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S&A recently reached out to filmmaker Kiandra Parks to learn more about her critically-acclaimed short film Black Girl in Paris, her chance encounter with director Spike Lee early in her career, and the current project she's using Kickstarter to help fund, C'est La Vie, a feature film homage to Lee's She's Gotta Have It. Black Girl in Paris, a narrative film about a down-on-her-luck writer living in The City of Lights who experiences personal and sexual awakening thanks to a savvy prostitute, is currently available on HBO Go, until March 31. The short film stars Tracey Heggins and Zaraah Abrahams. Written and directed by Parks, Black Girl in Paris is adapted from the »
- Emmanuel Akitobi
Gentrification has a mind of its own, but its effects need to be regulated if city neighbourhoods as a whole are to benefit
New York film director Spike Lee has angrily complained at a public debate about his father Bill, an octogenarian jazz musician, being the subject of a string of complaints from a recently-arrived next door resident in his long-time Brooklyn neighbourhood. Late night rehearsing has been Bill's habit for decades, but, he says, the newcomer is the first to complain.
My first reaction on hearing this was surprise. Have you heard Bill's soundtrack for Spike's She's Gotta Have It? I'd be complaining if I couldn't hear him through the walls. But the reason the noise dispute is attracting fresh attention - it's been public knowledge since last May - is that the younger Lee has placed it so firmly within the frame of Brooklyn's gentrification.
"When you move into a neighbourhood, »
- Dave Hill
2 items from 2014
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