Lawrence Lee Wallace of Deep Production Studios was set to host last Saturday’s film part of the Global Mixx Forum at the ICE Lawndale Theatre when founder Mary Datcher called him late Friday night to abruptly cancel his event set to start at noon.
The Forum would have presented an afternoon of film panels and short films with industry professionals Sharon King, producer William Pierce and actors Bill Stoneking, Eric Lane and Craig Harris.
According to Wallace, who organized the Film Forum, “Mary told me that she had a conflict with the theater and was upset about it.” She did not give Wallace further details.
Datcher explained, “We didn’t see eye to eye with the venue and the film event partner didn’t want to move it to another venue at the last minute, so it was decided in the eleventh hour to cancel it.”
The Ice Lawndale theatre was not a new venue, as previous Global Mixx music events have been held there.
Wallace was very surprised and disappointed at Datcher’s decision. “She hired me in June to produce a film festival in conjunction with a music festival she’s also doing. I put a lot of work into it and I’m not going to get paid. I’m very depressed about it,” he said.
Sunday’s 7th annual all-day Global Mixx Music Forum went on as scheduled at the Lacuna Artist Lofts on South Canalport, presented by Datcher’s Dough Street Entertainment.
“We produce a great Music Forum every year bringing in music and media,” Datcher countered. “Unfortunately, we could not sacrifice letting our Music Forum’s resources fall because of lack of resources on the film side. Our apologies for the inconvenience.”
Datcher has been in marketing side of the urban music and entertainment business for more than 20 years, operating her On the Street Promotions/Global Mixx Music Retreat since 1992. She is also executive producer of the G Spot radio show.
Filmmaker Wallace recently completed Dark and Quiet, an essay film about Trayvon Martin, and plans to release a sci-fi web series this fall.