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Repost – 11 Years Of Black Indie Films, 2000 To 2010 (Your Assistance Requested)

12 December 2010 10:49 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Reposting this from Friday. I got lots of helpful responses, and even learned of a couple of titles that I didn’t know existed. So, here’s the post again, to continue the flow, in case you missed the original post, and have some titles to add that haven’t already.

Alright folks, I need some help from you guys here. As the title suggests, I’m working on a future post, and one part of my research requires that I compile a complete list of independent black feature films that have been released theatrically in the USA since the beginning of this century. And that’s where you come in.

First, I should define some terms here; “black feature film” means fictional narrative films that tell stories primarily about people of African descent (no documentaries). The cultural/racial heritage of the filmmaker is irrelevant. And “independent” means that the »

- Tambay

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Thoughts On “A Free Man Of Color” w/ Jeffrey Wright, Mos Def, Joseph Marcell & Others

24 October 2010 8:01 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

So… I saw Jeffrey Wright, Mos Def, Nicole Beharie, Joseph Marcell, Paul Dano, and a host of other acclaimed talents in George C. Wolfe’s direction of John Guare’s sprawling stage drama A Free Man of Color. And even though this is primarily a film blog, given the names involved in this, it made sense to share my thoughts on the play here. I think I’d be remiss if I didn’t

I’m certainly not a theater buff, and thus don’t have a large pool of knowledge to pull from, so as opposed to my usual film review style, I instead went with a 10-point breakdown of my reactions to the play, which you can read below:

1 – Mos Def’s is by far the weakest performance. He certainly has the cred. But this particular piece wasn’t suited for him. He stuck out and not because he was a standout. »

- Tambay

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Give My Regards To Broadway…

13 September 2010 7:34 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Some Quickie Theater News… for those in NYC, or planning on being in NYC for any of these Broadway shows, all of which we’ve talked about on this blog.

- First, if you needed more of a reason to see Broadway’s hottest musical, here’s another one… Ms. Patti Labelle has joined the cast of the award-winning (won three 2010 Tony Awards) Fela! on Broadway.

The musical, directed and choreographed by Bill T. Jones is the story of legendary Afrobeat pioneer Fela Anikulapo Kuti, who died in 1997.

Ms Patti, a legend herself, joins the cast as Kuti’s mother, Funmilayo Anikulapo-Kuti. She will begin performances tomorrow, Tuesday, September 14, and will continue through Saturday, July 2, 2011, which is when the show is scheduled to end its run.

For showtimes and tickets, visit

- Second, tickets are now on sale for the upcoming production of A Free Man of Color, »

- Tambay

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American Violet Screening on Bet

9 September 2010 9:46 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

At this moment, on the west coast, American Violet is being screened on the Bet Channel. Though Bet is known to have horrible audio and one of the weakest picture quality on any channel, it is still a chance to view the film, if you missed it’s limited theatrical run.

The film will be screened in Bet’s HD format today, Friday morning, from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm, or on the regular channel from 1:00 – 3:30 pm. This is what is listed on the scroll-down of the showtimes to come. But knowing how Bet gets a hold of something and plays it out, no doubt you should be able to view the film ten more time this weekend. I am interested in this feature but not too interested in films that are edited and shown with commercials.


- Tony

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Jeffrey Wright, Mos Def, Nicole Beharie, Joseph Marcell & Others Heading To Broadway To Star In Epic “A Free Man Of Color!”

17 August 2010 7:44 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

The perceived “blackening” of Broadway continues

Thespian Jeffrey Wright will be bringing his Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning acting skills to Broadway once again, this fall, to star in the world premiere of John Guare’s epic stage drama A Free Man of Color, which is set in New Orleans, in the year 1801, and centers on Jacques Cornet (played by Wright), “a new world Don Juan and the wealthiest inhabitant of this sexually charged and racially progressive city. Jacques thinks all is well in his paradise until history intervenes, setting off a chain of events which no one, much less this free man of color, realizes is about to splinter the world.”

Of course, said chain of events would more than likely be the Louisiana Purchase.

Actors of note joining Wright will be Mos Def (who also co-starred with Jeffrey in Suzan-Lori Parks’ Tony Award-winning play Topdog/Underdog), Nicole Beharie »

- Tambay

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Music Break – Xzibit Is Rapping Again…

26 May 2010 7:29 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Rapper turned actor, Xzibit (aka Alvin Joiner) has released a new single from his long-awaited new album, Mmx, which will be in stores later this year. He’s been quietly building a filmography, co-starring in xXx: State of the Union (w/ Ice Cube, Sam Jackson), Derailed (w/ Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston), Gridiron Gang (w/ The Rock), The X Files: I Want to Believe, American Violet (w/ Nicole Beharie and Alfre Woodard), and most recently, The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans (w/Nicholas Cage & Werner Herzog); currently in development, he’ll co-star in a Tom Cruise-produced drama/horror film called Pinkville, w/ Bruce Willis starring:


- Tambay

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Actress Nicole Beharie Gives Back African American Film Critics Award (Whoa!)

