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The ActNow Foundation, Inc. is now accepting feature and short film submissions for the 5th installment of Brooklyn's premier black film festival and showcase New Voices in Black Cinema. The Festival will take place March 26-29, 2015 in partnership with BAMcinématek. The festival, in the recent past, has screened acclaimed independent films to sold out audiences, including Tommy Oliver's "1982" (starring Hill Harper and Wayne Brady), Tanya Hamiton's "Night Catches Us" years back (starring Kerry Washington & Anthony Mackie) , Ava DuVernay's fictional feature film debut "I Will Follow," and many more, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Directors Darren Grodsky & Danny Jacobs Growing Up And Other Lies stars Adam Brody (The O.C.), Josh Lawson (House of Lies), Wyatt Cenac (The Daily Show), Amber Tamblyn (Two and a Half Men). After living for years as a struggling artist in New York City, Jake is calling it quits and returning home to Ohio. On his last day in the city, he persuades his three oldest friends to help him retrace their greatest adventure together: a walk down the entire length of Manhattan. The film shows Sat. »
- Michelle McCue
It’s been a very busy couple of years for Katie Mustard, who added five more films, including Simon Helberg’s “We’ll Never Have Paris” and Paul Bettany’s directorial debut “Shelter,” which premiered at Toronto. “Being a freelance in indies means I can partner with so many different people and get projects made — especially when you work in the $5 million-$10 million range,” she says.
It also helps that Mustard’s open to every genre. “I don’t want to limit myself. You look for quality material that you respond to in every script, and I’ve done everything.”
That includes “really hard films, in terms of financing and difficult subject matter — social issues, politics and period pieces — like ‘Night Catches Us,’ about the Black Panthers in the ’60s, with Kerry Washington and Anthony Mackie (nominated for an Independent Spirit Award), to straight romantic comedies, like ‘We’ll Never Have Paris, »
- Iain Blair
Margaret Brown's documentary The Great Invisible stands as a Very Important Film, and not just because of its impressive pedigree. Collectively, the creative team behind Invisible is responsible for the films The Order of Myths, God Loves Uganda, Night Catches Us, Food Inc., and dozens more socially conscious works. Invisible traces the history behind and fallout from British Petroleum's incalculably devastating rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Unfortunately, given both its content and the media's collective failure to fully report the (ongoing) story, the film only intermittently has a pulse. It's meant to be a multi-layered look at the issue, focusing on several rig workers who survived the blast, an elderly African »
London — Romantic comedy “We’ll Never Have Paris,” the directorial debut of “The Big Bang Theory” star Simon Helberg, co-helmed with Jocelyn Towne, has been selected as the closing night film of the Edinburgh Film Festival. Helberg will attend the screening.
Helberg and Towne said: “We hope the people of Scotland will find our pain and suffering as funny as we do.”
The pic is penned by Helberg, who also plays the lead. Based on Helberg and Towne’s real-life romantic history, the film is a candid tale of a neurotic young man rattled by the sudden declaration of love he receives from an attractive co-worker moments before he is about to propose to his girlfriend. Heartbroken, she flees to Paris, and he must now race across the Atlantic to win her back.
- Leo Barraclough
Variety is reporting that Anthony Mackie is in talks to join John Hillcoat’s upcoming, star-studded cop drama Triple Nine. If he signs on, he’ll join an extremely impressive cast that boasts Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Winslet, Aaron Paul, Gal Gadot, Woody Harrelson and Teresa Palmer.
Named after the police code that’s used when an officer requires “immediate assistance,” the film will follow a corrupt group of cops who plan on carrying out a major heist for the Russian mafia that requires they kill a rookie officer. Of course, things don’t go according to plan and complications ensue.
No word yet on which role Mackie is up for but hopefully it’s a big one. The actor has really proven himself over the last couple of years with strong turns in films like Pain & Gain, Night Catches Us, The Adjustment Bureau and of course, the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier. »
- Matt Joseph
As mainstream Hollywood looks back at race relations circa the Civil Rights Movement in films like The Butler and 42, independent films like 2010’s Night Catches Us and Katherine Nero’s new film, For the Cause, turn their gaze towards a very different faction of the Civil Rights struggle. Making its west coast premiere at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles last Friday, For the Cause is a project 12 years in the making. Shot in a little over a week on location in Chicago, the film tells the story of emerging attorney Mirai Scott (Charlette Speigner), as she takes on the most difficult case of her young career—that of defending Rolly (Eugene Parker), her »
- Ade D. Adeniji
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