NEWS ABOUT THE HOUSE
Heavy Sedation - The Graphic Novel
I confess. I am comic book geek. Ever since I read Uncanny X-men 162 in 1982 I was hooked. So a short 35 years later, I am finally preparing for the publishing of my first comic.
What took so long?
After my first feature film 'Dirty Laundry (Air it Out) was distributed nation wide. I tried to find a carve a space for myself in te comic book industry only to realize it was just as tough to crack as the film industry. So I decided then that when I was ready to go I wanted to control the means of production.
Our first title will be Heavy Sedation. A brand new story with the same old weirdness. Stay tuned.
Video Visionaries - Student Video Program
Since 2010, I have been teaching film-making in Philadelphia high schools and through summer programs. In the upcoming school year, I will be expanding my film program into many new platforms. The program is officially named
Video Visionaries. In the meantime, check out the fantastic work of my students on the new Video Visionaries YouTube channel.
Heavy Sedation Complete Series available on DVD and digital download
Heavy Sedation is a weekly series of comical, twisted, and uplifting short stories, told using the same actors, playing different characters, in different original stand alone stories. It has been called ‘A hip funny Twilight Zone by radio personality Charing Ball, and has been praised by the founder of the ‘Reel Black’ film screening series Michael Dennis touting that ‘Heavy Sedation has smart writing and tongue in cheek thrills, it will keep you on the edge of your seat.’
How it all started
In 2004 award winning filmmaker Shannon Newby wrote and directed an original unconventional short film entitled ‘Forget Tomorrow.’ Once aired on WYBE public television, this unpredictable story became the most requested short film at WYBE, throughout the year 2004.
The success of Forget Tomorrow brought about the opportunity for Shannon Newby to produce a weekly series of his very original, thrilling stories from week to week on WYBE using HBO’s ‘The Wire’ star Brian Anthony Wilson and David Langston Smyrl best known for his work on ‘The Cosby Show’ and ‘Sesame Street’ to lead the cast.
‘Heavy Sedation’ debuted on November 7th 2006. Within weeks Heavy Sedation became the number 1 local show and a top 5 show overall on the station.
By April of 2007, the success of ‘Heavy Sedation’ brought about national distribution with The National Education Television Association. (NETA,) Heavy Sedation has been nationally syndicated on 48 public television stations nationwide and has garnished loyal viewership in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Detroit, Atlanta, and Houston Texas. The show is has also been seen internationally in Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany.