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Barry Jenkins On His James Baldwin Adaptation and Life After ‘Moonlight’

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Barry Jenkins On His James Baldwin Adaptation and Life After ‘Moonlight’
When Barry Jenkins went abroad three years ago, he came back with two scripts. One of them was “Moonlight.” The other was a James Baldwin adaptation that will serve as his next project following his dramatic Oscar win earlier this year.

The reason Jenkins and producer Adele Romanski focused on “Moonlight” was simply a matter of not having the rights from author James Baldwin’s estate for “If Beale Street Could Talk” – which they obtained last winter, when Jenkin’s status sky-rocketed with the success of “Moonlight.” Romanski and Jenkins are currently in New York, halfway through pre-production on “Beale Street,” which will start shooting in a few weeks. They took a break over the weekend to participate in a conversation together at Ifp Week, where Jenkins elaborated on his interest in the new project as well as his expanding profile.

Jenkins talked about discovering Baldwin when a college professor
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I Am Not Your Negro review – astonishing portrait of James Baldwin's civil rights fight

Raoul Peck dramatises the author’s memoir of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr and Medgar Evers, in this vivid and vital documentary

Raoul Peck’s outstanding, Oscar-nominated documentary is about the African American activist and author James Baldwin, author of Go Tell It on the Mountain and The Fire Next Time. Peck dramatises Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript Remember This House, his personal memoir of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr and civil rights activist Medgar Evers, murdered by a segregationist in 1963. Baldwin re-emerges as a devastatingly eloquent speaker and public intellectual; a figure who deserves his place alongside Edward Said, Frantz Fanon or Gore Vidal.

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Oscar Week 2017: The Documentaries

From Left: Host Rory Kennedy with Documentary (Feature) nominees Gianfranco Rosi and Donatella Palermo, “Fire at Sea”, Hébert Peck, Raoul Peck and Rémi Grellety , “I Am Not Your Negro”, Roger Ross Williams and Julie Goldman, “Life, Animated”, Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow, “O.J.: Made in America” and Spencer Averick and Howard Barish, “13th”.

On Wednesday February 22, the Samuel Goldwyn Theater hosted a celebration for ten powerful stories with this year’s nominees in the Documentary Feature and Documentary Short Subject categories. Introducing the five Documentary Short Subject contenders, Academy Documentary Branch Governor Kate Amend pointed to the heroism that united their subjects: people who saved drowning refugees or victims of airstrikes, faced end-of-life decisions and created new lives in a foreign country.

After screening clips of each film, Amend brought up “Extremis” director Dan Krauss, “4.1 Miles” director Daphne Matziaraki, “Joe’s Violin”’s Cooperman and producer Raphaela Neihausen, “Watani: My Homeland
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Berlinale 17 Talents: Shock of the Real: History as Provocation

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Berlinale 17 Talents: Shock of the Real: History as Provocation
In cooperation with Berlinale Panorama, Berlinale Special and dffb: A conversation between Raoul Peck and Ben Gibson.Raoul Peck and Ben Gibson

Acclaimed Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck has created a body of work in documentary and fiction distinguished by its critical engagement and intellectual courage. Taking on such specters of postcolonial injustice as underdevelopment, racism and communal violence, Peck’s films illuminate the personal stories and contradictory experiences of those individuals often treated by history and cinema as faceless, invisible, silent. This year’s Berlinale features two new Peck films: the fictional “The Young Karl Marx” in Berlinale Special and the Academy Award-nominated “I Am Not Your Negro,” a documentary based on an unfinished manuscript by James Baldwin in Panorama. In the 50th year of the dffb, Peck, a graduate of the Berlin film school, reflects on his cinematic journey with Ben Gibson dffb’s first non-German director of the school.
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Box Office: ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ Shaping Up to Be Documentary Hit

Box Office: ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ Shaping Up to Be Documentary Hit
I Am Not Your Negro,” a meditation on race in America and a celebration of the intellect and moral urgency of James Baldwin, has established itself as one of the biggest documentary hits of the Oscar season. The non-fiction film has made nearly $2 million since opening in February and Magnolia, the indie distributor behind the documentary, believes it will end its run with more than $5 million in ticket sales. That would make it the highest-grossing non-fiction release in Magnolia’s history, bypassing “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room,” which netted north of $4 million. It’s also the top ticket seller among this year’s best documentary contenders.

