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Black films matter – how African American cinema fought back against Hollywood

13 October 2016 10:44 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The late 80s and 90s heralded a breakthrough led by Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing and John Singleton’s Boyz N the Hood. At first, Hollywood embraced this wave of talent, then it ignored it. Now, in the wake of #OscarsSoWhite, black film is rising again

‘Black film properties may be to the 90s what the carphone was to the 80s; every studio executive has to have one,” wrote the New York Times magazine in the summer of 1991. It’s a comment that speaks volumes about both a cultural moment and its transience. The piece was titled They’ve Gotta Have Us, referring to Spike Lee’s 1986 breakthrough movie She’s Gotta Have It. The group portrait on the cover brought together an impressive collection of young, black film-makers – what has been labelled “the class of 91”. Lee was head boy, of course. By that time he was well »

- Steve Rose

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Revisit Charles Lane's 'Sidewalk Stories' Twenty-Six Years Later (NYC)

4 April 2016 8:12 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

For New Yorkers: This rare, contemporary, silent film, shot in beautiful black-and-white in downtown New York, screens at the Metrograph (7 Ludlow St in Manhattan) tomorrow, April 5, at 7pm. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Charles Lane, moderated by David Garza. Tickets are $15. It's a rare opportunity to see it on the big screen, so take advantage. *** It’s been a good few years for silent film, which has enjoyed some popularity with movies like "Blancanieves" and "The Artist," Michael Hazanavicius’ love letter to Old Hollywood that gained the adoration of critics and several Oscars statuettes. The movie’s charming sense of »

- Zeba Blay

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