NOC Interview: Jake Gyllenhaal and Antoine Fuqua Discuss ‘The Guilty’

Jake Gyllenhaal stars in The Guilty, which premiered in theaters on September 24. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, the film is a new thriller that will leave audiences on the edge of their seats. Both Gyllenhaal and Fuqua also serve as producers. The Guilty will be released October 1 on Netflix as well.

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NOC Interview: Director Theodore Melfi Discusses ‘The Starling’

Theodore Melfi serves as both director and producer for Netflix’s The Starling. The film first premiered at TIFF this year and be released in select theaters on September 17. The Starling will then become available to stream on Netflix starting September 24.

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NOC Interview: Heather Hemmens on Directing an Episode of ‘Roswell, New Mexico’

Heather Hemmens stars as Maria DeLuca on the hit series Roswell, New Mexico. For this week’s new episode, “Goodnight Elizabeth,” the actress will also serve as director. The show first premiered back in 2019 and is now in its third season. New episodes of season three air Mondays at 8:00PM on The CW. Roswell, New Mexico was already renewed for a fourth season as well.

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Academy Award-Winning Director Steve McQueen’s New Documentaries

The masterful work of Academy Award winning director Steve McQueen spans an impressive set of genres, from films to anthology series, and now the 12 Years a Slave director has three new documentaries coming to Amazon Prime. Last year, we spoke to the talented leads in McQueen’s anthology Small Axe that examined the real-life experiences of West Indians living in mid-20th century London.

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The ‘Vacation Friends’ Press Conference Was Just as Enjoyable as a Real Vacation

Directed by Clay Tarver, Vacation Friends stars Lil Rel Howery, Yvonne Orji, John Cena, and Meredith Hagner. The film was written by Tom Mullen, Tim Mullen, Clay Tarver, Jonathan Goldstein, and John Francis Daley. It begins streaming Friday, August 27 on Hulu. Ahead of the film’s release, The Nerds of Color got to ask the talent behind the new comedy a few questions at a virtual press conference.

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Writer/Director Leigh Janiak on Bringing ‘Fear Street’ to Life

Leigh Janiak serves as director, writer, and executive producer for Netflix’s new Fear Street trilogy, which is made up of Fear Street Part 1: 1994, Fear Street Part 2: 1978, and Fear Street Part 3: 1666. The films were all shot back-to-back-to-back with the same cast in three different period settings. All of them are connected by an epic narrative, making one terrifying story. Fear Street Part 3: 1666 premieres on July 16.

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Interviews With the Cast and Creatives of HBO Max’s ‘Gossip Girl’ at the World Premiere

On Wednesday, June 30, I had the honor of attending the Gossip Girl red carpet in New York City on behalf of The Nerds of Color. I chatted with Josh Safran, Karena Evans, Eric Daman, Jordan Alexander, Whitney Peak, Emily Alyn Lind, Evan Mock, Thomas Doherty, Zión Moreno, Savannah Smith, Johnathan Fernandez, Laura Benanti, Jason Gotay, Adam Chanler-Berat, Rana Roy, Megan Ferguson, and Lyne Renée all about their new series and so much more. Read below to hear everything that they exclusively shared with The NOC!

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‘Growing Fangs’ Director Anne Marie Pace on Finding Your Place in the World

Growing up Mexican American and bisexual in a family of anthropologists, Pace wanted to showcase what it meant to be an outsider and finding your place. She also is a huge fan of the supernatural. So, why not put the two and two together? That’s exactly what she did.

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Kickstart This: Marc Bernardin’s Directorial Debut, ‘Splinter’

Writer, and Friend of the NOC, Marc Bernardin had always hoped to direct a movie by the time he turned 50. Well, now he’s gone and done it!

Though he has already exceeded his original Kickstarter goal in less than 12 hours, Bernardin’s directorial debut, the short film Splinter, still has a month to go to raise even more money!

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NOC Interview: Kay Oyegun on Directing NBC’s ‘This Is Us’

Kay Oyegun directed episode 5×13, “Brotherly Love,” of the NBC hit drama. The episode focused on Randal and Kevin reuniting to hash out their past. Oyegun is a part of NBCUniversal’s Female Forward program, which is the company’s annual initiative for female directors that aims to achieve gender parity among scripted series directors.

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ShoPowSho Episode 032: Actor, Alain Uy of ‘The Paper Tigers’

Psst. Psst. Hoy! New episode of the ShoPowSho!

Episode 032: We welcome Actor, Alain Uy, star of The Paper Tigers that premieres today in Theaters and On Demand! Alain is a multi-talented Filipino actor, writer, producer, and director with credits on Helstrom, True Detective, The Passage, ER, Veronica Mars, Parenthood, Monk, and more!

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NOC Interview: Benjamin Lobato on the Final Season of ‘Queen of the South’

Benjamin Lobato is co-showrunner of USA’s Queen of the South, which is currently airing its fifth and final season. The popular series tells the story of Teresa Mendoza, a woman who is forced to run and seek refuge in America after her drug-dealing boyfriend is suddenly murdered in Mexico. New episodes air Wednesdays at 10/9c on USA Network.

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ShoPowSho Episode 014: Writer/Director, Diane Paragas

Psst. Psst. Hoy! New episode of the ShoPowSho!

Episode 14: We welcome Writer/Director, Diane Paragas of Yellow Rose! Yellow Rose made history last year by being the first Filipino American film theatrically distributed by a major Hollywood studio! Get to know the amazing woman behind the film and how her life’s journey mirrored Yellow Rose, learn about her successes, struggles and future plans!

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Hiromi Kamata On Growing Up with Selena’s Music and Directing Netflix’s Biopic Series

Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, otherwise known as Selena, was and still is hailed as the Queen of Tejano music. Performing since childhood, she made waves in the predominantly male music scene and is still held in high regard in the Latinx American community. Her origin story, her rise to stardom, and the sacrifices her family made along the way are the subject of the new biopic series for Netflix, Selena: The Series. Continue reading “Hiromi Kamata On Growing Up with Selena’s Music and Directing Netflix’s Biopic Series”

Interview With ‘Cloak & Dagger’ Director Jennifer Phang

A version of this interview originally appeared at Melancholyball.com.

The second season of Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger premiered last week on Freeform; graciously returning for a fresh new interview is filmmaker Jennifer Phang, who directed S2’s premiere episode “Restless Energy.” (My earlier chats with Phang on her work on Cloak & Dagger and The Expanse can be found here and here.) Continue reading “Interview With ‘Cloak & Dagger’ Director Jennifer Phang”