9 January 2010 9:08 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Wow! According to the The Hollywood Reporter’s Showbiz 411 blog, where this story was initially reported, actress Nicole Beharie, who starred in 2009’s American Violet, has decided to return her award from the African American Film Critics Association (Aafca).

Recall my post on the internal brouhaha within the organization a week or 2 ago, within which I reported that Beharie was given the award for best actress, over Gabourey Sidibe, who was the strong favorite to win it, causing some strife between members of the group who believed Sidibe should have won, given that she actually finished first on the majority of the ballots. It was said that the organization’s head honcho, Gil Robertson, ignored the votes and instead chose Beharie as the winner.

Now, apparently, Beharie has decided to return the award.

From Beharie, via her publicist: “I’ve been informed that there was a disagreement over the Aafca Best Actress Award. »

- Tambay

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'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Precious' nab NAACP Image award nominations

6 January 2010 3:23 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Six  was the magic number for NAACP Image Awards nominations announced Wednesday (Jan. 6).

ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," the film "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" and the TNT's telepic "Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story" led with six nominations apiece.

In music, however, Jay-z and Maxwell led the way with five nods each.

The nominations were announced at a press conference that featured Tay Diggs, comedian Wanda Sykes, "Brothers Star" Michael Strahan, Tatyana Ali and Kyle and Chris Massey.

The 41st NAACP Image Awards will air live beginning at 8 p.m. Et on Friday, Feb. 26 on Fox.

Check out the nominees:


Outstanding Comedy Series

"30 Rock" (NBC)

"Everybody Hates Chris"(CW)


"Tyler Perry's House of Payne"(TBS)

"Ugly Betty"(ABC)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

Daryl "Chill" Mitchell - "Brothers"(Fox)

Donald Faison - "Scrubs"(NBC)

Dulé Hill - "Psych"(USA Network)

Lavan Davis - "Tyler Perry's House of Payne »


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NAACP Image Awards Nominees (”Precious” Dominates; Idris Elba For Best Actor For “Obsessed?”)

6 January 2010 1:08 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

No surprise… Precious tops the list of nominees for the 41st annual NAACP Image Awards, scheduled to air on Fox, on February 26th, when the winners will officially be announced.

Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire earned a leading eight nominations Wednesday, with nods for director Lee Daniels, star Gabourey Sidibe and supporting actors Mariah Carey, Mo’Nique, Paula Patton and Lenny Kravitz. The film also was nominated for Outstanding Motion Picture and Outstanding Independent Film, adding to its awards-season momentum.

Some head-scratchers, as can be expected… I don’t get the Anika Noni Rose nomination for Best Actress for A Princess And A Frog. I loves me some Anika Noni Rose, but she provided voice-over work for a cartoon character. Yes, that does require a performance, certainly; however… it’s still a freaking cartoon! Although, I suppose if critics continue to make a case for Zoe Saldana »

- Tambay

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"Precious" Leads NAACP Image Awards Nominations

6 January 2010 12:32 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

"Precious" leads the nominations for the 41st annual NAACP Image Awards earning eight noms including Best Director for Lee Daniels, Best Actress for Gabourey Sidibe, Supporting Actress for Mariah Carey, Monique, and Paula Patton, and Best Supporting Actor for Lenny Kravitz.

"Precious" also got nods for Outstanding Motion Picture and Outstanding Independent Film. Other films nominated were "Invictus," "Michael Jackson's This Is It," "The Blind Side," and "The Princess and the Frog."

Winners will be announced Feb. 26 on Fox.

Here's the complete list of nominees for the 41st annual NAACP Image Awards:

Motion Picture Categories

Outstanding Motion Picture

. "The Blind Side" (Warner Bros. Pictures)

. "Invictus" (Warner Bros. Pictures)

. "Michael Jackson's: This Is It" (Columbia Pictures)

. "Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire" (Lionsgate)

. "The Princess and the Frog" (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

. Denzel Washington , "The Taking of Pelham 123" (Columbia Pictures »

- Manny

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The Unofficial List Of Important Films Of The Decade By ArtMattan Productions

4 January 2010 6:44 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

The Unofficial List Of Important Films Of The Decade by ArtMattan Productions

Happy New Year! Here at ArtMattan Productions, we are very happy to celebrate a new decade with more challenges ahead and we are sure plenty of new emotions.

The past decade was turbulent and brought many important moments to our lives and our activities in the film industry. Just over the last two years, we released Gospel Hill, Youssou N’Dour: Return to Gorée, Maria Bethania: Music is Perfume and the controversial Made in Jamaica. Music was the thing here at ArtMattan Productions headquarters.

Theatrical releases of Independent and Foreign Language films were many and diverse all over the country, with some more exciting than others. As some companies folded, other started and the turbulence in the field was intense and sometimes very emotional.

For ArtMattan Productions, it was business as usual. Getting to release a film in theaters was a nightmare, »

- ArtMattan

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