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Crowdfund This: Damani Baker’s “The House on Coco Road,” on the Roles of Women in Grenada Revolution (2 Days Left!)

If you are a fan of documentary film then Damani Baker’s name should be immediately familiar to you as one-half of the directing team on “Still Bill,” the 2009 feature length doc on legendary soul music singer Bill Withers and easily one of the best music-based documentaries of the last decade. On a whole his career spans documentaries, music videos, museum installations and advertisements and he is also an alum of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces in Independent Film” But despite his focus on the work of others, as often occurs, it’s the most personal projects that take on the greatest significance. Reflecting and retracing his family’s exploits in early 1980’s revolutionary...
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Catch-up TV Guide: From Black Cab Sessions to The Bill Withers Story

The Watt From Pedro Show

"I am the mike watt who lives in pedro and works the bass" says Mike Watt's Twitter page (@wattfrompedro), a typically understated intro from one of the heroes of American indie, who's played bass in Minutemen, fIREHOSE, and the reformed Stooges, as well as his own solo stuff. As he spiels through stories and tracks, it's hard not to imagine he'd be the ideal companion on a long road trip. This podcast is the next best thing (especially as it's the best part of three hours long). The latest edition of Twfps takes in John Coltrane, new solo work from Bob Pollard, the Bugs, Black Moth Super Rainbow and a band called the Redneck Manifesto with a tune called Tomb Of The Dudes.

Black Cab Sessions

The website which put Brian Wilson in the back of a London cab has gone Stateside with
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TV highlights 09/03/2012

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Cougar Town | New Girl | Melvyn Bragg On Class & Culture | Still Bill: The Bill Withers Story | The Secret Policeman's Ball | The Walking Dead

Cougar Town

8.30pm, Sky Living

It's not all about chasing younger men as the likable set of wine-sipping neighbours of Cougar Town return for season three. Chief cougar Jules (Courteney Cox) has been through the divorced-mum-starting-over phase and is now out the other side. She's not happy when Grayson calls her predictable, but maybe he's just trying to hide that big old surprise he has up his sleeve. Bizarrely, it involves lots of toilet paper. Elsewhere, deadpan best mate Ellie and her husband Andy have bigger things to worry about as Stan appears to be turning into their very own devil child. Hannah Verdier

New Girl

8.30pm, Channel 4

This week it's Schmidt's 29th birthday. A reunion with a teen buddy might cheer him up, however, as
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Showtime salutes Black History Month starting with Bill Withers special

Showtime is set to premiere a show about the life of "Ain't No Sunshine" hitmaker Bill Withers in honor of Black History Month. "Still Bill" will give an intimate and rare look inside the world of the soul music legend on February 4th at 8:30 p.m. Et/Pt.

"Still Bill" will spotlight an incomparable artist who has written some of the most beloved songs of his generation through concert footage, journeys to his coal mining West Virginia birthplace, interviews with music legends, peers, family and closest friends.

Withers is known for hit classics such as "Lean on Me," "Use Me," "Just the Two of Us," and "Lovely Day."

Also this coming month, the channel will also premiere the multi-award-winning "Mississippi Damned," a film based on a true story of three African American children living in rural Mississippi.
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'Grey's Anatomy' gets Nancy Travis; 'Sex' star checks into 'Private Practice'; 'Teen Mom' ratings kick

In today's helping of TV snacks, ABC is staffing up its primetime medical dramas, RuPaul's ratings are no drag and Showtime celebrates Black History Month.

Movie actress Nancy Travis is returning to ABC, but not on "Desperate Housewives" again. She'll be checking into "Grey's Anatomy" as a patient in Derek's (Patrick Dempsey) Alzheimer's clinical trials, but it's her parenting skills that will be examined. [TV Guide]

He played Miranda's (Cynthia Nixon) husband, Steve, in the "Sex and the City" franchise and now David Eigenberg is going to make an unusual request on ABC's "Private Practice" when he guests as the husband of one of Addison's (Kate Walsh) patients. [TV Guide]

The ratings for Monday's (Jan. 24) Season 3 premiere of "RuPaul's Drag Race" was everything but a drag for Logo with 302,000 people tuning in. It showed a 33% increase over Season 2's premiere and it was the highest rated show for the network since Season 2's "Rpdr" finale episode.
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Help ‘Kickstart’ the New Voices in Black Cinema festival – they need your help!

Many of you may already have heard from Tambay about a new film festival in Brooklyn, NY that both he and I are curators for – ActNow: New Voices in Black Cinema festival (February 4-9).

