deals with some general awkward situations.  She's very insecure about her social interactions with people.  She tends to overanalyze every situation that she's in.  The situation she runs into everyday are situations that everyone has been through at least once of awkaward moments that she experiences.

NCIndieSeen: How did you come up with the resources to shoot, edit, and produce the webseries?

Issa: I was independently producing my own content, since I owned the camera and I owned the editing software.  Just to make a living I was doing editing work for music videos and videography work. That's how I would make ends meet part time so I always had my own resources and pretty much funded it with no budget.  I would take people out to lunch of they participated, but for the most part no budget at all.

NCIndieSeen: What tools did you utlize to garner attention to the webisodes?

Issa: I pretty much used social media.  I didn't get the chance to promote the series, I started editing it and I only put it up at the last minute.  I didn't have a plan or anything.  I promoted the series back in October when I cut my hair and I had no idea when I wanted to launch it.  A fan of my other series Fly Guys The F Word, she saw the promo and she kept asking "when will Awkward Black Girl come out?" and I couldn't give her an answer, and finally she asked me one more time and I said "Oh it's coming Feb 3rd" and I realized I had to live up to that date--so I put it out and people just started spreading the word. And word of mouth was just huge with social media.

NCIndieSeen: It's doing really well, have you recieved any attention from networks about the series?

Issa: I have, I've been taking a couple of meetings ad just different websites have reached out to me and I've gained representation because of the series.  It's opened so many doors and so many opportunites, I'm just blessed because of the people spreading the word about it. 

NCIndieSeen: I absolutely loved watching the first 7 episodes, when will we see more?

Issa: The plan was we were gonna stop, but because we reaised all of out funds and beyond, we almost doubled our kickstarter goal and now we're able to bring 5 more episodes.  The schedule has always been the first Thursday of every month.  But Sept 8th is the next episode.

NCIndieSeen: Can you give us any dirt about what's going to happen with J and her love triangle?

Issa: Well I'm gonna say with the next episode, alot of women are gonna be upset with J...that's all I can say.

NCIndieSeen: (laughs)  Well thanks for taking the time to talk with NCIndieSeen about the series and good luck to you and keep up the good work, and we look forward to seeing the next 5 episodes.

Issa:  Thanks for supporting.  I appreciate it.

"Un-Perfec​t" - An Award-Winn​ing Film Now On The Festival Circuit

The newly formed Brotherside Entertainment, LLC has garnered awards recognition for its debut film, "Un-Perfect". "Best Narrative Short" (Honorable Mention) was presented to the project by this year’s Los Angeles Reel Film Festival. This marked the film’s first official selection and award.
"Un-Perfect" was filmed last fall in Pennsylvania. The cast includes Award-Winner Lauren Jane Krystofolski ("Inside of Me", “The Cage"), Robert X. Golphin (Denzel Wsahington’s "The Great Debaters", "Punch Me"), Christopher Mann (Councilman Anthony Gray on HBO's "The Wire"), Bella Nabiyah ("Simply Untitled"), and Emmy Award-Winner Janet Conner-Knox.

“Un-Perfect” tells the story of a family that faces the cycle of domestic abuse. But the type of abuse audiences may be used to seeing is not what one will find here. Instead, mental and verbal abuse is explored.
"There are no black eyes, bruises, or busted lips in this movie," says Golphin, "Our intention is to show that any form of abuse is wrong. And in many cases, you may not even be aware that you are being abused, or even doing the abusing."

In June, "Un-Perfect" premiered in Wilson and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where it garnered extremely favorable reviews from audiences. Both screenings were attended by industry celebrities and/or media, politicians, dignitaries, city council representatives, etc. Viewers moaned, groaned, shuffled and laughed. The film incited conversation and debate, and may help serve as a catalyst for change.
"Un-Perfect" is produced by Janet Conner-Knox and Gail Y. Bennett and executive produced by Golphin, S. Zachary Knox, J. Knox, and Samuel Joshua Sauls.

To learn more about the film, please visit: http://www.brothersideentertainment.wordpress.com/, Follow @ http://www.twitter.com/BrothersideEnt, and "Like" http://www.facebook.com/BrothersideEntertainment.

