Writer, director, and lead actor Nate Parker (The Great Debaters, Red Tails)’s The Birth of a Nation is now playing in theaters across the country, but not in the light the young filmmaker was hoping for. The film struggled to reach $7 million in domestic box office sales in its opening weekend. Several factors could have contributed to the surprising low, but the most likely cause of the low turn out is Parker’s 1999 rape allegations during his time at Penn State. Although Parker was exonerated, news that his alleged victim committed suicide in 2012 and his handling of the case back in 1999 have caused a great controversy that has women’s rights and sexual assault advocate groups shouting boycott all across the country.
While Parker’s film may be controversial in its own right, the original Birth of a Nation, which was a silent movie released in 1915, was just as controversial, if not more so. The original Birth of a Nation is remembered for its blatantly racial undertones and simultaneous impressive contributions to filmmaking. Continue reading →
Last night, we made our way over to the Skyway Theatre to catch Dwynell Roland, paired with The Rotation. Opening up the night with 98 Regal’, which possesses all the tools to be a classic – the crowd instantly moved in on the stage. This is nothing new, as the Dwynell and the crew set fire to the stage captivating those in the venue. Playing new tracks to a few older, we saw a variety of what Dwynell has behind the belt. If you missed the show last night, make your way over to the U of M campus this Saturday.
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The young photographer, Julian Tryba, recently won over Kessler University’s attention with his latest submission to the University. The self taught photographer has taken time lapse to a whole new level with the release of these visuals. While time lapse photography continues to trend upward, its safe to say Julian wins with his creativity on this submission. With his work on the Boston Layer-Lapse, It is hard to imagine how much time and effort when into capturing each photo. Once you count all the endless hours of editing, I’m sure this took over a good portion of his life to finish. Some serious skill matched with a Canon 6D, CineDrive Tracking and countless hours to work through the day… one can only imagine.
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