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Inaugural "The Leagues Film Showcase" - Celebrating Nyu’s Black Filmmaker Underground, September 11-13

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Hey New Yorkers! Here's a very rare opportunity you should take full advantage of, to see the early works of several acclaimed filmmakers whose names and films have been mentioned/featured on this blog over the years. I'll say no more and instead have the organizers of the event (which will be attended by many of the filmmakers) dish on all the details via press release below... In the early 1990s at New York University, a small and rebellious group of Black students in the Department of Film and Television came together to unite their skills and resources in order to tell their own stories, not the ones they were expected to tell by faculty and fellow classmates. In connection »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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What I Learned From My Participation in the 67th Festival del film Locarno's Filmmakers Academy...

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Last week, myself plus 24 other emerging filmmakers participated in the 67th Festival del film Locarno's Filmmakers Academy for a full-on week of screenings, masterclasses, and meetings with some of the most provocative filmmakers working today. The Locarno Academy, newly launched just a few years ago, functions similarly to other major film festival's talent campuses or labs, with the aim to give up-and-coming filmmakers a more curated experience within the festival, by connecting us more intimately with the big talents showing their work there. Between the flurry of back-to-back masterclasses with maestro filmmakers like director Agnès Varda, Italian cinematographer of "The »

- Shirley Bruno

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Maya Washington's Award Winning Film 'White Space' Now Available Online. Watch It Here

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Among the highlights of the short film categories at last year's Urbanworld Film Festival in NYC wa a short making the festival rounds worldwide, "White Space." Written and directed by poet & writer Maya Washington, the film follows the inner life of a deaf man as he makes his debut at a popular open-mic night and hopes that the language of his heart can emancipate the inner voice and transcend the white space between a hearing audience and a deaf man's soul.   Produced by Freddy F. Hakimi, "White Space" stars actor Ryan T. Lane, actor/comedian, Cj Jones (an oft-consulted advocate for the deaf whom most may remember from the »

- Curtis Caesar John

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New 'Scandal' Teaser Asks Where Olivia Pope Is + New Poster Warns No Looking Back for Her

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Well, the title of this post says it all. I couldn't be more deliberate. Just take a look at the teaser (below) and poster (above) for the upcoming 4th season of the hit ABC series (also Emmy nominated), within this post.  "Scandal "Season 4 premieres September 25th on ABC. The project, produced via Shonda RhimesShondaland production company, with her partner Betsy Beers, stars Kerry Washington, and will help boost Thursday nights on ABC, which will essentially be Shonda nights, because all 3 of her ABC series will air in primetime on that day: "Grey's Anatomy" (8-9 pm); "Scandal" (9-10 pm) and the newest in the trio, »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Tonight on VH1 - New Feature Doc Will Investigate Atlanta’s Rise to Hip-Hop Powerhouse (Watch Clip)

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VH1’s award-winning “Rock Doc” franchise takes you down to the dirty south with the premiere of “Atl: The Untold Story of Atlanta’s Rise in the Rap Game,” tonight, September 2 at 10Pm Et. The 90-minute documentary investigates Atlanta’s rise in the rap industry, created a major force within American music. The film chronicles the decisions of the city’s forefathers in post-civil rights Atlanta as they created an environment for African American arts and culture to thrive, which set the scene for a local hip-hop scene to emerge. “Atl: The Untold Story of Atlanta’s Rise in the Rap Game” uncovers the story of an American city’s evolution, from segregation to the »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Exclusive 'No Good Deed' Featurette w/ Idris Elba on His Character's Background (In Theaters Sept 12)

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Below you'll find an exclusive featurette from the Sony/Screen Gems Will Packer-produced thriller "No Good Deed'" which stars Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson. In the clip, star Elba gives us some background the bad boy character he plays in the film ("Colin"), which is intercut with a few clips from the upcoming movie. Set for theatrical release on September 12, 2014, "No Good Deed" centers on a former District Attorney, and mother of 2 young children (Henson), who is kidnapped and terrorized by a handsome but mysterious stranger (Elba), who she lets into her home to wait for help, after his car runs off the »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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'Beats of the Antonov' Tells Story of Blue Nile & Nuba Mountains People in Sudan - Watch 1st Trailer

