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Array, the distribution label of the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (Affrm), has acquired the 2013 Slamdance film Big Words. Written, directed, and produced by former Entertainment Weekly writer Neil Drumming, the movie tells the story of three former members of a hip-hop group who run into each other on the eve of President Obama’s election.
”Neil has created a poignant study of black masculinity and friendship set against the beauty of hip hop and the community it can foster,” said Array’s Managing Director Tilane Jones in a press release. Southland’s Dorian Missick stars along with America’s »
- Sarah Caldwell
Title: Stand Off Directed by: Terry George Starring: Brendan Fraser, Colm Meaney, Martin McCann, Yaya Alafia, David O’Hara Running time: 89 minutes, Rated R, Available on Blu-ray Special Features: Trailer Jimbo makes a lot of bad decisions. The worst one is borrowing money from a renowned gangster named Mad Dog Flynn. When Mad Dog tortures Jimbo after losing more borrowed money at the casino, and tells Jimbo he will kill him and take his infant son, Jimbo becomes desperate and decides to rob the fish market which unbeknownst to him is owned by Mad Dog. Jimbo then holes up in a local antiques shop which is being run by an [ Read More ]
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*full disclosure: a DVD screener of this film was provided by Ketchup Entertainment. Director: Terry George. Writers: Thomas Gallagher and Terry George. Cast: Brendan Fraser, Colm Meaney, Martin McCann, Yaya Alafia and David O'Hara. Stand Off is an Ireland shot comedy from Oscar Award winner Terry George (Hotel Rwanda). From the promotional material, the film looks like a heist thriller. However, Stand Off is a light-hearted film that deals with family issues. The United Kingdom actors provide some realistic Irish brogue and the film has some solid dramatic moments, but the film is missing a much needed edge. The film is set in the director's hometown, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Here, a desperate man, Jimbo (Martin McCann), owes a local gangster over 5K Ir£. He only has a short window to make the money back. Or the hood, Mad Dog Flynn (David O'Hara), will take Jimbo's child. Understandably, Jimbo is motivated »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
Oscar-winning Irish director Terry George (The Shore, Hotel Rwanda, Reservation Road) returns this weekend with a new crime comedy shot in and around Belfast. Stand Off stars Brendan Fraser and Colm Meaney in the tale of a fish market robbery gone wrong. When a young dad attempts to pay back a local mobster by carrying out a dangerous hiest, he accidentally steals from mob boss instead, setting up a chain reaction of events that eventually find him locked in a local curio shop run by a man that could possibly be his illegitimate father.
Brendan Fraser stars as Joe Maguire, the absentee parent in question. To celebrate the movie's release in theaters starting today, Friday, February 22nd, we caught up with this icon of humorous high adventure for a chat about his experiences on set. Fraser arrived in Belfast as one »
The 3rd annual New Voices in Black Cinema, presented by Brooklyn-based ActNow Foundation in partnership with venue host BAMcinematek, takes place starting next Friday at February 15th through February 18th (President’s Day). With 10 New York premieres including Friday night opening film, Neil Drumming’s Slamdance Film Festival hit Big Words with Dorian Missick and Yaya Alafia (all of who will be in attendance),the surreal Alain Gomis directed-Saul Williams and Aissa Maiga starring Aujourd’Hui (Tey), Mischa Webley’s action thriller The Kill Hole, starring Chadwick Boseman, star of the upcoming Jackie Robinson biopic 42, and the Brooklyn premieres of the »
- Curtis Caesar John
Sundance Institute this evening announced the Jury, Audience, Next and other special awards of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival at the feature film Awards Ceremony, hosted by Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Park City, Utah. An archived video of the ceremony in its entirety is available at Sundance.org/Festival.
Here's what John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, had to say about this year's festival. "
"The films at our Festival this year truly reflect the unbridled passion, immense talent and diverse stories coming from the independent filmmaking community. I am confident that the awards presented this evening will fuel those films with special promise and that audiences will continue to champion the films they have discovered here."