Now some argue: Who needs another film festival? And to a degree that’s true. But this festival is an extension of our existing quarterly screening series of the same name at BAMcinématek in which we’ve shown Idris Elba’s Legacy, for the first time in the USA outside of the festival circuit, the Bill Withers documentary Still Bill, well before it gained more prominence at bigger venues like IFC Cinemas, and most recently the wonderful Clark Johnson starring indie Nurse.Fighter.Boy

We’ve found that the Black film audience in NYC is grossly underserved and deserve excellence over slapstick spectacle and boldness over standard fare, and so we pick films that show how film explores
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The Alamo Guide for March 4th

The Alamo Guide

for March 4th, 2010

Ah March… the sun is shining, the trees are greening and people from all over the world are about to invade our fair city for SXSW and give us their money. You gotta love the few weeks of spring we get in Texas. Pretty soon it’s going to be hot as balls. Sure, it’ll drop down to 35 probably at some point, but worry not, it’ll be 80 the next day.If you haven’t been into the theater since last week, we put our new Spring Menu Specials up! They are crazy tasty, and come highly recommended from everyone at Alamo HQ. Some of those specials are for the big opener this weekend, Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland In 3D! I’ve loved Tim Burton for years, and I love Alamo feasts, so you can find me at the Alice Five-course Feast next Wednesday.
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Spring Preview: Anywhere But a Movie Theater

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More Spring Preview: [Theatrical Calendar]

[Repertory Calendar]

[Jason Reitman's Favorites]

Over 85 films will be filing through arthouses and multiplexes between now and the end of April, but nearly triple that number will be accessible from the comfort of home, whether it's on demand, online or on DVD. Here's what will be hitting televisions, computer screens, Netflix queues and store shelves this spring.

On Demand

Once you get through the masterful six-hour "Red Riding Trilogy" currently available on demand through May, IFC Films and their Sundance Selects label have quite the collection of festival favorites available to beam directly onto your TV in the next few months. It starts on February 17th with the Festival Direct release of the acclaimed John Bryant comedy "The Overbrook Brothers," about two siblings who find out they're adopted, as well as the Sundance Selects release of "Flannel Pajamas" director Jeff Lipsky's multi-generational comedy "Once More With Feeling," starring Chazz Palminteri as
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New In Theatres – “Still Bill,” “Off And Running” (Alternatives)

If you live in New York, and, like me, you’re not at all interested in seeing the latest studio releases – notably Mel Gibson’s return, channeling Charles Bronson in Edge Of Darkness, and the vanilla romcom, When In Rome – then instead head over to IFC theatres in the Village, and check out these 2 films if you haven’t already (both have been previously featured on this site, by the way):

Still Bill – a critically acclaimed documentary look at the life, relationships, and of course the music of the legend that is Bill Withers – the highly regarded, yet extremely reclusive singer and writer of such classics as Lean On Me, Just The Two Of Us and Ain’t No Sunshine.

Off And Running – a fascinating story of an adopted African-American teen raised by lesbian Jewish parents in Brooklyn.

Below are trailers for both feature films; first, Still Bill,
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'Hope For Haiti Now' Performances: A Track-By-Track List

Album and video of performances are available for pre-order now.

By Jayson Rodriguez, with Jem Aswad, Hillary Crosley, Maura Johnston, Gil Kaufman and Amy Wilkinson

<i>Hope For Haiti Now</i> album

Photo: Hope For Haiti Now

While earthquake relief in Haiti was the reason for and inspiration behind "Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief," there's no question that it featured some amazing, one-of-a-kind musical performances.

The songs chosen by most of the artists had a thematic connection to the occasion, and the soaring lyrics delivered by the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Mary J. Blige and Justin Timberlake underlined the hope for the country that's coming from around the world. The songs' unplugged, often gentle renditions underscored the seriousness of the situation.

George Clooney helped organize the event, and his hope is that the songs carry the event beyond the evening and into the following weeks, months and years.
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Keith Urban, Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock's 'Lean On Me': The Story Behind The Cover

Bill Withers' 1972 song, performed at 'Hope for Haiti Now' telethon, spawned #1 hits and a Morgan Freeman movie.

By Amy Wilkinson

Keith Urban (file)

Photo: Kevin Winter/ ACM2009/ Getty Images

Country and rock and roll collided Friday (January 22) when Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban and Kid Rock joined forces to perform the hit song "Lean on Me" during MTV's "Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief."

Written by Bill Withers and released in 1972 on his second album Still Bill, "Lean on Me" was inspired by Withers' small-town upbringing in the mining community of Slab Fork, West Virginia — a close-knit atmosphere Withers pined for after moving to L.A. The song hit #1 on July 8, 1972, and remained on the charts for 19 weeks. In 2004, the song was ranked #205 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list.

Despite its popularity, the track did not receive a Grammy until it was re-recorded
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Getting Stoned With Sly Movies and Music In 2010

Is it me, or has this year seen a relative barrage of music documentaries featuring legendary black music makers from the 60s/70s? Am I Black Enough For You? (Billy Paul), Still Bill (Bill Withers), Soul Power (Various artists including James Brown)… Well, now here come two more, both set for release early next year and both about P-Funk maestro, Sly Stone of Everyday People and Family Affair fame.

