Getting Ready For A Strong 2019 With Chris Stokes

Chris Stokes

Chris Stokes, the chairman of Footage Films is gearing up to take his company to new heights in the new year. The seasoned Director, Writer and Producer is making some major decisions in the upcoming year to further position his company as force in the studio space. Since 2015 Footage Films has been consistently making and delivering quality urban content to the physical and digital space and is now set to do more. “I can’t tell you what we have in store yet, but this is going to be biggest year to date for Footage Films!!!” Stay tuned……..

Behind The Scenes On Chris Stokes Latest Movie Running Out Of Time

As we mentioned earlier this week, Running Out Of Time, the latest movie in a series of Chris Stokes directed pictures for Viacom will be premiering on BET this Saturday. The movie stars Tasha Smith and RonReaco Lee. It’s politically charged thriller that keeps you guessing until the very end. Stokes has always had a flare for the the thriller genre, especially in the Urban space. To get a better look into this non-stop thrill ride, take a look at some of the behind the scenes with the film’s stars, Tasha Smith and RonReaco Lee. And don’t forget Running Out Of Time premieres this Saturday December 1st at 8/7c on BET.

Chris Stokes Directed Running Out Of Time Premieres on BET December 1st

Chris Stokes

The second installment of Chris Stokes 3 picture deal with Viacom will be airing this Saturday. The Stokes directed thriller Running Out Of Time will be premiering on BET. The film stars Tasha Smith and RonReaco Lee. The movie is about a woman named Brenda Harper (Tasha Smith) recently suffered the loss of her husband from a sudden death. Newly widowed, taking care of her teenage daughter and ailing mother (Telma Hopkins), Brenda is the sole beneficiary of her husband’s assets, which include millions of dollars, property, and most importantly, a secret file that she has yet to discover. Brenda finds out from her husband’s closest friend, Cain (RonReaco Lee) that the file is hidden inside their home, so they think, when they are all taken hostage at Brenda’s Summer home by two masked men, who are now threatening to kill them all one by one if they don’t turn over the file. Having no answers, Brenda, her daughter, mother and Cain are tied up and held hostage until these masked men get what they want. With time running out, Brenda has to do whatever she can to ensure her family’s survival and fight for their lives.

Be sure to tune in this weekend at 8PM EST on BET to see the premiere!!!

Watch the trailer –

Monday Motivation Message from Chris Stokes

Chris Stokes

Hopefully all of you out there are starting your week off right. I know it’s pretty difficult to get back to the grind after a long holiday weekend, but let’s get up and get at it. Go conquer your goals, make steps that get you closer to your dream and put GOD first in all the things that you do so that all of your endeavors can be blessed. I hope everyone was safe over the last few days and well fed lol. LET’S GO GET THIS WEEK!!!!

-Chris Stokes

Stan Lee dies at age 95

Chris Stokes

The creative genius that brought the world that Marvel Universe as died at the age of 95.

Lee, who began in the business in 1939 and created or co-created Black Panther, Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Mighty Thor, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, Daredevil and Ant-Man, among countless other characters, died early Monday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Lee’s final few years were tumultuous. After Joan, his wife of 69 years, died in July 2017, he sued executives at POW! Entertainment — a company he founded in 2001 to develop film, TV and video game properties — for $1 billion alleging fraud, then abruptly dropped the suit weeks later. He also sued his ex-business manager and filed for a restraining order against a man who had been handling his affairs. (Lee’s estate is estimated to be worth as much as $70 million.) And in June 2018, it was revealed that the Los Angeles Police Department had been investigating reports of elder abuse against him.

On his own and through his work with frequent artist-writer collaborators Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and others, Lee catapulted Marvel from a tiny venture into the world’s No. 1 publisher of comic books and, later, a multimedia giant.

In 2009, The Walt Disney Co. bought Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion, and most of the top-grossing superhero films of all time — led by Avengers: Infinity War’s $2.05 billion worldwide take earlier this year — have featured Marvel characters.

