5 items from 2011
This fascinating documentary brings together material shot by Swedish documentarists and TV journalists dealing with the African American civil rights movement from the time of Martin Luther King's death to the fall of Nixon, accompanied by recently recorded voiceover commentaries. Among the latter are that remarkable survivor Angela Davis, the film-maker Melvin Van Peebles, Kathleen Cleaver (onetime wife of Eldridge Cleaver, author of Soul on Ice) and Harry Belafonte. Most younger viewers will require more context for both parts of the film than Olsson provides.
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With The Help in theaters dissecting 1950′s race relations in the south, another film will take a more extensive look at the issues that follow that period, in documentary form. Goran Hugo Olsson‘s The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 debuted at Sundance this year to strong reviews and now we have our first trailer. The doc features Erykah Badu, Harry Belafonte, Kathleen Cleaver, Angela Davis, John Forté, Robin Kelley, Talib Kweli, Abiodun Oyewole, Melvin Van Peebles, Sonia Sanchez, Bobby Seale, and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson. See it below via Apple.
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 mobilizes a treasure trove of 16mm material shot by Swedish filmmakers, after languishing in a basement of a TV station for 30 years, into an irresistible mosaic of images, music, and narration chronicling the evolution one of our nation’s most indelible turning points, the Black Power movement. Featuring candid interviews with the movement’s most explosive revolutionary minds, »
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The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 is a fine example of a documentary that blends the past and present, using the visual medium of film as a “mixtape” to collect images of the Black Power movement of the 1960s and 1970s while being entirely narrated from new and archived interviews with activists such as Angela Davis, Stokely Carmichael, and Kathleen Cleaver, and musicians such as Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli, and Questlove. The film’s footage was filmed by Swedish filmmakers who made documentary segments for Swedish television of the black power movement, and chronicling how a cycle of poverty, structural racism, and the need for equality using intellectual thought was pertinent during these years. These issues were spearheaded by the Black Panthers who, contrary to popular belief, were not advocating for violence but for education and reform in the black community. The film was directed by Göran Hugo Olsson, who had »
Chicago – Nominated right alongside buzzed-about features such as “Get Low” and “Tiny Furniture” in the Best First Feature category at this year’s Indie Spirit Awards is “Night Catches Us,” the impressive yet entirely overlooked filmmaking debut of writer/producer/director Tanya Hamilton. The film breaks no new ground artistically, but its historical backdrop has rarely been explored in cinema.
Welcome to Philadelphia, 1976. The rumblings of revolution during the 1960s have faded into the distance, but their remnants are scattered all over the volatile neighborhood occupied by Patricia (Kerry Washington). She’s a single mom resigned to shutting out the past while still remaining entrapped by it. Patricia’s caginess causes her ever-curious daughter, Iris (Jamara Griffin), to resort to drastic measures, literally ripping apart the wallpaper in an effort to unearth her family’s blood-stained secrets (this is an example of the film’s less than subtle visual metaphors »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
[Premiere Screening: Friday, Jan. 21, 9:00 pm -- Holiday Village Cinema IV]
To me the biggest surprise in making The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 was meeting one of my subjects: Angela Davis. I had admired her for so many years from seeing her on TV and her biography. The footage that we assembled in the film is something that no one outside of Swedish television had seen before. While watching those segments from years ago, I was moved by her interviews and the way she spoke so directly and with knowledge and a subtlety that was so powerful. Then, when I actually met her, I was blown away completely. I felt kind of chastened presuming she was solely this ultraserious scholar, only to find out she was a humorous, witty and very warm person. It was great.
Further, this same feeling of surprise resonated with all the other persons I had interviewed for the film. As a documentary filmmaker, you aren’t »
- Filmmaker Staff
5 items from 2011
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