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Chronicling The Jaunty World Of Nigerian Cinema in 'Nollywood Babylon' - Review + Watch Now!

Bollywood meets Nollywood. Well, not really. Specifically, an Indian director directs a film about the Nigerian film industry, known to the world as Nollywood - one of the 3 largest film industries in the world (in terms of output), right alongside Hollywood, and, of course, Bollywood. Except Samir Mallal, the co-director of "Nollywood Babylon" (along with Ben Addelman) isn't a Bollywood director - rather a Canadian of Indian descent. However, I couldn't resist making the transcontinental connection, if only for effect. Although Mallal (who I learned was very much connected to his native country's film industry) and Addelman, while definitely seeking to...
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On Nollywood's Domestic & International Piracy Problems & Lost Revenues...

Piracy - a problem that we here in the USA frequently lament, as one of a number of ills harming black cinema in this country, is also very much a problem in one of the other largest film industries in the world, Nigeria's Nollywood. In the first video presentation below, Nollywood director, Lancelot Imasuen (the focus of the feature doc Nollywood Babylon, which I reviewed Here) talks about piracy of Nollywood movies locally and overseas, during a panel discussion on the Emergence of African Movies at the African Economic Forum organized by Columbia University.  In the second, longer video, in an episode of The Stream via Al Jazeera, panelists including...
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'True Story Nollywood' - Doc Explores Authenticity Of African Narrative In Nollywood Cinema

There've been a few recent documentaries on Nollywood - the Nigerian film industry - most prominently, Nollywood Babylon, and This Is Nollywood. You may have seen one or both of them. If not, they should be available on DVD, and I believe streaming on Netflix too. Or you can wait for this upcoming new one to become available wherever you are... it premiered last week, at the Anthology Film Archives here in NYC, but I missed it. We'll keep an eye out for future screenings, and home video release. You'll also find a trailer underneath: True Story Nollywood Documentary Premieres February 26, 2013: A film about the stories written and told by the world?s third largest film industry,...
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DVD Review - 'Nollywood Babylon' Chronicling The Jaunty World Of Nigerian Cinema (Watch Now)

Bollywood meets Nollywood. Well, not really. Specifically, an Indian director directs a film about the Nigerian film industry, known to the world as Nollywood - one of the 3 largest film industries in the world (in terms of output), right alongside Hollywood, and, of course, Bollywood. Except Samir Mallal, the co-director of Nollywood Babylon (along with Ben Addelman) isn't a Bollywood director - rather a Canadian of Indian descent. However, I couldn't resist making the transcontinental connection, if only for effect. Athough Mallal (who I learned was very much connected to his native country's film industry) and Addelman, while definitely seeking to...
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[Now Streaming] Your ‘Sherlock Holmes,’ ‘Alvin and The Chipmunks,’ & ‘Corman’s World’ Alternatives

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Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to worthwhile titles currently available on Netflix Instant Watch. This week we offer alternatives to Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked, and Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel.

This weekend a trio of song-singing chipmunks will do box office battle with a charming super sleuth and the ultimate Hollywood rebel. But if the weather outside’s too frightful for you to venture out, enjoy these selected streaming adventures that feature beguiling gumshoes, screwball siblings and brilliant and bizarre showbiz docs — all from the comfort of your couch!

The to sequel Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes has the dapper detective (Robert Downey Jr.) and his devoted Watson (Jude Law) chasing down Holmes’ malevolent nemesis Moriarty (Jared Harris). Noomi Rapace and Rachel McAdams co-star.

Screen Sherlocks through the ages:

Sherlock Holmes: Dressed to Kill (1946) Basil Rathbone,
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This week's new film events

Scotland Loves Anime, Glasgow & Edinburgh

Titles like One Piece Strong World or Trigun Badlands Rumble are unlikely to draw in the uninitiated, but you don't need to be a Scottish otaku to appreciate Japanese animation. Nor is it all still about robots and futuristic male fantasies. You're just as likely to get a detective yarn set in Victorian London (Professor Layton And The Eternal Diva, pictured) or a rural family saga incorporating a virtual gaming community (Summer Wars), though admittedly Evangelion 2.0 has all the giant-robot tech-porn you could wish for. As well as bringing eight features to Scotland, these weekend events are augmented by real live humanoids including Jonathan Clements (author of Schoolgirl Milky Crisis: Adventures In The Anime And Manga Trade), introducing the screenings and talking about their work.

Glasgow Film Theatre, Fri to 10 Oct; Edinburgh Filmhouse, 15-17 Oct; visit

Steven Severin & Blood Of A Poet, On
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Nollywood Now! The UK’s First Nigerian Film Festival

On October 1st, Nigeria will celebrate its 50th year of independence from Britain. During the month, and through the autumn, there will be a sseries of events to mark Nigerian culture, the first being Nollywood Now!

