Monday, April 23, 2007

Somebodies sounds interesting

Heard a tiny bit about this film, am in the process of learning more about it. Roger Ebert had some very nice things to say about Somebodies, check it out here, from early '06, from Sundance.

UPDATE: This looks like the official website for Somebodies.

And here's the blog, written by Somebodies director Hadjii (yeah, he only uses one name).

About Hadjii, from Somebodies website:

"Writer/director/actor/humorist Hadjii was born and raised in Brunswick, Georgia. He graduated from the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication with a BA degree in Telecommunications Arts. In 2004, he was a finalist in the Image Film Festival Perfect Pitch Competition with his pitch for his original screenplay “My Father’s Business.” His 2002 short film “The Making of Brick City” won 2nd place at the 2002 Peach City Short Film Festival and was featured in the 2003 Hollywood Black Film Festival. He was also a semi-finalist in the 2002 Hollywood Black Film Festival Storytelling Competition, and he was an invited panelist discussing the state of African-American film at Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival in 2004. Earnest Hardy of the L.A. Weekly praised Hadjii’s work for its “potent mix of irreverence and social consciousness.” Somebodies is his first feature. He is currently completing his first novel, “Staged Persona: A Manual Biography” and his second feature length screenplay. He is an adjunct instructor at the University of Georgia where he teaches writing for film and television."

About the film, from the same site:

"Somebodies is a coming-of-age comedy about Scottie, a twenty-two year old African-American college student in Athens, Georgia, who’s just living life as it comes. He and his roommates Six, Marlo, Tory, and Jelly live the good life as college students – finding a balance between education, partying, women, and flat out fun. But eventually Scottie’s nonchalant approach towards life, combined with his love of a good time and appreciation of a “cold one,” lands him in some hot water. Fortunately, Scottie is lucky enough to be surrounded by people who care about his well-being and who are willing to offer their help, support, and advice. Unfortunately, all of these people happen to be one sandwich short of a picnic."

Sounds good, looking forward to checking out the flick at some point.

- Sujewa

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