Locomotive Distribution Launches New Genre Shingle “Firebox” For The Film “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Kills You”

Hi. This is Colleen Seldin from Locomotive Distribution. We’ve announced today that we’ve launched a genre label called FIREBOX and the first film under the new shingle will be “YOU’RE NOBODY ‘TIL SOMEBODY KILLS YOU“. And don’t forget, the movie premieres tomorrow night at WILLiFEST in Brooklyn! Here’s the press release about FIREBOX: Locomotive Distribution Read More »

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NYC Assemblyman Michael DenDekker in New Hip-Hop Horror Film

Attention New Yorkers. Take a close look at Michael DenDekker. Does he look familiar? You might know him as a prominent face in New York City politics. He’s currently the Assemblyman for Assembly District 34 in Queens (Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst and Woodside). But if you look DenDekker up on IMDB, you’ll see his name Read More »

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You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Kills You – Exclusive Scene [video]

We’re really excited to release this clip from our new movie “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Kills You” from director Michael A. Pinckney. Michael shot Doug E. Fresh in the studio, and the rhyme was originally not recorded over music. What’s so cool about this scene is the original beat that was produced afterwards to the Read More »

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Ricardo Sarmiento: Cinematographer for YNTSKY

Ricardo Sarmiento has built a body of work that makes him increasingly recognized for his ability as both an artist and a professional. Born in Bogota, Colombia and since graduating New York City’s Hunter College‘s acclaimed film program, Sarmiento has spent the last 20 years infusing his career with breadth and depth.  From his work Read More »

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Getting to Know Al Thompson, The Actor Playing “Cipha” in YNTSKY

Playing the part of “Cipha” in Michael A. Pickney‘s film You’re Nobody ‘til Somebody Kills You is New York based actor, Al Thompson. A “Jack of all Trades,” Al Thompson wears the hats of actor, writer, producer, and director in his projects. Since entering the entertainment industry, Thompson has worked hard to experience success not Read More »

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Meet The Director: Michael A. Pinckney from YNTSKY

Michael A. Pinckney is the founder and managing director of Black Noise Media, a full service production house based in New York City. He got his start over twelve years ago under the tutelage of filmmaker Spike Lee and soon after joined The Director’s Guild of America. Pickney’s latest project is also his feature film Read More »

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Nashawn Kearse as “Manchild” in YNTSKY

Best known for his recurring roles on such TV hits as Desperate Housewives, Entourage, and The Sopranos—Nashawn Kearse is New York based actor of Stage, Television, and Film. He started his acting career with the City Kids repertory company with actors like Malik Yoba and Donald Faison. They performed everywhere from McDonald’s parking lots to Read More »

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YNTSKY Cast Profile: James McDaniel

Actor, James McDaniel, is one of the main characters in “Your’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Kills You.” You might recognize him from both film and TV. Here’s his bio below: For seven seasons, acclaimed stage, screen and television actor James McDaniel portrayed Lt. Arthur Fancy on legendary television series NYPD Blue. McDaniel recently completed shooting Bunker Read More »

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“YNTSKY” Scheduled to Premiere September 2011

After years of post-production delays, it looks like Michael A. Pinckney‘s independent hip hop thriller, “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Kills You” is finally getting released. We’re working very closely with Michael and his distribution partner, Locomotive Distribution, to bring you the inside stories behind the making of this film and its release. Currently the film is scheduled to premiere in September 2011. Read More »

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Locomotive Distribution Launches New Genre Shingle “Firebox” For The Film “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Kills You”

Hi. This is Colleen Seldin from Locomotive Distribution. We’ve announced today that we’ve launched a genre label called FIREBOX and the first film under the new shingle will be “YOU’RE NOBODY ‘TIL SOMEBODY KILLS YOU“. And don’t forget, the movie premieres tomorrow night at WILLiFEST in Brooklyn!