"I AM MAN" - A New Film Coming Soon

"I AM MAN" - a motion picture drama (In Post-Production)
Produced by Brotherside Entertainment, LLC
in association with
Keylight Films, LLC

Logline: After facing an unspeakable crime, everything that makes him a man is gone. Maybe now even the trust of his lover.

Starring: Award-Recognized Elwood Idris Simon ("Punch Me"), D'Arcy Fellona ("Brighton Park"), Colleen M. Hawthorne ("The Cage", "The Bridge"), Julia Trinidad (Cannes Film Fest Selection "Wild Idle", "Romeo & HIS Juliet"), Gina Martino ("Look Hard", "The Sickness"), and introducing Courtney Grace Nix.
Written and Directed by Award-Winning Filmmaker/Screenwriter Robert X. Golphin, the film is co-produced by Elwood Idris Simon, produced by Emmy Award-Winner Janet Conner-Knox and Award-Winner Gail Y. Bennett, co-executive produced by Brian Simon and Christopher J. Montero, and executive produced by Robert X. Golphin, S. Zachary Knox, J. Knox, and Samuel Joshua Sauls.

This short drama is expected to hit the festival circuit in late 2011/early 2012.


Aaron Putnam: An Indie Filmmaker

Aaron graduated from Western Carolina University in 2009 with a BFA in Motion Picture and Television Production. In the Summer of 2007 he wrote and directed a short for the 48 Hour Film Fest in Asheville called "Cosmo of 1932". The film was about a modern detective, named Jerry Cosmo, who idolized the abrasive noir detectives of the 30's and 40's.  The film won 9 of the available 19 awards, including Best Actor: Miles Rice, Best Directing, Best Writing, Crowd favorite, and Best Film.

After that Aaron toyed around with the idea of creating a web series based loosely around the concept, but could never figure out what direction to take it. A year or so ago, he was sitting with Miles Rice, the actor who had played Cosmo, and he convinced him to take another look at the series. He did so, and by Christmas 2010 he was filming the first episode. Aaron is planning a 6 episode season to start off with, in which he is currently in pre-production of the last 5 episodes. At the moment, his next move is to complete casting, which he will be sending out calls very soon. Please watch the episodes and support his work. Even better, you can go the his youtube channel and subscribe. That way you can stay up to date any time he releases an episode.


“Who do you live for?”

RESTLESS is the story of Annabel Cotton (Mia Wasikowska), a beautiful and charming terminal cancer patient with a deep felt love of life and the natural world. Enoch Brae (Henry Hopper) is a young man who has dropped out of the business of living after an accident claimed the life of his parents.

When these two outsiders chance to meet at a funeral, they find an unexpected common ground in their unique experiences of the world. For Enoch, it includes his best friend, who happens to be the ghost of a Kamikaze fighter pilot. For Annabel, it involves an admiration of Charles Darwin and an interest in how other creatures live. Upon learning of Annabel's imminent early passing, Enoch offers to help her face her last days with an irreverent abandon, tempting fate, tradition, and even death itself.

As their unique love for each other grows, so do the realities of the world that they have felt closing in on them. Daring, childlike, and distinctly rare – these two bravely face what life has in store for them. Fighting pain, anger and loss with youth, playfulness and originality, these two misfits turn the tables on life and play by their own rules. Their journey begins to collide with the unstoppable march of time, as the natural cycle of life comes to claim Annabel.

Directed by Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk), RESTLESS follows Annabel and Enoch’s complex and moving journey together as it culminates in their acceptance of themselves. The relationships they share with their friends, families and each other teach them their greatest lessons of all - that every end begets its own kind of rebirth, and love is deathless.

RESTLESS is directed by Gus Van Sant. It stars Mia Wasikowska, Henry Hopper, Jane Adams, Schuyler Fisk, Lusia Fisk, and Ryo Kase.

RESTLESS is a theatrical release from Sony Pictures Classics.
 Running Time: 93 minutes
Not yet rated.

