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JETI FILMS PREMIERES NEW ORIGINAL ANTHOLOGY DETECTIVE SERIES “TALES FROM THE MURDER ROOM” NOW STREAMING ON AMAZON PRIME

 
Producers/actors Gorio & King Jeff along with actor Charlie Hollins, Jr. star in the detective web series Tales From The Murder Room: Season 1 now showing on Amazon Prime.

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Proven independent production company, JeTi Films, premieres their new original anthology detective series,Tales from the Murder Room, available today for streaming on Amazon Prime.

The project was created-by and stars the multi award-winning Hollins brothers, King Jeff and Gorio, and chronicles the activities inside one specific Louisiana police interrogation room as Homicide Detectives listen to tales told by suspects, witnesses and other individuals related to various murder cases.

Each stylishly unconventional episode opens in present day with an individual reading from the popular crime anthology book, Tales from the Murder Room. The storyline quickly shifts to a black-and-white flashback scenario of the Detectives involved in an interrogation of someone uniquely involved in a murder case. Then, as each examination concludes the story cuts back to present day and the chapter is closed.

Season One consists of four 15-minute episodes centered around different interview subjects, ranging from an alleged mailman murderer, to a pompous pimp, to a hesitant hero and even a debate among the Detectives. Gorio, who plays the role of Lt. George Rook, shares, "I love the format of the show, because it allows us to go in any direction story and style wise."

Based on characters from King Jeff’s feature film, The Murder Men, the streaming series now delivers a fresh approach. King Jeff, who plays the role of Detective Jerry July, explains, “These four episodes are completely different from each other in regards to the guest characters, the plot and even the styles of filming. I think this is what will keep audiences interested and coming back for more. Every type of genre has been done before, but it’s our job as creators to offer a fresh take on the detective story which is different from past shows -- and we have definitely accomplished that.”


About JeTi FILMS
Based in Louisiana, JeTi FILMS is owned by multi award-winning siblings, King Jeff and Gorio Hollins. Together, they have created and produced numerous feature and short films, most notably Bang, The Murder Men, Grip: A Criminal’s Story, Shallow Creek Cult and Zombie Bite. Their projects have earned a variety of filmmaking awards from countless film festivals, including Ocean Springs, Indie Gathering, Urban Media Makers, B-Movie, Action On Film, Eerie Horror and Terror Film Fest among others. In addition, King Jeff co-executive produced Lily Keber’s documentary Bayou Maharajah, about the tragic life of New Orleans piano player James Booker and starring Harry Connick, Jr., Hugh Laurie, Dr. John, Irma Thomas and Allen Touissant. King Jeff was proud to be the first filmmaker inducted into the Louisiana Division of the Arts Artist Roster. He is also the recipient of a Certificate of Appreciation from New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial for his efforts teaching at-risk youth the art of filmmaking. For more about JeTi FILMS,
visit www.JeTiFilms.com

Tales from the Murder Room is now available for streaming on Amazon Prime.

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RLJ Entertainment's UMC - Urban Movie Channel Launches on Xfinity TV

The First Subscription Video on Demand Service Created For African American and Urban Audiences Makes Its Set-Top Box Debut

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Urban Movie Channel (UMC), the first subscription video on demand service (SVOD) created for African American and urban audiences, is now available to Comcast's Xfinity TV customers across the country. A subsidiary of RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE), UMC's launch on Xfinity TV marks the first time the SVOD service has been made available on an MVPD set-top box. Featuring top programming in Black film and television, UMC is accessible in the home through Xfinity On Demand and on the go via the Xfinity Stream app and portal. Xfinity TV customers with X1 can use their voice remote and say "Urban Movie Channel" to pull up the offering, or they'll be able to find it within the Black Film and TV section of Xfinity On Demand. UMC costs $4.99 per month.

"We are thrilled to be able to bring Urban Movie Channel to Xfinity on Demand," said Traci Otey Blunt, President of UMC. "UMC offers an array of feature films, original series, drama, comedy, documentaries, and more. We're excited to offer even more customers the ability to watch UMC's quality urban content at their leisure."

"Comcast is committed to showcasing a breadth and depth of content that leans into unique stories of black identity and culture," said Keesha Boyd, Executive Director, Multicultural Products, Comcast Cable. "Launching Urban Movie Channel on Xfinity TV expands our library of culturally curated and relevant offerings for our customers to enjoy."

New and popular programming available on UMC via Xfinity on Demand includes:

  • UMC Originals such as Daytime Emmy-nominated soap opera comedy series, The Rich and the Ruthless created by and starring award-winning actress Victoria Rowell; provocative relationship drama series Craig Ross Jr.'s Monogamy, which boasts Jill Marie JonesBrian White, and Vanessa Simmons among its star-studded ensemble cast; and the gritty Houston-based series, 5th Ward, starring Grammy Award-winning artist Mya.
  • Popular feature films such as romantic comedy No Regrets, starring Brian WhiteMonica Calhoun, and Loretta Devine; dramatic film The Fix starring Meta Golding; and Switching Lanesone of the last feature films directed by the late Thomas Mikal Ford.
  • A robust collection of stage plays from renowned playwright David E. Talbert, including Love on LayawayWhat My Husband Doesn't Know, Love in the Nick of Tymeand A Fool and His Money.

