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Jamaica’s New Film Commissioner Brings Shorts to the Forefront

Jampro has partnered with the Jamaica Film and Television Association (Jafta), and the Chase Fund to deliver Jafta Propella –a script to screen program which nurtures Jamaican content creators and enables them to tell their stories cinematically by providing funding and in-kind support.

Renee Robinson, a native Jamaican, is the new(ish) Film Commissioner of Jamaica, now in her second year of a three year term. In fact the first film professional to hold the office of Film Commissioner, she has instituted changes geared toward helping emerging filmmakers hone their talents to make Jamaica great again. She is a multi-lingual cultural industry strategist and thought-leader who has worked in Canada, Europe, South Africa, and the Caribbean in film, television, digital media, arts and culture, entertainment, and communications. With almost two decades of senior management experience in content programming, regulation/ policy, strategic planning, and industry intelligence, she has held in leadership
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Updated: Kevin MacDonald to direct ‘Marley’

Update: We have posted the full press release below.

The Eagle helmer Kevin MacDonald has been confirmed to direct a feature length documentary entitled Marley, based arounf the life of reggae singer Bob Marley.

The filmmaker has apparently been given unprecedented access to Marley’s archives, and has the full co-operation of his family.

Marley will be produced by Tuff Gong Pictures and Shangri-La Entertainment.

Update: Full press release.

Academy Award® and BAFTA® winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald has boarded the Tuff Gong Pictures / Shangri-La Entertainment Bob Marley documentary Marley. Director of two of the most acclaimed documentaries of recent years, One Day In September and Touching The Void, Macdonald will join with the Marley family, Chris Blackwell and Steve Bing to direct what will be the ultimate, authorized documentary film on the life, legacy and global impact of a true legend, one of the most influential singers, songwriters, musicians and activists in history.
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Black Voices’ Top 10 Black Films Of The Decade

Last week, I posted The Griot’s list of the Top 10 Most Important Black Films of the last decade.

Today, I present to you Black Voices’ (Bv) list of the 10 Best Black Films Of the last 10 years.

I can actually say that I did see All of the below films on the list – some more willingly than others. Bv doesn’t specify what its criteria is to determine what constitutes a “black film.” But I think we’d all agree that the films on their list can be defined as such. They also don’t say what the consider good, or the “best,” other than describing them as “witty, entertaining and inspiring.” So, I dunno… I can’t really say much about what they’ve got here.

The list follows below, from #10 to #1:

10 – Brown Sugar

9 – Drumline

8 – Remember The Titans

7 – Akeelah And The Bee

6 – The Pursuit Of Happyness

5 – Precious

4 – Diary of A Mad Black Woman
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The 10 Most Important Black Films Of The Decade (Lists)

It’s that time of the year… the time for “lists.” As the first 10 years of the 21st century come to a close, lots of “best of the decade” film lists have been popping up here and there; but this is the first one I’ve seen that’s specifically focused on “black cinema.”

It comes from the folks at TheGriot, although their list isn’t made up of the Best black films of the last decade, but rather, the most Important black films of the last 10 years.

So, naturally, the next question one would ask is, how do they define “important?”

According to the post, each film on the list had to meet 3 criteri, which are: Overall influence or ability to shift perceptions, reveal truths; Originality and excellence in filmmaking (i.e. acting, story-telling, directing); Shelf-life or ability to remain timeless.

And their definition of what makes a black film,
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