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Screening at the upcoming 39th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) in its Docs lineup, among the always impressive slate of high-profile films making their world premieres at the festival, is "Beats of the Antonov," a feature documentary that tells the story of the people of the Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains in Sudan, showing how they deal with civil war, and, more specifically, how the fear of the Russian-made Antonov planes that bomb these areas has had an unexpected result. Thanks to remarkable access, the film - directed by Sudanese filmmaker Hajooj Kuka, and produced by Sarah Abunama-Elgadi and Steven Markovitz for Big World Cinema - »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch First Trailer for Nas Doc 'Time Is Illmatic' (Set for Fall Release)

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Tribeca Film will release One9’s "Time Is Illmatic," which had its world premiere as the opening night film of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, this fall.  Written by Erik Parker and produced by One9, Parker, and Anthony Saleh, the film follows the trajectory of Nas’ 1994 landmark debut album, "Illmatic" - widely considered one of the most important and revolutionary albums in hip-hop.  Tribeca Film is planning a simultaneous theatrical and VOD release in October, along with performances from Nas in select cities.  Additionally an educational youth screening series will complement the release. "Time Is Illmatic" traces »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch Isaach De Bankolé Fight to Escape Modern-Day Slave Camp in Trailer for 'Mirage'

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Set to make its world premiere at the 39th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) this month, is "Mirage," a film described as a western, which tells the story of an African (we aren't told what specific country) football player in a small Hungarian town, who commits a crime and has to flee. He finds refuge on a farm deep in the Hungarian flatland. Soon he realizes that the farm is a modern slave camp where he is forced to fight for his freedom and ultimately his life. S&A actor fave Isaach De Bankolé (an actor who works internationally, and seemingly isn't limited by any boundaries) stars in the film, which is written and directed by »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch Episode 8 of Comedy Web Series 'The Art Of Theatrical Ushery'

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Here is episode 8 of the ongoing comedy series "The Art of Theatrical Ushery," by filmmaker Christopher Banks. The series, which deals with the daily trials and tribulations of being a movie usher Ronnell (played by Banks) in a multiplex movie theater, is a re-edited and re-tooled version of a feature that Banks created. However, the now reformatted web series, he feels, is much closer to his original intentions; Or as he says: “Every minute, every second (is designed) to make you laugh.” So now here is the 8th episode, entitled "Labor Pains" in which Ronnell, due to circumstances beyond his control, is forced to find another line of work  »

- Sergio

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Summer Movie Season Doldrums. "Where's The Beef?" Or Maybe "More Cowbell?" And Other Catchphrases...

1 September 2014 9:36 AM, PDT

Thinking about Sergio's box office post yesterday, on the lackluster critical and commercial successes of this summer's movie season - one that's on its tail-end - a few things came to me, as we enter what is typically a period when the studios showcase their best work. It's maybe not much of a surprise that the summer movie release I enjoyed and appreciated the most wasn't exactly your typical summer movie: not the expected loud, action-adventure, weighed down by oodles of computer generated effects that overshadow any real character development and even a coherent, engaging story. Like the sugary, fatty snacks we love to eat, that aren't necessarily good for us, but quench some immediate »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Turner Classics Movies To Broadcast Oscar Micheaux’s Restored Powerful Silent Film 'Within Our Gates' Sunday 9/7

1 September 2014 6:26 AM, PDT

Black filmmaking pioneer Oscar Micheaux’s 1920 film "Within Our Gates," was his second film from the over 40 films he made during his career and some consider it his best film. The film was shot in and around the Chicago area when his production company was based there, before he moved to New York (which remained the center for most of his film productions until his last film "The Betrayal" in 1948, which he returned to Chicago to make). And Micheaux made "Gates" not only as a response to D.W. Griffith’s "Birth of Nation," but also to the infamous Chicago race riots of 1919, known as the “Red Summer of  1919,” in which 23 »

- Sergio

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New Indie Film 'The 4th Meeting' Explores the Impact of Survivor’s Guilt

1 September 2014 6:00 AM, PDT

When you think about it, there haven’t been that many films that deal with the subject of survivor’s guilt. That is, when someone has remorse and extreme feelings of guilt when they have survived some tragic incident while others have lost theirs. Perhaps the only one that comes to one’s mind at the moment is Peter Weir’s 1993 film "Fearless," with Jeff Bridges and Rosie Perez, but you’ll be hard pressed to think of another one. That’s what makes the Chicago-based brother/sister filmmaking team of Cy Weisman and Josh MacNeal's recently completed indie feature film, "The 4th Meeting," so interesting. The film is about to hit the film festival circuit »

- Sergio

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