Here’s the press release about FIREBOX:

Locomotive Distribution Launches New Genre Shingle “Firebox”

The First Film Under “Firebox” “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Kills You” Will Premiere at WILLiFEST Tomorrow Night

NEW YORK, Sept. 22, 2011 – Gabriel Gornell and Colleen Seldin’s Locomotive Distribution announced today that they have launched a new initiative, Firebox, which will feature innovative genre films in the horror and thriller categories. The first feature to be released under the new shingle, “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Kills You,” was written and directed by Michael A. Pinckney. Locomotive Distribution and Black Noise Media will premiere the film at the Williamsburg International Film Festival in Brooklyn on Friday accompanied by several members of the cast, including Nashawn Kearse, Michael Mosley and Michael K. Williams with hip hop legends Big Daddy Kane and Doug E. Fresh. Gornell and Seldin were Executive Producers on the Black Noise Media produced film along with Spike Lee.

“Knowing that the horror and thriller genres have such loyal and passionate fan bases, we felt the time was right to launch a specialty label to focus on these kinds of feature films,” said Seldin, CEO of Locomotive Distribution. Considering our expanding slate of films and television programming and the talent attached to these projects, this new initiative will give these films the special treatment they deserve. Additionally, it lets filmmakers know that genre films have a place in Locomotive’s ever expanding slate.”

Gornell, Chief Creative Officer for Locomotive Distribution added, “We are thrilled to launch this new label with “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Kills You” as it is genre innovative- blending hip hop and horror- the gritty story will keep horror fans entertained and hip hop fans craving the new tracks featuring music icons Big Daddy Kane and Doug E. Fresh.”

Locomotive Distribution will handle worldwide sales and distribution for the film.

“WILLiFEST is the perfect venue to premiere “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Kills You” considering both Spike and I are from Brooklyn,” said Michael A. Pinckney, Managing Director of Black Noise Media. “Audiences will definitely appreciate how hard this incredible cast of actors, hip hop icons and the whole Locomotive Distribution team worked to bring this new kind of genre film to life. Audiences will be excited by the level of acting talent, fresh tracks and surprising ending featured in the film.”

Next up, Locomotive Distribution’s Firebox is handling foreign sales on the feature film debut of directors Elizabeth Mitchell and Brek Taylor’s “Island” which stars Janet McTeer (Oscar nominated for Tumbleweeds), Natalie Press (My Summer of Love, BAFTA nominated for Five Daughters) and Colin Morgan (BBC1’s Merlin). The film was produced by Amy Gardner. The new shingle is also involved in the upcoming feature film “Fear Clinic” based on the popular FEARNET web series of the same name, which is set to star horror legend Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Freddy vs. Jason) and will be directed by Robert Hall and produced by Mark B. Johnson, Aaron R. Drane, George Alexandrou and Kevin Cain.

For more information about “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Kills You” or to inquire about available media passes to the premiere, please contact: jessica.busch@definition6.com. Visit the film website at www.hiphophorror.com and follow the film on twitter @hiphophorror. For distribution inquiries, screeners, and meeting requests at MIPCOM or AFM, please contact Colleen Seldin of Locomotive Distribution at +1 646-286-7786 or cseldin@locomotivegroup.com.

About Locomotive Distribution

Locomotive Distribution was founded in 2009 by entertainment industry veterans Gabriel Gornell and Colleen Seldin. Offering boutique attention to film and television clients by combining the strongest attributes of an international distribution company, a packaging agent, a brand identity firm, and a creative services studio, the company develops and distributes films and television programming in a multitude of genres. Locomotive’s 2011-2012 slate currently includes film projects: “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Kills You,” “Girl Walks into a Bar,” “Fear Clinic,” and “The Hot Potato” and for television: “Invention Inc.,” “Airshow,” “Sin City Mom,” and in live event programming “Shin Do Kumate.” For more information: www.locomotivegroup.com.

