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Killa Hill: New Documentary From Acclaimed Filmmaker Gerald “Gee-Bee” Barclay Tackles the Social Issues of Urban Crime & Violence

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Killa Hill: The Park Hill Documentary

Killa Hill: The Park Hill Documentary

New York, NY (October 13, 2009) —- After 16 years of making award-winning music videos, films and socially conscious documentaries, from “Liberia: The Love Of Liberty” to “Bloody Streetz” to “WU: The Story of The Wu-Tang Clan”Gerald “Gee-Bee” Barclay returns with yet another compelling film, “Killa Hill: The Park Hill Documentary.”

Killa Hill addresses the issues of urban crime and violence caused by the crack cocaine epidemic of the late 1980’s. Killa Hilla is the nickname used to describe The Park Hill Apartments – located in a six block radius of the Clifton neighborhood in Staten Island. Park Hill, during this period, served as a refuge and home to thousands of Liberian immigrants. The movie centers on the police killing of 22-year old Liberian national Ernest Sayon. The documentary contains graphic reenactments and beautiful cinematography – delivered “Gee-Bee” Style.

As news cameras highlight teen gang beatings and death of honor student Derrion Albert in Chicago (home to President Obama), “Killa Hill delivers a timely and relevant message as it delves into the mind-set and conditions resulting from the drug epidemic and violence that plagues many urban neighborhoods across the United States,” says Barclay.

The 112 minute movie premieres; Friday, October 16, 2009 at Snug Harbor Cultural Center Music Hall, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island NY – 8:00 p.m. Tickets are currently on sale for the world premiere of Killa Hill: The Park Hill Documentary at http://www.killahillmovie.com. The event will be hosted by MEGATRON of BET Networks, with live event taping by RALPH McDaniels of Video Music Box.

View Killa Hill Trailer Here:

Harlem: November 10, 2009
Philadelphia: October 21, 2009
Brooklyn, NY: October 23, 2009

More Dates to Be Announced –

About Gerald “Gee-Bee Productions” Barclay:

Gerald K. Barclay, professionally known as Gee-Bee, is a veteran music video director, producer, writer and editor. His story begins after fleeing the devastating civil war in his native Liberia. He settled in New York City and graduated with a Communications degree from City University of New York. He gained early filmmaking experience in the early nineties on Abel Ferrara’s “King of New York”, Spike Lee’s “Jungle Fever” before enrolling into a mentorship under Emmy winning filmmaker Tony Lover at Liberty Studios. He then formed his own production company Gee-Bee Productions and went on to helmed over a hundred music video clips for artists such as Wu-Tang Clan, Master P., Snoop Dog, Bounty Kill, Mystical, Pig Pun, Ill & Al Scratch and The Gap Band.

Always one to reinvent himself, he sought new challenges, making a jump to the world of feature films. His first film, BLOODY STREETZ (originally entitled BLOODY CRISIS), was completed for a budget under a hundred thousand dollars and saw Gee-Bee take on the multiple hats of director, writer, producer, editor… even promoter. The gritty urban thriller won critical praise and a Vision Award at the 2002 Pan African Film Festival and was released through Artisan Home Entertainment.

In 2001, Gee-Bee returned to his African roots and produced & directed another visionary and critically acclaimed feature length documentary, “LIBERIA: THE LOVE OF LIBERTY BROUGHT US HERE”, A touching and powerfully emotional documentary on the tragic aftermath of the Liberian civil war.

His most recent work, “Wu: the Story Of The Wu-tang Clan”, is a thirteen-year intimate portrayal of the Wu-Tang Clan chronicling the rise and fall of one of hip-hop’s most notorious groups. His current film, Killa Hill- a Park Hill Documentary is described as a hip-hop action drama. http://www.geebeeproductions.com

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What Michael Jackson’s Death Means To The World

Michael Jackson @ Final Rehearsal

Michael Jackson @ Final Rehearsal

First and foremost, I have to once again reach out to the family and friends of the “King of Pop” with condolences. Your Michael will Truly be missed!

To Michael I say, Mission Accomplished!!!

