5 items from 2011
And so it all comes to an end… the inaugural Act Now: New Voices In Black Cinema Film Festival. An auspicious start for the Act Now Foundation family, enabled by the hard work of its eclectic staff.
The challenge – putting together a worthwhile 5-day film festival, with virtually no budget, and little time – was met with aplomb. Aaron Ingram and his team came through triumphantly. The programming, like the ActNow staff, was diverse, bold, demanding, and showed good aesthetic judgment – leaving the chaff out of the festival.
5 days in the cold and frigid temperatures of a New York winter, snow and crowded ice-covered streets and sidewalks, didn’t seem to prevent friends, family, neighbors, collaborators and more from the Act Now Film Festival experience. Sold-out or near sold-out screenings weren’t uncommon. We all reveled in the excitement of the moment; the movies of the moment.
The reason why this »
Screening Tonight at 9:30Pm at BAMCinematek as part of the inaugural ActNow New Voices In Black Cinema Film Festival; Q&A with the star of the film (Clint Dyer) will follow. tickets are $12 and can be purchased Here. Although, if you’re following me on Twitter, you’ll know that I’m giving away 4 free tickets to the screening.
Here’s my review, written several months ago, when I first saw the film:
It takes place in London in 1979, but it very well could be San Francisco, 2010. Sus couldn’t be more topical, in light of recent racially-charged fatalities, and the institutional racism that’s still very much the fulcrum of human relations today. Thus, it’s maddening that little appears to have changed over a 30-year period, despite rhetoric that suggests otherwise. No “post-racial” world here.
There likely isn’t a more recognizable representation of this dynamic than »
I’ll be introducing the film and its star, so obviously I will be there! A Q&A with Clint, moderated by Christopher Farley of the Wall Street Journal, will follow the screening.
You’re all Strongly encouraged to attend this screening, if you can. It’s an incredible, powerful film, very topical and relatable, especially for those of us who’ve been victims of wrongful police harassment, or know of people who’ve been victims. And, who hasn’t and/or doesn’t, right?
The acting is stellar across the board, it’s beautiful shot and edited, gritty, raw, engaging from beginning to end.
It’s a film you likely won’t get to see anywhere else after this, »
Continuing with previews of noteworthy films scheduled to screen at the upcoming Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles (Paff), from Feb 16 to the 23rd…
As I said in my last Paff profile, several of these films have previously been covered well on this blog, like Sus!
MsWOO profiled this Brit flick back in March last year Here; about 4 months later, I attended a screening of it, and posted a review on this blog which you can read Here.
In short, Sus is an engrossing drama, set entirely in an interrogation room, in 1979 London, in which a pair of racist cops question a black murder suspect. I dug it, and if you are planning to attend the Paff this year, and can only see a handful of films, it should be on your list of films to see! You’ll be glad you did!
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 ActNow is proud to show the acclaimed British film Sus, starring (and produced by) Clint Dyer, directed by Robert Heath and written by acclaimed dramatist Barrie Keeffe. Tambay reviewed it here months ago.
With most of our lineup, ActNow’s blogger Tanya St. Louis has interviewed the directors or producers of the films, and here is her brief interview with Mr. Clint Dyer himself.
Please read it below and help spread the word about this important new film festival.
- Curtis the Media Man
5 items from 2011
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