“It’s a singular film that’s very much in the zeitgeist,” said Eamonn Bowles, president of Magnolia. “It’s very honest about issues that people are concerned about now. It talks about the feeling of being marginalized and speaks to being
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How ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ Resurrects James Baldwin: Raoul Peck On Bringing the Author to New Audiences — Consider This

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How ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ Resurrects James Baldwin: Raoul Peck On Bringing the Author to New Audiences — Consider This
Raoul Peck spent a decade securing the rights to James Baldwin’s published and unpublished writing for “I Am Not Your Negro,” his Oscar-nominated documentary about the writer. The movie opened on February 3 and became an immediate sensation, pulling in $709,5000 from 43 theaters across the country.

Peck combines archival interviews, photographs, Samuel L. Jackson’s voiceovers, and even Kendrick Lamar to present an image of black life in America across multiple decades, underscoring the assemblage with Baldwin’s own thoughts.

“I had to invent the process of working on this film,” Peck said in an interview, “which means that I had to go step by step in a way that I wouldn’t get lost in all of it.”

I Am Not Your Negro” imagines a full life for a work that Baldwin left unfinished —a book about the legacies of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. — examining
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'I Am Not Your Negro': How a New Doc Turns James Baldwin Into a Prophet

'I Am Not Your Negro': How a New Doc Turns James Baldwin Into a Prophet
"There are days, this is one of them, when you wonder what your role is in this country and what your future is in it. How precisely you're going to reconcile yourself to your situation here and how you are going to communicate to the vast, heedless, unthinking, cruel white majority that you are here. I'm terrified at the moral apathy – the death of the heart – which is happening in my country. These people have deluded themselves for so long that they really don't think I’m human."

Those words,
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'I Am Not Your Negro' Review: James Baldwin Meets #BlackLivesMatter in Bold New Doc

'I Am Not Your Negro' Review: James Baldwin Meets #BlackLivesMatter in Bold New Doc
"The history of America is the history of the Negro in America. And it's not a pretty picture." These words were written by James Baldwin, the African-American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and fierce social critic. When the man of letters died in 1987, he had finished only 30 pages of what would have been his magnum opus, Remember This House, consisting of tales torn from the lives and murders of three of Baldwin's closest friends: the civil-rights pioneers Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.

The book never happened, but
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Every Book Barack Obama Has Recommended During His Presidency

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Every Book Barack Obama Has Recommended During His Presidency
This post originally appeared on Entertainment Weekly.

Whether he’s reading to kids at the White House, hitting up local bookstores on Black Friday, or giving recommendations to his daughters, President Barack Obama may as well be known as the Commander in Books.

Potus is an avid reader and recently spoke to the New York Times about the significant, informative and inspirational role literature has played in his presidency, crediting books for allowing him to “slow down and get perspective.” With his presidency coming to an end this Friday, EW looked back at Obama’s lit picks over the years
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Toronto: Magnolia Nabs James Baldwin Documentary (Exclusive)

Magnolia Pictures has picked up North American rights to “I Am Not Your Negro,” Variety has learned. The film is based on James Baldwin’s unfinished novel “Remember This House,” considered one of the great uncompleted works in American literature.

It is directed by Raoul Peck (“Murder in Pacot”) and narrated by Samuel L. Jackson.To craft the film, Peck was entrusted with the author’s notes and unfinished, 30-page manuscript by the Baldwin estate. The book would have looked at the lives and assassinations of three of Baldwin’s friends, the civil rights icons Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. The film will get a theatrical release.

