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That there’s a fair chance you’ve never seen Daughters of the Dust — full disclosure: I am among these people — should be taken as a failure of distribution and exposure, not the film’s quality and impact. There’s also a fair chance that the closest you’ve really come to Julie Dash‘s 1991 film is Beyoncé’s Lemonade, which paid a direct visual tribute that, according to the helmer herself, sped along Cohen Media Group’s ongoing restoration — and, today, we have the trailer for said restoration in advance of its unveiling this fall.
Speaking to the New York Times, Cohen’s Tim Lanza explained a bit why this effort means a great deal. More than the somewhat-standard order of business that is working from an original print to improve A/V qualities, it provides a long-missing color-grading and, per Dash and cinematographer Arthur Jafa‘s wishes, is »
- Nick Newman
NEWSMost exciting for us this week is the news that the Cannes Un Certain Regard prizewinner this year, Juho Kuosmanen's wonderful debut film The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, will be having its North American premiere in the Discovery section of the Toronto International Film Festival. Mubi is distributing the film theatrically and digitally in the United States and United Kingdom.Recommended VIEWINGCourtesy of the Criterion Collection, excerpts of Ingrid Bergman's home movies, which include Alfred Hitchcock, made around the time of their collaboration on Spellbound. With the full lineup of the Toronto International Film Festival announced and the autumn film season nearly upon us, wonderful trailers have been released in an overwhelming deluge. Here are some of the highlights:The much-anticipated restoration and re-release of Julie Dash's Daughters of the Dust.Hong Sang-soo's Yourself and Yours, which gets a typically wacky trailer.Bertrand Bonello's Nocturama, »
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- Casey Cipriani
Earlier this year, we alerted you to the news that, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of its initial presentation at the Sundance Film Festival, a new restoration of Julie Dash’s “Daughters of the Dust” would be coming to theaters… Continue Reading → »
When Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” film premiered this past April on HBO, many critics were quick to cite numerous influences on the stylized work. One of the most cited influences was Julie Dash’s 1991 seminal film “Daughters of the Dust,” about the lives of a family on a small island near South Carolina at the turn of the century, which was the first American feature directed by an African American woman ever to receive a theatrical release. Now, the film has received a 25th anniversary 2K restoration that will open theatrically this November. Watch a trailer for the film and check out the new poster below.
Read More: ‘Daughters of the Dust’: Long-Forgotten Film That Influenced Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ to Be Re-Released in Theaters
“Daughters of the Dust” follows the women in Peazant family, who belong to the creole Gullah culture – former slaves living in the coastal Carolinas who have »
- Vikram Murthi
A selection of films from the 2016 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival has been unveiled, with films by Jim Jarmusch, Maren Ade, Tom Ford, Paul Verhoeven, Damien Chazelle, and many more.Opening NIGHTThe Magnificent Seven (Antoine Fuqua)GALASDeepwater HorizonArrival (Denis Villeneuve)Deepwater Horizon (Peter Berg)The Headhunter's Calling (Mark Williams)The Journey Is the Destination (Bronwen Hughes)Jt + The Tennessee Kids (Jonathan Demme)Lbj (Rob Reiner)Lion (Garth Davis)Loving (Jeff Nichols)A Monster Calls (J.A. Bayona)Planetarium (Rebecca Zlotowski)Queen of Katwe (Mira Nair)The Rolling Stones of Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America (Paul Dugdale)The Secret Scripture (Jim Sheridan)Snowden (Oliver Stone)Strange Weather (Katherine Dieckmann)Their Finest (Lone Scherfig)A United Kingdom (Amma Astante)Special PRESENTATIONSLa La LandThe Age of Shadows (Kim Jee-woon)All I See Is You (Marc Forster)American Honey (Andrea Arnold)American Pastoral (Ewan McGregor)Asura: The City of »
The third cascade of world premieres in 15 days flowed from the headquarters of the Toronto International Film Festival on Tuesday as programmers revealed their Midnight Madness, Tiff Docs, Vanguard, Tiff Cinematheque and Short Cuts selections.
This week’s offering includes Ben Wheatley’s all-star gangster thriller Free Fire, which opens Midnight Madness one year after the premiere of the British auteur’s High-Rise; fast-rising Chadwick Boseman in revenge thriller Message From The King in Vanguard and a Tiff Docs strand that features climate change documentary The Turning Point, featuring and produced by Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio.
The 41st Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 8 to 18.
Wp = world premiere, IP = international premiere, Nap = North American premiere, Cp = Canadian premiere, Tp = Toronto premiere.
Ben Wheatley’s all-star gunfight Free Fire starring Brie Larson, Armie Hammer and Cillian Murphy will open the section, which includes Morgan Spurlock’s documentary Rats, Adam Wingard’s Blair Witch, André Øvredal’s [link »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The Toronto International Film Festival has nearly completed its slate announcement this year — expect a few stragglers to be announced in the coming days, but this is about the size of it — rounding out its lineup with today’s announcement of its Docs, Midnight Madness, Vanguard and Tiff Cinematheque picks. And what a group this is, including plenty of returning favorites and some very exciting new names.
Tiff’s Docs section features a collection of works from award-winning directors including Steve James, Raoul Peck, Errol Morris and Werner Herzog. Leonardo DiCaprio even pops up for a “rousing call to action on climate change” in “The Turning Point,” made in collaboration with Academy Award winner Fisher Stevens and already picked up by National Geographic.
The beloved Midnight Madness section offers »
- Kate Erbland
As #OscarsSoWhite fades into last Oscar season’s news, change is in the air: There’s a bevy of black films coming in the second half of this year, movies that tell the stories of African chess champions and American slave rebellions. The narratives speak to a black identity that’s multinational instead of monolithic: Nate Parker’s Sundance-winning “The Birth of a Nation,” the interracial romance “Loving,” and Denzel Washington’s fifties-era race relations drama “Fences” are all going to be a part of the conversation this fall.
But there are also a host of older films finally hitting coming out that should expand that picture.
So often black movies are historical, telling the stories of larger-than-life icons we ought to have grown up hearing about. At best they’re biopics that give behemoths like Martin Luther King Jr. or Ray Charles a granular humanity; at worst they’re »
- Hunter Harris
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Watch a trailer for an upcoming concert in Denmark featuring the music of Lars von Trier‘s film:
The New York Asian Film Festival 2016 has unveiled its full line-up.
Slate highlights the 50 greatest movies by black directors:
Despite everything, black filmmakers have produced art on screen that is just as daring, original, influential, and essential as the heralded works of Welles, Coppola, Antonioni, Kurosawa, and other nonblack directors. »
- The Film Stage
It would be insufficient, writes Carrie Battan, to call Beyoncé’s Lemonade an album: “The project is also a piece of spoken word, a narrative film, a map of cultural reference points, and a window into the soul of an icon whose inner life has always seemed just out of reach.” Battan’s description hints at what has so excited the Internet in the week and a half since Lemonade’s release: it’s not only a new Beyoncé album—it’s also her most personal work yet, and one that, as Ash Sarkar notes at the London Review of Books, is uniquely political:“How has this happened? How has Beyoncé engendered such a deep sense of solidarity among women and the marginalised? Most reviewers have pointed out that Lemonade is Beyoncé’s most personal and political work to date, but few have interrogated how the album moves between the two. »
Cohen Media Group’s Cohen Film Collection has acquired director Julie Dash’s seminal Daughters of the Dust, and will re-release it fully restored to theaters in Fall 2016 to mark the film’s 25th anniversary. The first feature directed by an African American woman to receive general theatrical release, Daughters of the Dust is set at the turn of the 20th century among South Carolina’s Gullah community, descendants of slaves who settled on the coastal islands. Notably… »
Just two days ago, Richard Brody wrote in the New Yorker that the theatrical-release model is ultimately a detriment to independent cinema. As one of his primary examples he invoked "Daughters of the Dust," which in 1992 became the first feature film directed by a black woman to receive a national release. Even so, Julie Dash's drama remains obscure — though Beyoncé alluding to it in "Lemonade" has certainly gotten people discussing it this week. In timely news, Cohen Film Collection has announced that it will release a new restoration of Dash's long-neglected film this fall. Read More: Who Directed 'Lemonade'? The 7 Filmmakers Behind Beyoncé's Visual Album The restoration and release come as "Daughters of the Dust" celebrates its 25th anniversary. (It first premiered at Sundance in 1991.) Tim Lanza, Vice President and Media Archivist for Cohen Film Collection, said in the announcement that the film "is a powerful and moving work of. »
- Michael Nordine
The ‘Wong Kar Wai: In Person’ event, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, will show clips of Wai’s work, and offer insights from biographer John Powers, who is releasing a retrospective book he co-authored with Wai.
Lionsgate will release Lakeshore Entertainment’s American Pastoral directed by and starring Ewan McGregor alongside Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning on October 21 in limited release and expand on October 28.The Orchard has promoted Paul Davidson to evp of film and television. Davidson joined »
Beyoncé’s Lemonade, a 12-track "visual album," premiered on HBO on Saturday night and is now available on iTunes. For New York Times critic at large, Wesley Morris, "what its black-female spiritualism calls to mind is Daughters of the Dust, Julie Dash’s landmark tone poem from 1991, loosely—very loosely—about three generations, descended from slavery, and their migration north in 1902. The juicy immediacy of Lemonade is what this one man did to this one woman…. Its seven credited directors—Jonas Akerlund, Kahlil Joseph, Melina Matsoukas, Dikayl Rimmasch, Mark Romanek, Todd Tourso and Beyoncé—give this project texture, mystery and life." We're gathering more critics' reactions. » - David Hudson »
This is obviously awesome news on a film that I'm sure doesn't need an introduction to readers of this site, given how often it's been discussed. As with past restorations, I assume this is just the beginning of the restored print's tour, as I expect it'll travel and screen around the country, if not globally. Also, for the below premiere screening at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Oh, Julie Dash will be present to introduce the film, and will likely take part in a Q&A afterward. *** The Wexner Center for the Arts is honored to host Julie Dash and the world premiere of the new restoration of her groundbreaking "Daughters of the Dust" on May 20 »
- Tambay A. Obenson
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