And, if that isn’t enough, you can get even higher with Sly with the announcement today that he’s signed a deal with Cleopatra Records to release a new album early next year too! Not bad for a sexagenarian with a very sex, drugs and rock n roll history!

Back to the documentary films, in alphabetical order, we have Coming Back For More and Higher: The Story of Sly Stone.

Coming Back For More seems to be the second Sly Stone
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Holiday Preview: Anywhere But a Movie Theater

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More Holiday Preview: [Theatrical Calendar]

[Repertory Calendar] [Anywhere But a Movie Theater]

On Demand

IFC Films (with whom, full disclosure, we obviously share a parent company) will be delivering new films all holiday season to homes across the country through their Festival Direct and Sundance Selects labels. These include the cross-cultural romantic dramedy "I'll Come Running" (Nov. 4), Josiane Balasko's farce "A French Gigolo" (Nov. 6), the Inuit tribal drama "Necessities of Life" (Nov. 11), the Brit crime thriller "Adulthood" (Nov. 18), the Indian love story "Return to Rajapur" (Nov. 25), the Christopher Masterson-Bijou Phillips celibacy satire "Made for Each Other" (Dec. 2), "Harry Potter" helmer David Yates' gritty two-part drama "Sex Traffic" (Dec. 2 and 9), the Korean comedy "Night and Day" (Dec. 23) and "The Ghost" (Dec. 30).

Meanwhile, in the newly launched Sundance Selects series, there's a pair of harrowing documentaries VOD premieres: Kief Davidson's coming-of-age boxing doc "Kassim the Dream" (Nov. 27) and the unvarnished biopic "Nick Nolte: No Exit" (Dec.
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Holiday Preview: A Repertory Calendar

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Holiday Preview: A Repertory Calendar
Tim Burton invades New York, New Italian Cinema hits Los Angeles, Harold and Kumar spread holiday cheer in Austin and everywhere you look, they're celebrating All Tomorrow's Parties -- just some of the holiday film fun you can have this winter at your local repertory theater.

More Holiday Preview: [Theatrical Calendar]

[Repertory Calendar] [Anywhere But a Movie Theater]

New York


In November, the 92YTribeca Screening Room will have some special guests in the house when it hosts the already sold out "A Conversation with Wes Anderson and Jason Schwartzman" on November 10th, with the two longtime collaborators discussing their latest film "Fantastic Mr. Fox." But tickets are still available for the night before (Nov. 9th), when actor Ben Foster and director Oren Moverman will screen their acclaimed new post-war drama "The Messenger". Much of the rest of the month is devoted to Cinema Tropical's Ten Years of New Argentine Cinema series with screenings of Adrián Caetano's immigration
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Check Out 'Precious,' 'Splinterheads' And 'Still Bill' In This Week's unLimited

"Paranormal Activity" has now made more than $85 million thanks to moviegoers literally demanding to see the low-budget horror flick in their city. And while grassroots promotional campaigns are nothing new in the film industry, this recent success is sure to spur more elaborate strategies from the studios. Well MTV isn't going to wait for them, especially with so many fine films out there that are simply overlooked beneath the crush of remakes and sequels. So every week I'll be spotlighting a few titles opening in limited release that are worthy of your time.


What it is: The latest entry in the quirky, small town-set romantic comedy sub-genre. This one pairs up a socially retarded guy (Thomas Middleditch) and a gorgeous "Manic Pixie Dream Girl" (Rachael Taylor). From the director of the hilarious, underrated Rob Corddry mockumentary "Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story," Brett Sersen.

Reasons to see it: From what I hear,
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B-Side Takes “Bill”

B-Side Entertainment announced that it has acquired Alex Vlack and Damani Baker’s “Still Bill,” which will be released via the distributor’s Theatrical-on-Demand program where individuals and organizations can host a screening of any size, in any location, at any time. Beginning today, “Still Bill”‘s website will allow audiences to sign up to host their own screening of the film. “‘Still Bill’ is one of those rare documentaries that delivers what it …
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Full Programme announced for the 2009 London Film Festival

The programme for The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival, has been announced today by Artistic Director Sandra Hebron. The line-ip includes a diverse selection of world and international premieres with a total of 191 features and 113 shorts screening alongside an exciting line-up of special events and expected guests. Opening Night film, Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox, is one of the Festival's 15 world premieres and will be presented by the director and cast members including Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman and Helen McCrory. Other films celebrating their world premieres include Sam Taylor-Wood's Closing Night Gala Nowhere Boy and the Festival's first ever Archive Gala, the BFI's new restoration of Anthony Asquith's Underground, with live music accompaniment by the Prima Vista Social Club, led by Neil Brand. The Festival will also host 23 European premieres, including Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Micmacs, Scott Hicks' The Boys Are Back and Robert Connolly's Balibo,
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