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2013 | 2012

4 items from 2013


2013 Sydney Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup

15 August 2013 10:26 AM, PDT | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

The 7th annual Sydney Underground Film Festival, which runs this year on September 5-8 at the Factory Theatre, opens with a real bang when they will screen cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky’s latest cinematic odyssey, The Dance of Reality. This is Jodorowsky’s first film in over twenty years and is an imaginative and playful quasi-autobiography.

The rest of the four-day celebration is packed with more film oddities and excursions into surreal and transgressive territory. One particular highlight that is not to be missed is Don Swaynos’ incredibly crowd-pleasing comedy Pictures of Superheroes, about a slacker cleaning woman’s descent into an absurd world she can’t escape. Read the Underground Film Journal’s review of Pictures of Superheroes here.

Other twisted fiction films screening include Drew Tobias’s sick and twisted See You Next Tuesday, Cody Calahan’s apocalyptic Antisocial and Lloyd Kaufman’s highly-anticipated sequel Return to Nuke ‘Em High: Vol. »

- Mike Everleth

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Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey With Mumia Abdul-jamal – The DVD Review

17 June 2013 9:02 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

This review was originally published in February. Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey With Mumia Abdul-jamal never played theatrically in St. Louis (thankfully) and my review has been amended to include a look at the extras on the new DVD of the film.

Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey With Mumia Abdul-jamal is a documentary from producer, director, cinematographer Stephen Vittoria about convicted cop killer and former Black Panther Mumia Abdul-Jamal (real name: Wesley Cook), an articulate, relatively intelligent radical with a distinctive speaking voice and a passion for public relations. Slickly produced, and with an excellent original score by Robert Guillory, the film is presented as a collective form of tribute to Mumia, with dozens of “witnesses” including Amy Goodman, Angela Davis, Dick Gregory, Ruby Dee, Cornel West, Peter Coyote, Lydia Barashango, Juan Gonzalez, and Linn Washington, all testifying on-camera to the brilliance of the subject’s writing skills. »

- Tom Stockman

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The Ballsiness of the Long Distance Runner: A Chat With Mumia Abu-Jamal

23 February 2013 5:49 PM, PST | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

By Alex Simon

Mumia Abu-Jamal has been one of journalism’s most outspoken voices for nearly forty years. However, Mumia’s greatest fame has come not from his written work, but from the fact that he is one of the most famous state “employees” in the country: he has been in state prison since 1982, serving on death row until just over a year ago.

Born Wesley Cook in Philadelphia, Abu-Jamal made his name as a tireless writer and journalist during the racially-charged 1970s that often portrayed the City of Brotherly Love as anything but. With his intense coverage of the M.O.V.E. organization, a black empowerment group whose ongoing battle with the police and city hall came to a fiery end in 1985, Abu-Jamal became a constant thorn in the side of the city’s powerful establishment. Things came to a sudden head for Abu-Jamal himself on the evening »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey With Mumia Abu-jamal – The Review

4 February 2013 7:25 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey With Mumia Abul-jamal is a documentary from producer, director, cinematographer Stephen Vittoria about convicted cop killer and former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal (real name: Wesley Cook), an articulate, relatively intelligent radical with a distinctive speaking voice and a passion for public relations. Slickly produced, and with an excellent original score by Robert Guillory, the film is presented as a collective form of tribute to Mumia, with dozens of “witnesses” including Amy Goodman, Angela Davis, Dick Gregory, Ruby Dee, Cornel West, Peter Coyote, Lydia Barashango, Juan Gonzalez, and Linn Washington, all testifying on-camera to the brilliance of the subject’s writing skills. Mumia himself is represented through archival footage, voice-over, prison visitation footage, and by an actor portraying the convicted killer moping in his prison cell.

Before viewing, I had never paid much attention to the Mumia Abu-Jamal case, but the film inspired me to do some research. »

- Tom Stockman

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