Tanner Hall

As Fernanda (Rooney Mara) enters her senior year at Tanner Hall—a sheltered boarding school in New England—she’s faced with unexpected changes in her group of friends when a childhood acquaintance, the charismatic yet manipulative trouble-maker, Victoria (Georgia King) appears. Shy and studious, Fernanda is usually the voice of reason among her friends—adventurous and sexy Kate (Brie Larsen) and tomboy Lucasta (Amy Ferguson)—but when she begins a complicated friendship with Gio (Tom Everett Scott) an older family friend, she decides it’s finally time to take some risks.  Jealous of Fernanda’s exciting relationship, Victoria begins to sabotage Fernanda’s plans and plots to publicly humiliate her. Meanwhile, Lucasta struggles with her newfound feelings towards another classmate and mischievous Kate is too preoccupied with making her teachers nervous to pay much attention to her actual classes. However, as each of the girls flirt with adulthood, they realize they still need each other to help get through their first grown-up decisions—and the consequences they bring.

Directed by Tatiana von Furstenberg and Francesca Gregorini, Tanner Hall also stars Amy Sedaris and Chris Kattan. Featuring exclusive designs by Diane von Furstenberg Studios. The film was produced by Julie R. Snyder and executive produced by Richard L. Bready

BAFS is showing TROLL HUNTER this Thursday

Don't forget the Back Alley Film series starts this Thursday at 730 PM. 
Check out the trailer below!!

Also if you had not had the chance please follow on Facebook @backalleyfilmseries and Twitter @backalleyfilm.

Ifyou're in the Charlotte area go to CROWN POINTE CINEMA'S on Monroe Rd. this Thursday!

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

Check out the article from the Huffington Post about the new webisodic series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl:

Over a month ago, Tracy Oliver (producer/writer) and I sat down at her kitchen table, mapping out a bare bones budget to continue our web series, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. We were both jobless and neither of us could afford to continue to fund the series out of our own pockets after the premiere of Episode 6.

Thinking about numbers automatically makes my mind go numb, and I hadn't gotten much sleep the night before. So, in typical fashion, I told her I needed to leave to get some coffee down the street and that she could get started on budget-planning without me. After listening to her chastise me for always finding an excuse to prolong getting work done, I drove to the nearest gas station with $1.10 in my pocket, certain that a small cup of coffee wouldn't exceed that amount. It was $1.25.

When I returned to her apartment empty-handed because I couldn't afford a $1.25 cup of coffee (my bank account was in the negative at the time), we decided that in order to continue this web series, we would have to solicit funding. So, we drafted a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the remaining episodes of the season.
When I initially created the series in January, I had a camera, a temporary office job and no budget. The "Awkward Black Girl" character had been swimming around in my head for two years and I knew in my mind that if I didn't shoot the first episode at that very moment, I never would. So, I called up one of my best friends from high school, Devin Walker and asked her to shoot the episode for me guerrilla style. "I'm down!" she exclaimed, "But you have to tell me what to do." I then reached out to another friend from Stanford, choreographer/dancer Andrew Allan James, and asked him if he'd play "A," my bugaboo office fling. I offered him gas money for his trek from Hawthorne to Baldwin Hills, L.A. and he scoffed, "Are you kidding? You don't have to pay my gas. Please. I want to do this."

This would become the general attitude of our wonderfully amazing cast and crew.
Tracy came on as a producer by Episode 4, and made it her mission to elevate the production quality of the show. She found an amazing cinematographer, Shea Vanderpoort, who volunteered his time and equipment because he believed in the series. As the series began to gain popularity by word of mouth and through social networking, I began to receive e-mails from viewers, asking if they could donate to help the show. If people were willing to donate without my asking, starting a Kickstarter was a no brainer.
Deciding how much to ask for through Kickstarter was the hardest part. We were initially going to ask for $5,000 because we were skeptical about how much people would be willing to donate to a web series. Also black people, unfortunately, have a stigma associated with supporting one another. But, after mapping out a budget and strongly considering what we needed to increase the show's production value and compensate the crew and actors who volunteered their time, month after month, we decided it was time to stop shortchanging ourselves.

We had an average of 60,000 viewers at the time. If just half of those viewers gave $1 each, we could raise $30,000 and produce a better, more professional show. So, after much back and forth, we decided to ask our viewers to help us raise $30,000.
While Tracy and I initially felt that we were being ambitious in asking for $30,000, the first day demonstrated to us that fans were willing to put up the money to keep us going. The cast and crew posted the campaign on their respective pages (Facebook & Twitter) and we were able to raise $4,000 in less than 24 hours.

Blogs also played a HUGE role in terms of spreading the word about our campaign. While Tracy and I strategized about reaching out to some of the publications who had interviewed me in the past, I was pleasantly surprised to find that sites like Shadow & Act, Clutch Magazine, TheLoop21, Black Girl with Long Hair, and countless other blogs took it upon themselves to post the link to our campaign, urging their readerbase to support it. Many presented ABG as opportunity for viewers to put their money where their mouth was and support the change in media they wished to see.

Today, we have raised over $44,000 and counting through Awkward Black Girl's devoted support system. I witnessed firsthand as viewers mobilized through Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr to repeatedly urge their friends and acquaintances to support our campaign, as if it were their own.

All in all, this campaign has demonstrated to me that: 1) people are tired of mainstream media's limited and confined portrayal of people of color; 2) they are very much willing to unite behind a project they believe in to change that limited portrayal; and 3) people ARE willing to support and watch web series as a legitimate form of entertainment. The majority of backers for this project were complete strangers to Tracy and I, and it has been extremely touching to see how devoted they've been to ensuring a different depiction of themselves on screen.

I am happy to report that because of the success of our campaign, we will be able to bring Awkward Black Girl viewers five more episodes, including a grand season finale. We are still accepting donations via Kickstarter until Thursday, August 11th at 12:55pm PST/3:55pm EDT and we can't thank you enough for your support thus far!

Issa Rae is a producer/writer and creator of "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl". Visit her official website HERE.

Below is Episode 7 of the webisodic series:

A Few Brains More Screenings

The new movie A Few Brains More will be screening this weekend, August 13th, in Smithfield, NC and August 20th at the Varsity in Chapel Hill.  If you would like to attend contact ncindieseen@gmail.com. Feel free to spread the word about the new indie film coming out of North Carolina! The film production company has more screenings in the works.


The Tribeca Film Festival announced today that the 11th annual Tribeca Film Festival will be held April 18 – April 29, 2012 in New York City. The Festival has announced a Call for Submissions for narrative and documentary features as well as for short film entries.  In addition, the Tribeca Film Institute, the year round nonprofit arts organization, has announced submissions will open today for Tribeca All Access (TAA), TFI Documentary Fund, Latin America Media Arts Fund and the TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund.  Deadlines to submit U.S. and International films for the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival are as follows:

September 19, 2011 – SUBMISSIONS OPEN

October 28, 2011 –      EARLY DEADLINE, FEATURES & SHORTS



Deadlines for filmmakers to submit for the 2012 Tribeca Film Institute programs are: 

August 8, 2011 –         SUBMISSIONS OPEN

October 10, 2011 –      DEADLINE

Starting September 19, 2011, submission forms and complete information regarding eligibility for the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival will be available at www.tribecafilm.com/festival. Questionsregarding submissions may be directed to entries@tribecafilmfestival.org or by calling 212.941.2305. Submission forms and complete information regarding eligibility for the 2012 Tribeca Film Institute programs are now available at http://www.tribecafilminstitute.org/. Questions regarding submissions may be directed to institute@tribecafilminstitute.org or by calling 212.274.8080.

About Tribeca Film Festival:  Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff founded the Tribeca Film Festival in 2001 following the attacks on the World Trade Center to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of the lower Manhattan district through an annual celebration of film, music and culture.
The Festival’s mission is to help filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience, enable the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema and promote New York City as a major filmmaking center. Tribeca Film Festival is well known for being a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors.

Since Tribeca’s founding through 2011, the Tribeca Festival has screened over 1200 films from over 80 countries and it has attracted an international audience of more than 3.5 million attendees and generated an estimated $725 million in economic activity for New York City.


Today NCIndieSeen celebrates its 1 year anniversary as a blog that highlights indie film all over NC and nationwide!  We've had a great year covering local festivals such as The North Carolina Black Film Festival and Charlotte Film Festival in NC, as well as nationwide festivals such as the Tribeca Film Festival New York, NY!

This year the blog will be collaborating with more indie filmmakers and festival staffers as we celebrate another year of blogging about what we love best....INDIE CINEMA!

