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The Netherlands Oscar submission: Sonny Boy

9 September 2011 2:14 PM, PDT | | See recent AwardsDaily news »

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William Marshall: The black Christopher Lee

15 February 2011 7:41 AM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

After his electrifying performance as Blacula (1972), the great William Marshall was briefly considered a worthy successor to Christopher Lee's vampire king. A respected Shakespearean actor with an impressive theatre background, he was set to become a major horror star of the seventies, but like his fellow stage actor Robert Quarry, who achieved the same status as Count Yorga, his film career faded rapidly after the genre went through a radical re-think following the commercial success of The Exorcist (1973).

Marshall remained in New York to train in as an actor and director in Grand Opera and Shakespeare, although he had to support himself in a variety of jobs before making his professional stage debut. At 6ft 5inches, he was an impressively built, handsome, strong-featured actor with a booming bass baritone voice to match his towering presence. Not surprisingly, he quickly built up a formidable reputation as America's finest Shakespearean actor, »

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Q&A with Wendell B. Harris for Chameleon Street screening at New Voices in Black Cinema festival (Feb. 9)

29 January 2011 10:37 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

director Wendell B. Harris Jr.

As most of you know, Tambay and I are curators of an independent Black film series that has recently expanded into a five-day festival as well – ActNow: New Voices in Black Cinema.

The festival itself starts next Friday, February 4th and runs until Wednesday February 9th, and while we’re showing mostly new cinema the closing film is what we’ve dubbed one of the ‘New Black Classics’, a film most of you are intimately familiar with, Wendell B. Harris Jr.’s Chameleon Street (see Quadree’s ’09 fantastic writeup if you’re unfamiliar).

With most of our lineup, ActNow’s blogger Tanya St. Louis has interviewed the directors or producers of the films, and her first is with the esteemed Mr. Harris himself.

Please read it below and help spread the word about this important new film festival.


Wendell B. Harris Jr. is the »

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