For those that cry out, Michael passed away too soon, I remind you of a quote from my late Dad; “Man Plans, God Dis-plans.” In other words we can make all the plans in the world but the Universe is the ultimate planner.

With this in mind, we must seize every day, every moment and live our lives to the fullest! Put aside the excuses, BUT’s and NO’s and just GO FOR IT. Ask yourself, if you were to die today, would you have truly lived to your fullest potential? Would the world be able to say Mission Accomplished? Or would you be on your death bed saying ” I Wish I had?”

Finally, regardless of what we thought/think of Joe & Katherine Jackson – they have and continue to be the ultimate ENTREPRENEURIAL PARENTS –

Just some thoughts as we prepare to celebrate the life and times of Michael Jackson – July 7th, 2009

RIP – MJ. The world will forever be indebted to you – even THE HATERS!!!!!

Onward & Upward Always,

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“I HOPE YOU DANCE” With Me!

A few years back as I sat at my office desk, gazing out of the window and wishing to escape,I longed for permission.

Permission to take the leap of faith,to go the extra mile, to risk it all and essentially DANCE – because in my mind, I knew it was time to DANCE into my season and cultivate my entrepreneurial vision.

BUT like most of us, life kept getting in the way-

Then, on Christmas 2002 – my fantabulous mother, who is a “shero” in her own right, gave me a book (Mark D. Sanders & Tia Sillers) complete with CD (Lee Ann Womack) offering the words I needed to hear —

“I HOPE YOU DANCE….Promise me you’ll give faith a fighting chance…”

Fast forward – 10 months later (2003)and a few conspiring “challenges” that would “catapult” and “inspire” me to leave that office, step into the world and become a full-time participant in my entrepreneurial life. In my decision,I did not know all the answers and was not sure of the entire plan but it all just “felt” right!

….”Because I want you to dance as you journey thru life’s good and bad times”are the words inscribed in my book from my MOM-and these are the words I offer each and everyone of you in this post…..

“I HOPE YOU DANCE” inspired by the song by LEE ANN WOMACK.

Until next time,…”I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance”
DANCE, DANCE, DANCE!

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SNL: Lessons From “The Rock” Obama

Patience is something that only children – can teach us.

We all know that to reach our goals we need all the patience and focus in the world. Anger only distracts us from the issues at hand. Anger gives an opponent the over hand by giving them control of our actions. Anger centralizes the negative – energy of others.

Remember that as you watch: “The Rock” Obama…..

Stay focused and find healthy ways to deal with anger – it can only make you a better person….

Onward and upward ALWAYS!

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FBC Senior Citizen Hip Hop Choir!

I know it has been a little while since I’ve posted but so much has been going on like:
The new economy, global positioning, parent-hood and just trying to define what it means to be an entrepreneurial parent.
However, when I saw this video today of this group of seniors living their entrepreneurial dream and getting their “groove on” I could not help but be inspired!

Enjoy – and remember you’re never too old to make it happen! GO GET ‘EM Y’ALL —

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P. Diddy Discusses The Entrepreneurial Journey: Finding Your Destiny

Shout -out to startup biz social network for hipping me to this interview!

View my page on Sta.rtUp.Biz – The Small Business Social Network

Enjoy – and cheers to your success –

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NEWS FLASH: Superwoman Ain’t Comin’ (Today)

This week-end was a long one for me.

I decided to take some time to focus on myself because as we all know – the demands of life can be overwhelming.

As, I reviewed plans – and looked into the New Year – the one thing I resolved was that my new phrase will be “SUPERWOMAN ain’t coming!” As women, it is sometimes difficult to take of our capes – and -take a break from rescuing the world.

I say, we most certainly have the ability to Save The World but not all at the same time. We have to keep in mind that our overextended schedules can be like Kryponite for the soul – and if we do not take some time to energize – we can burn out.

So, I say it is okay to take care of home, business, man and kids – but every so often (without guilt), find the time for yourself – put up a sign on the door, and let the world know:

SUPER WOMAN AIN’T COMIN – at least not today!!!!

Check Out, My girl Alicia Keyes (I AM SUPERWOMAN)

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