Trevante Rhodes is an American actor, whom started his career in independent films. Following graduation, Rhodes started working as an actor. Trevante Rhodes appeared in a short film, I Came Back, and two movies, Song to Song and Open Windows. He won several accolades and recognitions. Including his Independent Sprit Robert Altman Award (2017), as well as, the Online Film and Television Association Award (2017).
In 2016, Rhodes performance in the independent film, Moonlight, highlighted his career as he rose internationally. He played the lead role in the film, as a guy struggling to deal with his gender identity, sexual orientation, as well as, physical abuse. This independent film won the Academy Award for Best Picture and was the first LGBTQ film with an all-black cast.
Trevante Rhodes starred in the action film, The Predator (2018), the thriller film, Bird Box (2018) and the drama movie, 12 Strong (2018). Rhodes appeared in Jay-Z’s music video, Family Feud and was featured in a Calving Klein underwear campaign with the Moonlight cast. Trevante Rhodes also starred in the movies, Burning Sands and Smartass.
Rhodes was also part of the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. Savannah State University hopes to bring the same kind of exposure to the independent filmmakers, producers, directors, and media creatives. The Indie Film Festival highlights categories such as: Music Video, Horror/Sci-Fi, Comedy, Documentary and Drama. Just like Trevante Rhodes, you can get anywhere from here.
Indie Film Festivals are gateways for directors to be put into the position to become who they aspire to be. Savannah State University located in Savannah, GA has put on an Indie Film Festival for the past five years, making this year the fifth. It is our goal to make this a start to the diverse directing community around us. The event will take place across SSU's campus and in downtown Savannah, April 16-18 - watch this space for details.
What was the biggest blockbuster of 2018? How about if I proposed the question as, what was the top grossing movie of 2018? Money gets the mind thinking. If you guessed Marvel’s Black Panther, you deserve a prize. Do you know who the director of this film is? The man with the plan behind it all? How about where did he get his start? That man is Ryan Coogler and he got his start in Indie Film Festivals.
Cooglers’ first film Locks was entered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2009. He has gone on to make other blockbusters aside from Marvels Black Panther. Fruitvale Station, the story of a 22-year-old black man Oscar Grant. As well as Creed, which is a spin-off-sequel of the Rocky films.
Out of all of the questions asked, our most important question to you is, “What’s your story?” Savannah State University’s motto, “You Can Get Anywhere from Here” is what we stand firmly on. We are ready to hear your story.
On the whim of his first Oscar, film director Spike Lee is no stranger to independent film. As I was just entering middle school, his independent film, “She’s Gotta Have It," debuted. While I did not really understand how much power and confidence Nola Darling (the female lead) really possessed in the film at that time - I was still trying to get over the fact that it was in black and white - today, as a woman who sees and experiences the judgment placed on women everyday for being “to sexual” or “to confident” Darling has qualities I think every modern women wishes to embody.
The 1986 indie film “She’s Gotta Have It” takes us on a journey following the ever so confident, Nola Darling, a graphic designer living in Brooklyn who decides to date three men, because she can not choose one. In today’s time, that is more common among women now, than it was in 1986, but how women are judged by men for choosing to do so has not. In middle school it was a movie I was forced to watch, but now that I'm in college, it is a movie that made me realize how ahead of his time Spike Lee really is, to create a character 32 years ago that represents the modern woman.
Nola Darlings' character is the outcome of women who are told they cannot to express their erotic being, and a race who was not allowed sexual expression. She is unabashedly open and frank about her relationships. The decision to share herself, physically and emotionally with three men, and be so unashamed about her polyamory was if anything but controversial, then notable at the very least. In middle school this movie seemed out of my reach, there was nothing I could relate to, or any significance that I could seem to grasp. Today, I see some of myself in Nola, a black woman trying to find her way in life and achieve what she knows is possible.
Spike Lee was ahead of his time and addressed issues that is now at the forefront of every campaign, hashtag and slogan. Movements like ‘Me Too’, ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘Times Up’ can be reflected in this coming of age film that is a testament to what independent films can be and what their creators can become.
Hollywood, California isn’t the only Hollywood that can produce and make movies. Savannah, Georgia can be called "South Hollywood" because of its history of filming, producing, and having A-List actors be apart of the movies shot in this beautiful location. There are some movies made in Savannah, Georgia that have been nominated for or have won an Oscar.
Here are the movies that had participated:
Glory which was filmed in Savannah GA, had arguably one of the greatest actors in the world, Denzel Washington, who had also had won an Oscar of best supporting actor
Three Faces of Eve which had starred JoAnn Woodward, this movie was also filmed in Savannah, GA and she had took home a Oscar for best female lead role
Forrest Gump, which everybody should know this movie, and of course it was filmed in Savannah, GA and starred Tom Hanks who had also won an Oscar for best male actor in a leading role
Savannah also offers movie festivals hosted by colleges like SCAD and universities like Savannah State. Young students are able to produce and make their own type of films and can also be nominated and win an awards for their artworks.
Savannah, Georgia has a lot to offer when it comes to making movies, the beautiful scenery of Savannah can be a perfect location and it’s a great place for upcoming artist to make their mark on the film Industries