Baldwin wrote eloquently about racial issues and gay rights, and earned his place in American letters with such novels as “Giovanni’s Room” and “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” and the essays “Notes on a Native Son” and “The Fire Next Time.
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How a 1993 Craig T. Nelson TV Movie Predicted the Climate Change Debate

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How a 1993 Craig T. Nelson TV Movie Predicted the Climate Change Debate
As the Paris climate talks, dubbed COP21, heat up over the coming days, it’s worth taking a moment to look back at a made-for-tv drama about climate change and global warming that aired on CBS in 1993. Titled “The Fire Next Time,” the two-part movie aired on American airwaves more than 20 years ago, and it has been mostly forgotten by climate activists in Hollywood and elsewhere. Back then, CBS went the extra mile on climate change, depicting a family (headed by Bonnie Bedelia and Craig T. Nelson) struggling in a world with widespread drought, floods and hurricanes. “The Fire...
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Michael Davis: The Fire Next Time

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“I think it would be tricky to have one member of the Storm family black and one white. Is he adopted? I don’t know how you would play that.”

Mark Millar

“ This speech is my recital, I think it’s very vitalTo rock (a rhyme), that’s right (on time)

It’s Tricky is the title, here we go…”

– Run–Dmc

“Tyrone Cash should be named Super Nigga.”

– Michael Davis

Mark Millar is talking about the possibility the next Fantastic Four will feature a African American in the role of the Human Touch. Run-dmc is what I think is a pretty clever answer to Mr. Millar’s assumption, namely that it would be tricky but – I think it would be right on time.

Damn – I is clever.

My quote? That’s just another dig at what I think is one of the most stereotypical backwards thinking black characters ever
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The Church of Paul Thomas Anderson

By the time he brought Revelation upon Los Angeles in the form of frog rain, Paul Thomas Anderson had already achieved a level of formal and thematic completeness in his body of work which is rare for any director, let alone one with only three films and thirty years of life behind him. Comparisons to prior masters were abundant: Anderson applied the restless dynamism of Scorsese’s roving camera and propulsive editing to Altman-esque ensemble narratives. He enfolded Jean Renoir’s empathetic view of human nature in playful, flamboyant set-pieces worthy of Orson Welles. And indeed Anderson’s earliest work, particularly “Boogie Nights” (1997), is arguably marred at times by a too-obvious impulse to both flaunt these influences and to do them one better. The development of his varied style, assembled at a young age from diverse antecedents, toward an apex in the divisive go-for-broke epic “Magnolia” (1999), reflected his own version
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Not following EastEnders' plotlines? Maybe some Bible study would help | John Sutherland

A huge plug was pulled on literature when school days stopped beginning with obligatory immersion in the Bible

Jennifer Robins's revelation that EastEnders' never-ending plotlines have been largely inspired by the Bible spawned headlines. "The prototype of every EastEnders story," proclaimed Robins, "can be traced back to one source: David and Goliath, Daniel in the Lions' Den, Samson and Delilah, Sodom and Gomorrah, the fall, all the Bible stories."

For anyone with a half-sensitive echo-meter the title of the soap itself gave the game away. Like John Steinbeck's novel, the half-buried allusion in the title is to Genesis: "Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the East of Eden" – or, in this case, the land to the east of Tower Bridge somewhere round the Isle of Dogs (which, in its turn, always brings to my mind to the line
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The BellRays

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When a band deals mainly in straight-ahead, no-frills rock, it helps to have a secret weapon, and The BellRays have one in frontwoman Lisa Kekaula. The singer's equal adeptness at balls-out, arena-sized shouting and soulful crooning earns the group its "rock 'n' soul" descriptor, and lends interest to its otherwise by-the-numbers garage rock. Not that there's anything wrong with good, solid riffs, something else the group's eighth album, Hard, Sweet And Sticky, has in spades. After 18 years together, The BellRays are in clear command of the sounds they crib from, alternating between trashy, thrashing punk-laced tunes like "Infection" and "Psychotic Hate Man" and sultry slow-burners like "The Fire Next Time" and "Wedding Bells." It sounds a bit too spit-shined at times, and the chugging riffs, while propulsive, can be a little same-y—but that doesn't make the album any less exhilarating, especially when Kekaula shows what she can do. Hard,
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