2. Why didn't Julian leave with his wife and kids after she found out about the video? He just stayed behind? With THAT kind of crisis going on in his marriage? SERIOUSLY? AND WHY IN THE HELL HE SHOWING EVERYONE ELSE THE DAMN VIDEO BUT HASN'T TALKED TO HIS WIFE ABOUT IT?????????
3. When did they practice the dance routine? I can see Mia arranging to have matching costumes at the ready...but the dance routine? That took practice. When did they do that?
4. Can we stop with the dating White people jokes already? It's 2013.
5. Yall know the fertility clinic wouldn't have put them embryos in without being paid in full first right? Trust me on this one.
6. Who is Shelby's baby daddy? How'd she get on that show she was on?
7. They delivered a breech baby. In a Lexus SUV while speeding. Oh...and if they were in snail traffic one minute...how did they end up FLYING down a damn near empty interstate the next?
8. Shelby and Quenton being disrespectful getting busy when they did?
I've started using Google Calendar properly and it's changed my life. There are so many things you can do with it that it makes no sense to NOT use it.
I add all my meetings, calls, appointments, etc. to it now and am always excited when I can just *CLICK* to add something to my calendar. Eventbrite let's you do this as well as a lot of other services I use.
It adds all of the details to my calendar and I can set up how I want to receive my reminders. I generally use email AND text reminders. Email reminders a day before so I can make sure I've done all I need to do for the event and text reminders starting 30 minutes out.
Another feature is the ability to share my calendar with the Robinator. Both of us use this feature so we're not doublebooking things we need the other for and we can make arrangements for Lucy, etc. His events are in blue, my events are in pink.
I receive a daily agenda (can be found in 'SETTINGS') every morning at 5:00am so it's the first thing I check when I look at my emails daily.
I can even insert/embed meeting information in an email so that the recipient can one click add it to their calandar as well.
I met the most fascinating man yesterday in the simplest way possible. See...I have a neighbor who is really into her landscaping and I was checking out her new perennials. I asked her where she purchased them and she told me that someone told her about this super cute little nursery that a man owns behind his house. I was looking for some different shade perennials so I figured I'd give it a try.
It was only about 12 miles away from my home and it was a stunningly beautiful and yet cool day so a drive was just the thing. I put the country ribs I had marinating the fridge in the oven on 225 degrees and set the oven timer for 3 hours leaving The Robinator with instructions to simply take them out when the timer went off.
I listened to music as Kadijah (the GPS lady) directed me to the address and oohed and aaahed over the simple, country style homes with porches and big, fenced in yards that I see in my future.
I found the house and followed the gravel around to the back as the signage directed me to do and I was presented with this:
One of my favorite movies on EARTH is "Love and Basketball." I mean...it seriously doesn't get better than this movie for me. I watch it every.single.time I see it on and think to myself how awesome it is. Like...everything about it was good.
"Whats up Monica!! - need a favor! Today at 12pm NOON we are going to be doing a Social Media Blast of our Trailer for our Comedy Series "Dr. J. Peddy" this our first entry that will be entering the pilot contest for Comedy Central in March! - We are going to push the trailer to create a buzz- If you have the time at noon or after to share the link for the trailer I will be forever grateful - #The Power of Networking"
I wish I could stop grinning...but I can't. It's available in Blu-ray and DVD and there are lots of bonus DVD extras to include commentary, screening Q&A, audience reaction, interviews of some of our team members and even a deleted scene which we thought would be an alternate ending but the focus group audience hated it so we took it out. LOL!
Such an amazing journey and we've learned so, so, so much since "sisters." and our other short films on the Training Camp
I know I should say more but seriously...I can't. I'm just so flipping happy.
Please tell your family, framily and friends about it. Share our journey and let them know how we've been writing things down and making them happen and that we believe they can do the same.
Yall wanted options. We're trying to give you some. And you know good and well we're working hard to provide it to you.
Yes you heard correctly. We've inked a deal with Magnolia Pictures. THE Magnolia Pictures of Mr. Mark Cuban fame. We're so proud and humbled and we know this means we have to keep working even harder to be part of such an amazing, amazing team.
It started here for me. Writing stuff down. Making stuff happen. Working my butt off. Thanks to all of you guys for your continued love and support. You make it easy to do what we do.
Guess what's available on Amazon now? LOL! Yup! US!
Yall know the journey. You know we said we'd do 4 or 5 shorts to practice, build our team and hone our skills to get ready to shoot features.
We wrote it down.
We made it happen.
And now...those 4 shorts, our TRAINING CAMP, are available on Amazon!
Please buy our DVD and show us some love and support. You have no idea how difficult doing what we do is. We seriously just want to entertain you guys and we're getting better and better and better with each project as you'll see in the DVD.
Team Sizzle Films presents 4 short films produced in 2010 and 2011 and screened at film festivals around the world: sisters., Marco Polo, Commitment, and When Beautiful People Do Ugly Things.
Team Sizzle Films is led by All-Pro Linebacker and 2011 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs of the Baltimore Ravens. Terrell is Executive Producer of all 4 short films and co-writer of When Beautiful People Do Ugly Things.
sisters. looks in on two siblings as they acknowledge the complexity of their relationship and their struggle to love each other, period. sisters. won Best Short Film in the 2010 International Black Film Festival in Nashville and screened at both the Chicago International Film Festival and the American Black Film Festival.
In Marco Polo, beautiful and successful Dr. Ann Christman long ago settled down with her second choice, a black man who loves her dearly. The unspoken challenges of interracial marriage weigh heavy and finally come to a head when past passions are stirred.
Ten years ago, Ashur did what he could to leave his Syrian government post for a new life in America. Commitment picks up when Ashur gets a new neighbor with an unnerving curiosity about the past. After a vicious altercation, a judge must decide who was predator and who was prey. Commitment screened at the Cannes International Film Festival in the Short Film Corner, as well as the New York City International Film Festival and ThrillSpy International Film Festival.
When Beautiful People Do Ugly Things covers the twenty-four hours surrounding a wedding. Twelve beautiful hours before... twelve ugly hours after. When Beautiful People Do Ugly Things screened at the Cannes International Film Festival in the Short Film Corner.
Disclaimer: These films are not rated. The content is intended for mature audiences and may not be suitable for all viewers.
And Best Indie Hustler! LOL! That one cracked me up. I guess showing up sick, passing out flyers, talking people up and making a mad dash to catch the last flight out is indicative of a HUSTLER! LOL!
We are always so very excited to watch our film with an audience. I mean...there is truly nothing like the feeling in the world. They liked it...no...loved it and the Q&A afterwards turned into a straight up Venus Vs. Mars verbal brawl. ROFL! Like...people walked away arguing with people they came with still. ROFL!
Poor Roslyn sent me an email telling me that even she and Whit fell out behind it. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! THAT.BRINGS.ME.JOY! LOL!
So yeah...we won. So excited. So exciting. And can't WAIT to be able to share more news with you guys regarding the project.
This documentary is pretty awesome and I truly hope you get to see it. If you hear about it...go see it. GO.SEE.IT! And take your entire family and tell all your friends. It's so compelling and enlightening.
Everyone was amazed at the response of the audience to our film. I was nervous, of course, but that's because we've worked on this SO.HARD. I knew that if people saw it...they'd love it.
And yall know I like to go out with a bang.
So yeah...we wanted to straight up sell out at both shows. In order to do this, I asked family, framily and friends who were attending if they'd mind helping us get the word out and baaaaby! They showed up and showed OUT!
As soon as folks hit Miami they hit me up to find out where we were. They came got a t-shirt and bags of flyers, water bottles, silicone bracelets, etc. and hit the streets telling everyone about our movie and letting them know when our screening times were and shortly thereafter I saw pretty much every person walking around with SOMETHING from Team Sizzle.
And the buzz grew.
Before long...it was all everyone was talking about. Going to see "The Coalition." They had folks out there scanning the QR Code for the trailer, telling them who the actors were, the synopsis of the film. Like...they REALLY showed out. It got to the point where you'd walk up on someone and they'd say..."I've heard about "The Coalition" and I DEFINITELY plan on seeing it." before we even said anything because someone else had gotten to them earlier.
Last I counted...we had about 30 people rocking and rolling on our behalf.
A friend called me yesterday in the midst of the madness I had ongoing and wanted to ask me how I was able to get so many people out there on the ground putting the word out. My answer? I just asked them and they came. They didn't get paid. They just care about me enough to show up because they know I'd do the same.
I am so blessed that my framily is my FRAMILY for real.
My only regret was that I didn't get an opportunity to spend as much time with them as I'd wanted to, but for me it was a work trip and I had a few things on my list that I wanted to cross off so I did what I needed to do in order to do them. They, however, had a blast without me and I am so grateful everyone got along so well and had so much fun.
If it's true you judge a person by their framily...well...King Kong ain't got nuttin on me!
Thank you to my family, framily and friends who came out and supported us. I can't put into words just how very much it meant to me. YALL ROCK!
The screenings were off the charts HOT.TO.DEATH! Both sold out and the response was AMAZING! I'm still reeling over the fact that everyone loved it and I love knowing their expectations were blown out of the water! LOL! Everyone was blinking with their mouths open like...WOW! THAT WAS SOOOOOOOO GOOD!!!!!
And it made us so, so, so very happy!
There is nothing like sitting with a REAL, LIVE AUDIENCE watching your film and absorbing their reaction. I wish I could bottle that feeling and use it whenever I'm in need of a quick pick me up or assurance that we're doing this the right way.
My brain is a jumbled mess right now because I have all kinds of things going on right his minute but I'll be back to tell you guys more about it. If you were there...let us know what YOU thought and if you had a good time. If you weren't there...let me know if you talked to someone who was and what they thought!
Thanks to everyone for the total unconditional love and support you always show us and know that we appreciate it more than anything.