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May 24, 2024

From Deadline: Dafne Keen & Samantha Lorraine To Star In Jay Hernandez’s Horror Thriller ‘Night Comes’

By: Matt Grobar

Photo: L-R: Dafne Keen, Samantha Lorraine and Jay Hernandez
Joseph Sinclair/Nicole Mitchem Photography/Getty

“EXCLUSIVE: Dafne Keen (Logan) and Samantha Lorraine (Dora and the Search for Sol Dorado) have been tapped to star in Night Comes, a survival horror thriller marking the feature directorial debut of actor Jay Hernandez (Suicide Squad).

Hailing from Impossible Dream Entertainment and the Canadian production and financing outfit Big Picture Cinema Group, the film unfolds against the backdrop of a cataclysmic event that threatens to engulf humanity. Two sisters manage to escape the horror only to find themselves thrust into a perilous struggle for survival, tasked with a mission that holds the fate of mankind in the balance.”

To read the full story, visit Deadline.com

In the much-anticipated return to the iconic dystopian world created more than 30 years ago with the seminal “Mad Max” films, Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga features Anya Taylor-Joy in the title role of “Furiosa.” 

Video: Warner Bros Pictures

As the world fell, young Furiosa is snatched from the Green Place of Many Mothers and falls into the hands of a great Biker Horde led by the Warlord Dementus, played by Chris Hemsworth. Sweeping through the Wasteland, they come across the Citadel presided over by The Immortan Joe (Tom Burke). While the two Tyrants war for dominance, Furiosa must survive many trials as she puts together the means to find her way home.

Photo: Warner Bros Pictures

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga is in theaters everywhere today

(Left) Featured Comedians in Roots of Comedy with Jesus Trejo include (Clockwise From Upper Left): Sierra Katow,  Host Jesus Trejo, Vanessa Gonzalez, Eeland Stribling, Tatanka Means, Ali Sultan, and Adam Pasi.

Part comedy, part social commentary, part travelogue, Roots of Comedy with Jesus Trejo follows host, Mexican-American comedian Jesus Trejo, as he embarks on an emotional odyssey and telling the “stories behind the laughs,” revealing how the most memorable comedy traces back to the roots of a community with themes that are central to the series. Along his journey, Trejo visits six U.S. regions (Denver, Portland, Minneapolis, Austin, Los Angeles, and Chinle, Arizona) where he meets with six rising comedians, Ali Sultan, Vanessa Gonzalez, Eeland Stribling, Tatanka Means, Adam Pasi, and Sierra Katow, who explore the mosaic of our nation through the lens of stand-up comedy. 

Roots of Comedy with Jesus Trejo is available to stream for free via the PBS app and PBS.org


The NAACP presents the 2024 “ALL IN” Cinematic Shorts Competition; taking place during the 115th NAACP Convention in Las Vegas, NV from July 13th - July 17th, 2024.

This exciting competition will give six (6) filmmakers the opportunity to produce a short film addressing issues of social justice.

Paired in teams of two, the filmmakers will receive equipment and work under the guidance of a professional mentor to produce a 5-7 minute short film. The short films can be narrative, documentary or avant-garde; and will explore one of the following topics: 

  • Healthcare inequity
  • Health & wealth gap
  • Critical Race Theory & current environment of book banning
  • Anti-Semitism/ white nationalism/rise of hate crimes
  • Reproductive Freedom
  • Affirmative Action + education access
  • Voting Rights/ Election reform/ gerrymandering
  • Climate Crisis & its effects on communities of color locally & globally
  • Gun violence + legislative reform vs. NRA


Mandalay Bay Convention Center

3950 S Las Vegas Blvd

Las Vegas, NV 89119

At the conclusion of the 115th Convention, participating filmmakers will present their finished short films and attendees will vote for their favorite film.  The winning filmmakers will each be awarded a $10K grant to produce a short film in conjunction with the NAACP Hollywood Bureau and NAACP+ Studios.

In addition, ALL the filmmakers in this year’s cohort will receive an all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles to attend the 56th NAACP Image Awards, where they will walk the red carpet, and attend informational meetings with industry executives.


●  Must be between the ages of 18-29 by June 3rd, 2024.

●  Must submit one creative sample  (short film, commercial or photography) that demonstrates your skill set as a filmmaker.

●  Must submit a written statement between 250-300 words answering ONE of the essay questions below.

●  Must provide your own transportation to and from Las Vegas, NV for the competition. (Local hotel accommodations will be provided for selected filmmakers/activists based on double occupancy).

NAACP Empowerment Programs, Inc. shall be the exclusive owner, including without limitation, owner of all intellectual property rights, in all films, including all footage shot or edited as part of the competition or with equipment furnished as part of the competition.  

From one of Hispanic magazine’s most influential Latinas comes an empowering guide for business women looking to become better communicators in their professional and personal lives. 

Dr. Yasmin Davidds has spent most of her professional life empowering women leaders. In her new book, Graciously Assertive: How Becoming a Better Human Makes You a Better Leader, the award-winning entrepreneur, psychologist, speaker, and author continues her lifelong mission, offering helpful tools and strategies to people of all backgrounds who are looking to transform the way they communicate in the workplace. Breaking down what she refers to as a “Graciously Assertive” communication style, Dr. Davidds shares how being firm and direct—yet kind and respectful of the feelings and needs of others—enables professionals to flourish in their careers, as well as their personal lives.

Photo: Morehouse Publishing

An inspiring, compelling, and deeply informative guide designed by a business person for business people, Graciously Assertive promises to help people everywhere learn how to hold a space for others and—in doing so—become more thoughtful and empathetic leaders.

Hit Man is inspired by an unbelievable true story from the Texas Monthly Article by Skip Hollandsworth. When a straight-laced professor (Glen Powell) discovers his hidden talent as a fake hit man, he meets his match in a client (Adria Arjona) who steals his heart and ignites a powder keg of deception, delight, and mixed-up identities.

Video: Netflix

Joining Powell and Arjona is Austin Amelio, Retta, Sanjay Rao, Molly Bernard, Evan Holtzman, and many more. 

Photo: Netflix

Hit Man is in Select Theaters today and available for streaming on Netflix on Friday, June 7, 2024.

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