Coming Soon: A Breakout Year for Black Films

06/01/2013 - The New York Times describes the "extraordinary" release of at least 10 new films in the last half of 2013 by and about black Americans. The roll call includes AFFRM's  BIG WORDS by filmmaker Neil Drumming.

Neil Drumming's BIG WORDS finds distribution label

04/18/2013 - The 2013 Slamdance film BIG WORDS - written, directed, and produced by former Entertainment Weekly writer Neil Drumming - has been acquired by ARRAY, the distribution label of the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM).

ARRAY acquires Slamdance film BIG WORDS

04/18/2013 - ARRAY, the multi-platform distribution label of AFFRM, the African-American Film Releasing Movement, has acquired the 2013 Slamdance selection "Big Words," which marks the directorial debut of former Entertainment Weekly reporter Neil Drumming.

BIG WORDS to premiere in San Francisco at Frameline37 Int'l LGBT Festival

BIG WORDS will play in San Francisco on June 24 and June 26 as part of the Frameline37 International LGBT Festival. The film, written and directed by Neil Drumming, screens at the Victoria Theatre and Rialto Cinemas Elmwood. Tickets available now.

BIG WORDS is an official selection of the 2013 Atlanta Film Festival

02/25/2013 - BIG WORDS will premiere in Atlanta at the 2013 Atlanta Film Festival, as part of the Narrative Feature Competition slate. The debut film written and directed by Neil Drumming will play at Atlanta's 7 Stages Theatre on Saturday, March 23, 2003 at 2pm.

Film Review: Neil Drumming's BIG WORDS starring Jean Grae

02/21/2013 - Bearing the marks of such easily recognized references as Lawrence Kasdan's The Big Chill (1983) and Stephen Frears' 2000 adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel High Fidelity, BIG WORDS deals with longing for a brighter past still full of promise and dreams.

Five Questions with BIG WORDS Writer/Director Neil Drumming

02/15/2013 - On the eve of BIG WORDS' New York premiere at BAM Rose Cinemas in Brooklyn, Neil Drumming sits down to answer 5 questions with Billy Brennan of Filmmaker Magazine.

A Discussion with Neil Drumming, writer and director of BIG WORDS 

02/06/2013 - BIG WORDS writer and director Neil Drumming participates in a live chat discussion with Hamilton Nolan of and readers.

BIG WORDS to premiere in Brooklyn at New Voices in Black Cinema Festival, Presented by ActNow Foundation and BAMcinematek

01/27/2013 - BIG WORDS will make its New York debut on February 15, 2013 at the 3rd Annual New Voices in Black Cinema Festival, hosted by the Brooklyn Academy of Music

Slamdance Film Review: BIG WORDS

01/21/2013 - Written and directed by Neil Drumming, BIG WORDS is a film about dealing with the disappointments of growing older, while still maintaining some optimism about the future. Apart from containing an array of truly inspiring hip-hop music, the film also has some arresting and passionate dialogue, and deals with social issues (homophobia and racism, just to name a few) in a very skillful, and yet humorous, manner that allows multiple characters to break down misconceptions.

Clever BIG WORDS is a Well-Acted and Engaging Feature Debut

01/19/2013 - Neil Drumming's BIG WORDS is an engaging, entertaining and clever film about passion and nostalgia; overcoming regrets and failure, team camaraderie and self-actualization just when you thought your dreams and hopes were lost.

Former Editor at Entertainment Weekly debuts first film at Slamdance

01/14/2013 - David Burger, pop music and pop culture writer at The Salt Lake Tribune, interviews writer/director Neil Drumming as he preps for the world premiere of BIG WORDS at the 2013 Slamdance Film Festival.

Slamdance Film Festival announces 2013 Feature Film Competition Slate

12/19/2012 - BIG WORDS is an official selection of the 2013 Slamdance Film Festival. The

debut feature written and directed by Neil Drumming is one of 12 films that will compete

in Slamdance's Narrative Feature Competition Program.

BIG WORDS Production Blog at

While filming BIG WORDS in May of 2012, writer/director Neil Drumming chronicled his experience as a first-time director in a series of blog posts for

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