“I used to think what I did was not very important,” he told the Chicago Tribune in April 2014. “People are building bridges and engaging in medical research, and here I was doing stories about fictional people who do extraordinary, crazy things and wear costumes. But I suppose I have come to realize that entertainment is not easily dismissed.”

Lee’s fame and influence as the face and figurehead of Marvel, even in his nonagenarian years, remained considerable. I had the honor of meeting this wonderful man and experienced his genius and creativity first hand. He will be missed.

Pure Motivation

Chris Stokes

Always be mindful of your health. I always try to workout regularly and eat right. It’s not always easy but with the hard work and discipline the results turn out great!!! Work hard at whatever you do and take care of health. Mentally, physically and spiritually…

Tragedy at a bar in Thousand Oaks

Chris Stokes

The Borderline Bar & Grill was packed as patrons danced, watched a Lakers’ game or played pool.

Suddenly, a man wearing a black trench coat and glasses approached the bar entrance and shot the security guard.
Inside the bar, some people thought it was fireworks or sound effects from the music, and kept dancing, witnesses said.

Within seconds, witnesses said, the gunman burst into the bar with a Glock .45-caliber handgun and shot someone at the cash register. People dropped to the ground and hid under pool tables and bar stools. Some piled atop one another while others slammed bar stools against windows to break them.

Those who got out ran, the rapid gunfire echoing around them in the dark.

“They ran out of back doors, they broke windows, they went through windows, they hid up in the attic, they hid in the bathroom,” Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said.

By the time the gun went silent, 12 people were dead, including sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus.

Thousand Oaks, California, described as one of the nation’s safest cities, is now on the long list of places affected by a mass shooting.

Reflection with Chris Stokes

Chris Stokes

Chris Stokes

At times we can all find ourselves moving through life at a pace that is so fast that we don’t know what’s going on. When you find yourself in that spot, sometimes you have to slow down and take a minute to reflect and relax.

Chris Stokes

Life is too short. Take the time to take care of yourself. That means mentally, physically and spiritually. You can’t do for anyone if you can’t do for yourself.

Chris Stokes

Chris Stokes 3 Picture Deal With Viacom

Chris Stokes

Chris Stokes started 2018 heading in the right direction pertaining to film and television. After ending 2017 with his hit movie Til Death Do Us Part starring Stephon Bishop and Taye Diggs, and a Top 10 Weekend Opening at that, Stokes is back directing We Belong Together, which will be the first of a three-picture deal with Viacom Entertainment.

The new film stars Charles Malik Whitfield, Elise Neal and Draya Michele. We Belong Together is a “Fatal Attraction” style thriller about a college professor who bites off more than he can chew with a crazy student he gets involved with after his wife leaves him. The movie is set to release later this year. We got a chance to catch up with Stokes on set and drill him a bit on the project.

How did it feel to have Viacom Entertainment request your three-picture deal?
I’m very excited that I am working with Viacom again and that they trust me to make three great movies for them. I’m hoping that these movies do well for them and I can further establish myself in the Viacom system as a director. Hopefully, one day I will be able to work with Paramount Players President (A Viacom Company and division of Paramount Pictures) Brian Robbins. I would love to direct and produce some commercial urban feature films with him.

We noticed in your past movies you cast new players like Draya Michele and Karrueche Tran.
There is definitely a reason behind that. Both young ladies, Draya Michele and Karrueche Tran, are amazing on camera. They have a large social media following and surprisingly they are really good actreses. I had no doubt they could pull off the roles with flying colors and they never disappointed me or their fans. The audience loved them. I love working with new talent and helping to develop their craft — just like how I got my start in the music business back in the day by taking new talent and pushing them to reach their potential. It’s a successful formula of mine.

We can’t overlook you casting Elise Neal in your latest project
Elise Neal is definitely a veteran actress with many accolades under her belt. She is a true professional when it comes to this business and she never delivers anything less than a stellar performance. I was elated she accepted the opportunity to be a part of this project. You are going to love We Belong Together.

Chris Stokes

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