Despite the prolificacy of nollywood, the festival will screen a total of just six films, to be shown one a day from Wednesday 6th to Tuesday 12th October.

For long-term nollywood fans, there’s be nothing new to see but the festival will be a chance for them to get together and celebrate Nigerian film in a public space. For those not so versed in nollywood, the festival will introduce the joy and excitement of Nigerian film to new audiences.

The schedule is as follows:

Wed 6: Nollywood Babylon (Dir: Ben Addelman and Samir Mallal, Canada 2008. 75 minutes)

A documentary feature which captures the Nigerian film industry in its social and political context.

Thu 7:
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This Week on DVD: The Losers, Cop Out, Mother

If you're looking for a movie to buy or rent this week, for once there are plenty of options including Kevin Smith's Cop Out, The Losers starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Zoe Saldana, and The Runaways starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning. Bong Joon-Ho's stunning thriller Mother also hits stores today along with one of his older films called Barking Dogs Don't Bite, the Belgian stop motion animated film A Town Called Panic, and the Oscar-nominated documentary The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers. Also, you definitely don't want to pass up on the action and the drama of Jersey Shore: Season One Uncensored or the educational value of Peter Serafinowicz's mock science show Look Around You. What will you be picking up this week? Cop Out [1] (+ Blu-ray [2]) The Losers [3] (+ Blu-ray [4]) The Runaways [5] (+ Blu-ray [6]) Mother [7] (+ Blu-ray [8]) Barking Dogs Never Bite [9] The Bong Joon-Ho
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Review: Nollywood Babylon

Nollywood Babylon is an in depth documentary that takes a look at the third largest film industry in the world. Yes, you heard me right, just behind the United States and India.

The film follows filmmaker Osita Iheme, a prominent film maker in Nigeria who, at the time of the film, was working on his 157th film. The Nigerian film industry started in the beginning 90’s as way for Nigerians to make films that they could relate to. Their film strategy is to pump out as many films as they can, and then sell them on the streets. The other side to their film industry is the religious figures that push films that they make they make themselves. These are directed towards promoting Christianity, and keeping those who are already devoted to their religion.

The main idea is to make films for Africans, by Africans. Sure, American films are featured in Nigeria,
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Nollywood Babylon Finds A Home For Their DVD With Lorber Films

Mubi, for the non-cinephile, is nothing more than either a word that your neice or nephew made up, or for the geography geek out there, it’s a city in Nigeria.

However, that is hopefully going to change with both the recent name change of the website formerly known as The Auteurs, and now according to a press release, a brand new release from Lorber Films is going to have Nigeria’s film culture on the tip of everyone’s tongue.

The distributor is set to release the “buoyant and energetic expose” on the booming Nigerian film industry, a documentary called Nollywood Babylon, on DVD. The film began playing the festival circuit in 2008, and hit Us theaters last year, now getting its first release on DVD.

Nigeria currently boasts the fastest growing cinema industry in the world and this documentary hopes to enlighten those of us who haven’t had
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August Highlights @ Nfb Mediatheque

HNR's Michael Stevens reporting from Toronto... The National Film Board of Canada Mediatheque wraps up its 70th anniversary summer program with the feature docs Nollywood Babylon and Waterlife, plus a night of short films, animation workshops, day camps and free access to 5,000 Nfb titles through digital viewing stations. The Nfb Mediatheque is located at 150 John Street in Toronto. Nollywood Babylon will have its Toronto theatrical premiere, August 11, 12 & 13 at 7 pm, with co-director Samir "Discordia" Mallal in attendance for a Q&A, August 11. "...Nigeria's film industry, "Nollywood" is the third largest in the world, an unstoppable force that is now bursting beyond the borders of Africa. Unfazed by low budgets, enterprising filmmakers create a brash, inventive and wildly popular form of 'B-movie'. An official selection at this year's Sundance Film Festival, 'Nollywood Babylon' delivers an electric vision of Lagos, Africa.s leading metropolis, and a revealing
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Nollywood Babylon

Hooray for Nollywood! That's the thriving film industry in Nigeria, which churns out 2,500 movies a year, most of them made for less than $10,000 each. That makes Nigeria's movie biz the third largest in the world, behind Hollywood and Bollywood.

With titles such as "Highway to the Grave," "Divine Twins" and "Stronger Than Pain," the movies are strictly for video sales, since the only three functioning movie houses in the capital Lagos, population 14 million, don't project local fare.

The little-known story of Nigeria's movie success is examined in "Nollywood Babylon," a fascinating documentary by Canadians Ben Addelman and Samir Mallal.
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Nollywood Dreams

After Hollywood and Bollywood there's... Nollywood? Nigeria's movie industry is, no kidding, the third largest in the world. Funded by electronics merchants and sold on DVD in rag-tag markets in Lagos among other covetable locations, the country's 2,500 annual productions are generally made for less than $10,000 apiece.

