The Nigerian-American director leaves Sundance Film Festival 2019 making history.
Chinonye Chukwu is the Nigerian-American director who truly left a mark on this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The raving reviews of her film Clemency are not the only valuables she’ll be leaving the festival with, as she is taking home the Grand Jury Prize for the U.S. Dramatic competition, Indie Wire reports.
This win makes her the first black woman to snag the festival’s biggest prize. She is now among U.S. Dramatic winners including Ryan Coogler, Desiree Akhavan, Debra Granik and more directors to take home this prize.
The Nigerian-born, Alaska-raised screenwriter, producer, director and activist both wrote and directed the drama that stars Alfre Woodard, who plays a prison warden grappling with how emotionally demanding her job is. Here’s the brief synopsis from Sundance below:
Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams. As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is sanctioned to kill.
“I did a deep, deep, 4 year dive into the research and advocacy required to tell this story…and that was just scratching the surface,” Chukwu says in an interview with Democracy Now.
The filmmaker has also received more words of congratulations from the film world on social media, including Ava DuVernay and Tessa Thompson.
Chukwu is set to helm A Taste of Power next, a drama based on former Black Panther leader Elaine Brown’s life. Read more about the project here.
Source: Okay Africa.
Beyoncé’s Netflix Deal Reportedly Worth A Whooping $60m
Homecoming, Beyoncé‘s behind-the-scenes documentary chronicling her 2018 Coachella performance is not the only deal the pop star has with Netflix, Variety is reporting.
She’s working on two more projects with the streaming giant, with all of them worth $60m.
Homecoming’s deal was about $20m, Variety said, adding that Netflix and Beyoncé’s reps did not comment on the issue.
4 Management Tips Learned From “Game of Thrones”.
HBO’s Game of Thrones is back for its highly anticipated Season 8. From Winterfell to Dorne, the characters are busy building their armies, plotting their revenge, and, unbeknownst to some, waiting for the impending horde of White Walkers to arrive on their doorsteps.
Though there are many different types of leaders in Westeros and Essos, each of them can teach us an important lesson in management.
1. Good Managers Need Good Processes.
At a basic level, management can be defined as coordinated action in pursuit of performance. Managers at all levels and functions must design, direct, and shape various organizational processes in order to move the organization towards its goals.
Petyr Baelish (popularly known as Littlefinger) knows this better than perhaps anyone in the Seven Kingdoms. Whether he’s accruing political blackmail as Master of Coin in King’s Landing, arranging strategic marriage proposals, or plotting his way to become Lorde Protector of the Vale, each action he takes is part of a calculated process to move him further along on his quest for power. Though he may have to adjust his strategy along the way, he understands that his success will ultimately rely on a series of carefully coordinated actions with multiple players involved.
2. Each Decision You Make Has Consequences
Decision-making is another managerial process that involves social, political, emotional, and organizational factors, as well as analytics, reason, and fact-based analysis. Good managers must recognize the pros and cons of each option and take into account all of these factors when evaluating which path will result in the best outcome.
Daenerys Targaryen is no stranger to consequences. Liberating an entire region of slaves, wiping out all of the Dothraki Khals in existence, and planning a coup in King’s Landing does not come without repercussions.
Along her journey from exile to Queen of Meereen, she learns that decision making is a delicate balance that requires not only finding the greatest good for all parties involved, but also planning for the future.
3. Learn from Your Mistakes
In order to improve and innovate, managers must continuously reflect and learn from past experiences, both good and bad. By acquiring, interpreting, and applying information from these experiences in the right ways, good managers can improve their processes and implementation skills to drive the organization forward.
And as I’m sure any of the remaining members of House Stark would attest, you must learn from your mistakes (or your father’s, mother’s, and older brother’s mistakes) in order to survive. Perhaps the quickest learner of them all is Arya Stark.
From reluctant lady-in-training to seasoned assassin, she’s made a huge leap since the start of the series, one that has forced her to grow and leave many aspects of her old life behind in the process.
4. Flexibility is Key
Another important skill in a manager’s toolkit is the ability to remain flexible. Recognizing the need for organizational change stems from multiple sources, both internal and external.
A good manager must identify common dysfunctional habits, understand methods for overcoming such behaviors, and identify factors to help create a receptive environment for change.
Never one to be outwitted, Tyrion Lannister is the master of changing course. At countless points throughout the show, he manages to turn his less than desirable situations into positive ones.
An inexperienced warrior forced to lead the defense at the Battle of Blackwater, he manages to destroy a large part of the enemy’s fleet with minimal causalities of his own men through the creative use of wildfire. Captured by Jorah Mormont on his way to Meereen, Tyrion is delivered to Daenerys as a “gift” to be executed. However, he manages to not only stay alive, but to become a key advisor to Daenerys.
Check Out The Official Trailer For “The Lion King”
Walt Disney Studios has released the official trailer for the Jon Favreau-directed “The Lion King”.
The all-star cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon.
The movie goes into theaters on July 19, 2019.
“The Lion King” journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.
Checkout Photos From the Premiere of Universal Pictures’ ‘Little’
The Premiere of Universal Pictures’ “Little” held at Regency Village Theatre on April 8, 201,9 in Westwood, California.
The event was attended by several cast members as well as entertainers in Hollywood.
Issa Rae, Regina Hall, Janelle Monae, Kelly Rowland, Bozoma Saint John, Luke James, Storm Reid, Skai Jackson and more were spotted at the event.
See the photos below.
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