RIP John Singleton

The first time I ever stepped foot on a real movie set was at 16 years of age when my cousin and I visited the Brooklyn Armory where John Singleton’s SHAFT was being filmed. I never got a chance to meet him that day because filming had wrapped, but I took a small pencil from a mock police desk where he had cameoed as a cop in the final cut. That day is still a reminder of what made me want to be a filmmaker growing up and John’s work was truly inspirational. His commentary track for BOYZ IN THE HOOD was my own little film school in itself as he taught me how to find my voice as a visual artist in the medium. I had hoped to see him get back to the big screen until his untimely passing today. My heart goes out to his family and colleagues. As a special tribute, here’s the first of a past 2-part episode of THE CINEFILES that I taped with Jeff Gallashaw where we talked about the career of the legendary John Singleton.

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THE CINEFILES John Singleton Episode 02

The enjoyable and controversial movie discussion and commentary show has returned with this episode taking a look at the films of John Singleton. Andre & Jeff continue the discussion looking at Singleton’s more recent films SHAFT, FOUR BROTHERS, 2 FAST 2 FURIOUS, BABY BOY and ABDUCTED (Briefly). Catch Part 1 on Jeff’s YouTube channel.

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THE CINEFILES John Singleton Episode 01

The Cinefiles returns after a long hiatus with Jeff Gallashaw and Andre´ Joseph discussing the films of Oscar nominated filmmaker JOHN SINGLETON. In part 1, they disuss his work from the 90s including BOYZ IN THE HOOD, POETIC JUSTICE, HIGHER LEARNING and ROSEWOOD. Eric Cohen and Michael Foltz will return in future installments! But for now, enjoy.