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Paris– Claudia Myers’ “Fort Bliss” won the audience prize at the third edition of Champs Elysees Film Festival, which was presided by Jacqueline Bisset and Bertrand Tavernier and wrapped today in Paris.
“Fort Bliss” toplines Michelle Monaghan as a female soldier who returns home after serving in Afghanistan and struggles to rebuild her relationship with her five-year-old son. Ron Linvingston, Emmanuelle Chriqui et John Savage also star. It was released in the U.S. in April by Phase 4 Films.
The bloggers’ prize was awarded to “American Promise,” directed by Joe Brewster and Michele Stephensen. The documentary feature chronicles the 12-year journey of two African-American families pursuing the promise of opportunity through the education of their sons. It previously won Sundance’s Special Jury Prize and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival’s Jury nod.
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Ruby Dee, best known for her role in 1961’s “A Raisin in the Sun” and latterly for her Oscar-nominated turn as Denzel Washington’s mother in 2007’s “American Gangster,” died Wednesday in New York. She was 91.
Dee’s Oscar nomination in 2008 for her performance as the feisty mother of a Harlem druglord played by Washington in Ridley Scott’s “American Gangster” was particularly impressive because the actress made an impression on the Motion Picture Academy with only 10 minutes of screen time. She won a SAG Award for the same performance.
She and her husband, Ossie Davis, who often performed together, were among the first generation of African-American actors, led by Sidney Poitier, afforded the opportunity for significant, dignified dramatic roles in films, onstage and on television.
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Actress and pioneer of the civil rights movement Ruby Dee died on Wednesday at her home in New Rochelle, N.Y. She was 91.
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Dee began her lengthy career on the stage, working steadily on Broadway during the 40s. She appeared in 12 shows during the decade, including South Pacific (1943), Walk Hard (1944), Arsenic and Old Lace (1946) and John Loves Mary (1946).
The Jackie Robinson Story in 1950 was Dee’s breakout film, in which she played Rae Robinson. She went on to play Ruth Younger in the A Raisin in the Sun movie, and appear in a number of other films, including Edge of the City, Gone Are the Days , The Incident and Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing. She received an Oscar nomination for her work in 2007’s American Gangster alongside Denzel Washington.
Dee was also a constant presence on the small screen, making appearances on a number of TV series. »
Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2013—in theaters or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2013 to create a unique double feature.
All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2013 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch in that perfect world we know doesn't exist but can keep dreaming of every time we go to the movies.
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