About “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Kills You”

“You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Kills You” is a hip hop thriller written and directed by Michael A. Pinckney. “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Kills You” is an action-packed and gritty story of two New York City homicide detectives that are forced into the high-stakes world of the hip hop industry. A complex web of murder, sex, money and music unfolds as the homicide detectives track a serial killer with an appetite for some of hip hop’s biggest stars. Detective Charles Johnson, a twenty-seven year veteran of the New York City Police force, is on the heels of retirement when a killer strikes. The murders are not random acts of violence, however; they’re by the hands of a serial killer whose victims happen to be some of the Rap industry’s biggest stars. In an effort to catch the killer, Joseph Francelli, a young and hip detective from the special divisions unit is brought onto the case to assist Detective Johnson in protecting Manchild, a rising star, struggling with the decline of hip hop, causing him to re-evaluate his life. The film concludes with the detectives bringing the killer to justice in this urban thriller with an unexpected twist at the end, in true Hitchcockian grandeur.

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NYC Assemblyman Michael DenDekker in New Hip-Hop Horror Film

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Attention New Yorkers. Take a close look at Michael DenDekker. Does he look familiar? You might know him as a prominent face in New York City politics. He’s currently the Assemblyman for Assembly District 34 in Queens (Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst and Woodside). But if you look DenDekker up on IMDB, you’ll see his name listed as an actor in major studio films like Inside Man, Miracle at St. Anna, American Gangster, The Happening and Meet Dave.

Before DenDekker got into local politics, he was very involved in community theater and acting and had the opportunity to share the silver screen with A-list actors like Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington and Jodie Foster. His last movie project was Michael A. Pinckney‘s forthcoming film “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Kills You,” executive produced by Spike Lee. In the film DenDekker plays a reporter.

How did DenDekker juggle both his Assemblyman and acting gigs? The majority of “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Kills You” was actually filmed in 2007, well before DenDekker took office. The film premieres later this month on September 23 at the Williamsberg International Film Festival (WILLiFEST).

If DenDekker get tired of politics, we have an idea on what to title his next film project: “You’re Nobody ’til You’re An Assemblyman”

You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Kills You – Exclusive Scene [video]

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We’re really excited to release this clip from our new movie “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Kills You” from director Michael A. Pinckney. Michael shot Doug E. Fresh in the studio, and the rhyme was originally not recorded over music. What’s so cool about this scene is the original beat that was produced afterwards to the timings of Doug E. Fresh’s natural flow. The music was written and produced by Kotchy, who was also really fun to work with. I can’t wait until the premiere next week at WILLiFEST. 9/23 baby!

Ricardo Sarmiento: Cinematographer for YNTSKY

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Ricardo Sarmiento has built a body of work that makes him increasingly recognized for his ability as both an artist and a professional.

Born in Bogota, Colombia and since graduating New York City’s Hunter College‘s acclaimed film program, Sarmiento has spent the last 20 years infusing his career with breadth and depth.  From his work on the celebrated Latin short film “New York de Maca” to his role as 2nd Unit Director of Photography for Oscar-nominated WHEN THE LEVEES BROKE, he is consistently inspired by and proud of his contributionto “meaningful filmmaking.”

Sarmiento has done his best to surround himself by the best.  He hasworked under acclaimed industry leaders, most notably Oscar-nominated Spike Lee (having worked with him steadily since MALCOLM X 1997 and most recently on INSIDE MAN), John Singleton, Matthew Libatique, Butch Robinson, and acclaimed music video directors Jake Nava and Hype Willliams.  Among his myriad of professional projects and relationships, Sarmiento has worked with major brands and celebrities: Nike, Budweiser,
muscian Kelis, actors John Leguizamo, Denzel Washington and Jodie Foster.

With a professional range that includes motion picture features, documentaries, commercials and music videos, Sarmiento prides himself on his ability to be adaptable.  He is bilingual (Spanish and English) and has worked in many countries worldwide (NYC-local, LA-local, Singapore, Haiti, Jamaica, Japan, Colombia, Venezuela, Spain).

This summer, as Director of Photography, he wrapped principal photography on 40 Acres and a Mule thriller YOU’RE NOBODY…TIL SOMEBODY KILLS YOU (2011) and looks forward to next great challenge in his increasingly accomplished career.

Getting to Know Al Thompson, The Actor Playing “Cipha” in YNTSKY

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Playing the part of “Cipha” in Michael A. Pickney‘s film You’re Nobody ‘til Somebody Kills You is New York based actor, Al Thompson.

