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The Reel Critic RoundTable Launch

I have been wanting to have a Black Film Critic Show FOREVER. I pitched it in so many variations to advertisers, media outlets, entrepreneurs and friends but I could never get any traction (I think a book on the doors that were closed on Black Film Critique would be in order but I’ll save that for another day). I tried to get critics together on a regular basis but it was hard to get people to spend time at a shoot and not get paid when they had other paying gigs. I shot a pilot with my friend Bonnie DeShong. My sister, Tracie produced the program and I was sure this would be something others would like and investors (advertisers and corporations) could sink their teeth into. Well I was wrong.

The Reel Critic Roundtable

BUT… this pandemic has many of us at home and instead of having a costly shoot, I just did it by Zoom. I got the great Shawn Edwards to agree to be on the show and that was all I needed. If you don’t know, Shawn is celebrating 20 years on Fox 4 in Kansas City. He is the longest running Black Film Critic on TV and he had time for little old me. I got the fantastic Kathia Woods to join me. If you don’t know, here is a woman who has her own platform and employs others. That’s right she pays people (I get asked all the time to be on shows but no one is paying – but we do what we have to do to get exposure that might lead to money). I got my man, Al McGhee who also has his own platform. If you don’t know he does more than movies. Dude does theater, music and boxing. It’s on! I’m Set and Ready to Go!!

This week Shawn, Kathia, Al and I got together to review the movies Hamilton and John Lewis: Good Trouble (Hamilton is really a video production of a stage play – as Shawn was quick to put me in check), discuss the HBO Max decision to pull Gone With The Wind and add a preface and then each of us talked a bit about a particular topic.

I really hope you listen, enjoy and respond. Oh yeah, and share – maybe advertisers, media outlets and others might like to partner and help amplify Black Voices. Good for their customers, Good for us critics and good for the profits.

Shawn Edwards provides some great picks for pics to watch

Reggie Ponder, The Reel Critic, talks to film critic extraordinaire about movie to watch while at home.

SPRINTER: Writer/Director Storm Saulter talks with Reggie Ponder, The Reel. Critic about his new movie

Reggie Ponder, The Reel Critic got a chance to speak with writer?Director Storm Saulter about his film SPRINTER. It is now available on Netflix and while the story has a universal theme it has a uniquely Jamaican flavor.

The Film Detective meets The Reel Critic

I got a chance to talk to Phil Hopkins of The Film Detective. (www.TheFilmDetective.com). The Short of it is The Film Detective is a channel, streaming service for classic media: TV and Film. From John Wayne to The Three Stooges to Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, there is something for everyone to discover or rediscover. The longer of it? Just check out the interview you curious rabbit.

LOVE Hair Love

I got a chance to catch up with Matthew Cherry, director of the Oscar Nominated Best Animated Short film, Hair Love at the African American Film Critic Association Awards where he was award Breakthrough Director. I also spoke to Producer Karen Rupert Toliver and Directors Everett Downing jr and Bruce W. Smith.

I’m going to post the interviews but nothing can say it better than the actual film. This Film is SO IMPORTANT, SO FANTASTIC and SO TOUCHING. This should be seen by all and I hope it inspires, encourages and breaks down barriers. A towering achievement for such a short film. It connects personally, culturally and universally. MUCH LOVE to HAIR LOVE

Here’s the film

Here’s Matthew Cherry and I talking about the film

Here I am talking to Producer Karen Rupert Toliver and Directors Everett Downing jr and Bruce W. Smith.

Lost Gurl Stars Talk About Film

Reggie Ponder, The Reel Critic, caught up with Lost Gurl stars Simeon Henderson & Kristin E. Ellis at the 2019 Black Harvest Film Festival. They talk about their characters, the film overall and what it was like working together.

Lost Gurl Stars: Simeon Henderson & Kristin E. Ellis talk with Reggie Ponder, The Reel Critic.

Brian Banks On His Movie And Forgiveness

Reggie Ponder, The Reel Critic caught up with Brian Banks to talk about his movie. In this excerpt he talks about the film as well as the issue of forgiveness.

Keesha Boyd Talks To Reggie Ponder About Comcast’s Commitment To African American Content

Keesha Boyd, Executive Director, Multicultural Consumer Services, spoke with ReggiePonder, The Reel Critic, about movies and Comcast’s commitment to African American content.

Orlando Bishop Talks About His TVOne Movie, Dinner For Two.

Reggie Ponder speaks with writer/director Orlando Bishop about his new TVOne film Dinner for Two.Screen Shot 2018-08-31 at 5.24.44 PM

 

WakandaCon: Reggie Ponder catches up with Allison Manswell – connecting the Black Panther Movie to lessons we can use in our careers