Summer of Sequels: Five Current Movies And The Originals That Inspired Them

By Morris Raymond 

Considering the vast diversity and array of options at our fingertips, we humans, as a whole, tend to like doing the same thing many times over. If you were looking for proof of this, you need not look to far from the crop of current movies being served up at your local movie theater. This really does seem to be a summer of sequels, familiar characters & storylines, and all in all, more of the same old Hollywood summer blockbuster shtick.

OK, that's really not that fair, but at the same time, it kind of is. But can you really blame movie studios from sending sequel after sequel our way? If you look at the box-office figures, audiences eat it up. Why does this happen? Well, when a second or even third part of a movie franchise is released, you can see it in one of two ways: 1) the first movie was so commercially successful that it would be insane to not try & capitalize; or 2) the characters from the first film were so well-developed that trying to tie up a loose end just because the credits start rolling seems almost criminal.

So, in the grand scheme of things, sequels aren't necessarily that bad. For a time, however, they really were hard to stomach. If you paid close enough attention, you could see how movie studios opted to make the title of a sequel play off of the original title as opposed to the addition of a numeral.

Things have changed, though, and audiences are being given year after year of tremendous movies. These movies are also driven by well-crafted storylines & complex characters that just can't be contained (figuratively speaking) on the screen, so the sequel becomes a pretty hot commodity. In fact, looking at the movies listed below, some may argue that the follow-up film stands alone in terms of anticipation.

Here's a look at five current movies & the originals that inspired them:

Jurassic World & Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - Technically, you could go all the way back to the original Jurassic Park from the early 1990s, but looking at the Jurassic World movies as their own franchise, it's easy to see how a sequel (and what looks to be a third installation at some point) would work. Dinosaurs, evil plots, and the ever-constant battle of mankind vs nature make these movies worth checking out.

The Incredibles & Incredibles 2 - When nearly a decade and a half goes by, and audiences are still blown away at seeing how things have changed for the titular characters, you know you've got a killer movie series. Make these movies a priority.

Ant-Man & Ant-Man and the Wasp - Given that the sequel is woven between the story arcs of two Avengers movies (Civil War & Infinity War), you can tell the makers of this unique superhero franchise were ready to tell some serious stories about this minuscule powerhouse.

Deadpool & Deadpool 2 - Love, revenge, and breaking the fourth wall in a movie all make for one of the more interesting superheroes to have emerged in what feels like a glut of comic-driven films. Still, as much as we're treated to intense violence & bad language by the anti-hero, these movies actually have a touching love story that connects them together. By the way, get familiar with the term "fridging" - your post-movie conversations will certain ask for your take.

Hotel Transylvania & Hotel Transylvania 3 - What do you get when you combine an ensemble voice cast, some of history & literature's greatest monsters, and combine them with a fairly familiar trope of opposites attracting, and you've got the basics for Hotel Transylvania. The events of the third movie in the franchise take place nearly a decade after the first, with family becoming the overwhelming theme.

Yeah, the idea of having many current movies be sequels may not be the most exciting thing in the world at first, you have to ask yourself one important question - did I have fun the first time around? If so, this may turn out to be one of the more movie-centric summers in recent memory.

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So Much Work for Just 60 Seconds

By Edmund Brunetti 

When you watch commercials, music videos, TV programs, or films, do you ever wonder who it is that handles the job of getting them on camera and how they're put together? That's the work of a video production company. There are really two kinds of companies that create video content. A technical production company may target details that the client isn't interested in doing. They may do the things that come after the video is shot, the editing and the post-production. Or they may simply take the finished video and post it online. That's one thing that a video production company may do.

Other companies are full-service. That means they do it all from start to finish, and post-production as well. A full-service company will do the creative development, then write the script. They'll be responsible for locations and casting. They'll produce, edit, and deliver the final product for posting. A company like this is totally hands-on; the client states what they want and the video professionals do the rest.

A commercial production company, as you may expect, has a specific focus. It creates short videos, 30 to 60 seconds, that are oriented toward commercial branding. They are all about promoting a product, a company, or a service; or getting a company's name, brand, and message out in front of the public as widely as possible. A commercial production company creates videos to grab the public's attention and interest, and to create excitement-"buzz," as it's often called. The company creates what are effectively "teasers" to bring in potential customers.

Commercial producers and their creative teams have to get excited about a client's product, brand, or message. In this way they develop ideas that connect with the audience. Their process includes personally experiencing what the client is selling to create an understanding of the market and the customer.

The video producer's job looks creative and exciting, and it can be. It is also a highly demanding and responsible job that calls for not only creativity but people and business skills. The producer might be thought of as a "creative problem-solver." He or she is the leader of the process from pre-production through actual production to post-production. The producer is responsible for the planning, scheduling, and final editing of the project, and hiring the talent and the staff. He takes part in selecting graphics and audio and may actually write the script. He is the point of contact between the company and the client, facilitating all communications to make sure the project is delivered according to the client's specifications. And of course, it's the producer's job to make sure everything is done on time and on budget.

It is very exacting work that a video production company does. You might not believe the amount of work that goes into a 60-second spot and the number of people it takes to pull it off. But these production companies know how to do it with the greatest effect.

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