A “Jack of all Trades,” Al Thompson wears the hats of actor, writer, producer, and director in his projects. Since entering the entertainment industry, Thompson has worked hard to experience success not only in film, but also in television and online media. In 2007, he founded ValDean Entertainment, a production company dedicated to creating high-quality and original content that resonates across multiple entertainment platforms. Through ValDean Entertainment, Thompson pays homage to the popular television programming of the late 80’s/early 90’s he enjoyed as a child. He creates content that contemporizes the traditional television sitcom rather than simply remaking it.

In 2011, Al Thompson & ValDean Entertainment will be rolling out a slate of Web series that are already garnering a buzz in the industry. This includes the premiere of Lenox Avenue, a compelling drama that follows three friends navigating through the rough terrain of love and relationships while living in Harlem, NYC. Lenox Avenue stars such actors as Jamie Hector (The Wire) and Michael K. Williams (Boardwalk Empire, The Wire), and Victor Williams (The King of Queens).

Most recently, Thompson launched the award-winning comedy series Johnny B. Homeless, which received rave reviews at the New York Television Festival, winning the “People’s Choice Award” and premiered on Atom.com in June. Both Johnny B. Homeless and Lenox Avenue been featured in major publications such as Wall Street Journal, Fast Company and Variety.

Other upcoming projects include a new comedy with producer Brian Rolling (Johnny B. Homeless), as well as an original comedy Web series “Tilt-A-World” shot in Ocean City, MD.

Al Thompson & ValDean Entertainment enlists rising stars and high-caliber talent in current and upcoming projects, including actors Kenan Thompson (SNL), Quentin Aaron (The Blind Side) and Dorian Missick (Luck Number Slevin, NBC’s The Cape).

As an actor, Thompson has appeared in numerous films and television shows, including The Royal Tenenbaums, A Walk to Remember, Love Don’t Cost a Thing, ESPN’s A Season on the Brink, Sidney Lumet’s 100 Centre Street, and Law & Order. Al also won acclaim for his performance as Derrick, the troubled protagonist of Larry Fessedan’s Liberty Kid.

Thompson is represented by George Ruiz of ICM. He currently resides in Harlem, New York.

Meet The Director: Michael A. Pinckney from YNTSKY

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Michael A. Pinckney is the founder and managing director of Black Noise Media, a full service production house based in New York City. He got his start over twelve years ago under the tutelage of filmmaker Spike Lee and soon after joined The Director’s Guild of America.

Pickney’s latest project is also his feature film debut, “You’re Nobody til Somebody Kills You”, a gritty crime thriller Executive Produced by his mentor Spike Lee and being distributed by Locomotive Distribution. But Pinckney has over 10 years experience as an assistant director. He’s directed films and television series such as The 25th Hour, 7th Heaven, The Best Man, Law & Order, Inside Man and the Academy Award nominated film Precious in which he was nominated for a DGA award along with the director Lee Daniels. In addition to TV and film, Mr. Pinckney has directed short films, commercials, music videos and PSA’s for clients such as Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Nike, Microsoft, Burger King, Goodwill Industries, The NY GIANTS, Select Media, Youth Communications, Def Jam and 4mm Games.

He won an award for Excellence in Media from The Black Men’s Film Conference for his HIV film “The Candy Store” and toured the film festival circuit with films from his short film collection.

He consistently speaks at high schools and colleges which prompted him to start The Black Noise Foundation, the non-profit arm for Black Noise Media as a tool to give back and help nurture young aspiring filmmakers. Under Pinckney’s leadership Black Noise Media currently has a wide range of film and television projects in various phases of development.

