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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Speakeasy with ... Lamar and Ronnie Tyler

Posted By on Tue, May 1, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Lamar and Ronnie Tyler present Still Standing a film promoting healty African-American marriage. Creative Loafing Atlantas Ed Loves Bacon with Edward Adams.
  • Justin Hackworth (via www.blackandmarriedwithkids.com)
  • Lamar and Ronnie Tyler
Since 2007 husband and wife duo Lamar and Ronnie Tyler have been on a mission to put a positive spin on marriage. Starting with their website Black and Married with Kids, the two have gained the respect of the healthy marriage community and offer a haven for couples to discuss their relationships and seek help in times of distress. The success of their website provided the unique opportunity to leapfrog into uncharted territory by producing their first video. Focusing on documentary first person narratives, the Tyler's allow their subjects to tell their own stories of marriage success through trail, tribulation, joys and pains. Recently the couple released their fourth film, Still Standing on DVD and held sold-out screenings across the country to their unique niche audience. During a recent press tour, Lamar and Ronnie shared their insights on film making, the healthy marriage community and the need for positive African American Images over lunch at Park 75 at the Four Seasons in Atlanta.

Still Standing premieres on Thursday, May 3, with a screening at the Landmark Midtown Arts Cinemas at 7:00 PM (931 Monroe Dr NE # C212).

CL Why did you feel it was important to make this vein of film?
Lamar: We just saw a tremendous need. It came out of the website and we really just wanted to something we were passionate about, something we'd want to do five years from now we'd still want to do it and that was relationships - more specifically, the idea of marriage and how it was received in general culture, which are always negative. You know in TV shows and movies, the situations are always negative, especially towards men. So we said, lets promote a positive image about marriage specifically in the African American community because we know there are other happily married couples out there and no one is telling their stories. So we put the site up and immediately it took off. People were just hungry for this kind of information.

How do you find your couples - the subjects in your films?
Lamar: Well its because of the website and the kind of things that we do. We've been able to connect with marriage professionals; psychologist and people in the healthy marriage community which we didn't even know existed before we started the site [blackandmarriedwithkids.com] but they've pretty much embraced us so their healthy marriage initiatives, their marriage ministries we've been able to come in contact with those people. So when we're looking for couples we start with the people we know and they recommend couples which we like.

CL Oh, why is that?
Ronnie: We try to keep it within one degree of separation, because we want someone to be held accountable for the stuff they're saying. It's something you don't have to worry about in a regular film because we have a Facebook page with over 100,000 people so we can easily put out a call saying "hey we are looking for great stories for this movie" but we don't want a couple on there talking about how much they love each other and we get an email with pictures of them not being who they said they were. You never know what goes on behind closed doors in someone's marriage but we try to make sure somebody can say "I know this couple and I know their story."

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Seven facts on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Posted By on Tue, Oct 6, 2009 at 5:30 AM

SHAWTY WHAT YOUR NAME IS: Snow White greets her new BFF's in Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
  • SHAWTY WHAT YOUR NAME IS: Snow White greets her new BFF's in Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Disney celebrates 72 years of Sleepy, Sneezy, Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Bashful, Dopey and of course Snow White this year with the release of the Diamond Edition of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on Blu-Ray and DVD.

Artists, not dwarfs remastered over 120,000 animation cells to restore the film to a pristine quality better than the original version. According to Disney Animation Curator, Lella Smith, reflections of camera men on individual cells as well as their fingerprints covered the original theatrical version of the film. Smith shared insights about the development of Disney's first animated feature film in an online presentation about the dwarfs and the long journey animators took to produce the movie.

Ok, so fingerprints and ghostly images may not peak your interests, but here's a couple of little known facts Smith shared about the film available in behind-the-scene features on the Diamond Edition:

  1. Snoopy was considered as a name for one of the seven dwarfs in the film. Other names considered were Wheezy, Baldy, Lazy, Tubby and Jumpy.
  2. In early concepts of the dwarfs, they were drawn as tall as Snow White.
  3. It took two years to come of with the seven final dwarfs.
  4. Snow White was the highest grossing film until it was surpassed by Gone With the Wind in 1939.
  5. Snow White was the first film to have an accompanying soundtrack released.
  6. Snow White and Dopey were motion modeled by the same person, famed dancer Marge Champion.
  7. There’s a total of 60-million illustrations archived from the Snow White project in the Disney library.

Disney's Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs - Diamond Edition. Rated G. Available on Blu-Ray and DVD Tues. October 6.

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