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Cinematographers Arthur Jafa & Malik Sayeed Team w/ Curator Elissa Blount-Moorhead to Launch New Film Production Company

11 November 2014 2:56 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Cinematographers Arthur Jafa ("Daughters of the Dust," "Crooklyn," "Dreams Are Colder Than Death," "Florida Water") and Malik Sayeed ("He Got Game," "Belly") have partnered with Baltimore based curator, lecturer and exhibition designer Elissa Blount-Moorhead, to create a new independent film studio and production company, Tneg. The goal, according, to Ms. Blount-Moorhead, is to develop and produce new black independent films, but films that will also “push what we understand to be new black cinema and to create not just new narratives and but also new aesthetics and technical parameters within black cinema." And »

- Sergio

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Tiff 2014 Review: 'Girlhood' Captures the Unique Process of Growing Up That Many Black Girls Must Navigate

5 September 2014 4:17 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

There is a dismal lack of great coming of age stories about black girls. There’s Spike Lee’s “Crooklyn” or Leslie Harris’s “Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.” or Dee Rees’s “Pariah” - but try listing at least six off the top of your head; you’ll likely come up short. Why? Perhaps because black girlhood is a kind of myth. Black girls don’t get to experience the awkwardness of adolescence, the discovery of budding sexuality, the gradual blossoming into womanhood. Black girls are women before they hit puberty, thrust into a kind of pseudo-adulthood by a world often unable to view them outside the context of hard-fixed stereotypes. When they grow breasts and ass in adolescence they’re warned not »

- Zeba Blay

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Nyff 2014. Main Slate

19 August 2014 5:16 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Opening Night – World Premiere

Gone Girl

David Fincher, USA, 2014, Dcp, 150m

David Fincher’s film version of Gillian Flynn’s phenomenally successful best seller (adapted by the author) is one wild cinematic ride, a perfectly cast and intensely compressed portrait of a recession-era marriage contained within a devastating depiction of celebrity/media culture, shifting gears as smoothly as a Maserati 250F. Ben Affleck is Nick Dunne, whose wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) goes missing on the day of their fifth anniversary. Neil Patrick Harris is Amy’s old boyfriend Desi, Carrie Coon (who played Honey in Tracy Letts’s acclaimed production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) is Nick’s sister Margo, Kim Dickens (TremeFriday Night Lights) is Detective Rhonda Boney, and Tyler Perry is Nick’s superstar lawyer Tanner Bolt. At once a grand panoramic vision of middle America, a uniquely disturbing exploration of the fault lines in a marriage, »

- Notebook

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Nyff Doc Line Up Includes Films From Martin Scorsese, Frederick Wiseman, Albert Maysles & More

19 August 2014 2:02 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The fall festival lineup keeps growing and growing. This morning Tiff beefed up their slate, and now the New York Film Festival is highlighting the titles in their documentary section. And they've got a lot of familiar faces. So, who's unspooling new films? How about Martin Scorsese ("The 50-Year Argument"), Joshua Oppenheimer ("The Look Of Silence"), Albert Maysles ("Iris"), Frederick Wiseman ("National Gallery") and more. It doesn't get much better than that these days in the doc world, and it's hard to argue with a slate heavy on veterans of the genre. The New York Film Festival runs September 26th to October 12th. Dreams Are Colder Than Death (NY Premiere) Arthur Jafa, USA, 2013, Dcp, 52m In this new essay film, filmmaker and cinematographer Arthur Jafa (Daughters of the DustCrooklyn) begins with a question: what does it mean to be black in America in the 21st century? He composes the many troubled and troubling answers, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Blu-ray Review: ‘Spike Lee Joint Collection’ Releases Are Solid Starting Point

4 July 2014 9:19 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Who of our modern filmmakers will justify lavish, career-spanning box sets in the next generation (presuming there is such a thing and we’re not 100% digital)? We’ve seen Oliver Stone, Martin Scorsese, and Alfred Hitchcock sets in recent years but who will get the same treatment in ten or twenty years?

One man who I’d love to see dissected from first film to last is the essential Spike Lee. He has had an undeniably spotty career with films both considered masterpieces and complete failures. But Spike is always working, always trying something new, always willing to challenge himself and the viewer. Did his “Oldboy” remake work? No. He picks himself up, dusts himself off, and gets back to it. Spike has been everywhere lately, promoting and discussing the 25th anniversary of his masterpiece, “Do the Right Thing,” and so someone figured it was a good time to release »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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Arthur Jafa & Kahlil Joseph Team Up For 'Dreams are Colder than Death' World Premiering At Laff - See Full Lineup

6 May 2014 1:15 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

The Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by Film Independent, announced its official 2014 Us and international selections this afternoon, and a title that immediately got my attention as I skimmed the lineup list is a collaboration between Arthur Jafa and Kahlil Joseph tiled Dreams are Colder than Death, which will be making its World Premiere at the festival, in the La Muse (11) section, curated by Film Independent at Lacma curator Elvis Mitchell and artist/scholar Roya Rastegar (Arthur Jafa being the visual artist, intellectual and cinematographer who shot Julie Dash's Daughters of the Dust, as well as Spike Lee's Crooklyn and John »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Spike Lee Teams Up With Eminem To Direct His Video For ‘Headlights’

7 April 2014 1:46 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Though he’s not really known for his music video work, Spike Lee has directed over a dozen music vids (they are listed on Wikipedia, fyi). Perhaps his most notable are the dual version of Michael Jackson’s “They Don't Care About Us” and Public Enemy's "Fight The Power" (in which he has a cameo at the end), but he has also directed videos by Prince (who scored all of "Girl 6"), Arrested Development, Bruce Horsnby, Branford Marsalis, Guru featuring Donald Byrd, Curtis Mayfield, Naughty by Nature and Fishbone, among others (the clip he did for the Crooklyn Dodgers uses his trademark dollyshot too). He also directed a clip for Mau Maus, the fake gangster rap band from “Bamboozled” that featured Mos Def. One thing Lee has shied away from in his career is lensing music videos for “booty and bitches” rap videos or aggro ganster rap with anti-conscious messages »

- Edward Davis

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