Nashawn Kearse as “Manchild” in YNTSKY

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Best known for his recurring roles on such TV hits as Desperate Housewives, Entourage, and The Sopranos—Nashawn Kearse is New York based actor of Stage, Television, and Film. He started his acting career with the City Kids repertory company with actors like Malik Yoba and Donald Faison. They performed everywhere from McDonald’s parking lots to Broadway to Carniege Hall. From there Nashawn has gone on to star in films like “Marci X” with Damon Wayans and Lisa Kudrow and “My Brother” where he starred opposite Vanessa Williams and Tatem O’Neil. Other film credits include “Cross Bronx“, “The Briefcase“, and the upcoming hip hop horror movie “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Kills You” from director Michael A. Pinckney.  Other TV credits include “The Shield“, “Law and Order Criminal Intent“, and “New York Undercover“.  Nashawn wants to continue to affect people with his talent.

YNTSKY Cast Profile: James McDaniel

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Actor, James McDaniel, is one of the main characters in “Your’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Kills You.” You might recognize him from both film and TV. Here’s his bio below:

For seven seasons, acclaimed stage, screen and television actor James McDaniel portrayed Lt. Arthur Fancy on legendary television series NYPD Blue. McDaniel recently completed shooting Bunker Hill, with director Kevin Willmott (CSA: Confederate States of America). McDaniel stars alongside Saeed Jaffrey (Gandhi), and is also Executive Producer. Other recent films include War Eagle, The Living Hell and El Cortez.

McDaniel received an Emmy and a Peabody Award for his performance in the Showtime movie Edge of America and an Emmy nomination for Public Television’s Storytime. An accomplished stage actor, he won the prestigious Obie Award and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for his portrayal of Wendall in the New York stage production of Before It Hits Home. He also received the Clarence Derwent Award for the Tony Award-winning Broadway play Six Degrees of Separation.

His additional feature films include John Sayles’ Sunshine State, Spike Lee’s Malcolm X, Risky Business, El Cortez, Woody Allen’s Alice, Rocket Gibraltar, Fighting Gravity (a.k.a. “Truth or Consequences”) with Kiefer Sutherland, Crack in the Mirror and Bonzai. On television, McDaniel has appeared on Hill Street Blues, Law and Order, Taken, Las Vegas, L.A. Law; television movies such as Love Kills with Kristin Davis and The Road to Galveston opposite Cicely Tyson; and mini-series including Common Ground, The Old Man and the Sea, and Internal Affairs. He co-hosted the ABC special More Secrets Revealed.

Born and raised in Washington, D.C., McDaniel attended the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in veterinary medicine. McDaniel lives in New York City with his wife Hannelore. They have two sons.

Source: Wikipedia

“YNTSKY” Scheduled to Premiere September 2011

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After years of post-production delays, it looks like Michael A. Pinckney‘s independent hip hop thriller, “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Kills You” is finally getting released. We’re working very closely with Michael and his distribution partner, Locomotive Distribution, to bring you the inside stories behind the making of this film and its release.

Currently the film is scheduled to premiere in September 2011. We hope to have much more to post in the upcoming weeks, but here’s a final cast sheet and synopsis. Check out who the Executive Producer is!

YOU’RE NOBODY ‘TIL SOMEBODY KILLS YOU – Horror / Crime
Status: Post Production / Complete Sept. 2011

Writer/Director: Michael A. Pinckney (Assistant Director: The 25th Hour, The Best Man, Inside Man)
Executive Producer: Spike Lee

Cast: James McDaniel (TV’s NYPD Blue, Emmy and Peabody winner for Edge of America), Michael Mosley (TV’s Third Watch, Law and Order), Assiatou Lea (Zooey, Driving Fish), Nashawn Kearse (TV’s Sopranos, Desperate Housewives, Entourage), Michael K. Williams (The Wire, Boardwalk Empire), Kevin Carroll (Being John Malkovich, Paid in Full), Julito McCullum (Akeela and the Bee), with Doug E. Fresh, Ed Lover, and Big Daddy Kane (Hip Hop Pioneers)

Synopsis: You’re Nobody ‘til Somebody Kills You is an action packed hip hop horror from Executive Producer Spike Lee. It’s the gritty story of two New York City homicide detectives that are forced into the high-stakes world of the hip hop music business. A complex web of murder, sex, money and music unfolds as the homicide detectives track a serial killer with an appetite for some of hip hop’s biggest stars.

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