Thanks for supporting NCIndieSeen through our Facebook and Twitter networks.  If you or your friends haven't done so already, feel free to like us and follow so you can be kept up on the latest in what's happening locally and nationwide within the indie film world.

We welcome all filmmakers to reach out to us if you would like to be heard and SEEN!  If you have a short film or if you're an actor who would love to be featured on the blog, email us at ncindieseen@gmail.com!

Thanks again for your support and dedication!



On the eve of the 100th Anniversary of the theft of the Mona Lisa, Joe Medeiros has completed his new documentary The Missing Piece: The Truth about the Man Who Stole the Mona Lisa, the culmination of Medeiros’ 35- year quest to find the truth about the theft and the man who stole her. After a successful career in comedy writing (21 years writing for Jay Leno, 17 years as headwriter for “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno), Medeiros returns to answer the questions that have always haunted him: Who really stole the Mona Lisa, why, and how?

To date, much of the information presented in books, films and television programs about Vincenzo Peruggia and his theft of the Mona Lisa is wrong – from the spelling of Peruggia’s surname to his true motivation for stealing La Gioconda. Even Italian television productions about Peruggia and his theft have been so inaccurate in their portrayal of the man and his life’s story that they have caused great embarrassment for the Peruggia family whom Medeiros has featured in his film. After years of research, and debunking the myths along the way, Medeiros has found the exact details and complete information that tell the true story.

Vincent Delieuvin, Curator of Italian Paintings of the 16th century at the Musée du Louvre, summarized the need for The Missing Piece best, “The theft of the Mona Lisa is an essential part of her history and the correct and true story of her absence has never been told, but this extraordinary and little known story needs to be told to indemnify her legacy. Peruggia created this unimaginable part of her history; therefore his story needs to be told too.”

A trivia junkie by nature, Medeiros became obsessed with the little known piece of history that the Mona Lisa had been stolen from its home in the Louvre on August 21, 1911. In 2008, his nagging curiosity about why Peruggia really stole the painting finally was satisfied when he decided to make a documentary film about the theft and the man who stole her.

The Missing Piece tells the story behind the theft. Acting alone, an Italian immigrant housepainter named Vincenzo Peruggia swiftly removed the painting from the Louvre and held her in his room in Paris for over two years. Peruggia was never apprehended until he returned the Mona Lisa to Florence through an Italian art dealer, claiming he stole the painting to return her to her rightful owners – the Italian people.

Medeiros search takes him to Vincenzo Peruggia’s 84 year-old daughter, Celestina, whom he hopes will tell him the secret of her father’s reason for the crime. What he encounters instead is a daughter who knows little about her father’s life. When the team finally arrives in Dumenza, Italy and is accepted into the home of the endearing Celestina they are presented with a new challenge: while Celestina believes her father stole the Mona Lisa for patriotic reasons. She knows little else. Her father, Vincenzo, died when she was only a toddler. The family's memory of him has been shrouded in shame because of the theft, and they rarely mention him. She tells Joe that before she dies, she wants to know the truth about her father’s motive for stealing the painting.

The search leads Joe and his research team through thousands of documents in the French and Italian national archives. They interview Louvre and Uffizi officials and gain unprecedented access to the museums and to leading art and art crimes experts all over the world. Wading through this mountain of information, Joe can only assemble a profile of Peruggia as a man whom a world-renowned court psychiatrist called "mentally deficient", one who was treated shabbily and called "macaroni" by his Parisian co-workers, and who came to believe that all Italian art in the Louvre was stolen by Napoleon. Joe takes Peruggia’s grandson Silvio to Paris to retrace his grandfather’s life in the City of Lights, but they are unable to discover Peruggia's true motives there. Joe, along with Celestina's daughter Graziella, leaves for Florence in search of the truth. There, where Peruggia brought the painting in December 1913, in the state archives they find Peruggia’s letters to his family revealing his true intentions. It is now up to Joe to return to Dumenza and deliver ailing Celestina The Missing Piece, the truth about her father and his unthinkable theft of the Mona Lisa.

Clubscene The Series*

Gabe the bartender finds himself caught up in a conversation about sex and friendship with a beautiful, mysterious girl. Before he knows it, he's pulled into a twisted game of seduction and must answer the ultimate question - can guys and girls really be just friends?

CLUBSCENE - The Bartender