Ben Addelman and Samir Mallal's new documentary, Nollywood Babylon, takes a look at the "pop-pop-pop" style of filmmaking that has been made Nollywood the fastest-growing film industry since it sprung up in the early 90's.

Cheaper than Telenova and just as much an acquired taste, Nollywood probably won't be taking the Us by storm anytime soon. But Nollywood Babylon serves up a few bona fide curiosities, including the incredibly popular pint-size acting duo Aki and Pawpaw (Chinedu Ikedieze and Osita Kenneth Iheme). Our first thought too: very YouTube-able. Check them out in this list of our favorite gonzo Nollywood trailers:
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Recent US Acquisitions

For a market that is supposed to be flat, there are a number of U.S. film acquisitions made in the month of March, not to mention February. If there's no money, are these companies acquiring them for no mgs? The films are also holding up surprisingly well in theaters which bodes well for future sales of independent films into the coming year. Rumblings from venture capital waiting in the wings to begin investing again are also heard. I predict 2010 will be the year of the turnaround when the buying cycle begins again. Meanwhile there are some bargains to be had. Also notable are the key festivals where these films have all shown.

Amreeka was acquired by National Geographic and will open New Directors/ New Films. It showed as a work in progress at the Dubai Film Festival and went from there to its world premiere at Sundance. William Morris Independent brokered the deal on behalf of E1 Entertainment which has acquired Charlotte Mickie's and Robert Lantos' Maximum as well as U.K. distribtution company Contender all of which are very notable moves in the industry.

Afghan Star which showed at IDFA went to ZeitgeistZeitgeist[/link] for U.S. It was the Sundance World Doc winner of both Best Director and Audience Awards. Earlier this month they acquired Three Monkeys from the bankrupt New Yorker whose auction earlier this month found no takers. So its catalog still resides with its creditor Technicolor.

Nowhere Boy went to The Weinstein Co. for U.S., Latin America and German speaking territories from Hanway.

The Greatest went to Senator for North America who saw it at Sundance. It was repped by Graham Taylor of Endeavor and CAA on behalf of the filmmakers.

Paranoids went to Oscilloscope from Visit Films for North America just before its SXSW premiere. The Toronto and Berlin film of Fortissimo, Unmistaken Child, went earlier to Oscilloscope for North America. Earlier in the month Oscilloscope acquired Burma VJ and The Garden.

B-Side acquired its first film for U.S., RiP: A Remix Manifesto before its SXSW screening. Disinformation will release it on DVD. In Canada Eye Steele and National Film Board of Canada will partner with B-Side on its release there.

One of several new U.S. distributors, Trela Media, acquired its first of 6 envisioned yearly acquisitions, Guest of Cindy Sherman which has played in several festivals already for North America.

Another new and innovative U.S. distribution configuration of Variance Films, Elementary Films and Argyle Productons will will release the Hot Docs, Hamptons and Margaret Mead festival film Nursery University in April 2009 in New York.

Lorber HT Digital acquired Intangible Asset #82 before it SXSW premiere and Nollywood Babylon which showed in Toronto and Sundance for North America.

Anvil! The Story of Anvil was acquired by VH1 for North America.

Strand acquied U.S. rights to The Headless Woman from Focus. It had been named one of the best as yet undistributed films of 2008 by IndieWIRE after its premier in Cannes last year.

First Run acquired Four Seasons Lodge by Albert Maysles and a handpicked team for U.S.

Wolfe acquired Pedro for DVD and VOD, and MTV acquired TV rights in North America. Produced by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland for U.S., it premiered in Toronto.

The Cove which premiered in Sundance and was acquired for world sales by The Works went to Lionsgate, Roadside Attractions and Participant for U.S. The deal was made with William Morris Indendent and Submarine.

Alive Mind, Richard Lorber's intellectual, spiritual and alternative distribution outfit acquired North American rights to Theater of War.

Film Movement acquired North American rights to Munyurangabo from Umedia after its festival screenings in Cannes' Un Certain Regard, Berlin, Toronto and New Directors/ New Films. It premiered at Slamdance.

Regent acquired worldwide rights excluding North America to Weather Girl from Submarine Entertainment.

Indie Roundup: SnagFilms Joins with Hulu, 'Sunshine Cleaning' Cleans Up

While much of the indie film community has been focused on SXSW, everyone else kept busy making deals, programming festivals, and releasing trailers. Indie Roundup presents an overview of what's been happening during the past week.

Indies Online. Our friends at SnagFilms announced a deal to provide a portion of of their library to Hulu for online distribution. Best known for offering free clips and TV episodes, Hulu is launching a new documentary film section. The SnagFilms library now features 600 docs available for free streaming. Both services remain Us only, which I know is frustrating for our readers in Canada and the rest of the world. However, both services intend to expand to international streaming, which can't come soon enough to really expand the online audience for docs.