Keri Putnam, Executive Director of the Sundance Institute, also released a statement.
"The lively dialogue and genuine excitement sparked by the films over the past 10 days is sure to resonate as they further reach »
Oscilloscope Laboratories picked up its first film of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival Saturday by grabbing North American rights to Andrew Dosunmu’s “Mother of George.” The drama premiered in the U.S. dramatic competition of the festival. Danai Gurira and Isaach De Bankolé star in the story of a Brooklyn woman who struggles with getting pregnant after marrying a local restaurant owner. Yaya Alafia and Tony Okungbowa co-star. Darci Picoult wrote the screenplay. Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy of Parts & Labor produced along with Matt Parker & Carly Hugo, Picoult, Chris Maybach, Saemi Kim and Okungbowa. Executive producers include Saerom Kim of Maybach Film Productions; Ron Simons of SimonSays Entertainment; Jerry Tankersley, Laura Bernieri & Joseph Sorrentino of Fried Alligator Films; and Rhea Scott & Fady Salamé. “We couldn’t be more excited to be releasing ‘Mother of George’ — it is exactly »
- Jay A. Fernandez and Anne Thompson
Fruitvale became the first Sundance film to win the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for U.S. Dramatic film since Precious in 2009. First-time director Ryan Coogler was inspired to write the film after 22-year-old Oscar Grant was shot in the back and killed by Oakland transit police on New Year’s Day morning 2009. Fruitvale tells the story of Grant’s last 24 hours alive, as he attempts to become a better father, a better boyfriend, and a better son and friend. “It’s about human beings and how we treat each other,” said Coogler, “how we treat people that »
- Jeff Labrecque
Everything from street hustlers and school teachers to Nobel prize winners and Islamist extremists in a feast of African film
We have selected eight films from five African countries to look out for in 2013 – the year of the 23rd edition of Fespaco – the bi-annual pan-African film and television festival of Ouagadougou.
Burn it up Djassa by Lonesome Solo (Cote d'Ivoire)
Labelled "a film by the people for the people", Burn it up Djassa is about a young street hustler in Abidjan looking for a break. After shooting his first feature, Lonesome Solo escaped the war torn Cote d'Ivoire and has not been seen since.
Half of a Yellow Sun by Biyi Bandele (Nigeria/UK)
The adaptation of Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi-Adiche's Orange Prize-winning and bestselling epic, stars Thandie Newton and Chewitel Ejiofor. Nigerian investors contributed with 80% of the budget to fellow Nigerian director and writer Bandele's feature debut.
Jeppe on a Friday by Shannon Walsh, »
Here's a first poster for Neil Drumming's feature film directorial debut titled Big Words - a film that's set to make its world premiere at the 2013 Slamdance Film Festival this month, in Park City, Ut. The Brooklyn-set film film centers on members of a once-promising hip-hop group, now in their late 30's, struggling with regret, disappointment, and change, set against the backdrop of Election Night 2008 - when Obama was elected. Joining Dorian Missick in front of the camera are Yaya Alafia, Gbenga Akinnagbe and Darien Sills-Evans. No trailer yet, but once one surfaces, I'm sure we'll have it for »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Director: Andrew Dosunmu
Writer(s): Darci Picoult
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
I considered myself a fan of Andrew Dosunmu’s work precisely about ten minutes into his debut feature, Restless City. Workshopped at the 2005 Directors and Screenwriters Labs, it’s been a long time coming for what is his sophomore feature, Mother of George. Examining the interconnectedness between family and home both past and present, I’m thinking that his second collaboration with cinematographer Bradford Young might offer a better visual and narrative balance and a rich tapestry highlighting the immigrant experience. Auteur cinema’s Isaach De Bankolé toplines alongside Danai Gurira.
Gist: Co-written with Darci Picoult, »
- Eric Lavallee
11 items from 2013
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