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In The Latest News Of Independent Films

NBA All-Star turned producer, Anthony Davis, collaborates with director Raven Magwood Goodson for the debut film “Finding Tony.” The independent movie premiered on May 9 (Thursday), at the TCL Chinese Theaters in Los Angeles, California. Award-winning Director Raven Magwood Goodson helms the project, with Anthony Davis serving as executive producer.

BET’s “Being Mary Jane” alum Stephen Bishop shines in his first lead role, delivering a compelling performance as Tony Greene. Bishop shared how the role enabled him to confront personal grief, connecting deeply with his character’s journey.

Actress Raquel Justice and Stephen Bishop (Photo: Darnell Brown)

During an interview with BSM Magazine, Bishop admitted he had to draw inspiration from his role elsewhere as a leading man,

“I’ve had some life experiences that haven’t been so pleasant. I was actually going through a not so pleasant life experience during the filming of “Finding Tony,” so I was able to draw from some of my emotions I was battling during that time.”

‘Finding Tony’ Director Raven Magwood Gibson (Photo: Darnell Brown)

“Finding Tony” follows the story of former NBA star Tony Greene as he grapples with past traumas, finding redemption through coaching a women’s basketball team at Lincoln Community College. When he meets Destiny, a talented yet troubled player, Tony’s life takes a transformative turn, leading them both on a journey of healing and self-discovery, ultimately finding hope and purpose together.

Finding Tony will be released exclusively on May 10 on findingtonyfilm.com before being released on Amazon, Apple TV and other TVOD platforms in June. The film was directed by Raven Magwood Gibson.

Black independent films have played a crucial role in providing opportunities for black actors in the current climate in several ways:

  • Increased Representation: Independent films often tackle stories and characters that mainstream Hollywood may overlook. These films provide platforms for black actors to portray diverse and authentic roles that reflect the richness of their experiences and identities.
  • Showcase of Talent: Independent filmmakers are more willing to take risks and invest in emerging talent. Black actors have found opportunities to showcase their skills and versatility in leading roles, supporting characters, and ensemble casts, allowing them to demonstrate their range and depth as performers.
  • Creative Freedom: Black independent filmmakers often have more creative control over their projects compared to those working in the studio system. This autonomy allows for storytelling that resonates with black audiences and explores themes that are relevant to their lives, providing actors with opportunities to engage with material that is meaningful and impactful.
  • Critical Acclaim: Many Black independent films have received critical acclaim and recognition at film festivals and award ceremonies. These accolades not only raise the profile of the films but also highlight the talent of the actors involved, opening doors to further opportunities in mainstream and independent cinema.
  • Cultural Impact: Black independent films contribute to cultural conversations and movements, addressing social issues, celebrating black culture, and challenging stereotypes. By participating in these projects, Black actors not only contribute to meaningful storytelling but also become advocates for change and representation in the industry.

Overall, bBlack independent films serve as vital platforms for black actors to showcase their talent, tell their stories, and contribute to a more inclusive and diverse cinematic landscape.

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Emil Flemmon

Èmil Flemmon is the Managing Editor for the 360 Baseline Movement. The Atlanta-based editor, red carpet interviewer, writer, and photographer, has had a career spanning over a decade in the editorial industry. His work has been featured in Kontrol Magazine, The Atlanta Voice, Blavity, Aspire TV, REVOLT, The Jasmine Brand, and Where Y'at Magazine in New Orleans. His mission is to help journalists and publicists have better connectivity and relationships exclusively through the movement.

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