Deals. Emma Franz's Intangible Asset #82, which is playing at SXSW, and Ben Addelman and Samar Mallal's Nollywood Babylon, which played at Toronto and Sundance,
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2009 Sundance Film Festival Line-up Revealed

I am heading out the door and have no time to really dig into this, but here is the line-up for next year's 2009 Sundance Film Festival as reported by Variety. Dramatic Competition Adam, directed and written by Max Mayer ("Better Living"), about a slightly dysfunctional man's attempt at a relationship with an alluring new neighbor. Stars Hugh Dancy, Rose Byrne, Peter Gallagher, Amy Irving, Frankie Faison. Amreeka, directed and written by Cherien Dabis, a drama examining the challenges faced by a divorced Palestinian woman and her teenage son upon moving to rural Illinois. With Nisreen Faour, Melkar Muallem. Arlen Faber, directed and written by John Hindman, about the intrusion of two strangers into the life of a famous reclusive author. With Jeff Daniels, Lauren Graham, Lou Pucci, Olivia Thirlby, Kat Dennings. Big Fan, directed and written by Robert Siegel (writer of "The Wrestler"), which hinges on the reaction of a
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Sundance competition lineup just dropped!

Oh I'm so excited! One of the best fests of the year! The 2009 Sundance Film Festival has unveiled the lineup for its U.S. and World competitions for dramatic and documentary features. The non-competitive sections including Premieres, Spectrum, Midnight, and New Frontiers will be announced December 4. Sundance unspools January 15-25, 2009 in Park City, Utah.

Check out the film list after the break. via Variety.

Dramatic Competition

* Adam (Max Mayer)

* Amreeka (Cherien Dabis)

* Big Fan (Robert Siegel)

* Brief Interviews With Hideous Men (John Krasinski)

* Cold Souls (Sophie Barthes)

* Dare (Adam Salky)

* Don’t Let Me Drown (Cruz Angeles)

* The Dream of the Romans (John Hindman)

* The Greatest (Shana Feste)

* Humpday (Lynn Shelton)

* Paper Heart (Nicolas Jasenovec)

* Peter and Vandy (Jay Dipietro)

* Push (Lee Daniels)

* Sin nombre (Cary Fukunaga)

* Taking Chance (Ross Katz)

* Toe to Toe (Emily Abt)

Documentary Competition

* Art and Copy (Doug Pray)

* Boy Interrupted (Dana Perry)

* Sergio (Greg Barker
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Sundance 2009 competition lineup

U.S. Dramatic Competition

This year's 16 films were selected from 1,026 submissions. Each film is a world premiere.

Adam (Director-screenwriter: Max Mayer)

A strange and lyrical love story between a somewhat socially dysfunctional young man and the woman of his dreams. Cast: Hugh Dancy, Rose Byrne, Peter Gallagher, Amy Irving, Frankie Faison.

Amreeka (Director-screenwriter: Cherien Dabis)

When a divorced Palestinian woman and her teenage son move to rural Illinois at the outset of the Iraq war, they find their new lives replete with challenges. Cast: Nisreen Faour, Melkar Muallem, Hiam Abbass, Yussuf Abu-Warda, Alia Shawkat.

Big Fan (Director-screenwriter: Robert Siegel)

The world of a parking garage attendant who happens to be the New York Giants' biggest fan is turned upside down after an altercation with his favorite player. Cast: Patton Oswalt, Michael Rapaport, Kevin Corrigan, Marcia Jean Kurtz, Matt Servitto.

Brief Interviews With Hideous Men (Director-screenwriter: John Krasinski)

When her boyfriend leaves with little explanation,
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2009 Sundance Film Selections: World Cinema Documentary Competition

  • World Cinema Documentary This year's 16 films were selected from 744 submissions. Films screening in World Cinema Documentary Competition are: 211:Anna / Italy (Directors:Paolo Serbandini & Giovanna Massimetti)—The story of Anna Politkovskaya, a Russian journalist and human rights activist who risked her life to report the truth about the Chechen conflict and President Vladimir PutinVladimir Putin
[/link]. World Premiere Afghan Star / Afghanistan/UK (Director: Havana Marking)—After 30 years of war and Taliban rule, Pop Idol has come to television in Afghanistan: millions are watching and voting for their favorite singer. This film follows the dramatic stories of four contestants as they risk their lives to sing. North American Premiere Big River Man / USA (Director: John Maringouin)—An overweight, wine-swilling Slovenian world-record-holding endurance swimmer resolves to brave the mighty Amazon--in nothing but a Speedo®. World Premiere Burma VJ / Denmark (Director: Anders Ostergaard)—In September 2007, Burmese journalists risking life imprisonment to report from inside their sealed-off
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